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Old June 25th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Leaky Fuel Tank

The back story is that TEPO wired the one working fuel gauge backwards - what I thought was a full tank of fuel was actually the opposite. When I filled the tank (it took 13+ gallons!!!), the gauge "dropped" to 1/2 tank. I smelled fuel but it was raining so I wrote it off as Operator Error.

The next morning, the large puddle and the distinct odor of fuel told me otherwise. I siphoned out probably 10 gallons and transferred it to the other tank. I've been running on that tank but with only 10 or so gallons at 10 mpg and no working fuel gauge, it's a bit of a PITA to take the LR anywhere. Then again, it blows super-heated air on my right foot and heats the cab at least 20 degrees over ambient so driving it isn't a huge priority at the moment.

I thought about searching for the leak with a match and then welding on the tank with a torch but decided that the smallish mushroom cloud would probably be seen an a negative factor in completing the repair. The question is: Has anyone successfully used a fuel tank sealer? I found this but want to be confident that it works before spending the money. http://www.northernfactory.com/UserF...20Bulletin.pdf
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:01 AM
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Series fuel tanks are cheap to replace. I would do that.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:03 AM
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That's what I figured but I'm such a cheap SOB that I figured I'd give it a try. Now I'll have to sell my body on the streets to raise the money for a replacement tank.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:04 AM
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A regular series side mounted fuel tank? I have one for you. I don't need a lot for it but would like *something*. PM me if interested.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:46 AM
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Didn't get one.
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Sent - got tied up with "work" and didn't sent it correctly
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Sent - got tied up with "work" and didn't sent it correctly

So... let me get this straight: You wish to do your own fuel system repairs yet you can't even seem to send an email correctly?

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Old June 25th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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I learned from you - that's why I used a candle to check for fuel leaks.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 02:49 PM
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So your tank leaks or the plumbing leaks?

Kensington in TXakes a replacement tank in metal. Over $2k
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Old June 25th, 2013, 05:26 PM
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That's what I figured but I'm such a cheap SOB that I figured I'd give it a try. Now I'll have to sell my body on the streets to raise the money for a replacement tank.
I've been to Berryville. That could take some time.
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I've been to Berryville. That could take some time.
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So your tank leaks or the plumbing leaks?
Both but the tank leak is significant. The plumbing leaks were bad gaskets and loose fittings. Good thing I used the blow torch to look for those fumes...
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 10:23 AM
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I have used Red Kote liners with great success!

http://damonq.com/red-kote.html

If you want to weld on you tank just empty it and fill with water! This will do two things, 1 identify holes and 2nd you won't blow up

I cleaned my tanks by filling with water and I throw the tank on the grill and boil for about an hour. The boiling will agitate any loose particles inside the tank. When it's dry use the red kote to seal any pin holes! Anything bigger the a pin hole I would weld up, Red Kote will fill in everything else. Good luck, it's super easy hardest part is pulling the tank!
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for the advice on repairing the tank - I like the idea of boiling the tank to loosen the bits.

One of the folks on the Board has a "spare" tank so I'll try installing it first and repairing as a last resort.
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