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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Just finished pulling the fuel tank behind the driver side ... needless to say , it was a task especially when it was done by trial and error . It is now fixed , in its place and working properly ;what the tank looked like, holes on bottom , what i used to replace the foam.Name:  20190504_173346_1564427391381.jpg
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 03:58 AM
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Fuel tank holiday

I like the foam replacement. Why is it we do the fuel tanks in the high heat of the summer months? What could be more fun?

Are you doing the right side tank? Double the fun
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I thought you & I were the only ones stupid enough to R&R tanks in the summer's heat!

I'm a slow learner...just helped a nearby Europa owner replace both his tanks. (They WERE easier than an Esprit.)

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Checked the right side tank without pulling it out , looked much better than the left side.
This is a picture of what i cut in order to take the tank out.
In Ocala ,Florida, they will build an aluminum tank for the Esprit which is smaller and easy to put back in .
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Hmm, you can get the tanks out without cutting but if you want to cut, well have at it. The easiest way is to do the tanks while the engine is out. That is why I recommend to anyone who is pulling the engine to do the tanks. Either replace or repair them, but there is never a better time than engine-out time. You can also lower the engine and remove a lot of the stuff on the top and get the tanks out that way as well. This is not, for me, a desirable path but it is possible to do it that way and many on the forum have used that technique. I, however, would dread pulling and reinstalling the cam towers with the engine in situ as the Brits like to say. One other option (and I have done it this way once) is to cut up and collapse the tank while it is in the car and then remove it piecemeal. But this is only viable if you plan on replacing them and consider them beyond repair or you just don't want to repair them. Of course if you're not very careful they could explode :-). When I did it this way I filled them with a lot of water and extinguisher foam when I used that approach. And they were tanks coming our of a car that had sat for years without any fuel in them so I felt pretty confidant that I would not kill myself and blow up the shop.

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Checked the right side tank without pulling it out , looked much better than the left side.
This is a picture of what i cut in order to take the tank out.
Have you read this?
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f16...ks-diy-265762/
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Just pulled the LH tank on my 88, using the engine mount out and drop method. Aluminum SJ replacement tanks going in. I used closed cell marine sponge/foam from Xcel Rubber. One side is self adhesive, so it’s peal and stick. Made in the USA and available from Amazon.
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