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2.3L ('83-'97) Fuel leak, 1989 base model


Dirtman

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Marine GOOP will, but it's not even close to safe for use with gasoline. If you just wanted to put something over it AFTER a proper repair (welding) just to protect the patch, then goop would work. Shouldn't be necessary though.
 


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It's fixed! Thanks for all the input.
The leak was at the front of the tank around the mount for the steel shield. I welded it and epoxied over the weld with an epoxy specifically for plastic gas tanks.
 

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Welded it and problem solved. (for about 8 months) Now it's leaking again!
Sherman shows a replacement tank, so I ordered thru CARiD. 1st one they sent was for an F-150 and was nowhere near close. Next one was listed for an 89 Ranger. It's steel and a different configuration than the stock tank - fuel pump/sender won't fit, filler is under the crossmember, etc.
 

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'89 was first year of plastic tank I think... but holy cow... an F150 tank has to be a lot bigger, how do they screw that up?
 

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Aftermarket P/N is F14D on both. Sherman makes a metal tank for 1990 and up, but fit the '89 directly. Interesting fact is the 1990 has a different fuel pump spec than the 1989, but the '89 pump P/N says it also works in later models.

I'm trying to decide whether to try a kluge to make the '90 tank work in my truck or to weld the plastic tank again.
 

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Water weld is a good product for gas tanks... sticks when wet and I have personally used it on gas tanks and oil pans with great success but only as a bandaid... may want to junkyard dig to find what you need!
 


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