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#3453239 - 08/12/14 09:04 AM fuel tank cleaner
torino351 Offline


Registered: 10/29/11
Posts: 53
Loc: Marietta, Pennsylvania
A couple weeks ago I acquired an old garden implement with a B&S 5S engine as its power. Other than it being very old and dirty it is a pretty decent piece. The problem is when the fellow parked it 50 years ago he didn't bother to drain the gas out of the tank and now it has a very nice layer of old sludgy gas at the bottom of the tank.

Does anyone have a recommendation of a solvent I could use before I start buying every random one on the shelf.
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#3453249 - 08/12/14 09:22 AM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
Nebroch Offline


Registered: 05/16/13
Posts: 178
Loc: Finland
Diesel, fuel oil or kerosene will take care of it.

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#3453255 - 08/12/14 09:28 AM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
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Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 740
Loc: quebec canada
Kerosine with 20% biodiesel (it won't take much since kerosine is effective
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#3453346 - 08/12/14 10:58 AM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 13535
Loc: Upstate NY
Isopropyl alcohol. Let it sit, agitate once/twice a day. Two or three days should be fine to drain.
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#3453441 - 08/12/14 12:22 PM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
Quest Offline


Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 6410
Loc: beaver land EH?
Use the cleaner/degreaser from POR15 package to clean, and then seal it with POR15.

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#3453587 - 08/12/14 02:06 PM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
HosteenJorje Offline


Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 201
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Pour a can of lacquer thinner in it. I used it for many years to clean carburetors. That was when you could actually tune a vehicle up and notice a difference.

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#3454052 - 08/12/14 09:44 PM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 3800
Loc: Marshfield , MA
If it is just old gas,solvents should work. My problem was rust and it would plug the intake tube. Had I been smarter, could have used a handful of pebbles or some nuts and bolts, and shaken it. grin2
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#3454291 - 08/13/14 08:30 AM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
Pop_Rivit Offline


Registered: 02/09/08
Posts: 3593
Loc: Midwest
When I've cleaned out tractor tanks I've removed as much garbage as possible with solvents. Then I throw in a couple handfuls of driveway rocks, strap it to the rear wheel of my mowing tractor, and go bushhog for an hour or two.

After that it's clean enough to be coated with a restoration kit such as POR 15.

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#3454466 - 08/13/14 12:50 PM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
FastGame Offline


Registered: 08/28/11
Posts: 304
Loc: Michigan
Diesel fuel and BB's, an old motorcycle gas tank cleaning trick that works great. Swirl the BB's around and change fuel until it comes out clean, then remove BB's when done.

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#3456586 - 08/15/14 04:46 PM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 1303
Loc: South Florida
What you want to use is apple cider vinegar. It tears up old corrosion in fuel tanks. Don't get regular vinegar, has to be apple cider vinegar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gH6rSgGr_0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F4TNqsK8Ck
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#3456753 - 08/15/14 08:11 PM Re: fuel tank cleaner [Re: torino351]
torino351 Offline


Registered: 10/29/11
Posts: 53
Loc: Marietta, Pennsylvania
thank you for all the responses. i never thought of the pebbles or bb's. i think i'll be able to work something out.
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