Fuel tank storage

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Fuel tank storage


Post by jackrocks » Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:55 pm

I have a pair of fatbob fuel tanks that I'm going to store away for a few years in my attic that is subject to heat in the summer and cold in the winter, can anyone suggest a way to insure they won't get rusty inside during storage?

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Post by panz4ever » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:23 pm

How about WD-40. I think it is one of the best rust inhibitors I have seen and when you want to use the tanks all you gotta do is use some carb cleaner and flush it out.

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Post by PanPal » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:11 pm

I think WD 40 will evaporate. Some thicker oil may do a better job for a longer period of time. Just remember to flush it before you run them.

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Post by mbskeam » Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:44 pm

you could try this.....http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/267557" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

or just keep them in a closet in the house,( just don't tell the wife)


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Post by Red55FL » Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:32 pm

I have used LPS 3 with very good results for years on parts that are being stored for extended periods and for parts being shipped offshore. Even after being offshore for years, parts coated with LPS 3 are not rusted. The best part is that it washes off with solvent.
This is what I would use if I were storing anything metal for an extended period.
Here is a link to LPS Laboratories.
You should be able to get some at an industrial supply house or a bearing distributer.

http://www.lpslabs.com/Products/CorrosionInh/Lps3.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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Post by jackrocks » Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:01 am

Thanks all for the info, we use LPS 3 at work in aerasol and I think that will be the ticket, however I will purchase a gallon can and pour it in so as to coat all the internal areas.
Mbskeam, you must be a single man if you have more than one cubic inch of closet space! LOL

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Post by Sidecar » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:06 pm

All of my buddies use Pam in the spray can. A few spray the bike down every fall and wash it off in the spring.

What's that smelly stuff called that they put on guns ?? ( Casite or something like that?) Hell, saltwater doesn't even bother that stuff.

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Post by King » Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:45 pm

Hi Sidecar

I think you are referring to Cosmoline. It is a very effective corrosion preventer but nasty stuff. It's a B---- to get off, we usually had to use gasoline or some strong solvent followed by boiling water. But it worked. In the 60's I remember cleaning off equipment coated in WW II and it was pristine.
My favorite rust preventer/lubricant is "Fluid Film" from Eureka Chemicals. For shop use it comes in a rattle can and puts a good lasting coat on parts. Easy to clean off later.


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Post by jackrocks » Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:23 pm

Cosmoline is probably the best protectant (it's pasty and thicker than axle grease) but I need to get it inside the tanks and back out without cutting them open.
I toured the Battleship Massachusetts about 8 yrs ago when it was in the Boston Yard having the bottom painted and got to go inside the 16" gun turrets, the main ring gears that turn them were coated with cosmoline according to the tag in 1948 when it was decommissioned and some 50 yrs later it looked like it was just done that morning.
King, I'll check out "Fluid Film" but I'm really looking for something I can pour in there, roll it around to coat all the internal bare metal and have it stick and protect then wash it out with gas when I'm ready to use them again. Even if I don't get it all out the worse thing to happen is the motor might smoke a little and foul a set of plugs. That would be alot easier to correct than cleaning the rust out of the tanks. I think there is a thread on this board on how to do that but I would like to avoid it if possible.
Thanks for the replies.

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