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rmlarsen
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:25 am    Post subject: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Been having problems with debris clogging my fuel lines so decided it was time to pull the hood and clean the gas tank on my '51 8N.
I emptied the tank and flushed it with water. Out came big chunks of something resembling pieces of rubbery caulk. I'm guessing this is from a past attempt to line the tank. Question is how do I thoroughly clean the tank of all this residue or should I not worry about it? I am planning to reline the tank
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Take it to a radiator shop. Let 'em boil it out and seal it with one of the new generation products made for that.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mr. Larsen I have seen posts on here just like yours and some advised taking the tank to a radiator repair place and have them clean it out good etc. I would thta myself as I have no other way of doing it and there are a lot of little radiator places around me. They can also leak test it after at lots of places. Devious
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:32 am    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Eastwood Company sell DIY products to clean and seal gas tanks also.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

rmlarsen wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:25:51 08/03/10) Been having problems with debris clogging my fuel lines so decided it was time to pull the hood and clean the gas tank on my '51 8N.
I emptied the tank and flushed it with water. Out came big chunks of something resembling pieces of rubbery caulk. I'm guessing this is from a past attempt to line the tank. Question is how do I thoroughly clean the tank of all this residue or should I not worry about it? I am planning to reline the tank


rubbery caulk

does not sound good,,, I would invest in a new tank.... leave the mess someone made for the scrap pile... lined tanks done rite hold up well,,, done wrong is a fudgen mess... never seen a line job done by a radiator shop done well,,, theirs more to it than a dip and coat....
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know here in the Detroit area cost to boil out and line a tank was twice the cost of a new tank. Had bought a tank liner for a motorcyle and decided against it after reading numerous bad reveiws.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You can (I have) use a temp gas tank from a mower, and jack up one side of the tractor so that wheel will spin. Then, use padding and straps to tie the tank to the wheel so it will spin. Add a small bucket of square nuts and bolts to the tank, put in your ear plugs and let it spin for a couple of hours. The tank will be pretty clean afterwards, and then you can seal it up, or take it to a good radiator shop for cleaning and sealing. My tank still doing fine after several years.
 


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:47 pm    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip Ramrod I was wondering what I could do to get the rust and crud broke loose from the tanks I have off right now before I tried to seal them and this sounds like a good way. I have three of them I need to refurbish.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:35 pm    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey Ramrod, do you think that about a gallon of loose change dumped in the tank and shook up like you mentioned would work.??

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:18 am    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That wouldn't hurt, but the sharp corners on the square nuts are better. Hex nuts would work too. Come to think of it, change might not be hard enough. I would use steel stuff as an abrasive. I remember thinking about this way back when I did mine, finally just broke down and bought a couple of boxes of square nuts.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: CLEANING MY GAS TANK Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Turning your tractor wheel into a tumbler is a real interesting idea, and one I'll probably use at some point to clean rusty items. However, I'm not sure how well it would work on a fuel tank. My tank has one or more baffles that would interfere with the travel of whatever abrasive element is used, and you might not get a uniform scouring of the surfaces. I emphasize 'MIGHT NOT'; it may work perfectly.
 
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