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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 23 Jun 2007 04:50 #1

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After sea trials along the coast last Sunday, our 105 gallon Fuel Tank Replacement project is essentially complete (other than the finish work - replacing partition walls, wall coverings, wood trim, etc.), so in the interest of making this information available asap we are posting this now.

Click the links below for step-by-step instructions with pictures on removing and installing a 105 gallon fuel tank:

Removal:
105 gal. Fuel Tank Removal
Installation:
105 gal. Fuel Tank Installation

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1987 Ciera Sunbridge 2550 "Hiatus"
5.7L w/San Juan Engineering Full-Closed Cooling / OMC Cobra
Galvanized Calkins tandem trailer w/rollers.

105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 23 Jun 2007 20:39 #2

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That is a hell of a job. Great work.

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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 24 Jun 2007 05:46 #3

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Thanks, we would not have attempted this repair without seeing BigBabyLou's original post here, glad we found the BOC!

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1987 Ciera Sunbridge 2550 "Hiatus"
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Galvanized Calkins tandem trailer w/rollers.

105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 25 Jun 2007 13:24 #4

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Thanks for the great pictures and documentation. God I hope I never have to do that but if I do I know where to go for reference. I believe I would rather have my toenails pulled out through my nose than to go through that :prod Thanks again.

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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 25 Jun 2007 13:42 #5

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ok now you guys got me worried and thinking, other than the obvious, gas in the bilge, what othe indications are there that the gas tank might need replacing ???

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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 03 Jul 2007 02:48 #6

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Yeah, it's a nasty job but I too managed it because of the clarity of Lou's posting. Gas in the bilge may be the first indicator, or it may not. Before my tank dumped its load into the bilge it had given me at least a month of faint gas smells coming - so it seemed - from no place in particular. Faint smells, intermittent, never there long enough to track down a source.

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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 03 Jul 2007 19:36 #7

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A job well done! Thanks for the great pics. They speak a thousand words.
John

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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 04 Jul 2007 15:58 #8

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Great job and wonderful documentation. Have saved your links for reference in the event of needing similar repair on my 1990 2556 FB "Jeannne Marie". Looking at you other posts looks like you are a local Channel Islands cruizer.

See you out there!

Alex

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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 10 Jul 2007 02:38 #9

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Fantastic job! Great pics and information.
I'm having to look at this project on my 87 2450 ciera. the previous owner had installed two tanks in the engine compartment at opposite sides with a fuel tank selector. this system only holds 25 gallons of fuel.

Thanks again, job well done.

The Natalia.

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105 gal. Fuel Tank Replacement 13 Jul 2007 03:32 #10

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Extremely well documented - thank you for taking the time to take the photos, caption and upload them. I actually learned alot about my boat's construction from your project.

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