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    HOw do I clean My rusted out gas tank?

    Hey guys, I need your help. I have N600 that runs. Its still in a needs alot of work. I just wanted to take it out for a spin though. I found that the gas tank was rusted prettty bad on the inside. WHat is the best way to clean it out and easiest? Is there a place I can send it to avoid the headache? Do i need to seal it with some type of chemical so it wont rust agian? ANy of your help will do. THanks

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    The following procedure is assuming that you do not have any leaks due to rust perforation of the fuel tank. I have had good luck cleaning out cruddy gas tanks by inserting either a length of chain (easiest to remove when done) or a handful of stones (works in a pinch but it is a pain to get them all out). Then just shake it around a lot in all directions. I rinse it with water after a bit of shaking and then drain the water out and repeat until the water comes out relatively clear and there are not any big chunks floating around in the tank. Then I sit it out in the sun until it dries out. After that I use some sort of liquid fuel tank sealer (there are many brands available) to coat the inside of the tank. Most, if not all of these sealers will also trap small remaining pieces of debris and seal them solidly to the tank walls as well as sealing the tiniest rust pin-holes. I have had no further problems with any of the tanks I have done this way.

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    Yeah there are not holes. I alreday checked that. OK, I have done the chain cleaning already thru out the day. Looks like most of the rust is gone. I will try it again tomorrow. WHEre do I buy this sealer? Is there ANy sealer that I can just buy over the counter instead of ordering it

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    You probably don't need everything in this kit, but look into this:
    http://www.por15.com/FUEL-TANK-REPAIR-K ... info/FTRK/

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    Take it to a Radiator shop, have them steam it out and leak test it. If there are any holes or bad seams, they are PROS at brazing safely.

    Then you can use any of the commercial coating when it is clean. I use RED-KOTE

    http://www.damonq.com/TechSheets/Red-Kote.pdf

    http://www.4secondsflat.com/Fuel_Tank_Sealer.html

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    I do not know if you can get sealer over the counter, I have always ordered it online. I used Eastwood's Gas Tank Sealer with good results.

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    I have the same problem on my n600 but its only rusted in the down tube where you fill the gas. i pull the tank out but the tank was fine there was still gas in it. i have to get the sealer too.

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    Ive used the Eastwood kit in the past and it works great. Spend the $$$ follow the instructions its easy.

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