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Old 30 June 2015, 17:31   #1
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BARRUS FUEL TANK - replacing pick-up tube.

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My local Sea Cadet unit has a couple of Barrus RDG 062 fuel tanks which I'm checking over. Found one of the pick-up pipes inside the tank was soft and gloopy and - when pulled off and left to dry - crumbled into pieces in my hand! (Yes, I've cleaned the tank out now :-) )

I've seen a thread on here about this issue. What I'd appreciate is any guidance as to how to replace this pipe and what the best type of pipe to use is.

How is the fuel take-off fixing secured on the tank? No way is my hand able top through that opening, so I might have to collar my 13-year old son for that job instead (c'mon - he's in the cadets...)

Many thanks for any advice.
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Old 30 June 2015, 18:23   #2
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BARRUS FUEL TANK - replacing pick-up tube.

I did a couple a while back, dead simple to do. The pipe I used was actually off a chlorination plant from a water treatment works, meant to be for transporting neat chlorine, they only lasted a month with petrol.

Ended up using PROPER fuel pipe.

Unscrew the Mercury fuel connector, the black pick up pipe then unscrews from the tank, replace pipe then feed the pipe back through the small hole and screw the pick up back in to the tank


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I put some covers on the outlets too to stop them filling with sea water when not in use.

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Great advice!
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Old 01 July 2015, 08:52   #4
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Perfect, A1an - thank you!

Ah, so no nut on the inside - that's a big 'phew' :-)

Much obliged.
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No worries, I can't remember the inside/outside diameter of the hose I used, iirc it's quite a unique size though. Its a tight fit threading it back through the hole.

When you replace the pipe make sure its the correct length for using the tank both on its base or when its up ended. Don't ask me how I know.
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Hee-hee!

I've looked at various fuel hoses, but what I can't tell - and one supplier wasn't able to answer - was whether the pipe is suitable for immersion in petrol, or is it just the internal layer that's fully 'petrol proof'.

Any good sources for a pipe that will cope with permanent soaking?

Thanks again.
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You need to use the quicksilver silver fuel pipe. And to help it go down the thread you also need to shave it down a bit. I used a bench mounted grinding wheel.
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Fab :-)

Thanks so much - really makes my life a lot easier!
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Cool - fitting unscrewed (darn it was tight) and replacement pipe on the way.

Phew - pleased it was a simple unscrew job.

Fab - thanks :-)
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I do a special fitting to convert these into a robust pickup pipe.

You can use the old mariner fitting or I can supply new smaller ones like these Honda ones...

I've done it now, looks like I'm gonna have to get a trade membership

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