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Gas Tank Hole...WHAT is the FIX?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tbird, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. Jan 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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    Tbird

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    Hi all,

    I've got a 2nd gen w/ a perfect 1/4" hole in the plastic gas tank. The hole is in the bottom, at the rear of the tank.

    Dealer wants $920 for a new tank :mad: :eek: :confused:

    So...my question. Can it be fixed? I mean permanently and definitively fixed (I mean like new or better than new). So I don't worry about it failing me when I'm out in the middle of nowhere, and miles from help.

    I've searched the forum and found next to nothing.

    Thanks all!!!

    _______________________________________________________________

    ADDENDUM TO ORIGINAL POST...

    Adding the "rest of the story" to the post"
    I originally didn't include this to keep my question uncluttered...but with all the insurance debate...I think it's now
    prudent to disclose the chain of events.

    I damaged my original tank off-roading in a dry wash near Socorro, New Mexico. I was backing out a dead-end and
    ran over a 2" angle iron sticking up out of the ground about 4 ft at a low angle. (I never saw it on the way in). I've included
    pics of that tank and it's resulting damage. Gas was pouring out at a fast rate so we jumped in the truck and was able to
    haul ass back to town...barely.

    Ford dealer tried to patch the tank. It didn't work. I found and bought a used tank in Albuquerque, NM. Drove up in a rental
    to get it and brought it back to Socorro, where the truck was parked. Installed this tank and when I put gas in it...I noticed the
    DRILLED HOLE in the tank. I was able to plug it with a piece of tubing, a screw, and a vacuum cap. Not a drop since I did it, and
    it got me back home to El Paso, TX.

    The salvage yard (Downtown Imports) in Albuquerque is working with me to get another one. So don't be too hard on them...it
    was an honest, if not careless, mistake on their part...and the owner feels pretty bad about it.

    So...everyone on the thread is both right and wrong on the DRILLED HOLE theory. It is...but it wasn't vandalism.

    This is the old tank w/ damage. Note the grey goop of the patch
    attempt that did not work.
    [​IMG]

    Old Tank...damage from the inside.
    [​IMG]

    "New" tank...with 1/4" hole. My temporary fix was to shove a tube
    in the hole. Run a screw up the inside of the tube. Cap it with a
    vacuum cap.
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Jan 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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    kinkrider101

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    Did someone steal your gas?
     
  3. Jan 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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    I'm thinking its new tank time.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM
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    NelsonTacoma

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    I fixed a gas tank leak for a friend of mine because he couldn't afford a new tank. We just took a screw and coated the screw with RTV then put it in the hole. Once the screw was all the way in we put more RTV over the head of the screw and then smeared it around like cake frosting. Tank never leaked again.

    Now I must advise that this is not necessarily a good idea. The right thing to do is replace the tank. But what you do to your truck is up to you.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM
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    Click my Sig Pic for my build thread. Too many to list here.
    This^^^^
    But also I was thinking JB weld or some kind of Epoxy. Plumbers putty maybe... I am still wondering how one gets a perfect 1/4 inch hole in their tank. :confused:
     
  6. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM
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    maxamillion2345

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    Find one out of a wrecked vehicle.

    try car-part.com

    I see used ones 170-300 dollars. You could grab a URD fuel pump/filter kit for a little extra or re-use your stock setup.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    JB does have that water weld stuff... maybe... maybe...
     
  8. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM
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    NelsonTacoma

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    Didn't think of JB weld or epoxy. Those would work pretty good too! :thumbsup:
     
  9. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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    I wouldn't use epoxy, it seems to break down after some time. Now there may very well be some industrial stuff I'm not familiar with. I've patched crankcases on motorcycles with JB weld, with no problems.
     
  10. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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  11. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    Depending on your deductable I would turn it into insurance as vandlism some body drilled your tank and stole your fuel. My vandle deductable is $100
     
  12. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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    Sheetmetal screw and JB weld?
     
  13. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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    hell just duct tape it son!!!! by god that'll do it!! haha
     
  14. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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  15. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    Ask your local auto shops, i've heard of people getting their cracked or punctured poly tanks repaired before. Some kind of plastic welding or somethin'....
     
  16. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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    So your suggesting fraud? No wonder my insurance is so high.
     
  17. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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    It's not fraud if someone actually did drill the hole and steal the gas.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    When I worked at Kragen we had a gas tank epoxy patch kit. My understanding is that gas eats damn near anything so I would want something that is specifically for gas. Not sure that qualifies as a permanent fix or not.

    I second the suggestion of finding a used tank from a wrecked truck.

    There is such a thing as plastic welding for sure, but good luck finding someone who can do it and is willing to do it on a gas tank. I know that not many guys will mess with even a metal tank anymore. Although come to think of it, I'm not sure plastic welding involves a flame, so maybe it's safer?
     
  19. Jan 5, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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    You can cut a piece of aluminum can to cover the hole and jb weld it. My uncle did that on a car and it lasted the whole time he had it.
     
  20. Jan 5, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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    I must have missed where the OP said anything about someone drilling a hole in his tank and stealing gas, maybe you can direct me to that part of his post.
     
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