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Taylor posted 04-23-2002 07:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for Taylor   Send Email to Taylor  
I've been working my way back in my 1988 Montauk with the cleaning and polishing activity and I've gotten to the tanks. I had them out of the boat last weekend and fixed one of the fuel gauges. I didn't know that cork would stop floating, but it does...

Anwyay, on closer examination the tanks I thought were tan painted steel turn out to be Mirax aluminum tanks! I love that kind of discovery. I need to either paint them again, or I could strip them off and maybe polish them a little. I have the buffer right there already, and I'm sort of in the mood.

Which way sounds best to you: paint them to blend them into the background, or make 'em look shiny and cool?

Tom W Clark posted 04-24-2002 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

No question in my mind that aluminum will look the best. When Mirax first came out with the aluminum tanks for the Montauk I knew I wanted a pair. If I had a Montauk today I would go to the expense of getting these tanks. And their great looks is just the gravy.

When I bought my second Montauk in 1986 it had the red painted steel tanks from Tempo. Mirax had just introduced the aluminum tanks so I repainted the Tempos with "aluminum" colored spray paint. When those tanks finally rusted at the seams and started to leak I bought the aluminum Mirax tanks.

Here's a photo of this boat one week after I bought her and had done a preliminary clean up but before repowering and stripping the bottom paint: You can get an idea of how the aluminum tanks will look in their natural state.

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