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I hate esprit fuel tanks!

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Its official I hate the fuel tanks on my esprit what an absolute joke of a job that is, I ended up having to cut the exit spout to get the damm thing out. Does anyone have a suggestion on replacement tank? I would want one that is slightly smaller or has a shorter exit spout to make refitting easier. 

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Is there any issue with having one alloy and one steel tank? I was only planing on replacing the one tank.

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Yeah - the steel one will still rot and be a complete pain in the arse to do in a couple of year ?

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@Matt-watts may be able to help. He made some beautiful tanks recently...

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I'd still give Andy a call, he may just have a pair of GT3 tanks sitting around.

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Called Andy Wiltshire as mentioned already he is a very busy boy currently has orders for 90+ tanks :o so then I tried esprit engineering and they are going to sort me out a new tank for next week  :thumbup:

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Bloody hell - that's 45 cars worth!!! At one supplier :cry:


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Don't think they are all for Esprit's Barry


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ahh - penny drops :getmecoat:


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Shame they don't make collapsible tanks for Esprits. Be a bloody sight easier.


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You'd think you could be able to get plastic safety tanks ??? 


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Hi guys, how do you tell if a fuel tank is on its way out on a 1977 S1 Esprit and on a 1984 S3 Esprit please?

 

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Smell of petrol and if its not the breather pipes then put your hand up under the tanks into the foam and see if they smell of fuel afterwards.  Tops rot out with water from the 1/4 light glass seal failing.

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Don't go for aluminium replacenments as they also corrode, go to stainless steel. Some people paint their tanks with a product called POR15 which a a resin, as long as the tanks aren't completely rusted away it is supposed to work well


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I was just about to say that the Ali tanks should not corrode unless they are coming into contact with a lot of salt water. Then remembered what they do to your roads over there. :getmecoat: 


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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I thought that salt water was the electrolyte but ali required contact with another metal to corrode.


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As far as I know, corrosion is a similar process to oxidation (rust). Where rust requires water and oxygen, corrosion requires salt water and oxygen. That's way back to my HS chemistry so I maybe quite incorrect.


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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I won't take my Esprit out in the Winter time andwith roads heavily sprayed with salt. I have aluminium tanks. They have been there for five years and they're fine.

Cheers,

Jacques.


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I would want one that is slightly smaller or has a shorter exit spout to make refitting easier. 

I seem to remember reading in another fuel tank message thread on the Esprit forum that one manufacturer's tank was shaped so that it slipped in without the problems of the original tank. Perhaps it had curved edges or was slightly smaller.

Try the search function of the forum ;)

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