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    ARBY
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    Default HOW TO: Tank Clean Out Tool

    The question always gets asked, " How do I clean out the ( whatever ) from my gas tank? The answers are always the same; nuts and bolts, BB's, acid, acetone, boil it out, burn it out and any number of other methods. The truth is that what you use is determined by what you're trying to remove. Well here's one that will get rid of it all. Now you can de-skank your tank with "THE CRANK."
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    Here's the parts list available at hardware stores everywhere for about six bucks.

    36" piece of 1/4" wire cable
    12" piece of 3/8" wire cable
    12" piece of 3/8" I.D. plastic or rubber hose.
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    First I cut the 1/4" cable into 3 10" pieces. This length can change to suit your needs.
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    Then I measured 1 1/2" from the end and tack welded them to the 3/8" cable.
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    Once all three were in place I welded them in tight then welded over the other end of the 3/8" cable to keep it from unraveling.
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    Next I frayed the ends of the small cables so they can scratch at the metal surfaces as they flail around inside the tank.
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    The final step in the process is to slip the rubber hose over the end of the 3/8" cable. I cut mine to about 6 inches. This will allow you to save the skin on your hand as you support the cable while the whole thing flails around inside the tank.
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    You can probably skip the rubber hose if you prefer to wear work gloves.


    To use the tool just chuck it up into your hand drill, stick the frayed ends down into the filler neck and hit the trigger. Push and pull it in and out of the tank so the cables can get at all areas of the tank. The tool cleans with the frayed ends and the sides of the cables as they slap around removing rust, scale and old, pealing tank liner.

    After about 5 minutes, depending on how much skank is in the tank, stick the end of a garden hose into the filler neck and let it run for a few minutes to flush/float out the loosened debris. Then finish up with a rinse of really hot water. When you pour out the water the metal will still be hot thus helping any left over water to evaporate quickly. Once the tank has dried, squirt in some spray oil to protect the newly cleaned surfaces.

    That's it. That's the whole game. Quick, dirty and cheap - just like sex.
    Last edited by ARBY; 11-01-2013 at 3:00 PM.

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    Great idea Arby. Hell you could probably mass produce it and sell them.

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    That pretty slick

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    patent that shit quick yo!

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    Ahh the chimney sweep. A old timer triumph guy I know has somthing like this. Works very well

    Sent from my backoffbeforeIjackoff

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    Quick, dirty and cheap. I like it. Great write up Arby. Now I know if I get skank in my tank you just flail the hell out of that bitch.

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    This is much better than the solvent and nuts trick people insist on doing. Love it!

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    this is such a great idea. tried BBs and diesel. didn't work too well @ all. I would love to try this. is there any other way you can connect the 1/4 cables to the 3/8 without having to weld it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquidlife1991 View Post
    this is such a great idea. tried BBs and diesel. didn't work too well @ all. I would love to try this. is there any other way you can connect the 1/4 cables to the 3/8 without having to weld it?
    Could probably use some of these ferules. They have them in all different sizes.
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_348538-258-7614_1z13cld+2z8vi__?productId=3462288&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1% 26page%3D1&facetInfo=$1 - $5

    Or you could braid the wires together and solder it or braze it.

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    This one has my vote. Definitely better than dropping a bunch of nuts and shit into your tank and hoping for the best when it comes to getting them out. Only downside for you is next time I need a tank cleaned I'm coming over, beers in tow, don't worry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by br3or View Post
    This one has my vote. Definitely better than dropping a bunch of nuts and shit into your tank and hoping for the best when it comes to getting them out. Only downside for you is next time I need a tank cleaned I'm coming over, beers in tow, don't worry!
    Then make your vote count dude.

    http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34185

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    Yeah rock the vote. Vote Early and vote often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARBY View Post
    Yeah rock the vote. Vote Early and vote often.
    Ya know,being from Chicago,that should have been my line

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    sweet, that just gave me an idea for that useless sattilite hone in my shed. cheers man.

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    Good one, have a set of 3 1/2 og tanks need some attention..
    gracias,
    el Buddha loco

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    Damn Arby, this is genius! I wish you would have posted this a year ago when I was standing in my garage drunk as hell shaking a handful of nuts around my tank getting laughed then trying to remember how many nuts I put in there and if I got'em all out. I'll definitely remember this for next time. Thanks.

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    Awesome idea! Did you cut the shit out of your hand before coming up with the rubber hose sheath idea or was that foresight? haha

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    Can someone post up a picture of what's going on. The pic links are dead.

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