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Old 10-08-2009, 10:39 AM
chrissy chrissy is offline
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Default I have a gas tank from a 1969 Chevy Nova that has sat for 16 years, is it worth

trying to clean? I want to know if my tank is worth trying to clean up, or should I just trash it and buy a Fuel Cell?
I only want to get the Fuel Cell if the tank cant be saved easily. Also how would I clean it?
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:48 AM
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Take a look at the tank, with a flashlight, if there is significant rust it can still be saved with a fuel tank sealer.
First, if there is rust, I have done this in the past. Drop clean sand and gravel into the tank after you have removed the sending unit from the tank. Shake it for what will seem like forever, and if it doesn't seem pitted to bad, that may be where you can stop. After you remove it all from the tank.
If it is pitted, and you have removed all the sand and gravel to your satisfaction you can buy a gas tank sealer from a quality auto parts store, or from a place like Eastwood's Restoration Company.
The last thing I would do is put a fuel cell into a daily driver. Find a quality aftermarket source for a fuel tank. A couple places like OER, and Classic Industries may be able to supply you with this part, or point you in the right direction.
Or pick up a Super Chevy Magazine those have advertisements from companies that supply parts for these cars.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:13 AM
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buy a new tank! it is a good investment, trust me, you dont want dirt in your carb or injectors, filters only help clean fuel, they wont completly do the job. if you do try to clean it, there are rust-eaters in you harware store.i would buy a new one, ore buy a newer one from a junkyard.
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