Fuel tank replacement on my 26 cuddy

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  1. reel loco

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    Finally tackled my fuel smell. Cut the deck out and found a hole. Big hole actually and its only what ive exposed so far. Anyone know of place to purchase or have one made? 180 gallons aluminum tank. Found a lot of unused space so im thinking to maybe change demensions and add a compartment.

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  2. PoolSmart

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    Way to dig in. It will be a nice sense of relief knowing it's safe and secure under there.
     
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  4. BiggestT

    BiggestT I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Geez, that hole looks like it has teeth!
     
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  6. yknot

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    Don't rule out a plastic tank. Moeller makes many belly style tanks that may work for you. If not, IMCO in San Dimas isn't that far from you.
    On a side note, what year is your LiveSay? I have a 22' 1978 and it's tank is Stainless that was built by IMCO. It states to be a 140 gallon tank, but I've only got about 125 in it after being emptied. I had a bunch of junk in my tank, but had some friends put a scope inside and they said it was just loose stuff that I may have got from a fuel station. I hope they were right, working on some wiring now. Hope to use it this season. Anyways, I was just curious, not too many LiveSays around.
     
  7. steelhead88

    steelhead88 Marriage is not a word; it is a sentence!

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    Totally sucks and I'm expecting a similar issue with my 26 year old tank soon. That damn foam + aluminum just doesn't mix when water is introduced. Glad you're taking care of the issue now before a catastrophic failure. Let us know what you decide on
     
  8. disD1

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    Berry Marine Tank
    1981 Ritchey Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (949) 548-3613
     
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  9. reel loco

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    Grady its a 78 as well. My first issues started with engine stalling and acted like it was out of fuel. spun off filter and big vacuum. Ended up finding pickup screen in tank plugging up. Made custom tube with new screen. Went to fuel dock in los alimitos and cleaned tank there. Looked like I got it all out. It was a lot! Filled the guys racor filter in no time. And thinking everything was cool I ran her and she shut down underway. Checked filter for vacuum again. Not this time. Dumped filter in bucket and bunch of fine stuff came out..spun it back on and was on my way again until it plugged up again. Final after swapping filters multiple times (at first) per trip got it down to a single filter per trip. Now was running fine but noticed fuel smell when high level of fuel was in tank. So here I am. The material I was sucking out of the tank bottom was this scaling and corrosion of the tank.
     
  10. reel loco

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    And thanks guys for the info. I'll keep you posted.
     
  11. yknot

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    Yeah, I got to the point where I had to use 4 filters to get only about 25-30 miles. That's when I pulled the tank, and some friends look at it. I sure hope they were right. We dumped out over 10ozs of scale like crap. However, where I got fuel right before I started having problems last, shut down a short time after. We are hoping it was because they had bad tanks, and I got the bottom of their stuff. However, there's a side of me that believes they have filters for that macro stuff, so I may be in trouble. Right now, can't tell because I am working a wiring issues. Then I should be able to run the boat and see what's up. I need to install one of those Racor filters.

    Good luck with the project.
     
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    Look at all the white spots! Those are all corroded thin spots.
     
  14. reel loco

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    Ok got my fuel tank back. Any suggestions on what to set down under or on top of tank. Tank mounting? It was foamed in and had some glass holding it in. Was thinking about some rubber mat and mounting it in with straps.
     
  15. reel loco

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    oh and I used Modern Products Welding in Santa Fe Springs.
     
  16. disD1

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    Pro's glass over the outside of the tank, as corrosion usually begins from outside.
     
  17. reel loco

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    Im gonna have to do some stringer repair as well. Cant wait till this weekend to get started
     
  18. Bigeasy

    Bigeasy yeah, yeah!

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    glass over the entire tank except for the sides! re-foam the bottom and make sure your through drain is clear and able to drain to your bilge area! That's what I did to my Reinell!
     
  19. reel loco

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    Bigeasy..Doesnt have a thru drain and i am adding one. So spray in the foam and set the tank on top of the foam while its wet? And glass the top and bottom? and why not the sides? Thanks for all the input guys!!
     
  20. Ultimate Catch

    Ultimate Catch One life to live!!

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    How long does plastic last and is it better?
     

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