RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-26-2020, 09:28 PM   #1
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 275
Year: 2003
Coachwork: Blue Bird All American
Engine: 8.3 Cummins
Rated Cap: 2 adults and two pigeons
Enlargening fuel tank sender hole in floor

I looked at my fuel tank today to see if I had any taps for future diesel/ generator feeds. I was glad to see two taps on top. I would like to cut the steel floor a bit larger to access them and to replace the fuel filler and vent hose since both have some dry cracking. What would you use to cut the steel with? Abrasive wheel on a grinder? (Sparks), carbide tipped saw blade?
__________________
--Simon


Found my Bus at AAAbus in Phx!
Bus'n it is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2020, 09:38 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 1,641
Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas Built
Chassis: Minotour
Engine: Chevy Express 3500 6.6l
Gas or diesel?
Danjo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2020, 09:39 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 1,641
Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas Built
Chassis: Minotour
Engine: Chevy Express 3500 6.6l
I think I’d cover the top of the tank with a wet blanket and cut it with a sawzall
Danjo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2020, 09:41 PM   #4
Bus Geek
 
musigenesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 4,241
Year: 2003
Coachwork: International
Chassis: CE 300
Engine: DT466e
Rated Cap: 65C-43A
I found the easiest (and safest, in terms of not cutting through something important) technique was to make a small starter triangular hole by making two cuts with a cutting disk (on my angle grinder) in a V shape, then lightly scoring the third side of the triangle. You can then bend the triangle up and down until it breaks off. I then cut out the rest of my openings in the floor (https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/r...tml#post372528) with my electric shears (which can get started in the triangular hole) and more scoring-and-bending-off on the edges.

So the only time I was actually going below the level of the floor with the cutting wheel was to make the initial V cuts, after checking to make sure there was nothing there on the underside. There's a lot of stuff there that could get cut accidentally.
__________________
Rusty 87 build thread
musigenesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×