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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 01, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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I bought a 67 Camaro 2 years ago with no engine or trans. It's been in my garage since. I think the fuel tank is completely empty. Any suggestions? I don't feel good about just putting gas in and trying it. I have the motor in and ran it out of a gas can just to break in the cam. Thanks for whatever advice you can give.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 01, 02:29 PM
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Hey dan I would pull that tank down just in case it my be full of rust. It is not to bad of a job two bolts unplug tank sending unit in the trunk unscrew ground wire and cut and replace fuel line. You can wash out the tank at a car wash. Good luck

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 01, 04:28 PM
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68and69ss gave good advice....my car sat for a long time and I had a crap load of rust in the tank. i did'nt know that untill i put a see through gas filter and wow I was surprised my car even ran!
Takes about 20 min. to pull the tank (empty tank out as much as you can).
I didnt even mess with having it cleaned and checked...new tank and sending unit was about $200....good luck....
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 01, 02:49 AM
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Definitely drop the tank. That way you can make SURE it's clean inside. POR-15 has a great kit to restore fuel tanks if yours is rusty inside. But there's so many other things you're going to want and need to check. The fuel system is too critical to just guess at.

-Check the tank straps... are they rusted and ready to drop?
-Check the wiring harness... dirty, frayed, missing wiring?
-Fuel lines/hoses... are they clean, is the rubber fresh? Replace it if in doubt.
-Fuel sending unit... is it rusted, or any broken pieces?
-Fuel lines along frame... rusted, bent lines, or missing clips?

I'd hate to see the car run like crap or even catch fire because of a faulty fuel system. Better safe than sorry!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 01, 02:50 AM
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I've heard of people using a long legth of chain to scrub the inside while washing it. At the very least, rinse it with fresh gasoline, and dry it with compressed air.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 01, 02:30 PM
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Take a section of chain ,put in tank and with the help of a bud shake tank around. Clean out, and use the tank restore and sealer from Eastwood great stuff.
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