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Cleaning out a Petrol tank
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ianm



Joined: 03 Dec 2007
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Location: Warwick Qld Australia

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:12 am    Post subject: Cleaning out a Petrol tank Reply with quote

G'day all, any ideas of how I can clean out a fuel tank of a Series 3 Hillman Estate.
It last had fuel in it 23 years ago so I would think there would be some rust and left over resins from the old fuel.
I was thinking may be steam cleaning or beed blasting
Ian Rolling Eyes
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buzzy bee



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
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Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

Some times if you have a slightly rusty tank, it can pay to pop a magnet in the tank, and leave it there, then the rust flakes will be attracted to the magnet, not done it in a car, but seen it done in engines!

Cheers

Dave
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Uncle Joe
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not take it to a company that repairs and rebuids car radiators and get them to clean and seal it?
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Mog



Joined: 30 Dec 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a petrol tank repaired once. They boiled it up in a tank of water,with detergent, for a few hours , before doing the repair. The tank was electrically heated.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purely as a point of interest, one of the major car manufacturers did have a recommended standard for cleaning and repairing petrol tanks.
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michael1912



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - I cleaned mine out by shaking with water and small pebbles in it, followed by with "Marine Clean" from Frosts. Seemed to work OK. No carb blockages since.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was talking to a former garage owner today who told me that this was a common problem here 60 years ago...he explained how he used to clean tanks back then, then lamented that the chemicals are no longer available. His next comment was a killer. How can I be expected to do a good job, if I cant get the proper stuff to do it with?... Laughing
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Mog



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good petrol tanks were made , in the old days, out of tern plated ? steel. It was a high lead/tin plate which stopped the rust.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a definate decline in quality during and after WW2 due to material shortages. Bit sad really that things never got back to how they were quality wise.
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