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Michael McDiarmid

I believe that I heard that the original fuel tanks were black steel. The replacements are made of aluminum. We developed a leak in the Starboard fuel tank of Namida (W32 #645) this spring. It didn?t take much to determine that indeed the tank was leaking. I was not able to actually see the location of the leak until the tank was removed. The leak was on the bottom of the tank where it set on the ledge almost directly below the fuel take-up tube. It appeared that the tank did not rot from the outside but rather from the inside out. After removing the tank I was able to plug all of the ports and pressure test the tank (with low pressure air). The source of the leak became very obvious. Bud did a fantastic job supplying a replacement tank. I?d like to be able to tell you that the job of replacing the tank was a breeze?. Actually it was not too bad. It took a couple of hours each way. I had to remove the air intake from the Perkins and move the cockpit drain lines. It?s a tight squeeze, but it comes out.

Good luck,
Mike

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