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P28A "Cherokee" Fuel tank repair

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C Fred Crawmer
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#1 Posted: 12/22/2009 07:02:51

Looking for recommendations on specialists in fuel tank repair.  JB Weld does great for a seeping rivet or two but this job goes beyond that. Advice appreciated. YMOS, Fred



Johnny Tracy
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#2 Posted: 12/23/2009 20:03:07

Hello

The fuel tanks for the Piper 28 is a sealed sheet metal assembly.  The only long term repair is to remove, drill out the rivets, clean the parts and reseal with wet installed rivets.  There use to be a guy that advertised in most of the piper owners club publications.  Around 1500 dollars for the repair.  There is a problem with replacing them because they are match drilled to the wings.

Good Luck

John



Dave Zavoina
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#3 Posted: 12/24/2009 06:28:10

And please be aware that the FAA considers this to be a major repair.



Checkout_My Six
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#4 Posted: 1/4/2010 07:59:16

Dave,  Could you provide more information? Which FSDO and what portions of FAR 43 constites this to be a major repair? Best I can see, so long as certified materials are used and no changes to the certified design are performed, this is a minor repair.

Thanks,

Rick