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Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:57 pm
by carl
Here are some pictures of my fuel system restoration. Pulled both tanks, had them steam cleaned inside and out, visually inspected them and then had them pressure tested SAT. Installed new sending units in both tanks, found the Port sending unit to have been properly cut, adjusted and installed from the factory but the Starboard sending unit was completely wrong, 28 years of bad information coming from that tank, must have troubled the previous owners. Installed new 2" wide Buna-N Rubber strips under, around and on top of tanks. Cleaned and polished all of the copper fuel lines and visually inspected them SAT, no pitting, remarkably as good as new. Pulled the Perko naval bronze pre-filter/water separators, bead blasted them clean and installed new Perko filter elements. Cleaned and lubricated the manual gasoline valve manifold station SAT. Moving on to the next set of spin on fuel filters inline to the carbs and then I will rebuild both carbs prior to filling both tanks with fresh fuel and Sta-bil. More to come...

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:58 pm
by carl
Some more pictures...

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:01 pm
by carl
Some more pictures...

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:14 am
by Fastjeff
I hope you glued those rubber strips to the tank with 5200 adhesive.

Jeff

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:30 am
by carl
Actually Jeff, these Buna-N rubber strips came 2" wide x 36" long from Grainger. They are peel and stick, once I cut them to length and applied them to the aluminum frame members I could not remove them. So when you install new rubber in your boat Jeff, be sure to line it all up just right because they are unforgiving...

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:10 am
by ddependo
As I watch Carl's progress it is amazing to see the craftmanship he has put into this 32. It is going to be much better than factory when he gets done. He does everything the right way the same as he would at work for Westinghouse on a power plant. He doesn't get in a hurry. I couldn't even pull him away to go for a boat ride and dinner. It has been a educition being on the same dock . Nice guy.
Wayne

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:44 am
by Fastjeff
Glad to see you're retaining those Perkos--darn good unit. I use a small mason jar to drain them and check for water/ crud.

Jeff

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:16 am
by carl
Both fuel tank sending units are now wired. I turned on my ignition keys to energize both circuits and both fuel gauges bumped up to the "Empty" hash mark. I'm calling this installation "Tested SAT" for now but anxious to see what they read as I fuel both tanks up. Both tanks are 75 gallons each, I intend on deliberately pumping 10 gallons at a time into each tank and noting (documenting) where my gauges read as I fill up for the first time. This data should help me moving forward when I'm underway, better knowing and understanding just how much fuel I have onboard in the tanks. Understanding the fuel level registered on the fuel gauge while underway will be different than sitting static at the dock. One more parameter to consider. More to come...

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:01 am
by Fastjeff
When I changed the gages in mine, I deliberately set them up so there was at least 10 gallons of gas in the tanks on 'E'. I know; it's only a psychological thing, but it helps when the marina is a long way off.

Jeff

Re: Fuel System Restoration: Tanks to Carbs...

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:11 pm
by ddependo
I did that too. Have not run out yet.
Wayne