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Re: Fuel tank

To: Bob Howard <>
Subject: Re: Fuel tank
From: john peloquin <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 17:57:34 -0700 (PDT)
I don't know if this will help, but before I put my replacement tank (to
deal with the rust holes etc.) in, I put several coats of black rustoleum
all over the top, especially around the filler pipe area. Of course this
will probably prove futile in the long run, but then again, it might help.

"Never ascribe to Malice that which can be explained by Ignorance."
John J. Peloquin, Assistant Research Entomologist
Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521

On Fri, 30 Jul 1999, Bob Howard wrote:

> Terry,
>   The top of my '75's tank did disappear, into rust and scale and thence
> into the fuel filters.  I kept smelling gas, then more and more of it.
> Couldn't locate the problem, so finally took the car  to a shop.  By the
> time I got home, they were calling me and laughing that the mechanic's
> wrench that he slid up on top of the tank while going underneath fell
> into the tank.   About 70 percent of the top of the tank was as porous as
> a piece of gauze.  I had bought the car in Maine, apparently having spent
> its life there, then put on another winter, for nine or ten years of
> year-round use.  Apparently it's the sand and road salt that lodges on
> the top of the tank and eats it from the top down.
> On Fri, 30 Jul 1999 12:48:56 -0700 (PDT) "Terry O'Brien"
> <> writes:
> >It seems that when I top off the fuel tank on my '77B the top 15% of
> >the fuel seems to disappear.  The car is equipped with an evaporation
> >loss system, which appears to be intact.  I have not notice an obvious
> >leak, but there are modest gasoline odors in the boot.  Replacing the
> >hoses in the boot has made no difference.
> >
> >Living with it has not been a problem, but while surfing some LBC
> >sites, I found someone that said all B's have leaking tanks. 
> >Considering that he was offering to fix them, I was not overly
> >concerned.  
> >
> >Should I be?  Where is the top of my tank going?
> >
> >
> >===
> >Terry O'Brien, RDU/NC/USA
> >-'77 MG B (daily driver)
> >-'82 Dodge Ram 50 
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