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Old April 7th, 2008, 05:14 PM
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Best method to clean a gas tank

My next project on my D is to drop the gas tank out and clean it, as all indications are that it is full of crap. Any suggestions on method for cleaning it?
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Old April 7th, 2008, 10:18 PM
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Put a chain in it and shake it about.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 06:43 AM
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Interesting idea. Will that break up any shellac(sp?) and other deposits that would be in there? I imagine there is a good amount there due to the limited mile it has been driven by myself and previous owners.
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Yes

Hold over your head in the front yard with chain in empty tank shake and scream so the nieghbors hear you--------" I'm mad as hell--and I'm not gonnna take this anymore!"

Works for me.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:40 PM
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Yes

Hold over your head in the front yard with chain in empty tank shake and scream so the nieghbors hear you--------" I'm mad as hell--and I'm not gonnna take this anymore!"

Works for me.
Pendy,

You forgot to tell them about inspecting the inside of the tank using the light from bic lighter. The chain idea only came to you after you regained your hearing and eyebrows grew back.

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I was reading in a handyman magazine where a guy used a shop vac to siphon out the remainig gas in a tank and the shop vac blew up.. So don't do that...
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I was reading in a handyman magazine where a guy used a shop vac to siphon out the remainig gas in a tank and the shop vac blew up.. So don't do that...

Holy moley! Is there a youtube video?
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Old April 10th, 2008, 09:46 AM
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I'll get on it right now...Any particular brand of shop vac I should use? Regular gas or premium?
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Old April 10th, 2008, 10:58 AM
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Premium of course. And a Sears Craftsman Vac as well.

Be sure to put a stuffed animal on top of the vacuum to build drama about the chance of someone getting hurt! And glitter inside the Vac.

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Old April 10th, 2008, 11:25 AM
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Hmm...the production budget for this is starting to escalate.

Frankly, I would stuff the animal with glitter. The pyrotechnic effect would be awesome. But that's a lot of glitter. I don't know if I feel comfortable walking into a fabric store to buy so much of it. Enquiring minds and all, you know.

You know, up here in Boston it may raise suspicion. Perhaps in Kansas it's more acceptable. Don't want to pass the buck but ...
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haha, that reminds me of a story my buddy told me. He went to the grocery store to buy milk for his daughter, so he grabbed a gallon of milk for her, then he saw these little stuffed animal monkeys with velcro hands. He thought his daughter would get a kick out of the monkey riding the dog around the house, so he picked that up. Then he figured, as long as he was there, he might as well pick up a 12er of beer. He was walking through the aisle with these three when some woman stopped him and said..."I'm sorry, but you have milk, a monkey and a case of beer?" He stopped, looked down at his collection, leaned in toward her and just said..."Yeah, its gonna be a CRAZY night!"
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Griots garage used to make a cleaner kit, I used it on an old Bentley years ago. It involved draining the tank, pouring in this acidic crap and a couple of cups of course gravel, shaking the hell out of it, letting it sit for a while, shaking it again, then draining all of that, filling it with a neutralizing base, shaking that around, draining that and then using a gas tank sealer kit (I've since used the por-15 tank sealer as well, they both work fine.)

I distinctly remember that afternoon sucking.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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The D-90 tank is plastic though.

How nasty could it be?
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Its got a big opening in the top, I just reached in and scrubbed it with some old green scratchy pads.
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The chain is a ritual. Let him pass through this circle of life.

Going to craigslist to find a cheap vacuum now
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Yes, but it does not have the same sonic effect as a metal tank would.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:50 PM
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Search burning vacuum youtube it was my favorite
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