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Eman
07-18-2006, 08:24 AM
I'm going to try and drop my gas tank this week. I think flakes of rust and gunk have been clogging up my inline fuel filter. I've got someone who is going to blast or pressure wash the inside, but my question is... Should I try one of the tank repair/sealer products or just leave it alone once it's cleaned inside. I've heard a few mixed opinions on those types of products and wanted some opinions from you guys.

Thanks.



1951 Commander Starlight Coupe (aka "Stella")
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KGlowacky
07-18-2006, 09:36 AM
I had a radiator shop boil and seal/line mine 10 years ago and still have never had a problem. I don't know what they used but it was white. I don't know what is on the market today. Good Luck

Alan
07-18-2006, 10:55 AM
eman, If you are in the L.A. area there is an outfit called Mattson radiator on 10529 Beach Blvd. Stanton, CA 90680 (1-714-826-1126) that will tank, open, blast and gas tank renew for $169

Dan White
07-18-2006, 11:40 AM
I used Gas Tank Renu on one of my Hawk tanks and they did a great job. Lifetime warrantee, http://www.gastankrenu.com They have franchisees throughout the US.

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

bradnree
07-18-2006, 12:27 PM
Do a search on this site for a gas tank--Draino application. A friend of mine used Draino on a fuel tank and it really worked. I found the recipe on this site....Brad

valleyguy
07-18-2006, 02:38 PM
I am in the middle of this process right now... My tank looked
a little rusty on the bottom side so I dropped
my tank (58 Hawk), which is easy especially with a motorcycle type
jack or just another pair of hands. My personal opinion, but
I would go the extra expensive and have the tank stripped and renewed by a pro;
I checked with Tank-Renu and the closest one to me in Virginia
was in Washington, D.C. They quoted a price of between $250-400.
After talking to a few folks, someone recommwended a Radiator repair shop close by. They were happy to take my tank (they had lots of old gas tanks in addition to radiators); this particular shop will take a little longer but I am confident I will get the tank back
in really good condition, inside and outside. I expect the price to be around $200. Money well spent I think. Just my 2 cents.

Rosstude
07-18-2006, 02:41 PM
Not Draino. Use "Red Devil Lye", it is a drain opener. Follow precautions on label, it is caustic. As stated, do a search, you will find the rest of the story.

Ross.
Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar
1963 Lark. Temp storage?

bradnree
07-18-2006, 02:56 PM
Are Draino, lye, and caustic soda the same thing ???? Do a "draino" search on this site anyway and see the responses that came....brad

Dan White
07-18-2006, 03:17 PM
Yep the amount charged by Gas Tank Renu shops can vary quite a bit. I had one quote me $400 and another one about 150 miles away quote me $235, went with the $235 and had no problems.

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

bradnree
07-18-2006, 08:03 PM
I used Wikpedia....en.wikpedia.org and it explains that Drano, lye, and caustic soda are one in the same. Mystery solved....Brad

Eman
07-18-2006, 09:40 PM
Thanks for the replies. I'll probably take the tank off tomorrow and actually see how bad it is in there. (Drained it tonight.)



1951 Commander Starlight Coupe (aka "Stella")
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www.alabamastudes.com

Dan White
07-19-2006, 07:20 AM
Although Draino does contain lye, or caustic soda it also contains aluminum and zinc particles to help create a more powerful and hot reaction in the stopped up drain.

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

Starlite51
07-19-2006, 09:58 AM
I have used this POR gas tank kit on 5 Studes & 2 Pontiacs & 3 motorcycles -- and it worked perfect everytime .. if you follow the instructions...

after you clean the inside with the POR Marine clean you will most likely have some pin holes show up .. they are fixed when you use the sealer and POR paint on the outside of the tank

can't say enough good about this product...

http://www.por15.com/PRODUCTS/COMPLETEKITS/tabid/62/Default.aspx

when using radiator shops .. the "white stuff" ...tends to break down with the new "gas formualtions" here in CA --
and it is impossible to get out of fuel lines etc ..
which means a "new tank".. so be very cautious if you have a rare tank that you can't replace.... or end up like me, paying $800 for a custom built tank to fit in my sedan delivery



John Sweeney
Folsom CA
1951 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe
"Lone Dog ... No Woof"
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Starlite51
07-19-2006, 10:13 AM
Not sure if the above link goes directly to the kit

you may have to surf around the site

or you can talk with a real person---

Mary 1-800-827-6715

she knows more about POR15 products than the factory
she's the West Coast dealer & can walk you through the complete process and you can buy a kit from her -and they ship all all over ....
Marys always a big help to first time POR15 users ..
POR 15 will have booth at Hot August Nights/ Reno Swap Meet
Look for the big yelow POR15 banner .. Aug 3-4-5 Washoe County Fairgrounds

John Sweeney
Folsom CA
1951 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe
"Lone Dog ... No Woof"
www.cruisinnews.com
www.renoswapmeet.com

bradnree
07-19-2006, 05:30 PM
POR products may be safer to use than lye....brad

rockne10
07-19-2006, 08:53 PM
Long time SDC, ASC member Bob Wilson is a POR-15 distributor por15paint@aol.com

Brad
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

chrysleritis
07-20-2006, 02:34 AM
I intend to coat my kids with POR15 this weekend. It's the best stuff.