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Old 10-18-2021, 10:20 AM   #1
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How I plan and install a fuel pick-up tube for a diesel heater.

As we enter winter and more of us are discussing diesel heaters again, I thought it was a good time to document a diesel fuel tank pick-up tube installation I did. Hopefully this is helpful to someone doing it for the first time.

Stay warm, friends!

https://youtu.be/R3kMql1eiv0

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Old 10-18-2021, 11:08 AM   #2
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Nice video. I dropped a hammer on my boss one time. He kind of deserved it
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Old 10-18-2021, 08:07 PM   #3
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As we enter winter and more of us are discussing diesel heaters again, I thought it was a good time to document a diesel fuel tank pick-up tube installation I did. Hopefully this is helpful to someone doing it for the first time.

Stay warm, friends!

https://youtu.be/R3kMql1eiv0

Nice video, I've been wondering about fuel supply for our diesel heater(s) and this looks like a great solution.


Watched your skinning vids as well. I've got electric shears that are supposed to do 16ga mild. I'm trying to decide between 16ga and 18 or 20ga skin. Unfortunately I think I'm stuck with 16ga as we have more transit/coach type windows with lots of different layers and they all measure out at 16ga.
Any suggestions?
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:38 PM   #4
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Nice video, I've been wondering about fuel supply for our diesel heater(s) and this looks like a great solution.


Watched your skinning vids as well. I've got electric shears that are supposed to do 16ga mild. I'm trying to decide between 16ga and 18 or 20ga skin. Unfortunately I think I'm stuck with 16ga as we have more transit/coach type windows with lots of different layers and they all measure out at 16ga.
Any suggestions?
First...thanks for the kind comment. This whole "make a video while you work on stuff" thing is hard. I appreciate the encouragement!

I think all of the modern school buses I've worked on had/have 18ga skin. I definitely wouldn't go with anything lighter. Some of the older buses, like our old Superiors, have skin that's damned near 1/8-inch thick! Although we have a few transits, though, I've not done a roof raise on them...nor had reason to measure the skin. So I'm no help there.

I don't think there's ever an issue with going heavier and it is less likely to telegraph interior issues. I think either 18 or 16 would be just fine.
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Old 10-19-2021, 05:12 AM   #5
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My superior has pretty thick metal all over as I’ve found putting screws in and cutting a bigger hole for a reverse light. I’m use to slicing right through bus skin with my monster size snips but dang not that bus! And mine is a newer one that didn’t have as thick of skin as the pre sheller globe stuff
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Old 10-20-2021, 06:33 PM   #6
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First...thanks for the kind comment. This whole "make a video while you work on stuff" thing is hard. I appreciate the encouragement!

To do it WELL is hard whether you're working on something, or just doing any kind of video. But working on something and doing the video is definitely in the top of the difficulty scale. I've got three YouTube channels and all vids are work to edit them well.


Since Demo is fairly routine I'm just doing time lapse for Demo on the HamSkoolie. In fact I need to get out there now and rip the passenger side wiring harness out of the interior..... that one I'll probably do as a regular video just because so many people have issues with electrical and taking out the wrong wire or causing interlock issues.
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