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Old 12-14-2013, 12:45 AM
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Question 304 stainless

Hey boys, err & people of the female persuasion--
Is 304 stainless good enough for a fuel tank ?
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Yes but why not just go alloy
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mines alloy
most trawlers have alloy fuel tanks
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Mines 304 stainless in 1.5mm.

Too be honest, as the others have said, i wish i made it from alloy as it took forever to polish, warped in places from the welding and is heavy.

I only had DC tig at the time so stainless was my only option.

Every now and again i think about redoing it in alloy. It is likely one day i will.
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Happens to be a sheet of it available & is polished & 0.9mm so i figured what the hell !
Might give it a go eh
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Ur obviously not interested in racing it then?
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Look at 304L.

http://www.aksteel.com/pdf/markets_p...Comparator.pdf

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You will probably need to get some ribs pressed into it so that the sides have some strength about them and to stop it banging as it fills and changes temperature etc
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you will need some compo plates when you put the mounts on, if it's that thin.
and also need some baffles to stop the bulging when filling, depends on how much support and the size aswell.
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Agree with above, .9 is very thin and if its already polished you will have a hell of a time blending it to make it look any good. The internal work to make it strong enough and straight would be enough to suggest another option, such as aluminium. Just my 2 bobs worth......
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Well you all just changed my mind then didn't-cha's
Maybe I'll just grab the sheet and try and make the under bonnet look pretty
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Ur obviously not interested in racing it then?
Well that's just another point I guess Towie. That would be one that I hadn't considered. At least I know someone who can weld ally for me.
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