Bashing out a LongRanger tank...

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:12
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I'm picking up the new 4.2TD GQ tomorrow and will be swapping all the "touring" related stuff off our older GQ to it - including the LongRanger long range tank.

The tank I'm using is a 146L (I think) example, but over time has been belted in the center a few times by rocks and tree stumps so it's probably lost 20 litres or so of capacity.

Does anyone know if they are relatively simple to belt back out to full capacity when they're out of a vehicle and on a workshop floor? I'm interested to know if you can physically touch the bottom of the tank through the opening at the top.... or are there baffles and whatnot in the way?

Cheers
Chris
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Reply By: cmilton54 - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:22

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:22
Chrispy
Why not seal and pressure with LOW air pressure through a pressure regulator to about 5psi max 10psi. May pop back out
Cheers
Charlie
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 21:57

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 21:57
Dumb question from the peanut gallery - would it really have lost 20L capacity? Think of it as a dent the size of ten 2L milk bottles side by side - is it that badly damaged?
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 22:06

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 22:06
Uhmmm.... maybe not 20... it's hard to tell without totally emptying it and then re-filling. It would safely be 15 litres-worth of damage though.

Me thinks at this stage that I'll grind the seams off and remove the bottom for proper straightening or replacement. I'll then take it to a sheet metal fabricator in our area and have them re-weld and pressure test it.
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 08:42

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 08:42
"Me thinks at this stage that I'll grind the seams off "

Not a good idea, esp if you've just renewed your subscription to EO ... think of all that wasted ching ching $, with you not around to enjoy.

Take it to a tank repair place.

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Reply By: Member - ROTORD - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 02:09

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 02:09
Hello Chrispy

Working on fuel tanks is super dangerous . Past fatal explosions have occured after the tanks were filled with water for purging .Give this problem to an expert .
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Reply By: pmacks - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 08:57

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 08:57
Hey Chrispy
there is a mob at blacktown called Brightweld who can do this work for you they do a lot of our work trucks and they are forever repairing the fuel tanks. They are specialist aluminium and stainless steel fabricators and are located in the same complex as TJM there number 9676 7719, all the usual disclaimers i just no they do a good job with our work trucks
pmacks
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 09:20

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 09:20
Thanks for all the advice fellas :)

Yep - agreed that it's bloody dangerous to grind the seams away by myself. It's also a dodgy to throw a bunger in there and blow it out. ;)

I'll probably live with it for a while and then take it to Out of Town to professionally dismantle it and re-build it using a new bottom sheet. They can test it and re-certify it.

Cheers
Chris
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