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Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help

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03-20-2011 18:28:04

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Hey all... I received a 1948 Farmall C from my grandpa about a year and a half ago now and after some engine work, I am getting it ready for paint this summer. One of the things I am going to have to tackle is a large dent in the gas tank. It is located on the left side and goes in a little ways. I was wondering if anyone had any tricks as to how to make this dent less noticeable or go away. Thank you all for your help!

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Dean Olson

03-26-2011 18:44:22

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 Re: Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help in reply to steam_guy14, 03-20-2011 18:28:04  
Replace the tank. Used tanks are readily available. Pay the $20 + shipping should be cheaper that the repair.

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03-24-2011 08:52:23

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 Re: Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help in reply to steam_guy14, 03-20-2011 18:28:04  
Where you located? I have a nice tank and I would let it go for $20, but the shipping might be too much.

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03-21-2011 12:17:07

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 Re: Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help in reply to steam_guy14, 03-20-2011 18:28:04  
Here is a picture of the dent.

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03-21-2011 04:50:24

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 Re: Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help in reply to steam_guy14, 03-20-2011 18:28:04  
fabricate a "pick" from a length of 1/2 or 5/8 inch cold rolled steel bar, grind the end round. go thru the fuel tank filler opening and push the dent from the inside out. takes time but works good. if you have a local body shop, take i over to them , they can use a stud welder and dent puller to caress the dent out. it spot welds studs to the dent and then a puller is attached. i would not drill holes in the fuel tank to pull dents.

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03-21-2011 14:30:03

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 Re: Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help in reply to glennster, 03-21-2011 04:50:24  
Just thought of something else. See if you can find a small(2")suction cup with the lever to make it hold. I used a 3" one to pull a dent out of my fender. Popped it out like new. Don't know if it will work on your dent but they only cost a couple bucks. There are also glue on studs/pullers that may work so you don't have to use heat. If you do need to weld or heat the tank, make sure to steam it out first. An empty tank full of fumes is like a bomb.

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03-21-2011 00:36:16

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 Re: Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help in reply to steam_guy14, 03-20-2011 18:28:04  
It depends on the type of dent. If it's just popped in a little, you might be able to take a wooden hammer handle or broom stick with a rounded end and pop it back out from the filler opening. Don't use anything pointy! If there's no creases, you could fill it completely full of water, cap all the openings really well and stick it in a freezer overnight. I've heard of people tanking dents out of motorcyle exhaust pipes this way. A couple of pounds of air pressure could also work if it's a simple dent but you have to be very careful doing this. If there's no creases and the metal hasn't stretched too much, it should pop out.

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03-20-2011 18:40:41

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 Re: Farmall C - Gas Tank Dent Help in reply to steam_guy14, 03-20-2011 18:28:04  
if you are ok with a welder drill a hole in the tank and used a dent puller to get the majority of the dents out then just weld your hole back up and grind it smooth. You may have to even drill a couple holes in it. Then just use a litle body filler to try to smooth out the rest. Thats what i would try doing.

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