We had exactly this issue when fitting a new tank on a 1980 Clubman Estate. We ended up bending the neck but use extreme caution because if you bend the cap flange it will cause issues.
Also remember that you'll have the insert and the rubber anti rattle grommet to account for.
Iirc we moved the tank forward on the screws, not that it made that much difference.
If it's just spot welded you could modify the neck on the tank (I'd only recommend this as a totally last resort.) With a piece of suitable rubber to offset it.
thanks - i'll try and figure out some sort of packing to protect the flanges faces when i try
i had to take the insert out just to get the tank in place - with the insert in, the top of the neck doesn't clear the top of the anti rattle grommet so wouldn't be able to fit the cap, and the mounting flange on the front of the tank is a good inch away from the panel the screws should fix to
Yes. On a countryman
The neck won't bend, but by hitting the tank round one side of the neck with a brass drift and denting it, I pulled the neck across.
Thinking about it later, I was probably lucky that the tank didn't "pull away" from the neck as I dented it.
OK, thanks. i was wondering whether i could try and punch the tank itself in around the neck to encourage it over, but attacking the neck itself may be a bit more controllable
If you loosen the mounts at the front of the tank does it improve things? If so can you put a spacer in here?
I might be tempted to stick a bar down the neck and gently try and persuade it over taking care not to bend where the filler sits.
On a completely unrelated note, make sure the cap you fit is vented. My dad had one that sucked the tank in because the wrong cap had been fitted and the mechanical pump was able to generate enough pressure to colapse the tank.
yes, loosening the front fixings does help, but to get it to line up with the insert in the side panel means i need to loosen it off an inch or more, and at that point the neck is too low to get the cap on.
nice new lockable vented cap is in the draw ready to fit when the tank is in. appreciate the tip though. cheers
Thanks for the advice - much appreciated. looks like it's time to get the big hammer out, and maybe the ram from the engine hoist and see if i can persuade it to go where i want it.
shame the tank's already been painted. may need a little touching up by the time i've finished