Ultimate well nut repair

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They did solve the fuel well nut leak problem at the drain hose fitting eventually. In my 2012 803a there simply isn't a drain line. The cutout in the gen frame is there, but the tank has no opening.
Interesting solution, but draining the tank could be fun.
 

zarathustra

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I replaced the 802a well nut with a bulkhead nut.....

Went in through the fuel float hole since that was closest. I used one of those tie-ons y'all can buy at Home Depot. It worked 'cause I could form the tie to an approximate the shape to deliver the brass fitting to the hole.

If you notice in the picture, there is a sharp bend in the tie about 6 inches from the end. It sorta looks like a knot. That "knot" would not let the fitting pass so I could pull it through the hole in the tank by grasping the working end of the tie. I could also slip the washer and nut on to the fitting more easily and hold it tight to make putting the nut/ washer on.

Also used a grinder to relieve the sharp edges of the nut and to cut small notches on each of the hex flat spots. Used a screwdriver in each notch to turn the nut 'till I could reach the flat spots on the threads with a wernch.

I'm sure there are plenty of ways to do it, but this method made sense to me.
 

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Light in the Dark

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They did solve the fuel well nut leak problem at the drain hose fitting eventually. In my 2012 803a there simply isn't a drain line. The cutout in the gen frame is there, but the tank has no opening.
Interesting solution, but draining the tank could be fun.
You are lucky there is no drain, a definite weak spot in my opinion. For you to drain your set is easy. Disconnect the hard line from the top of the pump and fab up a short soft line with mating fitting. Use the fuel pump to empty the onboard tank into whatever container(s) work for you.
 

Light in the Dark

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I replaced the 802a well nut with a bulkhead nut.....

Went in through the fuel float hole since that was closest. I used one of those tie-ons y'all can buy at Home Depot. It worked 'cause I could form the tie to an approximate the shape to deliver the brass fitting to the hole.

If you notice in the picture, there is a sharp bend in the tie about 6 inches from the end. It sorta looks like a knot. That "knot" would not let the fitting pass so I could pull it through the hole in the tank by grasping the working end of the tie. I could also slip the washer and nut on to the fitting more easily and hold it tight to make putting the nut/ washer on.

Also used a grinder to relieve the sharp edges of the nut and to cut small notches on each of the hex flat spots. Used a screwdriver in each notch to turn the nut 'till I could reach the flat spots on the threads with a wernch.

I'm sure there are plenty of ways to do it, but this method made sense to me.
Thats a smart way of doing it. I hate doing this fix. Ive used a brass coat hanger to pull them through before, straightened out with a T at the end behind the bulkhead fitting. I still hate the design, and the fact that they have to be screwed with.
 
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