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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Clean rust from gas tank

New VTX owner here. Picked up a 2002 1800C that has been sitting for a while. Have the gas tank removed, drained old gas, and about to run rust remover through it. Question is what’s the best way to plug the hole where the fuel pump mounts? I would think sloshing rust remover around in the tank with fuel pump installed would not be a good idea.
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I made a metal plate to plug it.
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Put some bolts and nuts, along with a pint of diesel fuel. Shake and shake it for a while, then let it rest. One hour later do it again, the pour out the contents. After it dries out look to see how clean it is. You might have to do it 2 or 3 more times, but it will come really clean.

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... Question is what’s the best way to plug the hole where the fuel pump mounts? I would think sloshing rust remover around in the tank with fuel pump installed would not be a good idea.
Question is..... ^^^^^

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Put some bolts and nuts, along with a pint of diesel fuel. Shake and shake it for a while, then let it rest. One hour later do it again, the pour out the contents. After it dries out look to see how clean it is. You might have to do it 2 or 3 more times, but it will come really clean.
this is a great idea... I will use this in the future.
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Put some bolts and nuts, along with a pint of diesel fuel. Shake and shake it for a while, then let it rest. One hour later do it again, the pour out the contents. After it dries out look to see how clean it is. You might have to do it 2 or 3 more times, but it will come really clean.
Due to the internal setup and shape of the tank, you can't remove the rust everywhere this way...


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I made a metal plate to plug it.
I cut out a template from a milk jug, added some bearing grease to make a seal, then cut two templates from 1/4” luan and bolt them tight. Will see how it goes, problem now is weather, needs to be above 65 for Evaporust.
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Research KBS coatings, they have rust removers and a permanent coating that seals the inside of the tank. I've done my 1800 4 years ago and have had no problems since.
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