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#1 LilysDad OFFLINE  

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Posted June 17, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Does anyone have a clever way to remove dents from an engine mounted gas tank?



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Posted June 17, 2014 - 01:07 PM

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If the tank can be pressurized, sometimes you can pop them out, assuming no creases.
Just make sure to set the regulator low, a pressurized canister can rupture and hurt you.
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Posted June 17, 2014 - 01:10 PM

Depending on the dent sometimes a suction cup will work.



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Posted June 17, 2014 - 02:01 PM

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If the tank can be pressurized, sometimes you can pop them out, assuming no creases.

dangerous!


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Posted June 17, 2014 - 02:46 PM

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Posted June 17, 2014 - 03:23 PM

Nope, those are creased on the edges.
Best i can see, If you can't open it up to knock them out, you're filling them in.

dangerous!

When I say pressurize, I meant low pressure, not high pressure.

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Posted June 17, 2014 - 04:06 PM

I solder washers on edge and pull them out with a slide hammer with a hook on it. A stud gun (spot welds small nails on the surface) from Harbour Freight is usually in the $100 range so if you are going to do a few of them then that is an option.

Just get the tank somewhere close and them bondo the surface smooth.
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Posted June 17, 2014 - 04:20 PM

I had a gas tank that leaked....I washed it out several time then lit the torch to braze the leak.

There was still fumes in the tank and when it exploded, it took all the dents out!


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Posted June 17, 2014 - 05:31 PM

I have not done it,you can heat the tank up and the ends are soldiered on, take them off and pound out the dents and put back
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Posted June 17, 2014 - 08:03 PM

   Ever seen a shoe being fixed?  Picture the block they use to hold the shoe, now make it out of  a heavier piece of metal and mount it in a vice.  now slip the tank over the horn thru the filler neck, use a very small hammer and tap around the dents, keep working till your dents are gone :thumbs:

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Posted June 17, 2014 - 08:56 PM

I'd drill a small hole in the center of the deepest dents, insert a heavy threaded screw, and then try to pull out as much as you can using the claw end of a hammer. When you have the dents out as best you can, fill the holes with JB Weld and file smooth. Fortunately for you, it appears that the deepest dent is located more towards the top of the tank. so if you do get a leak, it won't drain the whole tank.

 

Good Luck to you, and keep us posted on the method you use.


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 05:30 AM

I was thinking maybe those " paintless dent "  tools might work but  the gas tank might be too thick of metal .  The guys that are good with them are just amazing on what you would swear needs to be filled , ground , painted ect .



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Posted June 18, 2014 - 07:00 AM

Your all scaring me. This is beyond my ability. I'll live with it until I find a fresh one.



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Posted June 18, 2014 - 07:04 AM

Nope, those are creased on the edges.
Best i can see, If you can't open it up to knock them out, you're filling them in. When I say pressurize, I meant low pressure, not high pressure.

Original post edited.

yep, I know. We've made a car gas tank round - and we handled cautiously, too!



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Posted June 18, 2014 - 07:24 AM

Is a cherry bomb low or high?






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