<VV> Re: Fuel tank cleaning

Chris & Bill Strickland lechevrier at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 3 14:08:21 EDT 2005

Bill Hubbell wrote:

> Reminds me of the story of the man who leaped from the top of the 
> Empire State Building.
> As he passed by the 50th floor a horrified office worker yelled at him 
> "Are you OK?", to which he responded:
> "Doing all right so far!"  

> "J R Read_HML"  wrote:
>> No signs of a problem so far - in 84,000 miles. Short sighted?  Not 
>> from my perspective.
lechevrier wrote:

>>>  Will there be any steel left to hold it in shape?

Gary Swiatowy wrote:

About 5 years ago I had the car up on the lift and noticed a softball 
sized goose egg on the bottom of the tank. metal gave away but sealer 
didn't. Finally found a replacement tank.............Didn't want a 
catastrophic tank failure.

Bill S writes -- Gary had already experienced catastrophic tank failure, 
and was about to experience catastrophic goop-job failure. I am glad he 
managed to catch it in time.

Unless one is deliberately trying to escalate lclarry's July 4th 
activities to include whole cars, I see no need to try and defend this 
practice (tank gooping).

You younger guys probably don't recall too many high speed tube tire 
blowouts (speaking of catastrophic events) 'cause our modern tubeless 
tires [or fuel tanks] begin leaking air [fuel] when they deteriorate to 
a certain point. Gooping the tank is akin to putting a tube a failing 
tubeless tire -- it will only magnify the impending catastrophe. If a 
tank is leaking, it is failing -- fix it, build a new one, or replace it!

Sort of like Bill Hubble's experience with not taking the time to fill 
the tank -- do the job right the first time!  I'm certainly glad, as we 
all are, that Bill's experience was no more than just a very frightening 

Come on, Folks -- let's not go out of our way to invite disaster -- 
these days disaster seems to come along a little too often as it is. I 
want to see you all at a Convention one of these years.

Bill Strickland

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