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goodad posted 05-01-2003 04:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for goodad   Send Email to goodad  
Still having problems with the fuel seepage from the gasket/fuel tank under the access cover in mid-transom area..Florida Marine sent me three gaskets to the tune of $50. for three gaskets (only needed one) and after three weeks, the gasket looked like a piece of baloney which is what the one I replaced looked like and I still have a leak..I called them to see if they sent me the right gasket and they assured me that they did. Screw holes never matched up from the getgo..Why would this gasket deteriorate so quickly?? What more specs can I give them to assure the right gasket?? 85 Outrage with a 63 gallon tank that leaks gas into the sump area and is a potential time bomb??? I'm not the first owner but the gasket should at least remain in tact. Help appreciated..Bill
Sal DiMercurio posted 05-01-2003 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Better give em back & get your money back.
Sounds like they are the old type gasket, but certainly not for your boat if the holes don't match.
Some of the old type gaskets in carbs desolved when the gas was changed, that what it sounds like to me.
Is the gasket red ?, if so, it will fall apart real fast.
I'd make a template of the hole you need, then make it out of cork, or thick felt.
Sal
goodad posted 05-05-2003 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for goodad  Send Email to goodad     
Called FMT again to explain the problem..They assured me the right gaskets (for pick up cover) (buna-n)were sent and they can't figure out why the gaskets absorbed gas or why the holes don't match..One of there engineers is going to soak the gasket in gas..I'm soaking my old one in a 50-1 gas/oil ratio as a test also..It does go back to it's original when it dries out..I will contact him wed/thur..Sal, may try the cork in the meantime..Can't believe (nor can they) that I'm the only one to ever have this problem? Thanks
DIVE 1 posted 05-05-2003 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Goodad,
We replaced the gasket on our boat after consulting with Florida Marine. We used 70 durometer buna-n rubber with #2 Permatex on both sides per their recommendation. We cut the material to fit and then used an awl to punch the screw holes. This allowed the rubber to seal the screws as well as the flange. The slotted screws were traded for hex head screws to allow them to be easily tightened with a nut driver. No leaks, no problem.
Jim
caubrey posted 05-12-2003 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for caubrey  Send Email to caubrey     
Did they recommend that you replace the tank? I have a 1985 outrage 18 that I'm having to replace the floor on. While I had it open, I e-mailed FMT to see if I could get the gasket. They said "yes" (3 for $50, etc.) They then recommended that I consider replacing the tank, it being almost 20 years old. Mine doesn't look too bad but I'm not going to want to have to pull that floor up again. Or blow up.

Also, are there people that can inspect the condition fuel tanks? If so, where do you start?

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