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    Default Glass tanks in a Howard

    So I didn't realize/ didn't do my research well enough when purchasing...

    Just found out I still have the glass tanks in the 21 Howard. I've read of couple of threads on replacing them, and I'm still mixed on what to do.

    Cut the tops off than have the new ones fabricated it fit inside it or cut everything out and brace them in. I like the fact that they are dual belly tanks, leaves a lot of room for storage around the boat. I also like how big they are, so bigger with out going crazy would be nice.

    Looks like I have an interior project this winter... And advise/ comments/ pictures/ etc would be a great help.


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    Did mine in my 1990 Howard 21. Did side tanks and left the old ones in the floor, just sealed em up. Gene at Howard said that's what they do. He said to leave the old tanks in for structural reasons. Eazy peazy.










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    Call Brian at Tank It
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    I had the recess's done for the cup holders and speakers.
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    Still have the glass tanks in my 1983 21' Howard. I just use Av gas or occasionally ethanol free gas. If I was going to replace them I would cut the tops off and mount new tanks inside them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko View Post
    I had the recess's done for the cup holders and speakers.
    That's a pretty cool design, how many gallons are they? Did you make them yourself?

    My only thing is I'm kinda liking all that extra side space though.


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    They hold 22 gallons each. I put a sending unit in each one and a switch under the gauge in the dash to switch the gauge right or left. Had a buddy of mine make the tanks for me. I didn't want to tear all the carpet up and cut the floors out to put tanks in the floor. Gene at Howard said this is how they retrofit all the older cruisers and they haven't noticed a difference in handling with the side tanks versus belly tanks. Had to glass in the rear bulkheads to mount to, the front ones were existing. Glassed over all the fill holes in the old tanks to seal em up. Cutting the tops off the old tanks and dropping new aluminum ones in would work also just a lot more work and I'm tired of workin on boats. Good luck and post pics of whatever direction you go.










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