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Post by woomera » Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:58 pm

Hi all,
The MB has just been in the garage having various bits & pieces done, was getting put back together when a fuel hose ruptured. Lucky it happened at the garage and not on the road! Anyway…
We agreed to replace all hoses with new, but when it came to the outlet from the tank another issue was identified; the steel fuel tank outlet pipe (bulkhead / flanged adapter?) was crumbling beyond the point of no return. They had a go at loosening it and one of the lugs of the 3-lug twist fitting snapped off the tank. See photos.

So what’s the route forward from here? A whole new tank? The cost and time involved in cleaning out the old tank and welding up a new lug, or a new fitting, is probably going to be similar. Or are replacement fittings and Lug plates even available? Suggestions welcome!
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Post by scimjim » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:35 pm

These are advertised for mini, LR, Jaguar, MG etc - are they all a standard size?


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Post by peter freeman » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:48 pm

My MB has a SS tank fitted - bite the bullet



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Post by scimjim » Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:56 pm

As if by magic, QRG advertise MB and Sabre fuel outlets on Facebook today :P
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Post by philhoward » Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:09 pm

What a coincidence.. :mrgreen:

Hi Nigel ;)


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Post by woomera » Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:23 pm

Thanks very much for the replies everyone.

Yes those components magically appeared after my phone call to QRG yesterday! No flies on Nigel! 😆 I guess it makes sense tho if he already photographed the kit for me - he may as well list them. Apparently it’s a common reliant fitting, and everything from the Robin through to the Scimitar Sabre has them.

The tank is now off the car and it looks like it’s galvanised rather than stainless. It’s in good condition aside from the rusty flange already described, and a couple of spots on the seams that need attention.

I would consider replacing it with a stainless tank if they were Middlebridge originals, but it sounds like the available tanks are all re-made specials? Are there original SS tanks out there, or was the factory fitment always a galvanised tank? The garage has suggested a “dip coating” treatment as an alternative, which apparently comes with a lifetime guarantee, but after attending to the crusty bits,l and getting the tank to and from the coating place, there may not be much in it cost-wise...



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Post by woomera » Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:04 pm

I am coming around to the idea that the dip-coat treatment for my existing tank might be the way to go. I have usually regretted moving away from original MB components (don’t get me started on the exhaust manifolds, or suspension “upgrades”…)

This way I will retain all the original figment Reliant tank hardware too such as the sender / outlet discussed above (NOS replacements).

I reckon the coated black tank underneath will look quite the part as well.

Any thoughts?



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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:13 pm

Reliant made a lot of original figments :mrgreen:


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Post by woomera » Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:49 pm

@DARK STAR - Ha! I guess that’s a Freudian typo...



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Post by woomera » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:05 pm

Just acquired one of these from a place that stocks MGB parts. Will replace the original crusty one with this before getting the tank treated.
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