I guess the ethanol loosened up the gunk, I wonder if flushing with water would be good enough?
Go get a quart of Acetone and one of Toluene. Put them in tank and shake it up.it will dissolve the gum varnish,soak it for a few days,and discard when through.
Put either a length of chain or about a pint of sharp stones into the tank and shake it.
It will develop your arm muscles.
Rinse it out afterwards
I put 50 counted drywall screws inside and kicked the tank around the lawn for a couple of hours - but a couple of hours tied in a cement mixer would have been better.
And yes, I got all 50 screws out of it after some shaking
This is how I did a 26 Tudor tank. Acetone, Toluene, and CR6 stones.
What are :
Thanks in advance.
Crushed stone used in construction and landscaping.
I would do as Tom shows and put the tank on a turning wheel, but I'd use chain instead of stone. A chain will come out intact and not leave any stray pieces behind.
Thank you !
Lesson for the day...and early, too.
Laquer thinner also works well for dissolving the gum in tanks.
Put in some good gravel and plug in the cement mixer for a couple of hours...then get a good coating system and you are done!
One very important thing that has not been mentioned. The tank must be turned 90 degrees or you'll miss some of the corners. That's what makes my set up work best. You just clamp the tank on different corners.
Boy, what a "creative" bunch of guys here !
Rube Goldberg would be proud of you all.
I tried Tom's idea but at 35 mph I had a hard time steering the old girl and the tank eventually flew off making the drive home a lot smoother. Still looking for the tank and bungee cords though.
How did the car run at all with the gas tank strapped to the wheel?
I know some may disagree but IMHO the best thing to clean a pre 26 round tank is the 2 Ben Franklin's it takes to buy a new one!
(Message edited by paulmikeska on January 28, 2016)
Ok, tried it again with two tanks, one on each wheel and a light log chain to hold them on. Went about two feet when it came to a screeching halt. Guess I should of used one log chain for each side instead of the same one for both. Live and learn. Once I dusted myself off from being thrown over the hood/ radiator from that abrupt stop I went in for a barley pop and some encouragement and band aids from the better half. Didn't get 'much sympathy there.