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Old 01-27-2019, 09:09 AM
dweyant dweyant is offline
 
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Default Rebuild left Fuel tank

I've finally had it with my left fuel tank leaking.

I've never been happy with it, so I'm just going to build a new tank.

I'm a much better builder (I think) than when I originally built them, so why not...

Anyway, I would appreciate any suggestions on the best way to do this to minimize down time. I'd like to build as much of the tanks as possible before I pull the old tank off the plane and replace it with the new one.

I have ordered all of the parts for a new tank from Van's and they should be here next week sometime.

Thanks,

-Dan
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Old 01-27-2019, 09:54 AM
Greg Dillon Greg Dillon is offline
 
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If you install a new fuel sender in the new tank instead of swapping out the original one replacing the tank is a one day affair, if that. Now this is with the assumption that all holes for mounting bolts and screws line up the same.....
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:44 AM
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Now this is with the assumption that all holes for mounting bolts and screws line up the same.....
yeah, that's gonna be the trick right there - getting the holes drilled in the Z-brackets in the correct location is going to be the fun part.

I would entertain the thought of pulling the existing tank, then laying a piece of scrap aluminum or similar along the original Z-brackets, clamp it in place and backdrill the holes to the scrap with a right-angle drill, then transfer the scrap to the new tank and drill the new Z-brackets. That should get you reasonably close.
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