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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 08-17-2001 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My gas tank has started leaking, but it's no big deal - I have no idea where it started life and it doesn't fit anyway! But I've got a spare original from my parts car that looks OK on the outside. Is there an easy way to check its integrity? Just fill it up with gas and see if it leaks? I seem to remember hearing somewhere that I should get it lined inside with some kind of lead-based paint. Any other tips would be appreciated.

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From: Georgia
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posted 08-17-2001 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss Hoss   Click Here to Email Boss Hoss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know about lining it with lead-based paint, but I lined my 1965 Mustang's gas tank with the gas tank sealer kit from Eastwood. The process is kind of long, but it COMPLETELY strips and cleans the metal on the inside of the tank. After the tank has been cleaned, you pour in this liquid vinyl-type stuff that hardens and protects the inside of the tank from ever rusting again. I did this to my VERY rusy tank, and it is like NEW! I highly recommend the Eastwood sealer kit (item #10165Z, $ them at 1-800-345-1178).

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From: PHILA. PA.
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posted 08-17-2001 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 7DMACH1   Click Here to Email 7DMACH1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have used this Eastwood Sealer also and it works very well. Did a buddies tank about 5 yrs. ago that was full of rust and it's still fine.

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From: Vancouver Island, Great Wet North
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 08-17-2001 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just had the tank from my 79 reconditioned professionally as part of sorting out a fuel delivery problem (turned out it had nothng to do with the tank, but oh well). They boiled the tank, cleaned it up and put a new pickup screen and such in. It only cost me about $60Cdn, so that may be the way to go. It would certainly save you from having to mess around with specialty paints and coatings. My local shop had it back to me a less than a day.

Give a coupe of shops a call and get some quotes... might be less hassle than trying to do it yourself.

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From: Rowlett,Texas
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posted 08-17-2001 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clark   Click Here to Email Clark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have used the POR15 tank sealer and was very impressed with the results as well. I think the idea of having it cleaned out by a shop is good, but you will have to make sure the rust does not come back.

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From: Pearland, Texas, USA
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 08-17-2001 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I fixed my rusty tank the easy way... I bought a new one.

'68 Coupe w/351W

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From: So. Fl.
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posted 08-17-2001 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not all that easy when you live where Simon lives and when shipping is more than the part. I had a Falcon Sprint tank that had holes in the top. I washed it out twice with hot soap and water, rinsed it and let it dry open for a couple days. Now for the insaane part! I taped a small torch on an 8' slat. The torch was at a right angle to the slat. Gingerly wafting it closer to the tank, got nary a poof and I actually had the flame in the tank. I had to demo it again for the bodyman who was going to braze up the holes!! After brazing, went to an aircraft supply house and bought a gallon of tank sloshing paint or whatever. It was bright yellow and smelled like model airplane dope. Mission accomplished!

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From: Redwood City, Ca. USA
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posted 08-17-2001 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Doc   Click Here to Email Doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have many tanks coated each year for normal cars without any problems, however on the more exotic cars that require upscale fuels (race gas) we have had big troubles with the coating coming off and pluging up everydarnthing in the fuel system!

If you had a rubber cam would it get wilder as the RPMs go up?

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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 08-17-2001 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks all! The answer is in there somewhere, although I don't know about setting light to the tank There's no Eastwoods here, but now I know that such a thing as gas tank sealer exists, I'm going hunting. I live next to an airport, so maybe I'll pay the repair guys there a visit.
Just one other thing: when I removed the rubber hose connecting the replacement tank to the gas cap, I had to cut it off. Is this normal? I've still got the rubber hose attached to the tank already in the car. Will I need to cut that too and buy a replacement, or is there a special way to get it off?
Thanks again!

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