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Re: Cleaning Gas Tanks

To: Dan Dwelley <>
Subject: Re: Cleaning Gas Tanks
From: "M. W. Jordan, Jr" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 17:21:37 -0400
I probably will win the scorn of the list for my approach, but I bought a
gallon of a product used to clean driveways and such that is acid based a
couple of weeks ago and used it to clean my Tr***ph gas tank.  took the tank
out, after draining all the gas out, rinsed it very well with a hose outside,
then sealed all the holes and poured this stuff in. I sloshed it around for a
few (5-10) minutes to make sure it got on all the surfaces then drained it
away, rinsed several times again with the garden hose, then drained the water
and dried the inside of the tank with Methyl Ethyl Ketone, then stuck a vacuum
cleaner hose in the tank to complete the drying process.

The end result is a tank that is spotless.  And before, there was visible
scaling in the tank, so much so that the fuel pump bowl was filing with
sediment every 50 miles or so.

About the radiator shops, several around me have said they will not clean a gas
tank because of the gas contamination in tanks they use.

Just what worked for me.

M. W. Jordan, Jr.
Marietta, GA

Dan Dwelley wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have a question...I removed the gastank from my 77 Midget last
> night...yuck what a smelly mess...It has  (from what I can see) some sludge
> in the bittom as well as powdery rust near the top of the tank. What does
> eveyone use to clean these things out? The radiator shops around here want
> 60+.
> Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
> Dan Dwelley
> 77 Midget
> Alexandria, Va.

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