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RUST IN THE FUEL TANK

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JAMES

01-13-2004 10:40:55




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WHAT IS THE BEST METHOD TO REMOVE RUST SCALE FROM A GAS TANK THAT HAS BEEN DRY FOR 15 YEARS? IS DIESEL FUEL THE WAY?

THANKS, JAMES




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Scott

01-15-2004 10:11:45




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 Re: RUST IN THE FUEL TANK in reply to JAMES, 01-13-2004 10:40:55  
I replied on the other board you posted this on, but just in case you didn't see, here's what I do

Go buy about 3 or 4 lb of dry wall screws..tons of sharp edges. Make sure you have a telescopic magnet to retrieve the screws when you're done.

Put the screws in, the cap on, and start shakeing like crazy. The longer the better. I've even strapped a tank to another tractor hub and driven for a while (mowed a pasture). When done, extract all screws and rince with one of the above ideas.. May not hurt to use some turpantine with the screws to help, but make sure it's sealed good, and NO SMOKING!

if it's real bad, you may have to go to a tank sealer system. I think a company named por, or something like that makes a tank sealing kit.

Good luck

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Brad W. wi.

01-14-2004 04:37:25




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 Re: RUST IN THE FUEL TANK in reply to JAMES, 01-13-2004 10:40:55  
I just did it to my tank. I put pea gravel in it and enough winshield washer fluid so it sloshes around. (cold in Wi)I then strapped it in the back of my pickup and went about my business for 3 weeks.In that time it was clean. I vacumed out all the stone and rust, washed it out with phosphoric acid. Rinsed out real well Dried it out with a heat gun for stripping paint, a vacume hooked up to blow instead of suck will work as well. And I also put a little 10 wt oil in it and rolled it around to coat the inside of it till I put it on my WD I'm not sure of the coatings people talk about mixed messages on them I need to do more checking. They might come off down the line a create problems????

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Mike (MA)

01-13-2004 16:25:04




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 Re: RUST IN THE FUEL TANK in reply to JAMES, 01-13-2004 10:40:55  
When restoring my C, I put a handful of misc nuts and bolts into the tank and drove around with it in my truck bed for a week or so. This loosened a lot of rust up. After an initial soap and water clean and air drying, I followed it up Johnson's Fuel Tank sealer. Other sealers are available at motorcyle shops (Kreem) and Eastwood also has a product of their own.

Mike



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Murphy

01-13-2004 13:14:47




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 Re: RUST IN THE FUEL TANK in reply to JAMES, 01-13-2004 10:40:55  
My local motorcycle shop has a kit made by KREEM that has a mild acid cleaner/etcher and then a liquid sealer for the tank. My B had a few pin holes three years ago. Cleaned and sealed it and have had no problems since.



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old

01-13-2004 12:02:35




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 Re: RUST IN THE FUEL TANK in reply to JAMES, 01-13-2004 10:40:55  
I use turpentine put it in shake it put some and let it set for a day then drain it and then put some gas in and shake it up and drain again and go it removes most all of it or at least has worked for me



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chief

01-14-2004 05:18:45




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 Re: Re: RUST IN THE FUEL TANK in reply to old, 01-13-2004 12:02:35  
install a 1/8" x 2" soft copper tube into the inlet of the sediment bulb then install this will keep a lot of the rust from getting into the line after cleanup



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andy

01-14-2004 15:58:57




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 Re: Re: Re: RUST IN THE FUEL TANK in reply to chief, 01-14-2004 05:18:45  
the copper tube is a fail safe way but I cut two slots down the tube so the fuel can flow in all the way to the bottom most of the rust particals wont pass and the ones that do the in line filter will catch.



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