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Gas tank rust repair?

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  • Gas tank rust repair?

    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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  • #2
    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

    1956 Studebaker Pelham Wagon Houston, Texas
    Remember, \"When all is said and done. More is always said then ever done.\"

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    • #3
      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

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      • #4
        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
        Dan White
        64 R1 GT
        64 R2 GT
        58 C Cab
        57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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        • #5
          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

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          • #6
            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.

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            • #7
              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?
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              Ross.
              Riverside, Ca.
              1957 Provincial X2
              1958 Transtar

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              • #8
                Are Draino, lye, and caustic soda the same thing ???? Do a "draino" search on this site anyway and see the responses that came....brad

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                • #9
                  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
                  Dan White
                  64 R1 GT
                  64 R2 GT
                  58 C Cab
                  57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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                  • #10
                    I used Wikpedia....en.wikpedia.org and it explains that Drano, lye, and caustic soda are one in the same. Mystery solved....Brad

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                    • #11
                      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")
                      www.bulletshots.net
                      www.bulletshots.net/blog
                      www.alabamastudes.com

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                      • #12
                        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
                        Dan White
                        64 R1 GT
                        64 R2 GT
                        58 C Cab
                        57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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                        • #13

                          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/COMPLE...2/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"
                          www.cruisinnews.com
                          www.renoswapmeet.com
                          John
                          Folsom CA


                          "Lone Dog ... No Woof"

                          www.cruisinnews.com

                          www.SacramentoSwapMeet.com

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                          • #14
                            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
                            John
                            Folsom CA


                            "Lone Dog ... No Woof"

                            www.cruisinnews.com

                            www.SacramentoSwapMeet.com

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                            • #15
                              POR products may be safer to use than lye....brad

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