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April 19, 2021, 08:14:37 PM
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Ng03

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196 Fuel Tank Options
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Hi Everyone,

I'm doing a of couple odds and ends on a 1972 196 I bought. The boat was mostly gone through except the fuel tank. I have removed the fuel tank but have had a hard time finding anything under 9" in height. Looking for anything under 68" x 10" x 9". Any suggestions? I'm hoping to avoid custom made due to the expense and wait time.

Thanks.

April 19, 2021, 10:06:51 PM
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Re: 196 Fuel Tank Options
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2021, 10:06:51 PM »
Yupper, there was a couple moellers that came close when I was looking but that’s all I could find off the shelf. Shipping cost always seems to be the equalizer.  I decided to go custom aluminum. You could get the moellers to fit if you customize your fuel coffin and raising the deck helps too if you are going there. I guess it’s a choice of what you want/need to customize. My tank was $800, but I did have the fabricator add extra beefy brackets and I stayed with the manual gauge which was actually more expensive than the electric sender type. Good luck

May 12, 2021, 11:49:03 AM
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2021, 11:49:03 AM »
Hi again. I decided to opt for having a fuel tank fabricated. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on improvements to make before I have the fabricator take care of it. Different structure? fuel ports? Gauge suggestions?

I was planning on telling him to make an exact version of my original

Thanks

May 12, 2021, 12:01:04 PM
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 12:01:04 PM »
Other than the brackets I had them add I did (if your looking from a top view) have them angle the vent and fill ports  about 5 degrees more toward the fill cap to lessen the pipe bends going toward that direction. Cheers

May 13, 2021, 08:12:27 AM
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2021, 08:12:27 AM »
Other than the brackets I had them add I did (if your looking from a top view) have them angle the vent and fill ports  about 5 degrees more toward the fill cap to lessen the pipe bends going toward that direction. Cheers

Got it. Thanks!

July 09, 2021, 01:52:28 PM
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Re: 196 Fuel Tank Options
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2021, 01:52:28 PM »
Hi everyone,

I’m almost finished and ready to get my 196 on the water. I’m expecting my fuel tank back in a week and wanted to see if anyone has recommendations on something I can do to clean up the tank coffin. It’s ugly, all of the foam surrounding the tank was fuel soaked. There is some fiberglass rot as well. Ideally I’d like to coat it in a liquid waterproofing although i understand rubber would speed up the corrosion process for an aluminum tank.

Any suggestions on what I can do?

July 09, 2021, 01:53:09 PM
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July 09, 2021, 09:40:37 PM
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2021, 09:40:37 PM »
You could sand it with 80 grit. Fix the rotted areas with epoxy/ glass/fairing compound. I then painted with bilgekote by Interlux. Interlux info:Bilgekote Bilge Paint is a fast-drying, durable coating formulated for application to bilge areas. Painting your boat's bilge helps prevent the absorption of oil, gasoline, or sludge into wood and fiberglass.
Bilgekote protects bilges, lockers, and bulkheads against moisture penetration and wear and tear. Bilgekote is easy to clean while providing excellent resistance to oil and fuel spillage.
No affiliation with them lol. I used it in my bilge area . My friends recommendations because it has held up well in their boats.

August 09, 2021, 03:34:16 PM
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Re: 196 Fuel Tank Options
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2021, 03:34:16 PM »
I agree with Fish Head.  When I replaced my tank there was no foam around it which I would have removed.  I just cleaned the coffin up and coated it and the tank with Intertuf epoxy 262.  I also drilled a drain hole (3/4" or so) at the base of the back wall to allow any water to drain into the bilge.
Chris

 

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