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Old 19-10-2009, 08:33   #1
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Diesel Fuel Tank

I have a steel fuel tank and have taken it out to clean it, this past summer i had alot of trouble with the pick up tube pugging. After i got the tank out and power washed it I still get alot of flake trash out of it. I tried muriatic acid at 20 to 1 and let sit 3 minutes but that did now work very well, yes it got more junk out but i am thinking i should have let it sit longer or mix stronger. The pickup tube is 1/4" with a very small screen. I am thinking about welding a fitting 1" close to the bottom and put a valve there with a prefilter then break it down after th filter to the 1/4 fuel line. My thinking is the the first filter would get the trash and i could clean it easy.

I would like to know what other people have done to clean tanks?


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Old 19-10-2009, 09:02   #2
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If it just keeps shedding material in there maybe youd better just replace it...?

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Old 19-10-2009, 09:54   #3
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I would replace the tank with a new one. That tank has to be what 30 years old? All that flaking is making the metal thinner so it is only a matter of time before it leaks. Get a new aluminum tank and make sure you install it correctly to minimize corrosion. I am assuming you are using diesel, in that case you could put a pick up tube close to the bottom but not if it is a gasoline tank. Best to leave the pickup at the top for safety. Remove the screen from the bottom of the pickup it will just continue to piss you off. Use a good Racor type primary filter to catch anything before it gets to the engine. If you do install an aluminum tank use only stainless steel fittings on the tank itself.
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Has anyone thought of parkerizing the insides of these steel tanks?

Once the finish is rinsed and dried it is stable and immune to oils and solvents and is a wonderfull anti-corrosion coating.
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Plain steel and diesel usually combine rather well as long as the tank is stored topped up with diesel. N Warren recommends sandblasting and painting the inside of such tanks.
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How did you get the tank out? I have a OI 33 and My cockpit hatches do not appear large enough to get the tank out. Bob

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