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Bigtone

07-18-2017 04:04:11




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There is some rust in the gas tank and I can only see so much of the tank. The previous owner had the sediment bowl and another in line fuel filter hooked up. Whay do you guys do to clean out tank and is there a kit you recommend to line the inside to stop future rust? Thanks, Anthony




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rustred

07-18-2017 20:13:40




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
take it to a rad shop and have it hot tanked in caustic.



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tom dowling

07-18-2017 18:58:01




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
once you've cleaned it just keep the tank full when not in use, it's hard for rust to form when it's full of gas



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old

07-18-2017 21:37:26




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to tom dowling, 07-18-2017 18:58:01  
I have found the exact opposite of what your saying. When I park a tractor for the winter the tanks are dry or almost dry or I have water problems. The gas we have now days absorbs water out of the air due to the alcohol and then the alcohol evaporates and leaves behind the water. Never had a tank rust that sits empty



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rustyfarmall

07-18-2017 11:31:44




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
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If you are successful at getting the tank clean, bright, and shiny inside, you don't need any liner. That liner was designed for tanks that had pinholes due to rust.



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Red Dave

07-18-2017 10:05:30




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
Coating the inside of the tank with one of those liquid products can work very well, but you must spend the time and effort to get the inside of the tank clean. All rust and corrosion must be cleaned down to clean, bare metal. If you don't, you will be unhappy with the job and blame the coating. I've done it and that tank is still in good shape now, 20 years after it was coated.

But, it is a LOT of work. I spent hours and hours shaking the tank with a handful of 1/2" nuts inside it to break up the rust, several different cleaning solutions to remove the sludge, then rinse after rinse to get it all cleaned out. If I needed to do it today, I think I would get a radiator shop to boil it out for me.

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OldFarmall450

07-18-2017 10:03:17




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
When I got my 450 gasser the gas in the sediment bowl was ORANGE! I finally had the tank removed, drained, pressure washed, handful of nuts and bolts shook around, pressure washed again, and put back on.

Now the gas is...well...gas colored. It runs fine, cleaning was little effort compared to liners I've read of.
I'm not a fan of inline filters on a gravity fuel system; they cause lots of problems. I am a huge fan of sediment bowls, they work.

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old

07-18-2017 09:34:26




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
Some times you can get lucky and tank it off the machine and then put a bounce of nuts etc in and shake the heck out of it and then wash it out at a car wash or other such pressure washer type of thing. When I do that I then lay it out in the hot sun to let it dry good.

That said I have a A/C D-17 that has a very bad tank and has since I got it and I use it all the time and have never cleaned the tank out I just make sure the sediment bowl has good screen in it and keep it dumped often

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rustyfarmall

07-18-2017 05:04:02




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
I tried several different methods on my 1940 M. None of them worked. I even poured in some of that liner stuff and then had even MORE problems. Finally, in a last ditch, kill it or cure it attempt, I poured in 2 gallons of muriatic acid. Sloshed it around, let it set, sloshed it around some more, and then drained it out. Rinsed it with water and then let the tank set in the hot sun for a day. NO MORE problems. I did not put in any kind of liner. What little rust was still in the tank gets caught in the sediment bowl. A once a year cleaning takes care of that.

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D beatty

07-19-2017 07:38:15




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to rustyfarmall, 07-18-2017 05:04:02  
I bought a F20 over 40 years ago that had a rusty and pitted gas tank. I cleaned the tank and lined it and has never gave me any problems and still good today. The only thing it has done is liner has changed color. I don't remember what the name of that product.



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hydro70guy

07-18-2017 04:59:07




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
I took a tank off and power washed it out well then used a product called Red Kote I bought at O'Riellys follow directions and it worked great for me.

Joe



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fbh44

07-18-2017 07:09:59




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to hydro70guy, 07-18-2017 04:59:07  
Ditto on Red-Kote. Use it once , not twice, use the remainer to coat tool handles.



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D beatty

07-19-2017 07:26:20




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to fbh44, 07-18-2017 07:09:59  
You can use 2 thin coats of Red Kote if you read directions on how to thin it.



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glennster

07-18-2017 04:26:49




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to Bigtone, 07-18-2017 04:04:11  
i have put liners in a few gas tanks. its kind of pia. lately i take them to a local radiator shop, they boil em out and install the liner for about 125 dollars. well worth it.



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henryv11

07-18-2017 06:10:40




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 Re: Cleaning gas tank in reply to glennster, 07-18-2017 04:26:49  
That is what I do also.



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