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Anyone have this Summit Fuel Cell?? I'm pissed...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BozoWise, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. BozoWise

    BozoWise 1/2 ton status

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    Man this dang poly summit fuel cell sit outside one night in the blazer and the top has drooped in so when I went outside thie morning there was a puddle of water on it covering the top of the fuel fill since it is in the center. Wouldn't doubt the seals leaked and let water in there.

    Anyone have a clue on what I should do besides thrash it and get a aluminum one?? Kinda unhappy over this one since it really hasn't even got to be used yet.

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    HELLBENT DESIGNS 1/2 ton status

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    summit cells are usually either jaz or rci brands repackaged for summit. they do sell a fast fill 45 degree aluminum neck that has a cap similar to a stock type one. i thought about going with one of those even though i do have an aluminum cell:dunno:
     
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    Silver84k5 1/2 ton status

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    every fuel cell ive seen like that.. has caved in on the top creating a bowl... You shoulda just bought the 20 gallon aluminum one...
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    both of mine did the same thing but i havent had a problem with water in the fuel
     
  5. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    well..(no pun intended)..

    All the fuel cells I've seen are set up like that--so are many stock sending units on gas tanks..remember--if gas isn't leaking OUT of those seals,water cant get IN either..but I agree,it is distressing to see a puddle of water sitting on top of your gas tank..not something I'd want to see either!..

    I think GM designed their stock tanks like that so they can rot out the fuel lines at the sender faster..:mad:
     
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    My bud Chris has the same fuel cell and it does this also. Of course we don't get much percipitation here in the desert, but ya it does look kind of silly.
     
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    Something I just thought about is maybe the vent on the cap is not open to allow the cell to breathe causing it to shrink in the cold air. Fuel will condense in the cold and expand in the heat (which I am sure you already know). I would imagine in the summer it would do the opposite.
     
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    youd think so... but it doesnt... i looked in a guys jeep while we were filling at the gas station... going to sandlake in the summer time.. And his cell was all concave on the top... its wierd.. thats one of the reason i didnt go with the plastic one
     
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    Maybe try something like this with some spacers between the straps and the plate.

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    the 16 gallon summit one i got is a big p.o.s. took about three months and it concaved on the top, sender quit working and it leaks out the a.n .fittings. i will be getting a polished aluminum one next.
     
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    No that is something I just might try. Thanks
     
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    maybe..

    My friend had the same fuel cell in his 62 Nova's trunk..he didn't like the exposed wires and hose right on top,(feared they would get damaged from putting stuff in the trunk,like lawn chairs he'd take to car shows)..

    So he started looking for something to use as a "cap" to cover it up..he tried a plastic thing they put behind speakers when mounting them in doors,to keep water off them..it worked pretty good,he had to cut a slot in it for the fuel line to poke thru..used 2 of the screws on the ring around the sender to hold it on..:crazy:
     
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    my an fittings also leaked. its an easy fix. you take a 1" wrench and stuf it inside the take, find the back of the fitting with the wrench, now tigheten from the outside that same 1" fitting. suddenly the leak stops:rolleyes:
     
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    i have tightend both of them twice and they still leak. its going in the trash as soon as i get an aluminum one. Might put it on my buddies riding mower or use it for a home made parts washer by cutting off the top
     
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    Why don't you just get the metal can to go around it? I have yet to see one with the metal can that deforms like you are talking about.
     
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    Do you know where I can get just the can for the outside?
     
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    I think that Summit or RCI sell them just check with them.
     
  18. 79chevyk10

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    I have an 30 gal. RCI cell in the back of my P/U but I build a steel box for it that it sits in with a lid on hinges, no water can get in. You may want to think about doing that, it would be cheaper than buying a new cell.
     
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    i have the same cell and the same problem. bluggy will not run on water. mine was leaking around the suction fitting. i had to make sure the jam nut was tight to stop the water. i dont believe it has leaked around the fill neck.
     

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