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Old 05-30-2005, 04:12 PM
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Cleaning a stinky fuel tank

I pulled the fuel tank off my project car today. Supposedly the car set for 15 years. Stinky, oh yea. It was empty and dry though.

I'm thinking about putting a cleaner in it and letting the tank ride around in the rear of my Ranchero for a few days. I also thought about dropping in scrubbers (I don't know yet what scrubbers would be) that will bang around like the ball in a paint can.

Any thoughts and recommendations about what cleaner to use and scrubbers?

Thx in advance, r

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mineral spirts should do it...dillute it with water and leave it in for about two or three days in the back of the ranchero....should clean it up nicely....and then after the smell is gone just drain it and rinse with water and let airdry..any residue will evaporate...had the same problem on a 1982 fairmont
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That will work but you may have a rust problem also, you can get a kit from Eastwood that will clean the tank and seal it, works good I did it on my car and it sealed it like a new tank and also stop the rust from coming back.

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I had the same problem. I took mine to my local Radiator shop and they hot steamed the inside of the tank. The tank looked spanky new when finished. Cost me under $100 bucks
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Stinky fuel tank

Thank you gang for your input.

I put about 4 quarts of solvent, couple of handfuls of pee-gravel and small rocks , loaded in the back of my Ranchero and let the sloshing begin while I do errands. I figured 4 quarts was about right to get the sloshing moving with enough force to make stuff happen. I will drain in a week or so and see how it worked. I like the radiator shop suggestion and that may be in the tanks future. Then I plan to re-seal and install back on the car.

thank you all for taking the time to respond and offer help. This is a great board.

thx again, r
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np...just amke sure you get all the rocks and dirt out of it...that could cause problems down the road for ya,,but good luck,
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next time use nuts 1/4 to 3/8 then you can use a magnet to get them out i use BBs on small tanks like lawn mowers and generators also use a marine product called pwrtune to lossen up the gak it has an acid in it come to think of it ive used muriatic acid too to eat up the rust then take it to a rad shop and have it red lined
you can use that pwrtune to clean carbs too made by quick silver

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i've used aquarium gravel in motorbike tanks before, its epoxy coated and kinda rough, but now i've got a driveway full of pea gravel so i'll have to try that i'd be kinda leary of tossing a handful of metallic objects (nuts,bb's, bolts) in to a tank full of solvent and shaking it though but thats just me...
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Old-timer trick is to use a handful of roofing nails. Short with lots of sharp edges to abrade the bad stuff and you know for sure when they are all out! Use them w/ soapy water then hose it out with clean water and let the tank dry in the sun for a day or two.
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A cheap gallon of muriatic acid from your local swimming pool supply and it would be done in 10 minutes...... you can use that stuff to clean anything
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After all my chemicals and p-gravel and miles of sloshing in the back of my Ranchero I decided to take it to a radiator shop and for $195 they will boil and seal it. It turned out the tank had a leak so then I had that junk in the bed of my car. That was an action item it didn't want.

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