Plastic fuel tank re-installation 1800 XR 1992
Hi all, I'm making headway now with my 1992 1800 XR rebuild. New stringers and bulkheads glassed in so almost ready to refit the fuel tank. It's a plastic tank (original) and seems in good order but I find the way it was fitted strange and best and worryingly inadequate at worst.
It's clearly the original tank (Inca brand) as it was manufactured in September 1991 and fits the hull contour. As you can see from the images it was simply resting on the fibreglass of the hull bottom, not on any padding material at all and there was a gap on all four sides. The only means of 'fastening' was the piece of 1.5 inch timber you can see in the image attached to the underside of the 18mm ply section that covers the tank section between the stringers (the floor sits on top of this section. You can see the corresponding mark on the top of the tank left by the piece of timber. All this was doing was pressing down on the tank.
There are some pieces of soft rubber strips on each end of the tank although they aren't thick enough to bridge the gap around the tank. There are also two of these strips on the top of the tank which contact nothing!
A few questions then:
1. Do I refit the 30 year old plastic tank? (if not where on earth could I get a replacement?)
2. If I do refit, should I just follow the same installation procedure as was done at the factory?
3. Shouldn't the bottom of the tank have some sort of padding to isolate it from the harsh fibreglass surface beneath?
4. Surely there should be padding of some sort between the clamping timber piece and the tank?
Thanks in advance,
Maxum 1800 XR 1992