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stewart tharp posted 08-02-2002 04:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for stewart tharp   Send Email to stewart tharp  
I have a 1982 18' foot Outrage with the original aluminum fuel tank. Even after having the fuel tank cleaned,
I continue to get alot of trash in my fuel filter (black specks) and am having bad fuel
flow problems. Anybody else experience this problem? Could the tank be deteriorating after all of these years? Anybody ever replaced one? Have any ideas about cost?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

homey posted 08-02-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for homey  Send Email to homey     
Black specks? If you haven't already done so, check your fuel lines.
Tom W Clark posted 08-05-2002 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Yes it is possible that your tank has corroded out at some point. It may also be that the tank is OK but the hoses are shot and need replacement.

There are several good threads about replacing the fuel tank in and Outrage. The tank itself can be had from the OEM, Florida Marine Tanks ( ). A new tank could be had for $200 to $400.

Bigshot posted 08-05-2002 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Internal lines are falling apart. Could be from what they cleaned the tank with. Once they get crappy they can collapse and no or limited flow.
lhg posted 08-05-2002 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Any Outrage built before 1988 did not have the alcohol resistant withdrawl lines.
They should all be replaced with the new technology hoses. Do this, as suggested, before you get into the major job of replacing the tank.

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