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The question, initially posted May 23, 2005, was:
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Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
HenrytheWound #1434948 Tue Dec 28 2021 08:05 PM
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If new gas tanks are available that is the option to go with. I didn't have that option on my 38 so I had to go with cleaning and sealing mine. I cleaned the tank with muriatic acid then sealed with Redkote liner. It's been almost 20 years and so far so good.


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Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
HenrytheWound #1434964 Tue Dec 28 2021 09:30 PM
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One can also use aviation fuel, 100 low lead or lower grade will not have alky in it, find a small airport nearby.

Ed


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Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
HenrytheWound #1435107 Wed Dec 29 2021 08:28 PM
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Posts: 56
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I took my radiator and tank into a local shop. They are going to clean out the tank and test it out. The radiator will get a test as well. The inside of my gas tank really did not look too bad to me, just some thin black crust but no serious rust that I could see. Cleaning and testing was cheaper than buying a new tank, hopefully it works out. I have a feeling the radiator has more serious internal issues based on the rusty bits and sludge in the pipes to the engine. I will wait to see what their tests show and how much different options cost before deciding on what to do with the radiator.

Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
buoymaker #1436464 Fri Jan 07 2022 09:09 PM
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Posts: 56
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'Bolter
I heard back from the radiator shop, they said my old one is no good (don't know all the details yet but I'll find out). What do I need to look for in a direct replacement? I'll have a look at ebay. I assume the shop will give me some options for a new one as well but I don't want to have to update other stuff as well to accommodate a new thicker radiator (like an electric fan because the new radiator would touch the old engine-mounted fan).

Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
HenrytheWound #1436466 Fri Jan 07 2022 09:21 PM
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In August, I installed a brand new fuel tank from NPD in my 1950 3100.

Not only was it a perfect fit, it was better made than the original. It was made in Canada. The tie down straps and cradle were also of a better design and quality than the original. It all looks stock if that interests you.

NPD lists a 1960 in-cab tank for a $151.00. You can't beat that with a stick.

I just noticed in the catalog that 1960-1966 Chevy tanks are "imported" and not the Canadian made ones.

I wouldn't worry about that, though. I also replaced a fuel tank in a 1966 Mustang with one purchased from NPD. It was imported from Korea and is also a very high quality part. All bolt holes, etc lined up perfectly.

www.npdlink.com [npdlink.com]

Last edited by Otto Skorzeny; Fri Jan 07 2022 09:23 PM.

1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
1966 Ford Mustang
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
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1976 Ford F-150
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Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
Otto Skorzeny #1436468 Fri Jan 07 2022 09:46 PM
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I had my original tank cleaned out at the radiator shop. It was less than the price of a new one and I didn't think it was too bad inside (didn't look rusty just had a thin layer of some dried up black material). I had not heard of NPD before thanks for the suggestion. If this one has issues I will look into one of those.

Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
HenrytheWound #1436471 Fri Jan 07 2022 10:00 PM
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Ex Hall Monitor
The radiator shop can't re-core your old one?


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Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
Tiny #1436481 Fri Jan 07 2022 10:48 PM
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they can recore but it costs $600. I guess I was hoping I could replace it for less. I bought a new radiator for my 2000 4Runner and it was under $200 direct from Toyota. I know it's apples to oranges but I definitely didn't expect $600.

Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
HenrytheWound #1436485 Fri Jan 07 2022 11:05 PM
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You can buy direct fit aluminum radiators off of eBay for less than $250. Get some black radiator paint and paint the top and bottom tanks for a reasonable authentic look.


Martin
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Re: Clean and use old gas tank and radiator or replace with new?
HenrytheWound #1436486 Fri Jan 07 2022 11:08 PM
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It's hard to justify spending $600 when you can get a new aluminum one for less than half that from Jeg's. Classic Industries also sells one that looks stock/brass if you have to have that OEM look.

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