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Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?


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Old 02-13-2005, 11:11:58 PM
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I have a Jaeger that I am going through now. The tank is rusty inside but still very usable. I will do my best to clean out the tank but would like to make some sort of home made fuel filter. I was thinking of attaching a piece of small diameter steel pipe to the nipple that goes into the tank. I was going to braze some wire mesh onto the end to act as an in tank pick up filter. I saw this sort of setup on the fuel line on a tractor and also on some outboard engines. I am not sure where to get a very fine mesh like I am talking about other than scabing some off of a fuel sediment bowl. Anybody out there have any good ideas how to make an in-tank filter that will keep rust out of the check valve and be out of sight?

Thanks for the help - CJ
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Old 02-13-2005, 11:18:10 PM
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

Go to a saw shop and purchase an in tank filter. They are a cage with a felt to paper filter surrounding the cage. They attach to a hose that goes to the fuel outlet via a stiff tube that goes inside the fuel outlet. You pull out the hose and change the filter when it clogs up. Just look in your weed whacker or chain saw fuel tank.
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Old 02-13-2005, 11:20:28 PM
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

You can put a standpipe with some 60 gauze brass cloth soldered on for a filter but you'd better have a drain on that tank too or you're gonna wind up with some of the foulest smelling gas in your part of the State.
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Old 02-13-2005, 11:26:30 PM
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

My dad used to stuff cigarette filters in fuel lines where they came out of the tank.

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Old 02-13-2005, 11:38:45 PM
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

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You can put a standpipe with some 60 gauze brass cloth soldered on for a filter but you'd better have a drain on that tank too or you're gonna wind up with some of the foulest smelling gas in your part of the State.
The tank is totally bone dry right now. I have had the engine three years and it was dry of gas when I got it. Where could I get some of that brass cloth? The chainsaw filter idea sounds pretty good too.

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Old 02-13-2005, 11:42:29 PM
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The tank is totally bone dry right now. I have had the engine three years and it was dry of gas when I got it. Where could I get some of that brass cloth? The chainsaw filter idea sounds pretty good too.

Thanks for the help - CJ
Any REAL Hardware store should have it. Of course....how many of THOSE are left?
It's so sad......................................
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Old 02-14-2005, 12:25:21 AM
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

This works great. Go and buy a bag of lead shot for reloading shotgun shells. Dump some in the tank shake it around. Dump it out rinse rust out with gas or other solvent and repeat if nessary do this till clean. Work great for us hope this helps.
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

I have done the steel shot with excellent results , but if the rust is bad I have also used KREAM , it is a motorcycle gas tank sealant It is a white coating that will acctually plug pinholes and seals the metal so it wont rust ! It cost about $30 last time I bought it , but I did a 2 gallon motorcycle tank , and 3 engine tanks with it and still have some left ! Should be able to get it at most motorcycle shops !
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:42:15 AM
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

and motorcyle lifts come in handy for lifting engines to work on em
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Lightbulb Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

hitnmiss.com sells the fine mesh. If I have a rusty tank that isn't bad enough to need a coating, I drop in a little square magnet near the fuel pickup. I think it helps.
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Old 02-14-2005, 07:54:42 AM
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

My choice for cleaning rust out of a tank is a section of wire-link chain like is used on a kid's swing set. Best part is the ease in removing it when you are done cleaning.
I used to use a handful of nuts and bolts or crushed stone but found it too difficult to get out of the tank again.
I then rinse thoroughly with Acetone.
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

CJ, I have several square miles of fine SS mesh for filters. Cut some off next time you're at my shop. I shake a handful of nails inside a tank to bang out the rust, theyre easy to get out afterward. Also I found some liquid gas tank liner at NAPA, not cheap. I'm setting up to do a dozen tanks before the season......and then no more gasoline. T'aint worth the mess. I'm going with Naphtha.
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Default Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

The gas tank on our 20-40 Oil Pull tractor developed rust in the tank during the show season last year. It was so bad that it plugged the carburetor intake several times even with a filter added in the line (and the filter plugged constantly as well). When we got it home after the Rushville, IN show I pulled the tank, cleaned it out as best I could, and used that white gas tank sealer and haven't had one problem with it since. We have also used it on several other old tractors and gas engines with excellent results.
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Exclamation Re: Any ideas for a fuel filter for a rusty tank?

Lee Pederson has fuel tank sealer that works quite well. He advertises here at the site! Brass fine screen is available as well, I believe from H&M Enterprises, another advertiser. Carefully make about a 4 or 5 inch tube out of the screen to fit inside a brass nipple that will fit into the tank fitting. insert the screen tube about 1/2 inch into the nipple and carefully solder it in place. Fold the other end of the screen tube closed and solder as well. VOILA - you are ready to go! The large area of the screen will not clog so quickly, and you can take out the nipple to clean it.
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