Old, old, old gas... how to clean varnished gas from gas tank???
Posted June 03, 2004 - 01:13 PM
Posted June 03, 2004 - 01:47 PM
Posted June 03, 2004 - 02:15 PM
The nuts act as an aggregate to loosen the sludge. The acetone rinses the lacquer thinner's residue.
Posted June 07, 2004 - 01:37 PM
Berryman's B12 is a good carb cleaner in spray form, also comes in liquid. Dont get it on paint or rubber!
Let it soak, shake it daily, let it soak on a different surface, repeat as necessary!
Posted June 07, 2004 - 06:10 PM
The tank can be cleaned out as the previous guy said. That works! Check for rust in there too. If it's rusted badly I honestly don't know how to fix that.
Posted June 08, 2004 - 04:13 AM
if the tank is rusty,find a clean one.
Posted June 09, 2004 - 06:54 PM
Posted June 10, 2004 - 03:14 AM
Now why did I know that you probably have 49 Hodakas......
its a sickness.
Posted June 10, 2004 - 04:52 AM
But heres what I did with the tank on my '87 TRX250. It had rusted so badly, from sitting empty, it had holes. A Honda replacement tank ran about $400.00, money I didnt have!
So I removed the tank, cut it into 4 pieces with a Sawzall, fiberglassed the inside of each piece, wrapping the glass about 2 inches over the cut edges to the exterior.
After it dried and I examined it extremely thoroughly for pinholes and repaired them, I sanded the glass on the exterior, placed the pieces together and glassed them in position.
I painted the tank with cheap black paint and put some fuel in. If there was a leak, the gas would wask off the paint and pinpoint the defect. There were only 2 pinholes!
I made these repairs 10 years ago, they are still holding up fine! Sure, I lost a little tank capacity, but it was well worth the savings. With the tank mostly hidden by plastic shrouds, it didnt have to look perfect, but could have with a little more time
If a replacement tank is too expensive or non-existent, maybe fiberglass is an option.