You know... Eastwoodco.com has a great gas tank coating kit for $34.
Complete instructions on how to clean the tank for the coating too. First
it's hot soapy water,rinse, followed by the included Metal Wash which
dissolves the varnish, rinse, then Muratic Acid, rinse, then acetone and the
coating. The interior of the tank before starting this procedure was much
like you wrote... afterward, it was shiny metal before I coated it. My
entire cost was about $50. Getting rid of the used materials was probably
the worst. This is my third tank I have done like this and so far no
----- Original Message -----
From: Dwight Woodruff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Roadsters <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2001 8:01 PM
Subject: Re: Gas (was 67 Roadster 1600 Oil Filter)
> I bought a roadster that had been sitting for 12 years. The car would
> start when I put fuel in the carbs, but only for a second. I checked the
> fuel pump...good. I replaced the fuel filter...good. Still wouldn't
> I blew air back toward the tank from the fuel filter...nothing. So, I
> siphoned the gas (that I had filled it with a couple days before) out
> for about a gallon. Unmounted the tank, and proceeded to shine a
> around looking for the problem. Finally, I poured the rest of the gas
> the sewer (just kidding) and saw that there was about an inch of old gas
> that had turned into a nice thick varnish. So, I called around to some
> radiator shops and the lowest price I got was $150 to clean it out. Screw
> that! I got some acetone and some nuts and bolts (counted, so as to
> them all) and shook the hell out of the tank, let it sit, shook it, etc.
> For three days, until the inside was free of gunk, and actually shiny.
> the tank back on, put some gas in, and vrooooom. I'll never do that
> I smelled like gas for a week, and I think I'm still woozy and headaches
> from the vapors. $150 is chump change now that I think about my health,
> the explosion risks I took. Thanks for letting me ramble.
> '69 2000
> P.S. Any clubs in Florida? Preferably Tampa Bay area, but any would do.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: datsunmike <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Patrick P. Castronovo <email@example.com>; <Fred_Katz@ci.sf.ca.us>;
> Roadsters <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Friday, May 25, 2001 8:00 PM
> Subject: Re: Gas (was 67 Roadster 1600 Oil Filter)
> > I guess I could just turn on my electric fuel pump and fill jugs.
> > Mike
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Patrick P. Castronovo" <email@example.com>
> > To: <Fred_Katz@ci.sf.ca.us>; "Roadsters"
> > Sent: Friday, May 25, 2001 7:22 PM
> > Subject: Re: Gas (was 67 Roadster 1600 Oil Filter)
> > > I don't advise it. Cause if someone out there has no idea what they
> > > doing should'nt be playing with the fuel tank in the first place; and
> > > someone tried my idea and it happened to blow up in his face( not
> > > due to his negligence, then I do not want anyone saying I am Liable
> > the
> > > suggestion. Thank you, but no thank you. Pat
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Fred_Katz@ci.sf.ca.us <Fred_Katz@ci.sf.ca.us>
> > > To: Roadsters <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Patrick P. Castronovo
> > > <email@example.com>
> > > Date: Friday, May 25, 2001 3:37 PM
> > > Subject: Gas (was 67 Roadster 1600 Oil Filter)
> > >
> > >
> > > >Pat,
> > > >
> > > >If you do not recommend it, why are you advising it? Old gas is very
> > > >volatile. Injecting a compressed air stream into the fuel line to
> > out
> > > >gasoline sounds dangerous.
> > > >
> > > >A long time ago I pulled into my driveway with my roadster, and saw
> > > >neighbor's garage door go flying open with the neighbor running out
> > > screaming
> > > >his head off. He had been working with gas on his car in the garage
> > it
> > > >exploded in flames. We barely had time to get everyone out of the
> > building
> > > >before it burned down.
> > > >
> > > >Also, old gas can leave a sticky residue in the tank that can cause
> > future
> > > >problems. That's why it might be a good idea to drop the tank and get
> > > >cleaned.
> > > >
> > > >Fred - So.SF
> > > >
> > > >______________________ Reply Separator __________________________
> > > >>Subject: Re: 67 Roadster 1600 Oil Filter and...
> > > >>Author: "Patrick P. Castronovo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > >>Date: 5/25/2001 2:13 PM
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>I had let my car(non Roadster) sit idle for 2 years. I tried to
> > > >>start it with the gas that was remaining in the tank. As you
> > > >>suspected it would not start. I jacked the front end up to push all
> > > >>the gas in the tank forward to the fuel linefitting on the gas tank.
> > > >>Then I removed the fuel line at the fuel pump, before it goes into
> > > >>the pump. Then I took my compressor and wrapped a rag around the
> > > >>hose stuck it in the Gas tank filler tube and as best as I could
> > > >>the rag made a sealed connection to the filler tube and blew all the
> > > >>fuel out of the gas tank into a portable Gas Can. Simple. I do not
> > > >>recommend it. But it worked for me. Pat