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Post by HarrySS1 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:34 pm

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Fuel from the filter
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Hi all,
Hopefully my picture has worked, sorry new to forum.
I thought it was time for an update and maybe some advice, I have just emptied the above out of my fuel filter. (Rusty lumps in fuel).
How should I go about cleaning my fuel?
Remove, empty and clean the tank? What can I use to clean?
Is there somewhere to get replacement tanks?
The symptoms I’m trying to cure is loss of power and Drop in idle after 30 mins driving. Including stalling, not wanting to start.
Have replaced fuel pump, but won’t be pumping that fuel through it!!!
Thanks, Harry



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Post by peter freeman » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:49 pm

Perhaps time to buy a stainless tank from GW or QRG. AS to the other problem you need to know whether its fuel or ignition related - carry a strobe in the car then you can check quickly if you have lost your spark - or your car has.



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Post by scimjim » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:53 pm

Sounds like typical water in fuel - does your car live outside?

Only way to be sure is to take the tank out - fairly simple but beware of breaking the fuel sender connections just by looking at them in the wrong manner :D


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Post by manny » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:11 pm

I feel your pain - as i emptied my SS1 tank recently - and it was 1/4 full of water\petrol!!- i used an electric pump to draw it out at the carb end...
its been fine since- but as my car is parked out side- i envisage the same exercise in the future...

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Post by HarrySS1 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:16 pm

Thanks for the responses, il hold of buying a new tank until I look into the tank. I keep my scimitar in a garage, but before me it was stood for 7 years in a wobbly shed. Maybe it took in some water there. Bonus picture of my car! (Now that I’ve worked out how to)
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Post by scimjim » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:25 pm

Harry, I don’t think your car’s on the register (certainly not on my old copy anyway) - could you confirm with SS1.registrar@rssoc.co.uk please?


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Post by Nigel Clark » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:26 pm

If your tank isn't actually perforated, try a slosh tank sealant. I used one from Frost on my SE6A 2 years ago and so far all has been fine. Before, loads of rust coming through to the carb.


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Post by HarrySS1 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:08 pm

Hi guys,
So the results are in!!! Rather a fun job really, took a while to pull the boot liner out. Some hidden bolts under the carpet.
So as the photos below there was a hell of a lot of rust in there! Unfortunately while draining and swishing and filtering the fuel we sprung a leak, definitely a rust related hole.
So can I plug the hole? Jb weld?
Or do I have to submit to another hefty scimitar related bill. :(
Thanks all!
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Post by peter freeman » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:10 pm

AT some time you will probably have to buy a SS tank so why bother trying to mend the old one - bite the bullet.



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Post by scimjim » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:13 pm

I have useable spares - where are you?


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Post by HarrySS1 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:15 pm

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Post by philhoward » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:54 pm

Looks like it sprung a leak on a spot weld? That’s where No.1’s tank went too.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:58 am

Pop the sender out and have a look inside, if it is generally clean and tidy with just isolated rust perforation then worthwhile welding it up (by someone who is experienced and confident doing so)

Otherwise, second hand tanks are available, see scimJim or from a breaker such as - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RELIANT-SS1- ... SweWBawpdk

The stainless steel tanks from QRG are excellent quality though, I was admiring one at Curborough at the weekend.


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Post by HarrySS1 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:27 am

Im not sure what the insides of fuel tanks should look like, but if its £80 for a half knackered tank, im thinking i might have to bite the bullet and go SS.
Anyone know if the SS tanks come with the accessories?



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Post by Alan SS1 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:40 pm

from personal info, if the tank is ONLY thin at one area, then GRP/isopon type material WILL hold fuel. fixed a tank which leaked the rolled flange about six inches long, and no access to inside of it
if lots of thin areas then not worth teh hassle (if you can source another one)
all depends on your financial situation I guess :wink:


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