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Old 07-24-2015, 07:16 AM   #21
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The filter body, which appears to have no means of draining the water and muck it might collect, is like the ones(probably OEM) on my boat when I bought it. We chucked them for Racors.
Surprisingly enough it did come with a petcock. You have to unscrew the plug from the bottom of the canister and replace it with the petcock, but at least it has the ability. The petcock drains the filtered side only though, to empty the dirty side it has to be poured out. I could add one to drain the dirty side but it's not that much effort to do it when I swap the filter. No water was in it when I changed the filter out last night.

I have a racor in front of the large filter so it can remove any water. So far I've run the setup about 5 hours, and there has been a lot of water in the racor but it's done a good job of getting it all. I have to drain it every hour or so.

Whether it meets with anyones approval or not, it's working and its working well. The fuel entering the racor is black as crude oil, the flashlight doesnt even penetrate it. The color of the fuel leaving the large filter is red and clear as water.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:25 AM   #22
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Instead of installing a doubtful "polishing" system, it might be worth while to convert the fuel box into a genuine fuel tank
thats the plan, but first I need to clean up the 300 or so gallons left in them so I can use it rather than toss it. The tanks are shot, the boat has sat at the dock for 8 years and time and condensation has taken its toll.

The local pirates quoted me $15K to $20K to replace them and thats with the assumption there was no issues at all. Wanna bet on that outcome? So I am doing all the prep work so all I need is to pay someone to lift the tanks out and set the new ones in. I figure a grand should grease those wheels ok.This way I learn the boats construction and I get what I want instead of what I think I can afford. What I think I can afford and what the pirates are quoting are wildly out of sync.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:28 AM   #23
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Surprisingly enough it did come with a petcock. You have to unscrew the plug from the bottom of the canister and replace it with the petcock, but at least it has the ability. The petcock drains the filtered side only though, to empty the dirty side it has to be poured out. No water was in it when I changed the filter out last night.

I have a racor in front of the large filter so it can remove any water. So far I've run the setup about 5 hours, and there has been a lot of water in the racor but it's done a good job of getting it all. I have to drain it every hour or so.

Whether it meets with anyones approval or not, it's working and its working well. The fuel entering the racor is black as crude oil, the flashlight doesnt even penetrate it. The color of the fuel leaving the large filter is red and clear as water.
A RACOR will do pretty much the same by itself....have you inspected the water filter cartridge yet? What does it look like? I
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:38 PM   #24
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A RACOR will do pretty much the same by itself....have you inspected the water filter cartridge yet? What does it look like? I
Sure, I agree with that. The reason I went this way was the added capaciy of the tier1 filter (10" vs" 3") which should mean lower cost in filter elements. I have 2 tanks with about 300 gallons between the two of them. And the ability to later mount the filter permanently with it's own fuel pump to clean the fuel on a weekly basis.

How much the "weekly basis" is really needed, I dont have any feel for. I suspect it's the typical justification mantra everyone uses when they install a (for you BandB ) "psuedo-polisher". I'll find out once I replace the tanks and get fresh fuel in them.

The tier1 was black blending to a somewhat pink color to about the depth of halfway when I swapped it out last night. I am using the fuel in the clear tube between the tier1 filter and the walbro pump to check for the filter's as it's easy to check. So far it's been a clear red.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:28 AM   #25
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all I need is to pay someone to lift the tanks out and set the new ones in

A 4 inch cutting unit will be under $50, , chop them up.

I would use plastic fuel boxes to contain much of the fuel, and a genuine fuel tank with a sump as the tank before the engine .

A gravity day tank fed by it would be icing on the cake , with a Manual lift pump to refill.
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