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Old 02-25-2011, 06:38 PM   #41
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Final installation day begins!

1) The clean slate. I really should have painted, but ran out of time.
2) A few hours of fabrication and she hangs on its rail-and-pin system. Seems pretty sturdy. We'll see.
3) Close-up of the hood pin used to secure the top. Had to use a small piece of 1/2" hose as a spacer. I figure that it will also do a good job to keep the pin from working out (like it could anyway)
4) About halfway through the plumbing. Slower progress than expected. Typical I suppose.

Looks like it may take another weekend to get fully done and get Dr. Perky running again. Still happy with the results so far.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:02 PM   #42
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The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Your not going to leave it like that are you?

Just kidding, looks good ,except the dangling power cord.


You might want to strap it to the overhead or something.


Like the gray metal*timer box.

Keep up the good work.

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Old 02-25-2011, 08:22 PM   #43
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Very exciting! I'll bet it's killing you waiting to see that thing fill up the first time. Great work, and thanks for letting the rest of us piggyback on your efforts.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:23 PM   #44
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Ya did a nice job. Just tie the power cord up.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:09 AM   #45
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Ya' know... I KNEW you guys would drill me about the power cord. I totally plan on putting it up... You think I'd go this far trying to be neat about it only to leave the cord dangling like that? lol I had just grabbed the camera after the big step of a successful electric motor wiring test and I was taking a rest from bilge yoga.

Thanks guy... I hope to finish the plumbing today... maybe. Might have to take the first mate for a bike ride for steamed OYSTERS. So maybe sunday
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:15 PM   #46
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SHE IS ALIVE!!!

(Lost three attempts at typing an extensive post here from wanky keystrokes. The pics will have to speak for themselves.)

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Old 02-26-2011, 12:52 PM   #47
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Congrats!!* By your expression I assume no Leaks!!

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:53 PM   #48
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Very clean!** Nice going Tom.* I wish my system was as nicely done.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:01 PM   #49
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Dam, now I'll have to go and redo my system as it looks completely primitive in comparison.
Your's looks bloody good.

1 question, filters used are not marine versions with metal spill trays at bottom.Any real reason.
Would not be condoned under survey rules in Aus. (State or Society...Lloyds etc)

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I believe the metal bowls are to buy time in Fire. In the states they are required on inspected passenger boats.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:37 PM   #51
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Thanks y'all... I'm proud and thankful for all the help the Trawler Forum community has been, with extra props going out to Delfin, Forkllift, and Rick B. for going above and beyond!

Benn, there are a couple of reasons (and BTW, they are heat shields and not spill guards)... First, the two primary filter are my old ones. I didn't want to buy all new. I needed to save some cash. Second, when I bought one new one, I wanted them to all match. Third, The bowls can be added easy enough later. Fourth, I'm really not THAT interested in following the AYBS regs to the letter. I just don't see the point. If a surveyor takes points off for it (assuming I ever want to sell), the compensation I have to give them will be minimal.

I already have someone here in the marina that MAY want to buy one. Hmmm...

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Old 02-26-2011, 04:39 PM   #52
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I'll put together a full parts list for those of you that want to build on yourself.

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Old 02-28-2011, 07:15 AM   #53
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

She started, she ran beautifully, and we boated for the first time in two months on a gorgeous 75 degree day here in North Carolina.

1) Pic of Wrightsville Beach from Masonboro Inlet.
2) The *poof* of goo that filled the polishing filter upon our return.Guess I'll need to plan for a physical tank cleaning in the near future. But good to know... it works!
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:02 AM   #54
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Tom, you might just try burning the fuel that's in her if its old, refueling with fresh then going through 3 or 4 filters to see how much of the crud you can remove that's in the tanks.
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...But good to know... it works!
Was there ever any doubt?

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Ya' know... I KNEW you guys would drill me about the power cord. I totally plan on putting it up... You think I'd go this far trying to be neat about it only to leave the cord dangling like that? lol I had just grabbed the camera after the big step of a successful electric motor wiring test and I was taking a rest from bilge yoga.

Thanks guy... I hope to finish the plumbing today... maybe. Might have to take the first mate for a bike ride for steamed OYSTERS. So maybe sunday
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Good move....there's an old trick when working around critics -
throw them a bone and intentionally leave something in error for them to criticize !
Then they will leave you alone!

Your system looks very nice !
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...But good to know... it works!
Was there ever any doubt?

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Are you kidding?!?! (I know you are) It's only been the HUGE monkey on my back since day one of this project! You can plan and plan and plan, but until you hook it up and have it not shoot fuel all over the engine bay, or worse, drip from EVERY threaded seal, I was like a long-tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs just waiting to get my tail squashed.

*

Carl, I think that is the plan at this point. That fuel is almost a year old. The downsides are two-fold. First, it opens the tanks up to more growth during the summer. Second, the price of fuel may skyrocket and I am stuck with an extra $500 fuel bill when it comes time to fill-up.

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"That fuel is almost a year old"

Not a problem at all.

Oh yes and the system looks great...and what Ralph said.
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Tom, year old fuel isn't very old, so the crud you're picking up is probably mostly the precipitated gunk that builds up in virtually all diesel tanks without some proactive way of removal.* Sump drains can certainly help, but not perfectly.* Have you sump drains?* If so, start there, but you might find that you can clean out the crud that has built up over the years with a few filter changes.* Any sign of water in the bottom of the bowl?
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Don't know what a sump drain is... so no, I haven't one of those No water either, but I do know what that it.

Like I mentioned, I'll get a proper physical cleaning once I get a little money saved up. Really, my only concern about pulling off the inspection/cleaning hatches (round and about 15" across with about 20 bolts) myself is getting them sealed back up so I don't drip 300 gallons of fuel into my bilge. I guess I could pull them off and clean them, but pay someone with liability insurance to seal them back up for me. Still, I should probably burn a little more fuel off to make sure that it will all fit into one tank before I start. That means... MORE BOATING... YAY!!!!!

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