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Old April 18th, 2010, 10:00 AM
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Fuel tank woes

Side tank started leaking after Saturday's Uwharrie run last weekend. It had been 'weeping' for a few months but coming off the trail I noticed it had turned into a steady drip. Yesterday I removed the tank and drilled out the spot welds that hold the skidplate onto the bottom of the tank. Sadly, those two pieces were painted after assembly so the bare metal in between rotted away pretty thoroughly. By the time I got done cleaning off the scale, there were quite a holes in the bottom. Luckily I have a house guest arriving today who is going to stop by my "remote storage facility" in NJ and pick up my spare tank. I was going to pull that one apart and try to clean up, paint, and reassemble. But I'm afraid what I will find if I do that. Think I will run it as long as possible and save up for a nice SS long-range type tank.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 10:44 AM
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Any info or links for the long range tanks you are talking about?

I was thinking about replacing my tank as part of my build and something a little larger might be nice
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Old April 18th, 2010, 12:03 PM
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I know I have seen ones from Oz and S.Africa but can't find them at the moment

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Any info or links for the long range tanks you are talking about?

I was thinking about replacing my tank as part of my build and something a little larger might be nice
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Old April 18th, 2010, 12:34 PM
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Long Ranger and Safari-equp make tanks just thought you might know of some others.

http://www.safari-equip.co.uk/index.php?page=4

http://www.thelongranger.com.au/defe...efueltank.html

I have been thinking about having an extra tank made to go behind the rear cross member but have not decided if that is what I want to do yet.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 01:24 PM
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have looked at quite a few sites today and have yet to find one that will go in place of the factory side tank, hold more fuel, and use the stock filler. stainless steel would be nice too.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 01:41 PM
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I could have some built out of aluminum if you guys do not find what you are looking for. If you mock one up in wood I could have it built up larger as well. Mock it up when you are replacing your leaking tank to make sure the wooden mock up fits in place of the stock one RC. Then ship the mock up to me.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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I thought you could get galvanized ones in the UK?

Or at least I saw a magazine article about replacing a side tank with a galvy one.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 11:34 PM
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i have a side tank contact me
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Old April 19th, 2010, 08:32 AM
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Thanks Ron. Gerald arrived with my spare tank yesterday, it looks a bit better than the one I removed. It uses a different sender and pickup though I'm hoping that will not be an issue.


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Finally finished this project over the weekend. My friend Gerald delivered my spare tank to me in April. It was in great shape and just to be sure it would last a bit, I took the skid plate off and POR-15'ed everything. There's two or three coats of POR followed by one coat of POR chassis black. I re-attached the skid plate using stainless steel screws that got from home depot. Finally a Home Depot part that fits.

While the tank was out i wire wheel, dremeled, and toothbrushed all the dirt, rust and scale off of the exposed parts of the chassis as best as I could. I then hit it with rustoleum red primer and satin black topcoat. Once that cured for a day I laid down some waxoyl black hardwax. I feel alot better about the condition of those parts of the undercarriage now, as they were sound when I got the truck but the paint was flaking off and the PO's waxoyl job was getting a bit past its prime.

The replacement tank was a later type with two holes, that required the use of a different sender and pickup. Since I had the filler neck hose as well, i figured why not update that and go with a cap that doesn't cost $100 to replace, and might actually seal. I got the filler neck from Lane (thanks to Dave L)

I also found that the wiring for the old tank was about 6 inches two short. Fortunately I had the harness from the red truck (Eric the Half-A-Bee) and I was able to use the fuel tank wiring from it.

So far all is well and no more flammable puddles forming under my truck.
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Nice work. Believe this will be a project for me as well this summer.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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Thanks. Is your tank leaking?

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Nice work. Believe this will be a project for me as well this summer.
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