Fuel Tanks

18-08 Left Tank Baffle

Well, we’ve gone and done it … installed the baffle on the back of the left tank. All a bit of the unknown, since you can’t inspect much of the sealant on the inside joints…

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18-07 Fuel Sender Final Fitting

When fitting the fuel senders Vans suggests you leave a 1/32″ bed of sealant under the sender flange to allow a knife access should it ever need to be removed in the future. I couldn’t…


18-06 Inboard Tank Rib Nutplates

Attaching Nutplates. Unusual for this tank marathon … a simple little job! I had made sure Proseal was not impinging on Nutplates locations … I did this by molding the sealant with a finger when…


18-06 Attach Brackets & Inboard Rib

Attach Bracket More masking to keep that Proseal under control! After smoothing out the layer of sealant on the Attach Bracket flanges, we laid down a bead on the bottom edge, so as to form…



18-07 Adjusting Fuel Sender Wires

Left Tank As explained in 18-07 Sender Float Wire I altered the size of the wires very slightly from the manual template to prevent the floats hitting the adjacent rib at half travel. The wires…


18-06 Bulkhead Union

I had a little time available between work trips away, so I decided to assemble and Proseal the Bulkhead Unions on the root ribs. The manual suggests you do this after rib installation, probably to…


18-07 Sender Float Wire

Having read on the Vans Forum that the float wire sizes in the manual on page 18-10 may not be correct, I made a card template and did a trial fit. As you can see…


18-06 Fuel Tank Vent Line

Flaring I’ve done lots of flaring when landing, but never on a tube! The kit includes 12ft of 1/4″ Aluminium tube, and since each vent line is 4ft 6ins, that left 3ft of tube ……


18-05 Right Tank Progress

I’m gradually working on the right tank to bring it up to the same stage as the left tank. So after masking up the stiffener locations, time for more Proseal! Proseal applied using the Sealant…