I dropped the fuel tank for reconditioning.

Early C Bodies - The Slab Side Years

  1. Zymurgy

    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I got to my shop a couple of evenings this week. I met the local Mr. Mopar guy and he is going to rebuild my carb and help me start my car.:eek:s_dancing2:

    I removed my fuel tank to have it reconditioned. There was just a few ounces of liquid left in the tank. I dumped it out and I discovered that I will definitely need a new sending unit. Notice in the first picture the pile of rust and a half eaten float.

    I was surprised when I removed the pad on top of the tank how clean it was.

    Gas tank rust and float sm.jpg

    Gas tank before cleaning sm.jpg

    Gas tank rust and float sm.jpg
     
  2. 71-TnT

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    Ordinarily I don't recommend "reconditioning" fuel tanks. You can spend money and time on it with no guarantee of success, and a botched liqui-liner can make things even worse. Judging by the size of the flakes in that pic there could be some very thin spots in that metal. Check it real carefully before proceeding. Investing in a new tank is the best long term solution.
     
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    Thanks I'll check out the cost of a new tank. I was surprised by the big rust chunks. I have a great radiator shop that has been around for over 50 years. They will tell me if I am wasting my money or if they can't guarantee the work. I have been dealing with them for years.
     
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    http://www.gastanks.com/


    These are the guys that everyone uses for reproduction tanks......


    The top of the outside of the tank should be near perfect, it is out of the elements. It is what is inside that counts. I had my local radiator guy do a repair on my tank, cost fifty bucks, that was 8 years ago.
     
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    That was my next question thanks for the info. I'll still have my radiator shop take a look at it. I'm hoping they think it's salvageable.
     
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    No one is reproducing the tanks for '65/'66 at this time. I had mine flushed and lined at a local radiator shop. There were pin hole in the top that were properly repaired. I haven't had any issues since.
     
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    If at all possible have your old sending unit fixed and just put a new float and sock on it. Nobody is reproducing truely good quality sending units in the aftermarket. I have had some personal experience with a repopped unit for an E-body and long story short I ended up putting the original back in the tank with a new float on it. Many other tails from a few friends about the very poor quality and longevity of these units. You won't find a better built unit then the oem one. You can send them out to get refurbished, this guy happens to be local to me but I'm sure there are others.

    http://www.bobsspeedometer.com/1/120/index.asp
     
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    To my experience look for some recommended address for refurbishing fuel tanks, instruments etc. There's many black sheep. Had one gas tank at a local shop who gave me an acceptable estimate but no guarantee; small wonder the acceptable application turned out to be not effective for this kind of dirt and they offered an upgrade which cost more than another fuel tank. Seemed to be kind of their company policy. Said they checked it for leaks and didn't find any while I saw three little holes at first sight after their first cleaning.
     
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    After an extensive on-line search I came to that conclusion. Thanks for answering my next question before I asked it. I trust my shop to do the best possible work on the tank.
     
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    Thanks for the info I came to the same conclusion on my '73 MGB gas tank last year. My MG tank was beyond repair and I replaced the tank and sending unit. The new sending unit leaked on day one. I re-installed the old unit and no leak.
     
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    I've had zero issues with my eBay bought sending unit for my '65.
     
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    Was it aftermarket or NOS?
     
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    Aftermarket.
     
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    I dropped the tank off. He said if a new tank was available he would have leaned to recommending me to buy one. I can't remember the name of the product he said the the tank will be coated in but he said it looks candy apple red when it's done. The good thing is if the tank ends up not holding up, the process is reversible. The reversible process allows the tank to be completely renewed with a lifetime warranty. He has seen tanks much worse than mine renew by the other process but it cost over $400.
     
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    Let's just say that even if 50% of the aftermarket sending units would give you troublefree and accurate operation for years like they should, I would put my money on making the necessary repairs on the oem piece every time.