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Hole in gas tank, what to do?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by SuperUnknown, Apr 2, 2001.

  1. SuperUnknown

    SuperUnknown 1/2 ton status

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    The day after some good snow 4x4ing I noticed the smell of gas coming from my jimmy. I managed to get a hole in the tank under one of the bands. How do I fix it??? Also does anyone have some pics of tank skid plates?

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    If you can get to the hole I've heard (white bar)soap will plug it temporarily. I would think a good dab of JB weld would fix it.

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    I also had a similar problem. I chose to remove and replace the tank myself, but I had the tank professionally repaired, it was $69.00 well spent. If you remove the tank yourself remember the following, take your time, empty the tank, carefully remove the hoses, support the tank with a floor jack. Empty it is not heavy, but very ackward to handle when replacing, an extra set of hands is helpful. Also, the connection for the sending unit is on the drivers side of the crossmember that supports the gas tank.


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    I used JB Weld and Loctite to seal the holes in my Firebirds gas tank. Haven't had any problems since and that was 2 years ago.

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  5. HarryH3

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    Either 3M or Loctite make a special epoxy putty for reparing gas tanks. It will even stick if the tank is wet with gasoline. I keep a stick in my truck all the time just in case it decides to start leaking on the trail.

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    been there done that JB Weld will work great and you'll never mess with it again

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    Bubble gum. [​IMG]
     
  8. SuperUnknown

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    Will JB weld work if the tank is wet or do I have to empty it and get all the gas off it?

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    JB Weld works best on dry surfaces. And clean surfaces too. If you have a little bit of gas in the tank, park the truck on a steep hill with the gas AWAY from the hole. Clean the area around the hole with a scotch brite pad. If the hole is small enough to install a pop rivet in, do that before putting on the JB Weld. This will prevent the JB from "oozing" out of the hole when you apply it. It will set and harden faster if the hole is covered up somehow. I had a problem with a tank on one truck once. Someone had the balls to take a cordless drill and drill a hole in the bottom of a FULL tank!!! Lost all that gas and to make things worse, the tank was a BRAND NEW unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was a little pissed off!
     
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    That's scary! Lucky they didn't leave a cigarette burning nearby. [​IMG]

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    Yeah, but what gets me is the fact that it was a truck I had parked out at my dads by the highway for sale. I get great responses parking it there, but after that mishap with the hole, dad moved the truck back up to the house everyday. Poor dad!!!
     

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