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Offline darci

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Pulled the saddle tanks...
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:43:03 AM »
Some brown gunk in the bottom, also to install new hoses, couple of questions...
 Is there any reason not to install a bulb on each fuel line?

 I was intending to change the fillers, but the as supplied are still OK just the seals look tired. Man SS steel fillers are pricey!

 'Thinking Coleman Fuel to swish out the bottom gunk, not much in the S but the P has about a fluid ounce down there, brown syrup looking stuff!  I have a cup of assorted SS steel screws I think I may use them as a scrubber in the white gas, I will try the gas first, maybe the stuff is just old Amsoil 2 stroke oil.

Anybody else crazy enough to have done this? Is there a better solvent?

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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 01:18:10 PM »
My 19 came with non-working saddle tanks.  They had a gallon or so of fuel in there and after years of non use and whatever was left evaporated into sludge.  I was able to clean with white gas, shaking, rinsing and lots of repetition.  If you intend to dry them thoroughly you can use a degreaser and hot water.
Highly recommend you swap out the filler caps.  If you have the black flip up style the gaskets cannot be sourced anymore and they will allow seawater into your fuel tanks in rough water.  I found that out the hard way in the San Juans when my motor died. Go ahead and replace the filler hoses and fuel lines and yes, I installed a pump bulb right behind each saddle tank because the one in the back has trouble pulling fuel from that distance.
I also replaced the fuel pick up tubes and the fitting on the tanks, plus the 4 way valve in back.  Not too much money when you figure you'll never have to mess with the fuel system again...
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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 01:21:28 PM »
Not too much money when you figure you'll never have to mess with the fuel system again...

I'll bet you still believe in the tooth fairy too   :nono:

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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 01:25:35 PM »
OK, how about for the rest of this season?   :jester:
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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 01:32:38 PM »
Yup,,  Tooth fairy it is    :stirthepot:

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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 02:14:24 PM »
I had a bunch of goo in the main tank in my 1989 boat when I bought it.  As I recalled, I used Berryman's B12 "Chemtool" and a bunch of brass screws when I did mine. 

No harm in adding a primer bulb for each tank, just make sure they are rigged in such a way that the check valve is able to work properly (usually have an arrow pointing in the direction they should hang).

I'd skip stainless filler and go with a good quality plastic one (like Perko). 
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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 02:19:50 PM »
I cleaned out my tank with degreaser. Then rinsed real good with fresh water. Then rinsed with denatured alcohol to get rid of the water. (Alcohol mixes with water) Then I let the residual alcohol evaporate.


+1 on the plastic filler. Probably safer for static spark.
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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 04:07:38 PM »
"Tanks, Boyz !

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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2017, 05:13:16 AM »
      Stainless fillers are expensive, but nice.  Being metal, I believe they have to be grounded, right? 

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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2017, 06:13:45 AM »
      Stainless fillers are expensive, but nice.  Being metal, I believe they have to be grounded, right? 

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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2017, 06:43:18 AM »
All metal components of the fuel tank have to be grounded
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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 09:51:40 AM »
All metal components of the fuel tank have to be grounded

Just to be clear there is no “ground”, earth, on a boat. You are correct all metal parts sould be “bonded”.
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Re: Pulled the saddle tanks...
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 09:54:52 AM »
Get what ever new fuel caps you want, just get rid of the hinged ones!  Same goes for the rear filler.
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