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68autobug

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First thing to do to replace My front end, is to take out the fuel/gas tank.  I had run it down until it had about 2 liters left in the tank..
I applied vyce grips onto the fuel hose to stop any coming out the end.  I saw some marks on the chassis that suggested I may have had a fuel leak... so, I took the fuel outlet pipe off, and it had no seals of any kind in it, so I thought it may be a good idea to put a rubber/neoprene washer around the pipe fitting. Well, I tried a few different sealing washers, even o rings, but it still leaked...
Eventually, I noticed the gas wasn't coming from the pipe but next to the pipe/fitting.. so, I rubbed all around the fitting with coarse wet and dry paper to get all the coats of paint off and see the bright steel surface.  Then, two holes appeared.  A bit of a panic!!! YIKES!! I went to the local spare parts shop and He sold me some JK epoxy two part cement [made in USA]
so, I cleaned inside the tank also with some alcohol wipes and gave it a coat of this epoxy cement, inside and 3 coats on the outside.. I haven't finished the job yet [as I was bitten by a dog]
[another story] but I'm sure the tank will hold gas once again...

Lee in Australia














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Nice repair job. We have a few places here in Toronto that do gas tank repairs, how much was a new tank?
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68autobug

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Hi Wayne
I reused the old tank.. although My Son has a spare from a 1969
which I could have used..
You don't hear of too many rusted fuel tanks over here but maybe because they are mostly plastic now..  and I've never seen an add or sign for tank repairs.. 
maybe the salt attacks them in Canada?? from the outside??
Have heard of rusted tanks from old beetles but still fairly rare..
it seems that cleaning out any moisture from the bottom of the tank would fix the problem, but who fixes problems before they are problems???  lol
I'm hoping now that I won't have any more leaks..
I believe that the fuel pickup pipe doesn't empty the tank..??

cheers

LEE




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