strangely enough sounds like the oem baffles are just soldered on there where as the aftermarket is spot welded although some have a design change which will cause problems with fuel deliveryThat’s why I had to replace my tank as well. The baffle broke loose.
wish I could have repaired it. My original tank was pristine.
I think you are right. The aftermarket tank definitely had a spot weld. The only issue with my tank had with the baffle was it appeared to be about 1/4" offset from where it should be, and caused an issue with the fuel hanger. However, I used a spectra fuel pump hanger as well, so the issue could have been with the hanger and not the baffle. I "corrected" it by simple taking a long pair of needle nose and bending one edge of the baffle outwards slightly. That was all it took and everything fit fine after that.strangely enough sounds like the oem baffles are just soldered on there where as the aftermarket is spot welded although some have a design change which will cause problems with fuel delivery
A couple years back I bought an '82 Zephyr as a project car. It had been sitting in a garage for a long time; the plates on it had expired in late '03. When I dropped the tank I found the same as you - the inside of the tank was in perfect condition. Maybe Mike is on to something - it was the non-ethanol gas that kept the tanks clean?So I assumed that I would need a new tank for the 83 I recently acquired... Car has been stored inside since the late90's with a bad motor up until about 4 years ago it was outside and in a barn......
I pulled the tank yesterday and I was surprised to find about 1/2 a tank of decent gas ( not usable but certainly not turpentine), a little cloudy, but smelled ok.. When I drained it, the tank is like new and the sender/pickup looks just like the pictures of the new ones for sale???? WTF I am saying, as I have NEVER seen one that wasn't a rusted up pile of junk???