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Rust inside fuel tank of WD

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Don D.

07-03-2002 15:20:32

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How do I remove and nuetralize the rust from inside the Fuel tank of a WD I am restoring?
Thank you for your help.

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07-03-2002 22:41:47

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 Re: Rust inside fuel tank of WD in reply to Don D., 07-03-2002 15:20:32  
Go to a hardware store and get a gallon of Muratic acid. Follow the directions on the can.
let soak for 30 min.. This acid only attacks rust. It may take a few applications but it really cleans out the rust. Then coat it with Eastwoods gas tank sealer.

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07-03-2002 20:46:34

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 Re: Rust inside fuel tank of WD in reply to Don D., 07-03-2002 15:20:32  
Here's a cheap easy fix-tie your tank onto a wheel of another tractor, put in some abrasive like sand, small rocks, etc. and do some field work for a day or so.Lots easier than shaking it by hand. If you have no field work to do, jack up the tractor and let it run while you enjoy some shade and a few 'cold ones'. Then get some tank sealer (usually at a radiator shop, etc.) and slosh that into the tank, let drain, and dry for at least a day, per instructions. If by now you're both sloshed- see Rule #1. Stops the rust flaking off and should provide many years of service.

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John (Athens OH)

07-03-2002 20:18:22

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 Re: Rust inside fuel tank of WD in reply to Don D., 07-03-2002 15:20:32  
Don this may sound stupid to you but it has worked for me a few times put some limestone rocks in the tank and shake the tank many times then dump the rocks out and blow it out with air compressor you may have to do the rock trick a few times and blow it out after each time as for protectant I do not know of anything but you might ask at your local napa they could tell you about some thing hope this helps you out JOHN

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Steve in N.J.

07-03-2002 20:09:55

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 Re: Rust inside fuel tank of WD in reply to Don D., 07-03-2002 15:20:32  

I brought the tank off of my Model B to my radiator shop. He tanked it out fixed the peppered bottom and coated the inside of the tank with a special sealer for fuel tanks. Came out beautiful! Cost me around $75. If you have a good radiator man close by, might be worth while asking if they fix fuel tanks.... Steve

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Gene Cockrell

07-13-2002 13:53:01

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 Re: Re: Rust inside fuel tank of WD in reply to Steve in N.J., 07-03-2002 20:09:55  
I have done the fuel tank repair several times and this is really the best fix I've found: It is a little work....
Clean the tank out well with water (hose it out good a few times) then use some solvent (toluene [Lacquer thinner], or MEK (Sears stocks this) and slosh it out again...you want to get ALL the gum out from old gas....
Get some Naval Jelly rust remover, (the pink stuff, no coating) and some BB's....Put these in the tank and shake rattle and roll....a little compressed air during the rinses makes the BB's really knock out the scale....rinse several times, then get the BB's out....let it dry a day or two....
Get a quart of aircraft gas tank sloshing sealer (I always use Randolph brand) (www.aircraft-spruce.com has this). Dump this in the DRY tank...(after taping the holes with masking tape) Slosh it and dump the remainder back in the can. Let it dry overnight....
That's it...This is a good fix and 1 qt. of sealer will do about 3 18-20 gal tanks....
The sloshing sealer comes in white or yellow...yellow is for fuels which will NEVER contain alcohol...(diesel, avgas) white for everything else....

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