FUEL TANK and RADIATOR WORK
I can not offer phone quotes, I may be able to give an
estimate once I discuss and understand your needs.
Once I have the job here in my workshop I will be
happy to discuss the process and costs.
In 1985 I recognised a distinct lack of a specialised fuel tank
repairers in Brisbane or elsewhere in Australia. I started
"Fuel Tank Repair Service". I have since changed the business name to
"Fuel Tank and Radiator Service". This has developed into a long-standing
I do not advertise in the yellow pages as the majority of the fuel tank
work comes as a result of word of mouth or other "fuel tank repairers".
I find most radiator repair shops advertise fuel tank repairs, but they
don't want to get involved with the more complex jobs, replacing the bottom
of 4 x 4 tanks for example. They are happy to do the smaller
solder repairs, but are not equipped to tackle the more complex jobs.
I always have at least one veteran, vintage or classic vehicle tank
in the workshop. A great revelation in tank cleaning came with the
installation of a dipping line to handle the cleaning of rusty and dirty tanks.
This can be done without the need to cut your rare fuel tank. Once cleaned
there are a number of different treatments available to coat the inside of
the tank (See "Red-Kote" below). The coating of the fuel tanks can be done
for a couple of reasons. One reason is to seal any holes in the tank.
The other is to simply line the inside of the tank against any further
A regular task undertaken is the cleaning of "rotten" petrol.
This is easily diagnosed, as the stench of the remains is impossible
to ignore! After time the remains of the petrol turn acidic and can eat
through the fuel tank.
Another recent aspect of the fuel tank business was bought on by the
trend to replace motors in small cars with updated fuel injected motors.
This often means that the tank has to be opened and a SWIRL POT is fitted.
This modification can be to replace the existing plumbing with larger tubes,
both for pick up and return. The fuel tank can be dipped and cleaned at the
same time. The owner is generally making a large investment in the new
motor and ancillaries, therefore a clean fuel system is essential.
MOTOR CYCLE FUEL TANKS
In the past, I had avoided repairing motor cycle tanks as there was
always the problem of keeping the custom paintwork on the tank whilst
repairing it! When I dip a tank, cleaning it inside and out, the paintwork
is lost or at least damaged. In some cases this is not important, as the tank
is undergoing a restoration anyway, and this cleaning is a positive move.
PERFORMANCE MODIFICATIONS AND SUMP WEDGES
The fuel tank can be modified by fitting a sump wedge. This allows fuel to be
caught in the baffled wedge therefore preventing the pick-up problems
associated with a flat bottomed tank with a radius on the rear corner and the
standard pickup at the front of the tank. The threaded sockets allow a
variation of BSP threaded fittings, eg. dash 8 or 10, to be screwed into the
flanges as required.
The fuel tank is dipped, cleaned,
tested and painted before the sump wedge is fitted.
Red-Kote® is a fuel tank liner
available from Fuel Tank & Radiator Service to allow the treatment
of rusty and pitted fuel tanks. Red-Kote® liquid comes in a quart
tin and is a one part product. This allows the unused Red-Kote®
to be returned back to the can ready for re-use.