Has anyone dropped the fuel tank on one of these? Mine is leaking and there are big slabs of rust coming off the side. But the worst problem is that there's rust inside somewhere and it got into the fuel lines and fuel filter.
It could probably be cleaned and welded and made to last a bit longer, but the thing is in a big steel cage that is mounted to the frame, and if I'm going to the trouble of taking that off and doing all that work I would just rather put a new tank on it. Or a used tank in very good condition. The steel cage probably weighs 200lbs. or more.
I'm weighing my options here. I don't have any help, so I'm thinking of letting the guys at the International dealership do the work for me. A brand new tank is almost $1000, and the labor would be another $1200 or more. I'm trying to figure out if it's really worth tackling on my own.
I'm worried about getting it off the frame and the new one back on because it's so big and I'm working on it alone. I've got a 12 ton bottle jack and I can get some jack stands or use cribbing, but it's still really intimidating. It's held on by 12 bolts, six on each side. They are big and rusted of course. It looks like I could get to the back side and cut through the nuts with a cut off wheel and get them off. Then I would just replace them when I put the new one on.
I assume I'd need air tools to get the bolts tight enough? I don't think my little battery powered impact driver would be powerful enough. How would I make sure that it's not going to ever come off? Just air powered impact driver and some Locktite Red? How big of a compressor would I need to use? I've got a Bostitch compressor but it's only 150psi I think.
How feasible does this project sound for one person? I'm going to link some photos below.
The tank is inside this cage.
Bolted to the frame rail.
Nuts behind frame rail.
Rear strap. I pulled some slabs of rust off of here. I think this is where the leak is, or at least part of it.