One of the things that’s recently been keeping me busy is the tank in the c10. A while back I got the tank boiled & re-sealed. I’ll later discuss all the issues I've had w/the tank in another thread but for now let’s get to the good stuff.
Thanksgiving morning I met up with some good friends of mine. We decide to head out to the shop & a few miles on our way there the car starts acting like its starving for fuel. I look down at my fuel gauge & it reads ¾ full. We pull over to see what's the issue, I can see the pump is working double time but the fuel filter is bone dry. My friend suggest possibly the tank has no fuel. Initially that wasn't even a question that ran through my mind as my fuel gauge reds ¾ full. I know my fuel gauge works as I tested it before I re-installed it a few weeks back.
I open the trunk & see this!!! OMG what the hell happened??
With no other option my friend (drift86) runs out in his Hachi at full throttle to save the day. Lol He comes back with 5 gallons of fuel. Quickly we fill the tank and I turn the ignition on. Bam the electric fuel pump is no longer working twice as hard as it was before. The fuel filter starts to fill up & the car fires right up. GREAT SUCCESS!!! Little did I know that the tank was so damaged it had dented the tank to the point where the sending unit arm would rest on the top of the damaged area not allowing the arm to go any lower than 3/4 full.
A few weeks go by & I decide it was time to fix the tank. But debated if I should get a new tank or just repair the one I have. Checked Yahoo Auctions Japan but the one and only tank I saw was in the neighborhood of 60,000/JPY. I've also seen them for sale at victory50 but those tanks are well over 100,000/JPY not including shipping. Now Im sure some of you might think it’s stupid of me to repair the tank when I could buy another. Fuel cells are also an option. However personally I find it more gratifying when you repair/restore what you have so I went ahead & started the repair.
Pull the tank & remove all the fuel and let it air out for 2 weeks. Also run some warm air with a blow dryer to make sure its dry.
While helping a good buddy of mine (nismopunch) I decided to bring my stud gun over to fix some dents on the zed. Figured it would be worth a try and add a few studs and attempt to pull the damaged areas.
For anyone out there who plans to restore their car you should consider adding this tool to their collection. Back in the day a body man would drill holes in a panel to repair a dented area. However with the stud gun it welds a stud on the damaged area allowing you to add a slide hammer to pull the damage. When you’re done with the metal work the stud comes off easy leaving no holes.
Nismopunch getting some practice behind the stud gun -
* * Before anyone says anything. The tank has NO FUEL & has been dried out with warm air before we used the stud gun.* *
After a few hard pulls I decided it would be best to go another route. Upon further inspection I noticed the tank had literally crushed the inner walls. You can also see how it pinned the hard line to the bottom of the tank.
The tank was crushed to the point where the only way fixing the tank was to either cut it open or heat the walls up. Considering the tank still has tank sealer I didn't want to build too much pressure with a torch. I felt it’s more of a wise decision to cut it open and fix it the right way.
The culprit of my heartahce
More to come keep posted...