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Old 07 August 2013, 04:30   #1
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Mercury Quiksilver Fuel Tank Pickups

Hi all, I have two 22 litre Plastic Gasoline tanks as the main fuel storage for the Avon SR5dt4.

These are genuine Mercury/Quicksilver tanks, maybe 5 years old, red in colour, plastic handle across the top. The quick connect fitting is molded into a plastic fitting which has 4 screws holding it to the tank and a clear plastic level indicator (small yellow indicator within the window).

I recently thought to remove the plastic pickup-gauge fitting, to check the tank for any debris/sludge/bacteria etc.

I was pretty surprised to find that the internal plastic pickup pipe had fallen into the bottom of the tank 1. The pickup fell off with a tiny amount of hand pressure on tank 2, plus the plastic pickup tube was severely kinked. There is no apparent clamping method to attach the pickup tube to the plastic assembly.

I mananged to get one new replacement pickup-gauge assembly via a Barrus reseller (French Marine Motors -very helpful), the other is on back order. Note also that the pickup assemblies do not come with a replacement rubber gasket and this is very likely to tear when removing/replacing the pickup assembly.

Obviously any of these faults will cause the engine to suck vapour and not fuel. Anyone with these tanks, beware!

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Old 07 August 2013, 04:39   #2
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Picture of the tanks

here is a library picture of the tanks
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Old 07 August 2013, 04:43   #3
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At least the pickups can be bought as a spare part - I was pleasantly surprised with my Yamaha tanks. However I can't understand how the pickup can be cheaper than a kill cord!
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Old 07 August 2013, 04:53   #4
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QuikSilver Pickup Assembly

Here is a library picture of the pickup assembly.

The clear plastic tube develops a kink and falls off its attachment to the plastic tanktop fitting.

Quicksilver 859066A3 Pick Up Assembley
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Replacement Pickup

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At least the pickups can be bought as a spare part - I was pleasantly surprised with my Yamaha tanks. However I can't understand how the pickup can be cheaper than a kill cord!

Not much consolation when the engine cuts out at sea due to vapour lock.

Seems to me to be a poor design (choice of plastic and attachement)
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Hmm... think I may be looking at mine this weekend.
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Alternative Tanks

Hi, does anyone have a recommendation for 2 off 6 US Gallon tanks (notional 22 litres each).

I want something that goes forward in the boat and will not fail internally due to shock loads or fuel related.

Not worried about fuel hose connection so long as it has a standard 1/4" NPT female thread. I would also like a gauge that actually works!

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NB, been asking around and the Quicksilver fuel pickup pipe failure does not seem to be that uncommon
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Hi, does anyone have a recommendation for 2 off 6 US Gallon tanks (notional 22 litres each).

I want something that goes forward in the boat and will not fail internally due to shock loads or fuel related.

Not worried about fuel hose connection so long as it has a standard 1/4" NPT female thread. I would also like a gauge that actually works!

Thanks

NB, been asking around and the Quicksilver fuel pickup pipe failure does not seem to be that uncommon
I have one of these on my SR4 with no complaints

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