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Old 01-27-2009, 09:33 PM
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The brackets that hold down my Mercury oil tank are rusting badly. I was going to clean them up and spray with truck bed coating but they are beyond saving. I have some plastic brackets from wire closet shelf installation that look likethey would work well and they hold my wifes cloths which is far more stress than any pffshore conditions could produce.
I also thouht of making little square brackets from starboard and routing a grove on one side for the wire oil tank basket.
Has anyone come up with any other options. This is a pretty common issue.
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Easy peasy guys. The Closetmaid clamps fit perfect. I sprayed the basket with truckbed liner and the clamps snapped over like they were made for it. They also make these in white painted steel if strength was an issue over corrosion but these plastic clamps and extremely tough.




$3 bucks for twelve clamps. I may buy a case and remarket them. Maybe I could sell them to Mercury
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2 small stainless or nylon eyelid brackets, 4 stainless screws, 4 dabs of 5200, and re-use the original bungee cord. Hook the bungee on the eyelids and wrap the bungee around the center of the oil tank.

Thats what I did with all 4 of mine when I repowered last Spring. They haven't moved.
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I have used two flat bungee cords over the top.
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I have a rod holder in that spot on the splashwell. Thats a possibility but I do use that holder for my baitnet and sometimes a shotgun line. Although its not much, its also more weight further back on a boat that hops without tab anyway. I currently stick my fenders back in those two spaces so its not really getting me any more space as I would just have to move them and lose the rod holder. Thanks for the idea though. If I knew for sure moving the batteries forward would reduce the hop I would move them but I think it would still hop and its a lot of rerigging for no gain. I am just going to tiddy things up and as long as I run over 40 it doesnt hop
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Can I get a THT mod to fix the spelling of "bracket" in the title so someone searching in the future finds this info.
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Wow what a wealth of knowledge and taking the time to share it with us all! Thanks all with the information, now I just gotta get offa my butta and get mine squared away!
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Default Re: Rusty Mercury oil tank hold down barcket replacment options

I was just cleaning my oil tank brackets last night and looked at the brackets and thought the same thing. Thanks for doing the research on your own thread. What a great idea and I assume it is plastic so it will not rust. Thanks for enclosing the link.
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Two footman's loops, a 1inch wide tiedown strap (with a small cam lock, not a ratchet), and a anti slide pad (like used under rugs, or in a toolbox tray)

http://www.strapworks.com/Footman_Loop_p/ssfl.htm I have seen them at Ace before

You could use two set's if you want if super tight.

It will not cost more than $10.00 and will be rust resistant and strong
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I can't mount the oil tank up against a bulkhead or anything because the fill cap would be covered. I am stuck using the Merc mounting "basket". I am actually rearranging the oil tank and batteries which take up too much space the way Fountain mounted them. There is a shelf they all sit on and instead of snugging them up, they spaced them out. The way I am rearranging them I will have storage on the port side for my fenders and the weight will be balanced nicely. Ideally I would put the oil tank in the middle with a battery on each side but I would have to run new oil lines and its not that important. The new setup will have the oil tank moved slightly to port and the two batteries will be one in front of the other next to the oil tank. Kind of hard to get at the rear battery if I have to but it a PITA now anyway and the extra space will be well used. I am turning the oil tank so the fill is at the front and easier to get at.
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What I would REALLY like to do is move the batteries up under the console and replace the water tank under the console with a small water bladder in the bilge.....but thats a bigger project for another day. This boat would benifit from having the weight moved forward.
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These are the Closetmaid brackets. I just tried one and they fit the Mercury wire basket perfect.
http://www.amazon.com/Closetmaid-756.../dp/B000GKXS12
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PS. None of the screws holding down the battery trays or oil tank (12 screws) had any sealant. Bilges dont get wet....right.
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Tis afternoon I took the wire basket and cleaned it up then sprayed it with the truck bed coating so its good. It just had a little spot on it anyway. I only have two of the brackets I need so I have to go to the store. I tried to break one and couldnt.
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Remove the oil injection then you don't need the oil tanks of the brackets. Mercury makes a kit to cap off the oil injection . . . this really cleans up your bilge.
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That won't work on an Opti as the oil injection is computer controlled...the easiest way to do what you're doing is to get two SS camel backs (used to attach bimini top straps to the gunnel) and mount one on the bottom in between that crevice in the middle of the oil tank. Screw it down to the floor with some 5200 to seal up the screw holes real good. Mount the other on a bulkhead or stringer, basically anywhere where you can push the oil tank up against. Then use the original heavy duty bungie to secure the tank in place, it won't move. I have done hundreds this way and as long as you have a corner to mount the tank in, it works every time.
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What about using a remote fill for the oil tank and moving it on top of the transom notch up against the transom? I believe that's where Fountain used to mount them, not sure why they stopped doing it that way...there's already a built in recess for it on the splashwell wall as well.
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Doh . . . Didn't know Mr. D had a opti. You could always get creative with fiberglass, clay and some mold release wax . . . and make your own custom basket in a few hours.

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how about fabricating a tray made out of Starboard and getting rid of the steel completely?
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If a stainless steel replacement strap would fix the problem, send me a sketch and I'll see what i can do about making you one. Or, buy a new one and send me the old one as a sample,
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