What is the best thing to clean a gas tank with

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Corey Walker, Brownsboro TX on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 09:33 pm:

I guess the ethanol loosened up the gunk, I wonder if flushing with water would be good enough?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 09:43 pm:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Barker, Somerset, England on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 04:35 am:

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


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 04:45 am:

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 :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Tuominen on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 05:55 am:

This is how I did a 26 Tudor tank. Acetone, Toluene, and CR6 stones.26 Tank


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Dufault on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 08:22 am:

What are :

"CR6 stones"

Thanks in advance.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 08:40 am:


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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Dufault on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 08:45 am:

Thank you !

Lesson for the day...and early, too.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Todd, ............Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:06 am:

Laquer thinner also works well for dissolving the gum in tanks.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andy Markley on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:48 pm:

Tank in Cement MixerPut 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!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nicholas Lingg - Tarboro, NC on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 01:27 pm:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Tomaso - Longbranch,WA on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 01:36 pm:

Boy, what a "creative" bunch of guys here !


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:48 am:

Rube Goldberg would be proud of you all.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike-Iowa on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:55 am:

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.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael J. Wilcox on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 05:52 pm:

How did the car run at all with the gas tank strapped to the wheel?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 06:09 pm:

Intermittently.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Paul Mikeska, Denver CO on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 06:47 pm:

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)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike-Iowa on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 07:05 pm:

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.


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