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1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by handi2 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:29 pm

Hello,

Here are some pictures of the fuel tank being replaced in my sons boat.
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by handi2 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:34 pm

I'm trying to to figure out how to load multiple pics in one post.
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by handi2 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:39 pm

More pictures....
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by handi2 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:43 pm

Tom,

What is the grey rigging tube running amidship to the port side?
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by werdsdrew316 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:23 am

We're you able to identify where the leak was?

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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by handi2 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:27 am

Corrosion all over the bottom. Hundreds of pin holes and larger. Foamed in tanks that get wet it a bad thing.
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by werdsdrew316 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:26 pm

Wow! How did you support the new tank from the bottom?

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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by handi2 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:29 pm

The new tank is a Moeller Poly tank that they use now in the newer Key West boats. It was tabbed in with SS srews and foam on the sides just as a they do now. One thing not to do is buy the tank they reccomend. It was $450.00 plus shipping..!! I didn't know that until it arrived. Find another Moeller tank that will fit even if you have to go down in size. Probably around $300.00 or less. The tank installed is 31 gallons.

I will post the finishing pics when I find them.

The 1994 boat looks like new and rides very well with a 2001 80hp Yamaha F80.
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by werdsdrew316 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:32 pm

Yeah saw your pic on Kieth's sticker dilemma. The boat looks beautiful! I am curious about your comment on wet sanding. I have very minor oxidation as its a garage kept boat. I do however want to bring back the lustrous shine to the gel coat. How can you tell when wet sanding is needed opposed to a product like fineness-it?
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by handi2 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:46 pm

You don't need wet sanding with minor oxidation. After the boat was cleaned with hull cleaner from Walmart ( It's the same stuff as Starbright) I use 3M Marine buffing compund. The heavy stuff. Followed by 3M Finesse-It and then polish. I don't care for wax.

Later on after finding more stress cracks in the gel coat and fixing them I use a buffing compound a friend brought over. It's Presta Ultra Cutting Cream. This stuff is fantastic. It starts as a heavy buffing compound then breaks down to a fine polish. You can skip the Finesse-It. It gave a much better finish in half the time. You have to use a rotory buffer and wool pads. Makita and Dewalt make the best ones. A random orbital will not cut it.
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by werdsdrew316 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:29 pm

Absolutley fantastic work all around! I will be posting some pics when I finish the task. Thanks for all the great info.

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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by Cracka » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:06 pm

G'day Handi2,

Great job on the replacement tank job. Your gel has come up very nice. It's hard to tell from the pics but how did the nonskid come up, did you buff it as well and then use something's like Woodys to stop the slip. You mentioned a few cracks, how did you finish off your repairs mix colored gel and spray over the repair, couple you elaborate a little for me.

The boat looks great.

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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by Tom Marlowe » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:38 pm

Now this is an excellent example of what this forum is intended for. Handi you have done an incredible job both of replacing the tank and recording the event for others. Thank you very much sir.
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by MarshMarlowe » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:13 pm

I can see why they call you "handi"

Thanks for the informative write up :clap:
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Re: 1994 KW 1720 Sportsman Fuel Tank Replacing

PostPosted by Apollo AUS » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:16 pm

Agree with Tom. Top job mate.
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