So... the good news is the tank is out, the bad news is I had to cut a fuel strap to get it out and I managed to mangle the bracket on the wheel well while doing it. They say sometimes you gotta break a few eggs if you wanna make an omelette or something like that...
I managed to bend it back into shape a little..
A few other gotcha's, although it's not a hard job if bolts are not rusted or in an ideal world, we're talking about 45+ year old cars now which many have never had their fuel tanks removed no doubt... So there's bound to be a few hiccup's along the way.
Fuel filler neck hose clamp..the problem here is that the clamp rusted up the thread and vice grips just caused it to spin, not undo the screw/thread part. Luckily I managed to loosen it enough so that I could wiggle the filler hose off the tank.
The fuel vent line is hidden at the rear of the tank and can't be seen until the tank has been partially dropped.
You also need to remove the fuel hose inc. return line.
Disconnect the sender unit wiring. Can be a little tricky to unhook.
And out she comes...
Anyway when draining the fuel I was surprised the fuel didn't really smell off, it was slightly discoloured but it didn't have an 'off' smell, then again I'm not really sure what 'off' fuel smells like. It just smelt like fuel to me... I suppose I'd know if it was bad from what I've read before.
A bit hard to show here, but the inside of the tank looks spotless.
The fuel tank is pretty beat up underneath..
On the positive side I got a good look around the rear of the car and there is nothing to suggest any serious rear end damage. Just a very light rear end shunt at some point in it's life. Only issue I found was a small hole where the exhaust hanger bracket is welded to the rear of the car (seen here). It looks like a non-standard weld to me...
So questions are:
Q1. Has anyone had a beat up fuel tank like this restored before and how did it turn out? Can it be split and beaten back into shape?
Q2. Is it better to find a tank in better shape?
Q3. Any places in Sydney people can recommend for fuel tank work?