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Re: 1954 3100 (short bed) YEP ??? Rusty Fuel Tank
Toyvo #1337055 Mon Dec 09 2019 04:13 PM
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One of the biggest mistakes I made when restoring my truck was to try and salvage the old fuel tank. It had a lot of gas sitting in it for 23 years before I got it.
When I drained out the worst smelling gas I ever encountered it also had lots of varnish. I had read somewhere this could be removed by tumbling the tank with some gravel in it.
I strapped the tank to the jacked up wheel on my tractor and let it spin for about 20 minutes with pea gravel in it.
Not only did it not remove the varnish but much of the gravel was firmly adhered to the sticky varnish with no way to remove it. Sure glad new tanks were readily available.

Re: 1954 3100 (short bed) YEP ??? Rusty Fuel Tank
Toyvo #1337107 Mon Dec 09 2019 10:33 PM
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I found a great gas tank cleaning process.
Buy "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner at The Dollar store. $1 per 64 oz bottle. Mix it 1 part "The Works" to 10 parts water. Let it soak for 24 to 48 hours depending how bad the rust and varnish is. Rinse with water, Coat with Ospho, dry with air gun or leaf blower.
It will be clean!


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