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Old 07-07-2019, 20:34   #16
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Re: Fuel tank access port

Originally Posted by malyea View Post
Interesting...letís say Iím using twelve bolts, all sticking up out of the tank from inside to outside - how do I get all twelve bolts to stay in place while I lower the cover plate in place to then add a washer/nut to each of the bolts? Thanks
Tap the holes to suit, install bolt with washer from within tank tightened to the underside of tank top, bolts remain securely pointing up while lid is fitted, install washers and nuts to protruding bolts, spinning nuts down until in contact with washer then holding the end of bolt at the aforementioned flats ground to end of bolt and tighten to required torque. A little blue loctite on the threads will ensure they stay put until they need to be removed.
Tapping threads into fibreglass is very easy, though a little hard on the taps.
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