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Re: If the diesel tank is done for...
By the time you figure out how and where to install new tanks, and make them, and get them hooked up, fix #1 will start to look really good. Depending upon where you have it done, it might not cost too much to replace the old one. You could save yourself some money by cutting out the bottom of the cockpit yourself and taking out the old tank. Make as clean a cut as possible. A circular saw with only a half inch of the blade showing should do most of it. A Sawzall or jigsaw could also work, but it is harder to keep them going in a clean, straight line. Make sure no wires,cables or controls are in the way first! Hold the saw firmly with both hands. It will be awkward, since you'll need to be kneeling on the seat, not the cockpit floor that you're cutting out. Once the old tank has been removed, chances are good that there's a standard -sized tank that can be fitted in, strapped down and hooked up. Various retailers show tanks in the size range you'll need for about $200. I Then you need to fiberglass the cockpit floor back in. If you want to do THAT yourself, materials might cost $100. The trickiest part will be figuring out a way to hold the floor in place while applying the fiberglass and letting it 'kick'. Temporary supports underneath might be the best, if you can get in there somehow. If you hire it out, it might take 3 to 4 hours for the mechanic to install the new tank, and another two hours for the fiberglass guy. All told, maybe $1000 to have it done for you? Pick what works best for you.
Last edited by paulk; 05-17-2015 at 08:50 PM.