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Old May 11th, 2012, 06:20 AM
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109 fuel tank refurb or buy new?

The OE tank I have is still good in that the only rust is surface and the insides, while gunky are OK. I could send it out to be tanked and get the OE tank back with all the known good benefits of having the right thing. Or i could just buy a re production tank and have one that's fresh and clean, but not really very close to the original. Both options are about the same money.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Not much else is original on that truck is it? I say go with whichever will have the most longevity which I assume is the repro. And you can sell the original to someone trying to keep their truck stock.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 08:28 AM
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Get a new one and have it coated will last nearly forever.

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Old May 11th, 2012, 09:09 AM
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Gonna look at it again this w/e. I think I'll try the power washer, then the angle grinder with the wire wheel and see what it looks like after that. If I can get away with treating the metal for rust and then giving it a good paint job, I would tend to go that way. I'm going with Awl Grip 545 primer and then top coat with 2 part polyurethane (flat black) on all the chassis and underbody.
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This Designa Chassis has the mounts for the Series tank. I haven't tried a RRC tank, and I suppose it would work with some amount of futzing.
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Maybe tomorrow. I'm driving up to Philly at oh dark thirty to get the remaining stuff from Ron, then it's off to beautiful Delmarva-land where I will spend the rest of the weekend in and around the 2A.
Gonna try to unkink the rear crossmember. Somehow between the tractor, some chains, the high-lift, wood blocks, a BFH and maybe a large tree I will get it straightened. If I get that far by Sunday afternoon i will have done pretty well.
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Tank rotten.
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Maybe tomorrow. I'm driving up to Philly at oh dark thirty to get the remaining stuff from Ron, then it's off to beautiful Delmarva-land where I will spend the rest of the weekend in and around the 2A.
Gonna try to unkink the rear crossmember. Somehow between the tractor, some chains, the high-lift, wood blocks, a BFH and maybe a large tree I will get it straightened. If I get that far by Sunday afternoon i will have done pretty well.
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Tank rotten.
An easy decision then!
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Not sure if he's still doing it, but Timm Cooper made at least a few 109 SW tanks with (iirc) something like 27-28 gal capacity and provision for an in tank fuel pump that you can access from the rear load space openings for the stock fuel level sender. No frame chopping involved. I know his stuff isn't your cup o' tea but might be a good option if he is still willing to make them.

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I think a new tank is my next purchase. I could maybe repair this one, but by the time I fool around with that and get it stripped and ready I will have spent in time and labor what a new tank costs.
Besides I want to be able to install it when the chassis is upside down, so I can't be bothered with fixing an old POS.
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Insidious brain thing working overtime, urging me to replicate 109 tank from glass/epoxy. Of that I have an overabundance, like 8 gallons of resin and an entire roll of cloth.
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