• Hi Guest! Being a Paying Supporter is NOT a requirement to participate at BCF. However, subscribing will help ensure we can continue to serve the LBC community for years to come. If you enjoy BCF and find our forum a useful resource...Please consider supporting us by **Upgrading**
    (PS: Subscribers don't see this banner)
Tips
Tips

thinking caps required

T

Tinster

Guest
Guest
Offline
My car is dead from rust in tank. Refurbished once
but cannot purchase liner chemicals on-island. Can't
find a radiator shop to boil the tank, either.

I have stripped out and cleaned everything from the carb
bowls, lines, filter, pump, etc back to the tank.
The tank is pulled and on the ground like a great whale.

The Mrs, rightfully so, states no more cash infusion.

Homeland Security does not allow me to import Eastwood products.

A new $gazillion fuel tank out of the question.
I;m thinking maybe a bladder tank might work.
Or maybe 1/4" Lexan and industrial epoxy seams.

Or maybe just rig up a 5 gallon DOT plastic tank in the trunk.

open to suggestions. Here's what came out of my tank into a
coffee filter flushed with a pint of water.
badgas.jpg



d
 

Mickey Richaud

Moderator
Staff member
Platinum
Country flag
Offline
Bingo! I believe Ray's found the answer for you, Dale. Clean the tank out as best you can; flush it out well, and follow up with a good rinsing with vinegar (yes, vinegar - do a google search on vinegar and rust if you don't believe). Rinse out with water again and dry it out by leaving it out in the hot Puerto Rican sun. Then coat it with the POR stuff and let Amos do his thing again!
 

toysrrus

Yoda
Offline
Dale,

Why not get someone as close to you as possible on the mainland & ship it to you?

Is there any reason why someone on this forum could`nt buy the stuff for you & ship it to you?? Is customs or something like that a problem?

Russ
 

angelfj1

Yoda
Offline
Dale: A few more suggestions.

1. W.W. Grainger now has a PR Branch. They may have access to some of the supplies you need. Ask for sloshing sealer as used by general aviation for sealing airplane gas tanks.

Cataño Location
Grainger Caribe, Inc.
Zona Industrial Vista del Morro
Avenida Boulevard, Lote #2
Cataño, PR 00962
Phone: 787-275-3500
Fax: 787-275-3536

2. If there is a general aviation clique on the island they may know where you can get these supplies.

3. Rustoleum sells a 2-part epoxy sealant (paint) for sealing garage floors. This should be available at the despot. However before you use this product I would give rustoleum a call and ask if this would hold up under its intended use.
 

NickMorgan

Jedi Knight
Offline
Dale,
What would be the cost of shipping your tank to a BCF friend in the USA and having them treat it with some Eastwood products and ship it back to you?
 

LarryK

Darth Vader
Gold
Country flag
Offline
When you have fixed/repaired tank, think about putting in a marine fuel filter to help keep the moisture out of the fuel lines. Mercruiser and Volvo Penta or something from the diesel powered boats.
 
OP
G

Guest

Guest
Guest
Offline
Dale, take the tank out (which I think you already have) and place about 2 or 3 foot-long pieces of heavy chain in the top and pay someone to shake it vigorously for a few hours. This will bust out the rust and you can go from there with the above coating suggestions.
 
OP
T

Tinster

Guest
Guest
Offline
BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I already banged and clanged with
chains, nails, barbed wire, whips, iron maidens.
handcuffs, assorted nuts and bolts and acid for a
solid 4 hours.

Proplem I can't purchase coatings here and DPO Pedro's

rust comes
back.

I need to make me home grown plasctic fuel tank.
f

EVEN TINSTER KNOWS THIS IS BAD LOOKING GASOLINE!

badgas.jpg
 

DNK

Great Pumpkin
Country flag
Offline
Go to your local West Marine, 2 on Island, and ask them if they have some kind of a tank sealant. If not who can they recommend? In the meantime get some rust mort and pour some in and slosh it around and then pour it out . Then add water to neutralize it. Put everything back together until you found the tank sealant and do it as a "winter" project. You got 1500 miles out of Amos,you'll do it again. And get rid of at least 1 filter.
 

TR6oldtimer

Darth Vader
Offline
Stainless steel pony keg can be made to work. 7.5 gallons. I had a standard 15 gallon keg on a dune buggy I built years ago. They were easy to come back then. After we drank the beer, all it cost us was the deposit..
 

tony barnhill

Great Pumpkin - R.I.P
Offline
angelfj said:
Dale: A few more suggestions.

1. W.W. Grainger now has a PR Branch. They may have access to some of the supplies you need. Ask for sloshing sealer as used by general aviation for sealing airplane gas tanks.

Cataño Location
Grainger Caribe, Inc.
Zona Industrial Vista del Morro
Avenida Boulevard, Lote #2
Cataño, PR 00962
Phone: 787-275-3500
Fax: 787-275-3536

2. If there is a general aviation clique on the island they may know where you can get these supplies.

3. Rustoleum sells a 2-part epoxy sealant (paint) for sealing garage floors. This should be available at the despot. However before you use this product I would give rustoleum a call and ask if this would hold up under its intended use.

There's the answer....where's Cataño, PR?
 

KVH

Luke Skywalker
Country flag
Offline
Victoria British had a price reduction a while back on new gas tanks. The price literally went down 40 percent.

For the hassle and peace of mind, maybe consider talking the boss into that sort of cash infusion.

You could sell it as a safety thing. After all, the gas tank is right above the tail pipes.

I like POR 15, and I've heard good stories. But it's messy, and not all that cheap to buy. And it doesn't store all that well. And you said you couldn't get it.

All said, whatever you do, don't toss out that old tank. I'd keep it and restore at the right time in the future. It's just me, but when I had holes in my tank I didn't want to rely entirely on POR15 or any product. Too timid I guess, and I had kids in college. Good luck either way.
 

amcboy

Jedi Hopeful
Offline
Somebody on the island can bend metal (aside from the occasional hurricane).

Take them your tank and ask them to reproduce it for you in, say aluminium.

Now, the trick is to barter the work for something you have they want.


The general avation community on P.R. is pretty good (at least when I was there...).

Go to the airport and go to the G.A. hangars (the small ones) on a weekend (important). Guys should be milling about working on their planes. Explain your dilemma to them (have the tank in you trunk!) and see if they can help you.

Contact Juan Jiménez in San Juan via his web site : https://www.bd5.com/

Trust me, this guy has used/is using sloshing compound!

I sloshed my BD-5 tanks (thats the wings!) twice before they stopped leaking.

Good Luck

P.S. I'd be willing to receive your tank here and fix it up then send it back to you all happy...
 

tony barnhill

Great Pumpkin - R.I.P
Offline
Or, if you don't want to go the Grainger route, pull the tank & fill it with muriatic acid & let it sit while it does its thing...then drain...then punch a 1" hole in the lowest point of the tank with a hole saw & flush it so everything runs out that hole (you can have the plug welded back in afterwards.

This isn't that big of a big deal, Dale.

& I'll check Monday to see if VB has them at a good price that I can beat!
 

BobbyD

Jedi Knight
Offline
First.....does your wife know that she's missing a glass from the kitchen cupboard? But seriously.....I order POR-15 products from the POR Outlet on eBay. Here's a listing for the gas tank product https://tinyurl.com/5fefc3 They ship to the USA and last I checked Puerto Rico still qualifies. $30 with shipping.

Oops.....sorry but they only ship to the "lower 48"... no Alaska, PR or Hawaii.
 
OP
T

Tinster

Guest
Guest
Offline
tony barnhill There's the answer....where's Cataño said:
Do you have any memory left of sampling 25 different kinds
of rum at the Bacardi plant in Cataño, PR?

Ah ha!!

I didn't think so. It's right around the corner from the
house, maybe 2 miles.

<span style="color: #990000">Maybe this is all mumbo jumbo marketing. I never saw gasoiline cut into exterior latex wall paint once it was set up. Maybe I should clean the tank again and then dump in a gallon of latext and let it cure a few days?

Anyone see a downside to this attempt with high gloss latex?

dale</span>
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
JPSmit Thinking out loud and trying to understand. Restoration & Tools 31
Healey Nut What were they thinking Austin Healey 12
RickB Thinking of clearing out all Midget / Datsun stuff Spridgets 8
bugedd Thinking about winter time projects Spridgets 5
T Thinking of building an adaptor to allow a torque wrench to tighten the knock-ons Austin Healey 32
TRMark TR2/3/3A Thinking of a TR 2/3 ratrod project Triumph 23
R TR4/4A Thinking About an Electric fan Triumph 10
tinman58 TR2/3/3A Bad thinking? Triumph 25
jsfbond GT6 Thinking out of the box Triumph 2
danstr6 TR6 Thinking of selling my TR6 Triumph 4
G Thinking About My First Bugeye Spridgets 20
bugedd Thinking of some tunes.... Spridgets 10
Lukens Am I thinking right? Jaeger electric temp gage. Triumph 4
bugedd What am I thinking?? Spridgets 19
M_and_P Thinking of doing something funky with the Mini British Motor Corp 6
B thinking of buying a 1967 triumph 2000 Triumph 22
mailbox Wedge Thinking of parting with project TR7 Triumph 3
bugedd Thinking about learning bodywork/paint Spridgets 35
glemon Spitfire Thinking about a Spitfire Triumph 7
regularman Thinking about taking in another midget Spridgets 2
B Down shifting problems, check my thinking? MG 1
jlaird Been thinking - about time. Spridgets 4
JPSmit I'm thinking of a Vauxhall Viva Other British Cars 10
MadRiver Thinking of selling our C MG 9
M Thinking about buying a 52 MG TD Spridgets 2
M_Pied_Lourd TR2/3/3A I am thinking of installing this in my TR3A... Triumph 13
bugedd Thinking about rebuilding my ribcase Spridgets 16
T OT - I'm thinking about it... Triumph 14
G Thinking of getting a Triumph Triumph 24
M wishfull thinking? Triumph 10
C Hello - thinking of buying my first Healey [BJ8] Austin Healey 35
jlaird Thinking out loud, comment pls Spridgets 6
SCguy Wedge Thinking of selling my TR8... Triumph 24
T Weather and Transportation - alternate thinking? Spridgets 43
philman I'm thinking of wood veneer Restoration & Tools 3
sparkydave Thinking about paint Spridgets 8
jhorton3 Thinking Of A Discovery SE7 Rover / Land Rover 5
C I'm thinking its the fuel pump??? Spridgets 13
QuickSilver MGA Thinking About An MGA MG 9
judow Just thinking stage now... Rover / Land Rover 6
P Thinking about getting an XK120 Jaguar 16
M thinking about body work at home Spridgets 19
T Thinking of rebuilding my front suspension Triumph 6
JPSmit So, I was just thinking Spridgets 5
A 59 Bugeye. . .Thinking of Selling Spridgets 7
T I am thinking of selling...... Spridgets 17
DeltaAir423 I got to thinking the other day Triumph 4
G Thinking about the stock fan Triumph 7
B Thinking about heat shielding options. Spridgets 9
Bruce_B Spitfire Thinking of buying a 1969 Spitfire...but..... Triumph 8

Similar threads

Top