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    Fuel tank replacement

    Could someone offer guidance on a supplier for a fuel tank for a 1974 18' classic? Seems to me some of the followers here have had tanks made in Florida but the information on who did them is lost on me. Any good advise? Thanks, Sandy

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    Yes, I used Best Fab in Bartow.
    http://www.bestfab.com/contact.html
    I found them to reasonably priced and very helpful.
    Please ask for "Coal Tar Epoxy" coating on the tank.

    Here's a 41 gallon tank dwg. for an 18, or a Minx.
    This dwg. was from RDS who has priced themselves
    out of the market.

    41 Gallon RDS.pdf41 Gallon RDS.pdf
    George Carter
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    Thank you

    George, thank you I will contact them as suggested. Sandy

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    Biggest tank that would fit in the original spot without alterations.
    A winner is just a loser that got up and did it one more time.
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    I used Florida Marine Tanks (FMT). They were the original makers of the 25 gallon tank in my '78 X18. They still had the original design drawings. Very good to work with too.
    1978 X-18, SBC, Volvo 280T
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirbyvv View Post
    I used Florida Marine Tanks (FMT). They were the original makers of the 25 gallon tank in my '78 X18. They still had the original design drawings. Very good to work with too.
    Mine is 28 gal and they should also have its design in stock.
    A winner is just a loser that got up and did it one more time.
    1959 Biesemeyer - 4pt Hydro Drag - 2013 ACBS Winner - Best Race Boat
    1967 Nova Marine - SuperNova24 - ACBS Winner - 2012 Best Race Boat - 2016 Peoples Choice & Best Non Wood
    1972 John Allmand - Nova 19
    1982 PolarKraft -Jonboat - Crab Killer

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    fuel tank

    Thanks for the replies....looks like I'll wait until we get it opened up to see what size the existing tank is the prior owner was not sure of the capacity.

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    Sandy, if you do have a small tank and would like to increase it to 42 gallons,
    here's a thread about doing just that on an early 18.
    http://www.donzi.net/forums/showthre...Barrel-Back-18
    George Carter
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    George, once again thank you for your valued input....won't be long and we'll know what is hiding under that deck!

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    Fuel Tank

    I just used TNT in Ft. Pierce, FL. Nice to work with and had mine powder coated for an extra $60,00. I did give them my old tank for a pattern. Mine is a Hornet. Hope that helps, Cadillac

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