How to fix tank overflow tube

Randy Grein randygrein at
Sun Aug 3 14:33:42 PDT 2008

Eh, your proposed fix will not - that is, it should not pass tech  
anywhere and it won't be safe. (Neither are breather tubes that crack  
off during normal use, but we won't consider that here.) Best option  
if you can't find one is to clean the tank and weld it back together.  
There's an entire safety issue with this in that it can be done safely  
- but the welder needs to know what they're doing. Clean tank, fill  
with inert substance (I use water), weld with care. Well, I actually  
braze instead of welding - easier with a gas torch and super-thin tank  

Randy Grein, WMRRA #41

On Aug 2, 2008, at 3:14 PM, Wendell Crain wrote:

> I know I have seen this somewhere, either here or on but  
> cannot remember. I have done some searches, but must not be using  
> the right keywords to pick it up. Or not recognizing it. Anyway, I  
> found today in changing my gas cap that the drainage tube that is  
> welded to recess of the area the cap sits in has broken off the top  
> of the tank. Can anyone point me in the direction of fixing this  
> quickly? We have an endurance race next Saturday, the 9th, and the  
> kids are doing sprints on the next day. If it is not an easy or  
> quick fix, my thought was to get a small bolt and nut with a couple  
> rubber washers to seal off the opening. Then pinch closed the tube  
> inside the tank. This could cause an issue with water around the cap  
> because it would have no where to go, but I am kind of limited in  
> options. The only other thing would be if someone had an extra tank  
> they wanted to get rid of and could ship out quickly.
> Thanks!
> Wendell
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