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Gas tank To Reseal or Buy New

Hello everyone, I have an '81 El Camino it has been sitting for a while I have rebuilt the engine.
My focus is on the exterior of the car now, particularly, the gas tank. I have taken the gas tank out of the car, and removed the sending unit. Looking inside the tank has revealed loose chunks of rust. The exterior of the tank has some rust also. As far as I can tell it does not have any leaks. When I bought the car a couple of years ago, I drove it home with no obvious signs of leaks.
Can I get a good quality kit that I can stop the rust and reseal the inside of the tank myself? Obvious, if I can do it myself and save myself a little money, thats the way I want to go. On the other hand, do I buy another tank?
If I reseal it myself, where can I get a good quality kit? If I buy new(preferrably with the sending unit) where can I get a gas tank for a '81 El Camino.
Any and all responses are greatly appriciated.


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we use to have old tanks cleaned out .i dont know if anybody still does it or not. but you can get a new tank for around 200 bucks. Cole
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The cleaning out is the hard part, I've done some tanks where I've put about a gallon of Marine Clean, then tossed in a big handful of 20 penny nails, 1/2" bolts, steel tumbling media, cap off all the holes and then shook the thing in every concieveable position till I was dizzy...with minimal rust removal... I finally made a big rotisserie that hangs out of the backside of my lathe, it holds the tank, in several positions, and I turn it on slow speed for several hours....days even...Noisy is not the word to accurately describe the sounds that it makes...A million monkeys beating on a million garbage can lids is more like it...

I have a 68 chevy PU in my shop right now with about 1/4 of bubbly rust on the inside, a new repro tank is about 140.00-180.00..

It's getting a new tank.

If you can find someone (radiator shop) to clean out the tank, and seal it with one of the better sealers, and do it right, it'll probably cost close to as much as a new tank anyway..

Here is a thread with some links and suggestions for tank sealers and methods.

Gas Tank - help needed 48 chevy panel truck

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my new tank, straps, sending unit, tank pad, lock ring and filler neck grommet was $310 from ebay. Keep in mind some of those tanks come in bare steel and some come dont want these as they will rust. The dodge tank i bought was made in canada.....the rest are made in taiwan. The canadian tank is either galvanized or coated somehow. The sending unit is stainless stainless steel and and has no wires wrapped around the sending unit pipe. This throws off the electrical values to the gauge. get one with a metal strip and make sure the sending unit is not plated. I have had many problems doing it the cheap way. some things you just dont want to go cheap one. THis is one of them.

tank he has the canadian made tank for $169 plus shipping. cant beat that

sending unit i only saw one used on there for $64 that was claimed to have worked but had no returns

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Year One has the tank for your Elky for $165, part number DG24. I'd go with Year One over an ebay seller, since you can call them back in a month and you know they'll still be there.
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