Posts Tagged With: fuel tank

You’ve just got to turn that frown upside-down!

That’s a smile, not an upside-down frown! Work on that, too!

ImageGas tank still leaks.  That’s just the way it’s gonna be.  66 years of being on this earth is bound to wear most things down.

I’m not just going to sit around and do nothing though, I’ve got plentyto do besides browse the web looking for that  perfect gas tank that also costs half as much as it should with twice as many features. (pssst, somebody please have a spare 1940s dodge gas tank sitting in their garage just taking up space)

There’s fun to be had under that hood.

When I was going through my gas tank drama the other day, the icing on the cake was that a fuel line was leaking by my fuel pump.   I didn’t understand why, so tonight I removed it to further investigate.

ImageThere was two fittings with one piece of cut off metal fuel line, the metal fuel line had a flare at the end which had some distress.  I cleaned the surfaces and tried to put everything back together.  I blew on the fitting and air came out.  I disassembled and tried again.  Finally, after some serious wrenching and hammering, i got it air(and hopefully gas) tight.  I reattached it to the fuel pump and added an inline fuel filter.  Tightened everything back in and stopped that obnoxious little leak dead in its tracks.

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I went to the parts store to replace the fan belt that Myrna and I picked up last week, as it was the right length but the wrong width.  They had to special order it, so not to leave empty handed I purchased some JB Weld.   Regular old JB Weld.  They sell various other forms and formulas, including gas tank repair forms… but the consistency of straight up JB weld is what I am the most familiar with.

I basically coated the entire exposed (and swiss cheese related) corner of the tank with the JB Weld and hoped for a miracle.

Now, JB weld is a two part epoxy.  And somewhere in the near future I think I need to go to ‘two part epoxy mixing school’ as my sister can probably attest to.  As I don’t always seem to get it right.

ImageAll you have to do is dispense equal portions of both tubes, mix thoroughly and apply to a surface.  25 minutes later and it should be set, 18 hours later it should be rock solid.

Well 2 hours later and the whole darn surface was sticky to the touch.  I had to let the old Dodge down off the jack though, so I eased her down and checked the tank for leaks…  ok I see leaks… cool, where are they coming from??  Can’t tell, but I sure do have a lot of gas on my facial hair.

Back on jacks and more JB weld applied…. the waiting continues.

So, anways.  Good day.  I finally did get that fan belt on the car.  Did get a fuel filter and stop one leak… and the gas tank at least looks cool.

Oh, and all the lights still work.

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Two steps back

I think we’ve all heard that saying, “one step forward and two steps back.” Well, we’re living that saying with the Dodge right now.

It’s frustrating to say the least.

Here’s the deal:  Joel sent me a text late last night with a picture

Fuel Tank Holes

More than one hole – Bummer

and a text: “Gas tank is rotten.”

Followed by, “It’s almost as if the whole top of the tank was held together with dirt.”

Long story short, we need a new gas tank.

Okay. We can do that, I guess. We just need to find a tank. And some money to buy the tank 🙂 Pretty sure money grows on trees so we’re good to go!

Here’s the long story: Joel picked up an epoxy tank repair kit yesterday and planned to patch the “pinhole” in the gas tank after work last night (I mentioned this leak in the post from yesterday, Leaks and more leaks).  He was able to access the tank through the wheel well by removing a rear wheel  and get to the tank without having to do major gymnastics. That’s the good news.

Joel cleaned up the area to patch and….found more than one hole. He found several holes. He found that caked on dirt/grease was probably keeping gas in that tank more so than its metal walls. He found that the tank is aluminum foil thin in places and “basically rusted through. It’s sort of terrible 🙂 ” Joel said via text. It’s possible that the tank was patched long ago and the patch from the past was falling apart in his hands. It’s also just possible that the tank has numerous holes from sitting so long partially full of gas and condensation worked its magic and made many little holes over the years.

Fuel Tank Holes 2

And more holes to patch 😦

With many leaking holes and the epoxy patch kit, Joel worked as quickly as he could to patch as many  holes as he could. Joel said when he patched  a hole he’d get a good feeling  because the fuel stopped leaking on the spot. Instant gratification! A good feeling that quickly left when he looked at the next hole that needed to be patched.

Tank Patch

A successful fuel tank patch!

Joel also discovered  that when you put $20 of gas in the tank and have several leaks in the tank and a leaking fuel pump to boot you end up with, oh, $15 worth of gas on the garage floor by the end of the night. And you also find yourself very, very frustrated. After an hour or so of frantically patching leaks, Joel gave up, put buckets under everything that was still leaking,  headed in the house, and called it a night.

Leaky pump

And a leaky fuel pump 😦

We could try a couple more things to patch the tank. Or we could buy a new tank. We’re planning to get a new tank. And a new fuel pump. We never thought this project would be cheap. Or easy.

But we knew it would be an adventure!

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Leaks and more leaks

Plenty going on with the Dodge lately but not a lot of time to write about it.  Here’s a quick update:

Joel reported today via text that he hoped to take the Dodge out for a quick spin but then discovered the gas tank is leaking. He put a substantial amount of gas in it for the first time last night and, low and behold!, if you fill the tank up you discover a pinhole leak 3/4 of the ways up the tank. Something new to fix.

In the process of tracking down the fuel tank leak, Joel discovered the fuel pump needs to be repaired because, guess what? that’s leaking, too!

Oh well. We planned to replace the fuel pump anyway. Eventually. Now it might happen sooner.

Joel also reported that the Dodge continues to drive okay and then stalls out after a bit. Joel figures this is related to the carb, which he rebuilt. He’s thinking  his rebuild (his first time rebuilding one) could use a little help from our  big brother, Don who is an actual car mechanic.

Still, Joel remains positive. Here’s his text to me about the leaks, “Yeah. I’m still time and time again impressed that this car runs as well as it does right now. These little things are inevitable.”

So more work to do. Hey, we never thought this would be easy. Just mostly fun.

On kind of a fun side note, my son, Ryan, had to bring a picture to school that describes something that happened over his weekend. The picture is then used as a writing prompt for writing class. So on Sunday night, Ryan went looking for a picture on my iphone and picked this one.

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But why this picture of a car? I mean it’s gorgeous and all but what does it have to do with Ryan’s weekend?

Well, last Saturday, we were in Northfield after attending Uncle Marvin’s surprise birthday party and noticed that there were a couple of cool cars in the Witt Bros. Auto garage. So Ryan and I drove on over and peeked in the window. There was a ’64 Corvette and what I believe is a ’40 Chevy. We, being somewhat strange in that we get excited when we see old cars parked along the road, took a picture of the cars through the shop windows so we could show Joel the cool, old car (apologies to the Witt Brothers for peeking in your shop windows – it was too much to resist!).

I think it’s kind of cool that Ryan picked a car picture for his picture of the weekend. He’s rather taken with mini bikes and go carts and things that go lately and is pretty interested in the Dodge and other old cars.

I think he’s growing up to be a bit of a motorhead.

I’m pretty sure Grandpa Anderson is smiling down at us from up in Heaven at that thought 🙂

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