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Cleaning Fuel Tank #10619445 02/15/15 04:05 AM
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Ok guys, I just got my first boat a couple of days ago.

I've decided to completely clean it top to bottom and inside and out.

One of the first things that I plan on cleaning is the fuel tank. I've got about 20-30 gallons of fuel in the tank now that I know has been in there since November of 2014. Ive got a plan to get the fuel out and dispose of it.

What is the easiest way to clean the inside of the tank? I can look inside of it and see "stuff" in the bottom of the tank and I might as well go ahead and do it now while im in the cleaning mode.

Here is my progress so far...





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Take it out of the boat and clean it or have it cleaned.


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I plan to clean the inside of the tank, but how do you clean it is my question.

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Take it out and have it power washed.


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go buy a couple of qts of the engine flush at an auto parts house (can is silver/orange/black) it just says engine flush on it.

empty tank, remove, pour engine flush in and let sit, put a pc of hose from the pickup to the overflow connections (the small hoses on top) and plug the fill with a rag inside a qt ziplock baggie, OUTSIDE, after tank sits for a few hrs. pick up one end and rotate a few times to break up any sludge and varnish, let sit again for a couple of hrs. repeat, when all this is done rotate tank so that fill hole is positioned over a 5 gal. bucket and remove rag/baggie, let drain for about half an hr. next put in 4 large bottles of rubbing alcohol and repeat rotation process then drain (this is just a flush). reinstall and be sure to put in an inline fuel filter to catch any missed debri.




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oh and when you are ready to refill the tank, put in 3 cans of seafoam and 6 gals of gas, run on muffs (not on driveway or concrete or it will stain it) and idle to temp, rev. to about 1200 rpm and let off, DO NOT HOLD RPM'S above 800 for any amount of time, just short bursts about 5-6 times then shut off and let sit overnight, in the am repeat the process then go to the lake and run it hard till the gas is gone (take a can with ya so you can get back to the ramp if needed).

this will decarb the engine and it will run much much smoother and better, change to full synthetic oil and never have to decarb again




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Thanks Hop!

That's exactly what I was wanting to know.

Here's a pic of the inside of the tank. Got all of the fuel siphoned out today.


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That is one nasty looking tank. Post a picture of when it is clean so we can see the result smile




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Originally Posted By: Dan in S.A.
That is one nasty looking tank. Post a picture of when it is clean so we can see the result smile


Got it cleaned out Dan. It looks 100X better. I took the picture from the exact same spot.

It sure was a P.I.T.A getting it disconnected and out of the boat though!






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Good job!


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That is one heck of a job. How and what did you use to clean it? Great job.




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Originally Posted By: Dan in S.A.
That is one heck of a job. How and what did you use to clean it? Great job.


I syphoned as much of the gasoline out of the tank as I could. Disconnected the fuel lines. Removed the tank from the boat. Put 2 cans of seafoam in the tank for about 24 hours just to help break up the "build up" in there. Next day I syphoned the rest of all of the liquids out of the tank until I couldn't get anymore out. Then took a pressure washer to the inside of the tank. At first there was a little bit of "rainbow" from the gas, but after about 10-15 seconds of running water through the tank it was all water. I went ahead and pressure washed as much of the inside of the tank as I could for about 5-10 minuets.

Then I took one of these...


and ducted all of the heated air into the tank to help dry any moisture out. It was dry within 4-6 hours but I let it run for 24 hours just to make sure there was no moisture.

Then installed tank back into boat and put the seats back in.

**I checked all of the fuel lines while the tank was out. To my surprise they all looked really good. I figured there would be some breakdown of them, but they looked good.**

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Took a lot of elbow grease, paper towels and all purpose cleaner to clean out the fuel tank cavity in the boat. It was some kind of nasty!! Glad that's done.

Next project is re-organize the battery compartment and give it a deep cleaning. Then to address the VRO pump.

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That sounds like work but well worth it. One good think about all the work you are putting into the boat is now you know every nut and bolt and how it works. That will come in handy in the future. I just read a good boat captain knows his boat inside and out. Please keep us posted on your progress.




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Originally Posted By: Dan in S.A.
That sounds like work but well worth it. One good think about all the work you are putting into the boat is now you know every nut and bolt and how it works. That will come in handy in the future. I just read a good boat captain knows his boat inside and out. Please keep us posted on your progress.

X2------that's a fact! you redo an older boat with new wiring and hoses and when you're through, you know where every squeak and bump is. if it does break, you can go right to the problem without any trial and error.
good job on the tank.


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