I know there are a few who have done this project but not sure they are still around (Lawrence??). I just spoke with a guy about changing fuel tanks in a 38 without removing at least one engine. He said he had a guy who could do it and I really wasn’t sure so I passed. Has this actually been done or can it be done with the engines i disturbed? Just curious!

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Lee, it looks like there is about 2 feet more aft deck with the 38 vs the 35.  The aft is shallower in the 38 giving more headroom below deck, my observation when first viewing Patty Wagon, the 38, was it has a basement, the 35 has a crawlspace.  This difference may well allow the tanks to be conveniently removed aft.  I am not sure of the arrangement of the water tank for the 38 since Dick had modified his tankage.  The 35 has the water tank aft and between the two fuel tanks so it would need to be removed to provide removal of the fuel tanks.

When Lawrence did his mods to the 35 he had the engines out and I think his water tank was in the Vee.

The Original Tanks on a 38 can go out the aft hatch it is tight but it can be done Lawrence did it on Lira his 66 sedan.

Sorry about the mistake, I was thinking of GregG not Lawrence with Liria

Timothy "Tim" Miller said:

Lee, it looks like there is about 2 feet more aft deck with the 38 vs the 35.  The aft is shallower in the 38 giving more headroom below deck, my observation when first viewing Patty Wagon, the 38, was it has a basement, the 35 has a crawlspace.  This difference may well allow the tanks to be conveniently removed aft.  I am not sure of the arrangement of the water tank for the 38 since Dick had modified his tankage.  The 35 has the water tank aft and between the two fuel tanks so it would need to be removed to provide removal of the fuel tanks.

When Lawrence did his mods to the 35 he had the engines out and I think his water tank was in the Vee.

Yes Lee it is very doable in fact we just removed and replaced ours in the 38 last winter installed 2 new rectangular aluminum tanks at 116 gallons each. 

Hi Lee. Is the boat gas or diesel. I sold a 1966---38-commander tw Detroits----as close to a 9.5---a great boat. My client had a leak on his port tank. A local marine outfit, put in an inspection port. cleaned the tank and epoxy coated the interior. some process that is made for this to great success.    Bob

I have a 38 Sedan 1969 and replaced both tanks with aluminum 140 gallon rectangular ones.   The old tanks came out the bilge opening.   No need to remove engines.

Mark

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