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Fuel tank repairs

We have repaired many aluminium fuel tanks over the years now. Some really bad tanks can be pulled apart at the seams to enable panel beating them back into shape, however I have repaired a lot of tanks recently with my 'keyhole surgery' technique. By cutting a small hole in the underneath side of the tank I can then access the dents through a series of specially formed dolly bars. Once the dents are removed completely I then weld up the holes and polish off the welds. Tanks can be taken back to a metal finish and polished or for painted tanks I don't chase every little mark, as in the tank below, unless specifically asked to.

Prices start at $330.00

I can quote any work from photo's and will confirm any quote once I have the job in front of me.

Pressurizing tanks to pop out dents is fraught with danger and I highly recommend that you do not try it.

This system of repair is often tried but I have yet to see it done successfully. Despite guys thinking they can contain the pressure it usually forces the tank in the wrong spot somewhere.

Below are 2 Elsinore tanks that came in for repair work, the one on the left had been pressurized sometime in the past.

Note how the underneath seams are now further apart, and the space between the sides in the underneath cavity are now closer together, which will make it hard to slip back over the frame backbone.

Unlike an expansion chamber which is round and so carries equalizing pressures, a fuel tank is such an odd shape that any pressure wants to make the tank turn into a round object.

This sort of damage is some of the hardest to restore as any flattish sides to a tank turn concave which is extremely difficult to return to normal.