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Re: Black iron fuel tanks
'Black iron' was a very common ship building material at the turn of the last century. It doesn't rust and it is pretty soft compared to modern steel. I think it unlikely that you actually have 'black iron' fuel tanks, more likely a mild steel of some sort.
Monel tanks should not be used for diesel. From what I've been told the two are not compatible and in time you will get tiny pin hole leaks.
If I were replacing fuel tanks today, I'd bite the bullet and go with aluminum, though there may be some prefab fuel resistant plastic tanks available, at a better price.
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