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Well, I join in the chorus that I would replace the tank. If anyone is interested, I posted back in October about my tank in an 1983 O'day 34. Being the anal engineer I am, I did some calculating and I contacted the Florida Marine Tank for original drawings. I calculated that if I lowered the over all height of the tank by 3" I would not have to cut any fiberglass and it would reduce the tank from 30 gal to 24 gal - which was acceptable to me.
Well it worked as I installed this weekend. My old tank had 3 weep holes that caused the problem in the forward bottom lip. Since the fuel had gotten into the wood cradle, I removed the entire wooden cradle and replaced. If anyone does this, just be careful to remove the four wooden cradle sides intact so you can use them as a pattern. Also, the foward panel, you will need to lower the lip by 1 1/2" so the tank will slip into place as the tank top will come in contact with the steering pulleys. By lowering the lip, the tank slipped in like a champ. This kept me from having to remove another parts and I had the tank completely in and engine running in about 10 hours with out removing anything or cutting anything except pullng out the batteries.