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Post by Crowther » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:39 pm

Gurus, once again I call upon you to save my Scim, and probably my neighbours house. My newly-fitted SS tank is leaking from the seams on the nearside. I've got it on axle stands so I can get at the tank and I can see a few piaces where seepage is occurring.

The fuel gauge hasn't worked since the tank was fitted by my local garage and since then, fearing some roadside embarrassment, I have kept it brimmed.

I'm planning to syphon out 20l of fuel and see if I can apply a temporary fix with putty (the leaks are at the top of the tank) and then... I'm not sure.
Do I need a new tank? If so, do the ones sold by the traders fit a 5a well? This one is a terrible match for the filler neck?
Do they have the sender on the front or the side?

I really wish I'd tested this tank more thoroughly...


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Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:43 pm

That’s really unusual - don’t think I’ve ever heard of a SS tank leaking?

I’d investigate having it repaired by a local welder first - I certainly wouldn’t use putty as anything other than a “get you home” fix.

AFAiK the traders supply tanks with standard senders on the side?


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Post by Crowther » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:49 pm

Thanks Jim. I like to be different, as does my Scim - the previous tank had the sender on the front where it met the nylon and wiring nicely.

The putty was more a "get away from home" fix should I need to take it back to the garage.


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Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:58 pm

I’ve seen some with the sender on the front - not sure who made them though.


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Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
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Post by Crowther » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:02 pm

Ah, so my original tank was not original! You live and learn.


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