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I tried to make the retainer flush with the grommet. If I do that the hole is in the weld of the tank. I went and close to the weld as I dared. I though it would sit flush but it did not. There is a section that does. I thought about be doing it for my purpose.

I will try and work on this tomorrow but I thought I would throw it out there for comments.

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That's fine. It's not meant to put pressure on anything. It's a safety device meant to keep it from pulling out in case of an incident. The filler tube bead is held in the grommet and once the other end is routed and secured to the gas cap, the filler isn't going anywhere in normal use.


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That's fine. It's not meant to put pressure on anything. It's a safety device meant to keep it from pulling out in case of an incident. The filler tube bead is held in the grommet and once the other end is routed and secured to the gas cap, the filler isn't going anywhere in normal use.
Awesome! I will bolt the tank on when I have time.

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A couple of things for when you put the tank in:
---Don't forget to flatten the bent portion of the flange where the tank contacts the vertical "legs" of the chassis. also be sure to use the square plugs in the end of the tubes.
---I pull the tank up and hold it in place with ratchet straps while getting the fuel tank straps situated as shown in the photo below.



---Before the tank straps are tightened and extruded to fit around the tank the supplied bolts for the forward strap mounts will be too short so go ahead and pick up some longer bolts before you begin. After you've pulled the tank straps tight you can remove the extra long bolts and replace them with the supplied ones if you like.

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Ok Jeff I will follow all these steps. It will have to wait till tomorrow then.

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On my build I am pretty sure I recall having to modify the filler neck to get it to clear a support on the frame. It has been a while, so I could be completely wrong!!

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Grommet damage

Another FYI...in the go cart stage, I had installed the tank and the filler tube, but really didn't spend any thought securing the top of the filler neck. I think I had it held with a bungee cord to the frame behind the seats.

Anyhow, when I finally put some fuel in the filler tube to drive around the block, the grommet at the tank leaked badly. The weight of the filler tube twisting it had deformed it sufficiently that it would no longer seal. So to the Ford dealer for a new Grommet.

Also add some access panels to the trunk floor to get to the level sensor and the fuel pickup tube in case of issues down the road. I used the some boat deck bilge pump access fittings I bought on Amazon.
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Also add some access panels to the trunk floor to get to the level sensor and the fuel pickup tube in case of issues down the road. I used the some boat deck bilge pump access fittings I bought on Amazon.
Those marine access fittings are a great idea Dave. Wish I had thought of those instead of my home made aluminum panels.
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Hey Bill, hope you are well.

I've had a number of ski boats for the last 45 years and these access plates are used everywhere...so that's where I got the idea. I have used them twice in 8 years, which made it very easy to change things without dropping the tank...which gets harder when you hit 70 years old!

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