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The fuel pick-up problem is easy to solve. Run a line into the top of the tank using a flat piece of steel or alum with a tube welded in the center sticking out both ends so you can atatch a hose to it. Let he one end hang in the center of the tank down close to the bottom while the other end hooks to the fuel pump. It looks like jet ski shops have a hose with a filter on the end that we could use. There would be no welding on the tank this way. fasten the same way the sending unit is on top the tank. If you are woried about drilling a hole in the top of the tank. Disconect all the hoses and plug. Fill with diesel (it will not spark and go of like a bomb) drill the tank. drain it, if there is a little diesel residue in the tank when you fill it back up with gas it won't hurt you like water.

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Flatbed, have you done this, do you have the 1/2 " hose from filter to pump that I have, I'm contacting companies to see what is available in really flexible tubing. Dropping in from the top sounds good, it will certainly get considered when I get my new tank & I work on this problem for real.

Jeff

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No , i have not done this yet, to busy working on everyone else stuff, I am going to do this as soon as i can. If you drop it in from the top you probably would not have to relocate the fuel pump. I kept the same size hose from the tank to the pump. It is very important to have fuel volume along with fuel preasure with fuel injection because it has a return line.

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No , i have not done this yet, to busy working on everyone else stuff, I am going to do this as soon as i can. If you drop it in from the top you probably would not have to relocate the fuel pump. I kept the same size hose from the tank to the pump. It is very important to have fuel volume along with fuel preasure with fuel injection because it has a return line.

What do think would happen if we went with a 1/4 inch tygon or ether tubing (it's tough enough not to collapse)?

I ask because that is what I was planning to use inside the tank, I wasn't thinking about supplying the return line volume.

My other idea was to put a pick up line front & rear and have them join at a point below the tank. I think this would work also, but you would want to use the same size tube/hose though out.

Jeff

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You will get away with using 3/8 id hose for the suction line. Going in at both ends of the tank will do you no good. You would be sucking air going up and down the hill because one side would be above the fuel level when you get around a half tank. I really like the idea of going in from the top of the tank with a hose that will move with gravity so it leans toward the back of the tank going up hill, front of the tank going down hill aor toward the side when side hilling. Will be leaving for gordon wells staying at McMillen camp mid friday so i dont know when i can write again. will be trying out the 13.00x15 paddles.

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