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    Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

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Size:  70.8 KBSo I wanna make a fuel cell about 10-12 gallons. It will be made of 1/8” aluminum. I think it’s 5052 that I have. Hoping I can get some help on how many gallons these dimensions come out too? It will fit the front of the boat well this way Name:  678A6637-0BD6-4E48-9E5E-B543A4F6B7B6.jpg
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Size:  47.8 KBso the tank will be 1’ tall. And not sure if I’m going to add the 5” sides at the back. Just a triangle may be enough. Thanks! I plane on building it this week. Planing on using rubber grommets for the bottom and Tieing it down to secure it and wanna add a net possibly to it on the front and weld on mount for fire extinguishers holder on it and rod holders and let it be a seatName:  68B3932B-8491-490E-9D57-F17659EDA449.jpg
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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    I made one for a guy for a bigger boat. I think it worked out to around 24 gallons in the one I made. Easier to figure the amount if you figure it more square instead of all the extra angles.



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    Nice vpt! That right about what I wanna make. Did u put any baffling inside? What did u use for a vent and fuel cap?

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    I did baffle from side to side. The vent is in the cap, the cap was mounted to the boat and a rubber hose runs from the tank to the cap. I think the cap was a simple motorcycle cap or the like from an auto parts store (or possibly ordered off line) came with the matching neck for the cap too.

    The hole in the top was for a sending unit which was a cheapy bought of the net as well.

    The owner put the tank at the front of the boat obviously, the twin batteries right behind it and a seat/deck over the whole deal.
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    I was thinking about doing a clear hose from the top to bottom to see fuel level. I like the dirt bike style with hose hanging down. I’ve seen some with breather holes under the outside edge of the cap where u grip it with your finger but little closer in. I might even make a cap on the lathe. Haven’t done much lathe projects lately. I’ll go check the auto parts store or online also
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    Did u weld the inside?
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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    Quote Originally Posted by motolife313 View Post
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Size:  149.0 KBthis was on the Columbia today
    Boy, that drought on the west coast must be getting REALLY BAD, the Columbia River looks extremely dry. Looks so dry I bet the fish have ticks on'em.

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    Ya I was standing in the middle of the river yesterday on a sand bar

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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    Based on your dimensions the tank you have drawn will hold about 11.5 gallons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leightrepairs View Post
    Based on your dimensions the tank you have drawn will hold about 11.5 gallons.

    Thanks a lot!! I take it that’s for the smaller tank right?

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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    That is for the one with the 3 inch nose, 13 inch side, 5 inch side and 22.5 back that is 12 inches tall.
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    Ok that would be the bigger one. Wow I’m surprised it’s only that big. Thanks again! With that one I could still lay down in it

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    judging by the pictures of the roofs in the neiborghood, you had a wind storm or a roofer strike? many shingles missing everywhere...?

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    Massive tornado

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    Hey Moto, just lookin at the picture of the boat & you, are you sure you got the motor trimmed correctly?

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    I set the motor up for a video to do wheelies. I’ve figured out how to work the motor now and let it set free in shallow spots. First day I had no idea and it was getting dark. I can get it to plane really fast now

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    Yeah that picture looked like you were ready to take off! Were ya puckered a little?

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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    No not at all. I was doing it on purpose. He did even a bigger one the first day because the fuel tank was in the back. I’ve got it in the front now. That was little scary. I though the boat was going to flip lol. I could only get it to like 5mph if that first day

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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    I am envious but only because my boat is nit running ... I have nit been out since last summer...
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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    Don’t u have a nice fishing boat?

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    Yeah its a shame too
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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    It looked like a bass boat

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    I was going to post a picture but my phone died while I was out there messing with the trailer. It is an 18.6” Charger Bass Boat practically identical to a champion bass boat. Charger did a few things different on their boats like looping the live well circulation around the ice chest to keep the live wells cool for happy fish.

    Here is a video of me releasing a couble black bass here in Stockton on the Delta. They were stored in the driver side live well. Fish kept poking me with their dorsal fins thats why I was owing so much.

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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    Just an FYI. Anyone making fuel tanks for boats might want to search for the coast guard regulations governing fuel tanks, especially if you are building one for a customer. They don't allow fittings anywhere in the tank except the top and the manufacturer is supposed to be certified. I think built in tanks are also supposed to be in the back half of the boat. Could be a liability if there was ever problem with a customer's tank.

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    Re: Aluminum fuel cell for zodiac rib

    Here ya go Moto, this is a better shot of my truck/boat combo and the neighbors dry yard across the street when I was renting back in '2010 oh and the 1998 Regal GS I sold to my ex when we split up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    Here ya go Moto, this is a better shot of my truck/boat combo and the neighbors dry yard across the street when I was renting back in '2010 oh and the 1998 Regal GS I sold to my ex when we split up.

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    thats a good looking boat and you made the best deal..ditch the wife and car, keep the truck and boat....

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