Repair piper cherokee fuel tanks
At Hartwig Fuel Cell Repair, we can repair your leaking Piper Cherokee
fuel tank with modern materials and up to modern safety standards.
We disassemble and re-seal just like the tank was manufactured by Piper
492 rivets are removed, the tank is separated and dipped in a special
solution to remove all of the sealant. The dip tank solution is worth
$3500, and it is the only way to clean out all of the sealant properly.
The tank is not modified in any way, and there is no weight change.
No sloshing is used. (Piper did use sloshing until 1968.) We use PRC-1422
sealant, the same used by all major airline manufacturers.
Replacement filler necks are available if your tank filler is rusted
We also repair minor dents.
After the tank is re-riveted, it is put in an oven for 12 hours to
make sure all of the sealant is cured.
We then fill the tank with 100 octane fuel which has a fluorescent
dye. After sitting overnight, we check with an ultraviolet lamp for
any signs of weeping.
The tank is then steam cleaned and shipped to the customer.
For shipping, we have special cartons manufactured just for Cherokee
Please contact us for a quote or more information.