So I removed my 51 year old gas tanks and have them at the shop to be cleaned and lined. I pulled the pickups out and noticed what looked like a set screw holding the pickup line into the 90 degree fitting. What's weird is this set screw has a tiny hole in it and looks exactly like a carburetor jet. Both pickups have them and I am wondering what they are for. It doesn't make sense to me as it would introduce air into your fuel lines like a hole in your straw

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They are anti-siphon valves and have been the source for many questions and discussions.

Their function is to prevent siphoning fuel out of the fuel tank when the engine is off and are required by the USCG regs.

Ok, thanks. I did a bunch of searching but couldn't find anything on the forum

I know your planning on cleaning out your tanks but for a lot more piece of mind I'd  highly recomend to just have new aluminium ones made. 

Ive seen time and time again reconditioned tanks in my customers boats that begin to shed pieces of their recently cleaned / installed  lining and also pieces of the galvinizing behind it  into the fuel systems of their boats. 

Its usually not the easiest task to get tanks out and in again so why not go for a far more permanent fix so this task only has to get done once

A good quality set of 5052 aluminium tanks will easily last your boat another 50 years and will eliminate all of the problems associated with old tanks

Hope im not offending you  , I've just been there before 

None taken and I can't agree more. Only problem is funding, I wish I could get new ones made and will save up for it down the road. I did a lot of research and found this guy that does them for vintage cars and tractors. He gives his customers a lifetime warranty and his reviews are great. There was a few places I was going to take them but I guess I didnt trust them after talking to them. I see where your coming from, just a poor boy trying to bring this ol girl back to glory

I understand the money part of trying to restore one of these classics as I had no choice but to take out a loan in order  to get thru this stage of my own boat. And thats with me doing 99% of the labor.

How much are they charging you to clean and line your tanks? New tanks may not be much more expensive. 

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None taken and I can't agree more. Only problem is funding, I wish I could get new ones made and will save up for it down the road. I did a lot of research and found this guy that does them for vintage cars and tractors. He gives his customers a lifetime warranty and his reviews are great. There was a few places I was going to take them but I guess I didnt trust them after talking to them. I see where your coming from, just a poor boy trying to bring this ol girl back to glory
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