[Sunbeam Talbot Email List] Gas Tank Question

ROBIN AND BEATRICE DUBOW robindubow at bigpond.com
Thu Nov 3 21:34:01 EDT 2011

Hello Ed,

I have had not had the problem with my Talbot 90, but have restored an old Humber and a Daimler with tank problems.

What I did is remove the tank, remove the tank unit, take it to a radiator cleaner place to be flushed out, then cut several large inspection holes in the top of the tank using an angle grinder so I could access all parts of the interior. I kept the bits I cut out and had new steel plates made at a sheet metal place, but 30mm larger in all dimensions. I then used a wire bush on my angle grinder and a handheld wire brush to clean all parts of the interior.

I then cleaned and lined the interior using a proprietary liner but was able to brush on the entire interior surface after blocking the outlet with a paper wad, instead of having to rely on rotating the tank. After waiting the required time for it to dry, I replaced the cut-out plates with the new ones (also treated) by screwing the new plates back on using self-tappers, cork gasket material and suitable gasket goo. This should make it easy to clean in the future if I live that long. It should also make it easy to bang out any dents.

After refitting, I installed an after-market disposable filter in the fuel line, just to be sure. Since the new inspection holes are in the top, leaking is not a problem


Robin and Beatrice Dubow

32 Beddome Street

Sandy Bay - HOBART

Tasmania 7005


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From: staowners-bounces at sunbeamtalbot.info [mailto:staowners-bounces at sunbeamtalbot.info] On Behalf Of raymead at comcast.net
Sent: Friday, 4 November 2011 8:39 AM
To: edstiger at email.toast.net; staowners at sunbeamtalbot.info
Subject: Re: [Sunbeam Talbot Email List] Gas Tank Question


Hello Ed,


Sometimes it helps to really just simplify a problem - with that thought in mind it is safe to say that "gas" and "rust" just don't mix.........  you have to get the rust out.   The question is, how do you do that.


Personally, I'm not all that keen on Martin's thought of using the fuel/fuel filter to clean the rust out.  He obviously had great luck with his, but the worry would have to be that some rusted areas will break off sometime in the future - almost guaranteed to be at the most inconvenient time - and cause a break down.   After all the work you are going thru, why have that hanging over your head - there are already enough other potential breakdown problems with our old cars - ha, ha,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Anyway, I faced this very problem with my E-type, and after a lot of investigation I decided that the choices were either to (a) have the tank cleaned, or (b) cut off the bottom, have it cleaned out and replace the bottom.  Luckily, just having the tank cleaned worked in my case.


I think you have to bit the bullet and go with one of these two choices as more of a "permanent" fix.


Good luck,



From: "Martin Spurrell" <spurrellm at hotmail.co.uk>
To: edstiger at email.toast.net, staowners at sunbeamtalbot.info
Sent: Thursday, November 3, 2011 4:43:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Sunbeam Talbot Email List] Gas Tank Question

hi ed,
        as ever there is more than one way to skin a cat.  you could swill some of this modern tank sealant/lining round in the tank but one hears so many scare stories i would avoid that.  or, you could drop a length of chain in the tank (keeping hold of one end) and shake the tank about to scrub loose particles free. or cut the bottom out of the tank and get a competent welder to weld a new bottom on. or fit a good line filter in the fuel pipe between tank and lift pump. if the rust is only minor, after a few filter changes the fuel will run clean. i chose the last choice and the filter only blocked 3 or 4 times and i have since done many thousands of miles trouble free. of course if the tank is rotten you would be best having a new bottom welded in.
         hope this helps,  martin spurrell.


From: edstiger at email.toast.net
To: Staowners at sunbeamtalbot.info
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:34:13 -0500
Subject: [Sunbeam Talbot Email List] Gas Tank Question

Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 5:56 PM


  Hi. Talbot and Proper Alpine Owners -As some of you may know, I'm having a tough time getting a BIG dent out of the bottom of my gas tank, caused by someone thinking this would be a great place to jack the car up. Because it's creased badly, it will not pull out from the outside, nor push out from the gas tank inlet or from the gauge entrance. 


  On the suggestion from one of our group, I decided to cut a hole on top of the tank, push the dent out and make a plate to seal it up. This I have done. NOW THE QUESTION. 


  The inside of the tank has some surface rust. I can clean most of it but the tank has an inside baffle section on each side, so I can only do so much.


  I would like the opinion of the group on what I should do.  Clean best I can, vacuum it out then re-install it or try to get a good coating of alcohol resistant tank paint inside first? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Regards Ed

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