I am wondering about what is policy on shipping a used gas tank? Has anyone shipped one? UPS, USPS ect? I have a 26/27 tank that I need to sell and was wondering what way works. Thanks, Dan.
Dan I tried to ship one none of the major carriers would touch it. However I was able to ship it via Fastenal I sealed it up and flooded it with nitrogen
Please contact this new poster he may want it.
If it really smells like it had gas in it recently, it might be hard to ship. Those fumes will linger and fill the confines of a box truck quick.
If it has been evacuated for sometime, you should be able to box it up and ship it. I have gotten several gas tanks over the years sent to me. But they were empty for quite sometime.
(Message edited by Chad_Marchees on October 23, 2016)
When a gas tank that held fuel is removed from a vehicle it is considered a hazmat load.
Realistically there is little concern about a fire from remaining fumes if it is purged correctly - but it is a big fine for someone to transport it without labeling it as a hazmat load.
Depending on price and location I may be interested in your tank. I just started a discussion on trying to find one for my '26 Roadster. If you don't have a buyer yet, let me know. Thank you very much.
Dan. I ship them all the time, they go fedex, u don't need to say gas tank, I don't think u have to tell them what it is, if it smells, just plug the holes, and put it in a garbage bag, they go no problem at all.
Mike, That's because they don't know what's in it. Would you want your family on a plane that goes down due to this type of neglect? There's a reason for ORM-D and other designations. Please don't do stuff like that.
Put the gas tank out in the sun for a couple days after rinsing it with water. It won't have any fumes, and it won't be hazmat any more.
Craig, how many times has a model T gas tank brought a plane down, its a lot safer than a cell phone, please don't carry a cell phone on a plane craig. u know how many tanks are wet when shipped , of mine, NONE, there old dry tanks. how about rear end grease should those not be shipped either, some ppl worry way to much.
How many times have I had a rock fall out of the roof underground and hit me on the head? None, but I still wear my hard hat. The rules are there to prevent incidents, not just for shits and giggles.
If it's not a big deal, then tell them what's in it.
when I ship thru ebay and do my shipping labels from there, it does say whats in the package and tracking number for it, so they do know
Yes, some people worry too much & are way too anal. They probably don't J walk either!
I've purchased and sold many motorcycle fuel tanks that were shipped by USPS. Never a problem.
Shipped a 27 tank via USPS (1/3 cost of UPS) with no problems. It had been empty for years except for water leak test. Got to buyer in two days.
Box it seal it with plastic wrap and flush it out so no gas oder .
If they think or smells like gas they will not touch it
I bought a 26-27 cowl mount gas tank a year or two ago from a guy in Califunny. He shipped it FedEx to me. Evidently it hadn't had gas in it for years; no smell at all and no problems at all.
Langs sent me a used tank for my 13 touring. It was dry and hadn't had gas in it for years. They put it in a box and shipped it. No fuss.
I shipped a 26/27 tank a few years ago. No issue. I washed it out good with plain soap and water. Let it dry, I left the top off. So no fume smell can stay.
I use to backpack alot. I would do the same with our whiye gas tanks. I never had an issue. A freind traveling with me once did not follow instructions, cleaned it, pit the cap on, and it got seized upon inspection. My two tanks, had no issues.
quote from Craig Sutton
"The rules are there to prevent incidents, not just for shits and giggles. "
I would contest this statement, the regulations are there to create power for petty bureaucrats who make not real contribution to society.
I base this statement on personal experience with OSHA, I was cited for not having widow screening on my out house. When I asked the OSHA inspector what size of mesh I should use, he informed me I had to read the regulations. When I read the regulations, it stated clearly on the first page that the screen mesh must be small enough to keep flies out. If I had stopped reading at that point, I would have set myself up for another citation because on the second page it stated just as clearly that the screen mesh had to be large enough to allow flies to get out. I do not know of any scree mesh that is larger on one side than the other so I wrote to the head office of OSHA and told them that I had to have a specific screen mesh size given to me. They told me that the screen mesh had to be 1/4 inch, clearly making the first regulation in violation.
The fact is, no business can do anything with out violating some federal rule or regulation and that is why small businesses are dying and being replace by mega monopolies. The big businesses are the only ones who can afford the building full of lawyers to study the laws to find the loopholes to get around the rules and regulations designed to stifle small business.
This is not a remote example, another one is the fact that a business can be fined for hiring an illegal alien, but can be sued and fined for discrimination if the refuse to do so.
Hazmat regulations are the same, they are not based on safety, but on who has more power. How many times have aircraft been damaged bu charcoal? None! but the charcoal manufacturers do not have the power that the lithium battery, cell phone and lap top manufacturers have. Charcoal is classified as a hazmat item because it is flammable, cell phone and laptops explode, but they get a free pass because they are backed by big money.
Tell us how you REALLY feel....
I was helping a T friend remodel his house. We put vents in the foundation to keep the under-floor space dry. We put screening in to keep the mud daubers out. First inspection, no problem, second one, "the mesh is too fine, you could fill it with paint, must be 1/4" mesh! Well, that won't keep mud-daubers out, so my friend wasn't happy. I made up some 1/4" mesh screens we could push in, and they would push the fine mesh screens in further--so they were still there, but not visible! That 'fixed' the problem!
We had the same problem with the soffit vents, which were a commercial product we purchased. Once again, "too fine a mesh, doesn't pass!" For some reason I thought of an "out"-- "How much venting are we required for the attic?" I forget the answer, but I pointed out the end gable vents, the eyebrow vents and the roof jack vents (my friend wanted lots of moving air in his attic to keep down the summer heat). "You have plenty of vents in your attic." was the answer, so I said, "These soffit vents are decorative." My friend was sputtering, "No they aren't!" and I said, "SHHH!" "Hmm, decorative, OK, I'll buy that!" Later I told my friend, "we know better, but that got your inspection to pass!" It would have been a major project to have to change those vents out. Whew!!