Fuel Tank Testing

So, I wanted to test my fuel tanks before mounting them to the fuselage since it’s been only since 1999 since they were built. As the photos show, I set up each wing on sawhorses, grounded the wing, plugged the fuel tank outlet and quick drain, and added 10 gallons of avgas to the tank. I spread copier paper out under the tanks to catch any leaks and hopefully show blue stains if there were leaks.

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Bottom line is that no leaks were detected after leaving the tanks unattended for more than 24 hours. I then pumped the avgas back into gas cans using a small Facet fuel pump and filter. Nothing was caught in the filter. As far as I can tell, the tanks are ready for mounting on the fuselage.

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