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
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.
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.
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.
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!