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Norm Rhines

I will let Bud answer your question (But you have described what I have done less the coatings) Just remember the fuel pickup has the long tube inside and the return and vent lines have just the connections.
1.) I installed a flush 4" bronze screw type deck access plate over the front end of the tank which allows me to have the shutoff valve on the top of the tank and accessible from the cockpit.
2.) We also put one of those 6 amp inline blowers on the back of the wooden bulkhead and have it pointed out the 4" hole which allows me to remove the heat in engine room fast; 1 min run gets most out. (We did not use ducting but this type of fan has the blades in side the short tube = less issues with it catching things, hose, wire, etc.)
3.) On a cold watch with the engine running you can open this port up for some personal heat, really nice when it is needed.
4.) If you run the fan while motoring in a hot climate it keeps much of the heat out of the cabin.
Hope this helps.

P.s. the hole also helps when connecting up the hoses or reinstalling a fitting.

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