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Old 01-04-2016, 06:47 PM   #1373
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My new replacement fuel tank arrived today.
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Marked as made in Canada. That means it's a good tank, right Tony & John?!

Looks to be the same as the original except there are no baffles inside. Maybe they thought I wouldn't notice
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:05 PM   #1374
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EERRR......PSSST John, that rusted POS gas tank out of the 24' Argosy you broke up for scrap.......it didn't by chance.......Oh crap!

BRAD! Goodluck with the new...... I mean new2U gas tank.....Hope it gives you weeks, I mean, years of service.

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Old 01-04-2016, 08:41 PM   #1375
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My new replacement fuel tank arrived today.
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Marked as made in Canada. That means it's a good tank, right Tony & John?!

Looks to be the same as the original except there are no baffles inside. Maybe they thought I wouldn't notice

if you read my link in the TBS thread to the surge tank info, you will see that they mention "poorly baffled tanks".
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Old 01-05-2016, 07:30 AM   #1376
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if you read my link in the TBS thread to the surge tank info, you will see that they mention "poorly baffled tanks".
Is there a difference between "no baffles" and "poorly baffled"?

Yep, I read the link. The surge tank sounds interesting and is probably the ultimate solution.
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Old 01-05-2016, 07:34 AM   #1377
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EERRR......PSSST John, that rusted POS gas tank out of the 24' Argosy you broke up for scrap.......it didn't by chance.......Oh crap!

BRAD! Goodluck with the new...... I mean new2U gas tank.....Hope it gives you weeks, I mean, years of service.

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I hope it gives me YEARS of service as well
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:32 PM   #1378
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There's another issue with "poorly baffled tanks." No problem with performance, but they eat fuel gauges. My 310's original owner made and installed a 104 gallon welded aluminum tank with very little baffling. When I got it, the fuel gauge didn't work. Long into the restoration we dropped the tank and replaced the sender, which was mechanically worn out. The new sender lasted about 3000 miles of sloshing up and down and has now failed too. So... you might want to consider a capacitive fuel gauge or something else.
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:35 AM   #1379
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Wow, more good news

Can't seem to catch a break when it comes to finding the correct parts. Last night I double checked my old tank and there are two baffles in it. The new one definitely has NO baffles.

It sure would be nice to know why manufacturers can't seem to make something that actually matches the OEM part. Frustrating to say the least.

Thanks for the heads up!

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Old 01-06-2016, 09:03 AM   #1380
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Are you baffled by its lack of baffles Brad? Sorry...
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Fuel tanks

Special made fuel tanks have many applications.

But, the universal issue is always the gauge, or sender.

The fuel moving around , can indeed wear out the best of senders.

However, there is a very simple thing that can be done, that will totally avoid the sloshing around damage.

Within the tank, install a cavity that has small holes in it.

If you wish, for simplicity, build a small box that totally surrounds and completely shields the fuel gauge sender.

Then, drill a small hole in the bottom of that shield as well as the top. Something in the order of perhaps 1/8 inch hole would work very well. As the fuel moves back and forth within the tank, it could not do the same thing within that shield, as the 2 small holes would prevent any rapid changes within the shield.

Then perhaps drill 2 small holes, both at the bottom as well as the top of the shield, just in case one of them got plugged up for what ever reason.

For those that are experiencing the sloshing problem, do you think that this method would cure the issue ??

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Tony can you say recycled metal oops sorry Brad
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:31 AM   #1383
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Tony can you say recycled metal oops sorry Brad
I guess with all the rust in the fuel tank you recycled they didn't have enough metal left to include the baffles...

The upside is the motorhome will weigh just a little bit less so I should get better fuel economy!
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If you looking for a replacement Classic Tachometer or would like to have a spare these are available on ebay for $14.53 delivered.

These are new tachs and this is by far the cheapest that I've seen. Matter of fact I just bought one for myself

At the time of this posting there are still 9 available.

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There are gauges already made like Andy mentions, that have a cylinder with a float riding on rods rather than a float on the end of a pivoting arm. Apparently they are much more resistant to wearing out but you need to get the one specifically for your tank depth. There are also capacitive senders with no moving parts (as used on Monacos for instance) and also a new approach used in some experimental aircraft that puts a pressure sensor outside the tank, that basically weighs the amount of fuel above it. I may try one of those, as it doesn't require removing the tank. Or maybe just a sight gauge outside...
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If you looking for a replacement Classic Tachometer or would like to have a spare these are available on ebay for $14.53 delivered.

These are new tachs and this is by far the cheapest that I've seen. Matter of fact I just bought one for myself

At the time of this posting there are still 9 available.

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Thanks for the heads up. For ten bucks I'm in. Otherwise, I know my tach will be doomed to fail. Cheap insurance.

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