Toxic Waste

Gas Tank with the fabled ADAnderson stamp

Gas Tank with the fabled ADAnderson stamp

Thanks for all of those reminders folks.  I really have worked on the Vette, but have not stopped to blog.

A special thanks to Marty T.  He not only reminded me, he also showed up to share my beer and take away any excuse not to be in the garage working on the Vette.

The good news appears to be that the tank may be salvageable.  After dropping the spare tire and carrier, my first view of the bottom of the tank  revealed that its pretty clean; the ADAnderson logo (proving an original item) was even visible.  The inside of the tank is a different matter.  The inside of the gas cap had a strange white growth, reminiscent of something one might find in that plastic container at the back of a bachelor’s refrigerator.  And the syrupy liquid I extracted from the tank neither smelled or looked like gasoline.  Don’t think I’ll subject it to the flame test though.

Once I get the tank out I will need to decide whether to have it cleaned, or whether I will replace it.  It’s nice to have an option.  Got me thinking though about the rest of the fuel system, and given what I see in the tank, it might be smart to replace all of the lines.  The great thing about old Vettes is that all of this stuff is available.  Hope I don’t want to change my mind after I see the prices!

Finally; remember my raves about Never-Seez?  It definitely proved it’s worth on the exhaust system.  I had assembled it probably 20 years ago using Never-Seez and all of the bolts came off like they were brand new.  No hack saw needed.  I did saw thru one of the exhaust pipes to ease removal around the suspension and reminded myself how easy life has become with portable tools like a reciprocating saw.  Sure beats the old hand held hack saw.

Check out this original equipment spare.  Never touched the road.  And it was still fully inflated.

Check out this original equipment spare. Never touched the road. And it was still fully inflated.

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