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Old 03 June 2013, 16:11   #11
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Got an issue that I would appareciate peoples opinion on.

I had a problem with the SS fuel tank where the welds had cracked and had let water into the fuel. Local dealer who had also fitted the engines offered to arrange to have a new tank made, there was no formal quote but a loose figure of 700 was mentioned, he was having it made by a thrid party so I would trust him on the price being reasonable. The old tank was supplied to the fabricators for them to copy, they utilised the old filling spigot but the rest of the tank would be brand new. The new tank arrived, looked excellent and much tidier than the old one ever did, it was installed but some time later I had another incident of water in the fuel. Assumed it must be connections which weren't right, ran through all of them but everything seemed fine. I took the boat to another Glasgow Evinrude dealer for him to try to resolve the issue, he found that the welds on the fuel pick up spigots were leaking and had to be rewelded, I also had to replce the injectors in the engine that had been running off the new tank, a bill of 3,750.

I have been billed for the new fuel tank at a cost of 1,200, seems very expensive especially given that they had the old tank which must have been worth a few quid for scrap. Had everything been good with it I would just shrug, pay it and move on, however I have ended up having to shell out a small fortune as a result of it being sub standard.

What on earth should I do?
You've been done. Don't know what you can do now. But I think I would have lost my temper with someone by now. Talk to the guys who supplied the tank. Tell them you're not happy. 2 a lot more tha 7
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You said the old spigots were used earlier .. but then said new ones were fabricated ?

Seems central to your problem ? which is it ?
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Old 03 June 2013, 16:45   #13
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You said the old spigots were used earlier .. but then said new ones were fabricated ?

Seems central to your problem ? which is it ?
The filler spigot was reused, the fuel pick up spigots which were the issue were new.
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Seems a bit odd to me that you're getting so much water in via small fractures. Are you sure the source of water isn't somewhere else? Is this tank constantly getting splashed or submerged?

Do you have a water separator/filter in your fuel feed to the engine. I'd be surprised if a modern fit out didn't include one which should prevent injector problems. Not sure anyone of the dealers/mechanics have served you particularly well in this instance.
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The filler spigot was reused, the fuel pick up spigots which were the issue were new.
I see .. so the builder made a tank.. with new pick ups but used your old filler ? .. and the pick ups he installed didnt work ?
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Hindsight etc.,

So I won't go there.

If one were to do this again, get an estimate and then a quote in writing. Two very different things these......an estimate and a quote. You can hold someone to a quote but not an estimate.

Agree what's being used and re-used and what is fit for purpose.......a true pro will not go anywhere near kit that may cause his/her handiwork to fail.

However some very understanding pro's are very understanding of your budget and will incorporate used items. It is these guys that end up taking it on the chin as they stand up to their word and if using "used" kit will generally get you going regardless.

I should point out that in the end, if you want it done properly ( and a SS tank is someway there ), then using old parts is asking for trouble.

1500 is more than twice the 700 but way less than 3750. But that's stating the obvious.

I run the risk of being told that in this case you may need to use a different petrol station also.

This is all looking to the future you understand. If you were to do this again. Not telling you what you should have done.

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I see .. so the builder made a tank.. with new pick ups but used your old filler ? .. and the pick ups he installed didnt work ?
Exactly so.

The Arctic has an open transom so the back of the tank can have the sea sloshing around it.
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