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triblet posted 05-15-2000 10:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for triblet   Send Email to triblet  
I have a 1998 Montauk with the 25 gallon
Pate tank, and about 200 hours on it.

Saturday, about ten miles from the launch
ramp, the engine quit and wouldn't restart.
After about 15 minutes of problem
determination, I figured out that the fuel
pickup tube had dropped into the bottom
of the tank. We stuffed the fuel hose in the
filler hole till the primer bulb served as
a stopper, then wrapped it in electrical
tape, and got home, but has anyone else
seen this problem?

Chuck Tribolet

lhg posted 05-15-2000 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Chuck: Small world, I've had the same thing happen to me, except with a Tempo tank. On the 12 gal Tempo's that I have, about 15 yrs old and originally designed to fit under the mahogany console Nauset, the withdrawl tube simply slides over the barb on the tank fitting, which screws into the tank top, and is held on by considerable friction. Or so I thought. But for some reason they come loose after soaking in a full tank of fuel for a month or so, and drop to the bottom of the tank like yours did. I suspect it's the 10% alcohol in the fuel these days. It seems to soften & lubricate the fuel hose, causing it to come loose. Try calling Pate directly for a solution. I also need an
answer to this problem. A simple hose clamp would solve my problem, but I can't get one on there from the inside of the tank!
triblet posted 05-17-2000 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The solution was the resolder it myself.
Whoever did the original soldering didn't
do a very good job. There was only about
50% solder coverage where the two pieces

In your case, I presume you shove the rubber
pickup hose through the hole, then screw down
the fitting. Why not try one of the spring
steel hose clamps? Put it on, then, if you
have to, grind off the two little ears,
then stuff the hose and screw down the

Chuck Tribolet

lhg posted 05-18-2000 01:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Chuck: Your presumption is correct, and I'll try one of those spring clamps. Have not seen them before. Thanks for your idea!

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