fuel tank removal 1983 interstate


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gerald collins
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fuel tank removal 1983 interstate

Postby gerald collins » Tue May 10, 2016 1:05 am



Hi Guys, I need to remove my fuel tank to clean out the rust from 10 years sitting. I have removed everything possible from around it, but it doesn't seem possible to get that thing out. It hardly moves before it hits something. What is the secret? Alternatively, can the tank be cleaned in situ?
Thanks, Gerald in Atlanta.



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Re: fuel tank removal 1983 interstate

Postby bklynjoe » Tue May 10, 2016 7:07 am

I have a 1980 GL1100 and I think the configuration is the same. I removed the tank recently and it was a job. You have to remove the rear wheel and jiggle out the back of the bike. I cleaned my tank by dropping in a bag of marbles and a mixture of 50/50 ATF and acetone, Then I rotated the tank a bunch of times in all directions. Then I flushed with gasoline.

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Re: fuel tank removal 1983 interstate

Postby bklynjoe » Tue May 10, 2016 7:37 am




gerald collins
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Re: fuel tank removal 1983 interstate

Postby gerald collins » Wed May 11, 2016 10:35 pm

Thanks Guys, After reviewing your experiences and pulling the fuel level indicator, I'm going to go with in situ cleaning for the following reasons: My tank after ten years of inaction still has three or four inches of fuel in it!! The rust seems to be confined to a band of 1.5 inches above the present fuel level, which I can see from the sensor hole. I plan to remove the fuel with a simple hand-operated sump pump available to all sailors. Then I will go thru the time honored vinegar treatment. What rust remains will be attacked with various drill-driven flailing tools of my own manufacture. Pics to follow, hopefully. Thanks to Greg for so many tips. Gerald in Atlanta.

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Re: fuel tank removal 1983 interstate

Postby RBGERSON » Thu May 12, 2016 7:23 am

you have to remove the battery box too..then it will slide out..i use a crowbar to get it started by levering it from the front against the frame for the first inch or two.


HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB


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