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john ahern
11-04-2002, 08:20 PM
Hello everybody, I'm a new member just getting started on a 1963 Austin Healey 3000, MkII. I'm currently looking for help in determining if the fitting going into the fuel tank is generally welded to the tank. Mine looks like it may be. The uptake from the tank is clogged (maybe with slushing compound applied in the past), and I'd like to remove the fitting to get at the pipe inside the tank. I've tried air to blow back, and tried fishing a stiff electrical wire without success. Anybody have any knowledge if the fitting is removable (i've gingerly tried a pipe wrench without success), or have any alternative suggestions?
Thanks for any help you can giveshort of buying a new tank.


RF Thom
11-05-2002, 06:23 PM
My BN4 was brass braised in place. I removed it because it was not completely sealed and for cleaning. I refitted it with soft solder - there is not that much stress on the joint and I wanted to minimized heat distortion.

Scott Brunkhurst
11-06-2002, 10:04 AM
Remember, fumes remain in those tanks for along time. Be careful!


11-07-2002, 04:07 AM
Hello all,
I've welded a few fuel tanks in the past, (oxy\acetylene) all I do is fill it with water to the brim.

11-08-2002, 11:12 AM
I've had great success taking the fuel tank into a reputable radiator shop and have them boil the tank out and reopen clogged lines. Call ahead though, all shops don't work on gas tanks. It isn't that expensive, give them a call.
Johnny, 59bn7