GTE Fuel tank installation

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GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:44 pm

I am in the process of re-installing my Series I tank and am wondering if there are any "secrets" to the the process. I have fitted the filler neck to the body and now realize that the angled tube fits inside the fuel tank filler rather than just connecting with the hose and clamps. Space is almost non-existent to move the tank from side to side and maybe the fitting of the fill pipe to the tank occurs while raising the tank up from below. Any advice? Thanks in advance. Bob #2693

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby John Vardanian » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:20 am

Dissimilar car, but in my case the tank goes up in place first, then the rubber hose slips on the mouth of the tank (along with the clamps) then the filler neck slips inside the hose. The insulation grommets decide the vertical positioning of the tank, so if your tank is too far up then I can see why the mouth and the filler neck collide.

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:14 pm

Since I did not realize that the filler pipe goes into the filler neck of the tank, I may have made the error of trying to push the tank up and then insert the filler pipe. I will lower the tank and try again when my son comes to help.Probably better with 2 people. Thanks John.

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby tyang » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:34 pm

Hi Bob,

Yeah, Tank goes in first. Some cars have more room than others, but as in your case, the filler neck sounds like it's real close to the tank. Getting the big rubber grommet in place with the tank and filler neck lined up may be your next challenge. Heating up the rubber so it's pliable helps. Don't forget to connect the breather hose to the tank before you send the tank up into the bodywork!

Good luck!

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:20 pm

Thanks Tom: I have a section of 2" fuel filler hose, but realize that although I can fit it over the filler neck, it is too tight to slide up and back after aligning the filler pipe with the tank neck. Where can I buy a section of 55 mm ID fuel hose? GT Parts has 53 mm, but think that is also too tight. Bob

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby John Vardanian » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:27 am

Bob, the 53mm hose is your average 2" hose presented as a metric hose. The best you can do is 2-1/8", which will work fine. Can you reuse the original?

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:46 pm

Hi John: I cut the old one off, but would not have trusted it anyway. My regular hose supply house does not have and 2 1/8" hose, but I understand that a 1997 vintage VW Vanagon uses 55 mm ID hose in the fuel filler. Will try that route and will keep you posted. Bob

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby John Vardanian » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:15 am

Bob, McMaster Carr has it.

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:10 pm

Thanks John. I missed the Buna-n hose since it was listed as coolant hose. Ordered. Part # 572K54

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:25 pm

Well I received a foot of 2 1/4" hose which is 54mm equivalent. We lubed it with white grease and after getting it up the filler pipe far enough to install, it would not budge back down. T finally wound up cutting it away and am now in search of 55mm hose.I know GTO has it but at $36 for a 4" section, i will look a little further. maybe I put too much paint on the filler pipe.

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby John Vardanian » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:07 am

Bob, I have used hot water in the past to persuade under-size hoses. You are so close that it just might do the trick.

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:04 pm

I received the 55mm hose from GTO Engineering today and it fits perfectly. No wire reinforcement, so easy to work with. Have not installed tank yet, but looks extremely promising. Bob #2693

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Re: GTE Fuel tank installation

Postby BobA » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:31 pm

In the post regarding the hose I bought from McMaster Carr, I put down the wrong size. I actually bought 2 1/8" or 54mm hose. That was too, small and 2 1/4" was too loose.


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