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Stang28965
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From: Webster New York USA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 12-26-2001 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang28965   Click Here to Email Stang28965     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got a new tank and wanted to know if it was a good idea to spray some clear coat on it? My mustang never see's winters and is only driven in the rain if I get caught in it.

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Boss Hoss
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From: Georgia
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 12-27-2001 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss Hoss   Click Here to Email Boss Hoss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use Eastwood's "Tank Tone"...it's a silver-colored paint that has zinc in it, which greatly inhibits rust. I've never had a problem with rust on my tank ever since I sprayed it on, and my car is a daily driver!

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*1965 Mustang 289 coupe*
*1996 Mustang GT coupe*

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 12-27-2001 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never had to put anything on a new tank. True, I don't drive in rain unless caught, and the car resides in the garage. The one on my 65 is over 3 years old and looks good.

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Stang28965
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From: Webster New York USA
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posted 12-27-2001 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang28965   Click Here to Email Stang28965     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah I saw that and was going to use it, But this tank is brand new so I was thinking the finish on it now should look great. I wanted to know if the new tanks with no paint added would hold up well? thanks.

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Stang28965
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From: Webster New York USA
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posted 12-27-2001 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang28965   Click Here to Email Stang28965     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ok thanks, I guess i'll just keep a eye on it and if I see some rust then i'll clear coat it.

-Jeff

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Boss Hoss
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From: Georgia
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 12-27-2001 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss Hoss   Click Here to Email Boss Hoss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One thing I have forgotten to think about here is the possibility that the metal used on new tanks has been rust-proofed to some degree. The metal on my '65 coupe's tank was original, non-protected metal. They didn't have the rust-proofing that modern car parts have. Are new gas tanks more rust-proof than the original ones, or are they just as "naked" as the ones that Ford originally installed?

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also known as...***Boss Hoss***

*1965 Mustang 289 coupe*
*1996 Mustang GT coupe*

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Fastymz
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From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 12-27-2001 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andy my tank is 4years old and has no rust on it.I didn't put anything on it.I did ask the same question to parts shop I got it from,they said to leave it alone and it would be fine.

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kcode
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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 12-27-2001 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like to be different, on the wifes 66 tank, I shot it with PPG DP black primer then clear coated it with POR's Pelucid. Rock hard finish, of course the complete bottom of her car is clearcoated.

Mike

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MidLifCrisis
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From: USA
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 01-01-2002 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kcode:
I like to be different, on the wifes 66 tank, I shot it with PPG DP black primer then clear coated it with POR's Pelucid. Rock hard finish, of course the complete bottom of her car is clearcoated.

Mike


I would never paint a fuel tank black. It would absorb heat more readily from the hot asphalt in the summer. It would reflect heat better if it was natural of silver, or white as the brand-X boys paint 'em. Just my two-cents. Charlie

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RagTop
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From: Pleasanton, CA, USA
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posted 01-04-2002 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RagTop   Click Here to Email RagTop     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I pulled the tank out of my 69 convertible to check for crud (I'd fouled a couple of fuel filters). The tank may not have been original, but it was in great shape. I just cleaned off the dirt and re-installed it. I believe the tanks are galvanized to prevent corrosion. The only externally rusted tank I've ever had to deal with was in our SportsRoof. There the tank had rusted around the filler pipe and the flange along the back side. I believe that was from years of operation with a faulty trunk seal.

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RagTop
69 Meadowlark Yellow convertible, 302(308)/4V
69 Royal Maroon SportsRoof, 351W(363)/4V
00 Pewter Camaro Z28, LS1

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 01-04-2002 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What makes a tank go bad is to let it sit for long periods half or quarter full, allowing condensation to do a job from within. Another problem on the orig was the pad that went over the tank. It trapped moisture causing rust. Kinda rare to find a good original one seeing they're over 30 yrs old.

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