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Tom Bond
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:19 am    Post subject: Leak Testing Fuel Tank Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What's the best method to leak test a fuel tank? Didn't want the weld shop to do it. Just had them repair the broken mounting rail. 99% sure it won't leak as it's in good condition but just want to check all the seams and fittings and one previously brazed repair before I got it. I can plug the bottom fittings but don't really want to put in 17 gals. of gas quite yet.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: Leak Testing Fuel Tank Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tom Bond wrote:
(quoted from post at 15:19:43 09/28/12) What's the best method to leak test a fuel tank? Didn't want the weld shop to do it. Just had them repair the broken mounting rail. 99% sure it won't leak as it's in good condition but just want to check all the seams and fittings and one previously brazed repair before I got it. I can plug the bottom fittings but don't really want to put in 17 gals. of gas quite yet.
If you don't put gas in it,I can't see much you can do other than see if it will hold air pressure, perhaps submerged to watch for air bubbles, BUT you better keep pressure real low, most tanks can't stand much at all.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: Leak Testing Fuel Tank Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have tank sitting high enough to see all the way around it, fill with water check for leaks overnight. Remove plug or turn over upside down to drain water. Replug, add a gallon of gas slosh around (gas floats on water). Drain into can, let sit and air dry over a day. And install if no leaks.

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