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We have a chain of shops here in the PNW that will not fill ALs older than 1986 regardless of current hydro status... they would however sell me one of the *failed* ones for $75 to use as a O2 bottle ... pass...
This question has come up several times over the years on this board. There are several very good answers to the questions about the older tanks. To boil it down, yes there was an AL alloy that had some stress related failures BUT the failure rate was low and the problem can be detected long before a failure if vis's were done properly. Do a search on the board for the full responces. I have heard the "will not fill" rumors but all the shops here will fill them with a current VIP and hydro.
I haven't had anyone up here in the Northeast refuse a fill. However, my VIP stickers all come from a reputable shop and they include the "Visual Eddy" trademark. As long as your shop is knowledgable in proper VIP techniques, you're all set. I've seen many "cracked" 80's, the cracks are easily seen even without the electronic inspection devices.