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How to remove rust from inside the gas tank?

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KMORRIS

11-01-2004 14:08:29
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I need help getting the rust out from the inside of my gas tank. The tank as a whole is structurally sound, but the inside generates alot of rust inside the sediment bowl. Thanks in advance.




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Mr Chapp

11-04-2004 13:34:41
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to KMORRIS, 11-01-2004 14:08:29  
Just my 2 cents worth.. I've had limited success using pennies and any form of agitation of the tank that's convenient, whether it be a wheel, a cement mixer, or a couple of friends who don't mind taking turns shaking the tank. I usually put in about 2 gallons of water or mineral spirits and a couple of bucks worth of pennies. Using copper eliminates the chance of a spark, which even with an empty tank can cause a boom. I've not used the por, but have heard good things. Good luck, have fun!! Mike

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Guy

11-02-2004 07:04:46
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to KMORRIS, 11-01-2004 14:08:29  
I put a few pounds of sheet rock screws in it. Strap it to my cement mixer and fill with water. Let spin for a while. Empty it and remove the screws with a magent. Pour in a gallon of muratic acid slosh arpund for about 5 minutes. Rinse with real good with water. Dry it out by putting air hose inside and let it run for a while at a low pressure. I've also used a sealer for Eastwood.



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James, UK

11-02-2004 05:47:44
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to KMORRIS, 11-01-2004 14:08:29  
A trick I've used is to put a magnet in an old cotton glove finger and leave it inside the sediment bowl - the rust sticks to the magnet and doesn't clog the carb.

No reason why you can't use the same trick inside the tank - just add a bit of string or wire to get the thing out later. Easier than cleaning out the tank if the tank isn't too bad.



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Jeff-oh

11-01-2004 14:17:44
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to KMORRIS, 11-01-2004 14:08:29  
Some have put a length of chain in the tank, strapped it to an elevated rear tire and ran the tractor. The chain "cleaned" the inside of the tank.

The inside was then sealed (POR-15 product) there was is a post just below yours that discusses this product.



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Walter P.

11-02-2004 21:46:31
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to Jeff-oh, 11-01-2004 14:17:44  
"Some have put a length of chain in the tank, strapped it to an elevated rear tire and ran the tractor. The chain "cleaned" the inside of the tank." I wanted to use your idea to clean my To-35's gas tank, Tonight in the barn,I put a clean near new 30' foot length of 5/16 chain, I put most of this in the tank,(thru the gas fill hole) I ran the other end to the left rim,(tied it on rim with 3 bungee cords pretty tight) I used my 2 1/2 Floor jack to jack up rear of my tractor, (Jack Stands under rear housing) After starting Tractor (Idle) I put tractor in first gear (high range) After letting out clutch The chain just Tore out of gas tank and then flew up in the air and started whipping around before wraping around the left tire. After Shuting the engine off,I could not belive what damage your idea has done: It (the chain) ripped out the filler neck on my gas tank,(It was a real nice tank before this) also before wrapping around tire, the chain caught the fender and bent it real bad. Now I have more damage to my tractor than just a rusty tank. Please dont reccomend this cleaning method to anyone,has anyone else tried it? Results? I would like to add, I think I could have been injured also. Walt Pressman

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danct

11-03-2004 15:42:48
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to Walter P., 11-02-2004 21:46:31  
Walt
What Jeff told you to do you didnt do ,i dont know where you got the idea to tie the chain to the wheel,,,i have used these directions in the past but it didnt clean my tank because of the baffle plates that are in there ,just because you dont understand basic directions is no reason to take out your frustrations on someone who is only trying to help you
respectfully Danny



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Bob Pannell

11-03-2004 13:10:03
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to Walter P., 11-02-2004 21:46:31  
I can't believe what Walt P. did. All you do is what was said, A short length of chain 1 or 2 feet is all thats needed.Place it in the tank completly.Then strap the tank to the wheel and run it slowly.Works every time.Make sure there is no gas in the tank !



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danct

11-01-2004 14:59:56
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to Jeff-oh, 11-01-2004 14:17:44  
i did a tank this year that was a mess and the por15 product worked for me ,it has 3 steps to follow and if you have patience and follow the directions it comes out good in the end ,you can get enough to do a 10 gallon tank for less than $50 good luck Danny



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txblu

11-01-2004 17:51:48
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 Re: How to remove rust from inside the gas tank? in reply to danct, 11-01-2004 14:59:56  
I read where ordinary household vinegar does the trick; cheap vinegar works fine to clean up an old tank. Need to see if they were using it on varnished fuel, and/or rust.

Go to the archives and look for it ..As I recall you fill er up (13 gal @ ~ $100 per gallon....no big deal) and let her set for a few days

I used the POR 15 treatment on a tank (to seal a leak) and although it did a great job of sealing the tank, I had lots and lots of residue floating out that I am still cleaning out. Will not use again. Their rust cleanup chemicals however, may be just the thing.

Check the archives.

Don't put a marble or such in the tank. My son did that and the marble beat hell out of his fuel exit screen. cost $50 for another outlet (to get the screen).

Mark

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