Fuel tank hose/duct misalignment

Guys I could use some advise or ideas .

The light weight coupling between my fuel tank fitting and filler neck timed out - split open. I posted this before and tried what was suggested but it's not gonna work. I purchased some 2.25 inch fuel hose but because of the poor alignment between the tank fitting and filler neck I can't make it work. The hose walls are too thick to allow the connection without me pulling it into place with the bolts. I do not want to damage the tank . Thought of rotating the tank fitting then re drilling but I'll still have poor alignment. My thought now is to use some silicone aircraft ducting ( sceet ) that is used to move air around. With that I can make the connection but I am not sure how it will hold up to auto gas fumes.

Any ideas guys ? It's my last hurdle to overcome before starting the engine. Kind of frustrated because I'm close and didn't see it coming.

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