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    1949 Model A Gas Tank Rust

    Hello All,

    I just got a 1949 Model A. The only real problem with it is that it has a lot of rust in the gas tank. I know a couple ways to get the rust out but they all require taking the gas tank out.

    I can't seem to figure out how to get the gas tank out. Do I have to take the steering rod off in order to get the engine cover and gas tank out?

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    Welcome.

    If I remember correctly, you are right. Slide the steering shaft rearward and the tank and hood come off as one assembly. With that off you can remove the tank from the hood. There are some guys on here with more recent two cylinder experience than I. They can confirm or give you the correct method for removal.
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    Is that a difficult task?

    Does it pull out or do I have to open the steering box to get it free?

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    A technical manual would be invaluable in situations such as this. They are fairly cheap as well.

    I have a 60, the A's replacement. It may be different, but it could be the same, I'm not sure.

    To remove the tank, first the steering wheel needs to come off, then the nose/radiator cover has to come off. Then you open the front of the steering g/b and pull the shaft out the front. After that it's just a few bolts to get the hood/tank assembly off. Lastly the tank can be removed from the hood.

    I hope this helps.
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    I got the tank out and cleaned. It was pretty easy. I got it all done in about half a day and it runs really well now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TGALX3 View Post
    I got the tank out and cleaned. It was pretty easy. I got it all done in about half a day and it runs really well now.
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    Pictures and tell us how it comes apart! Please.

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    Taking the gas tank out was actually a lot easier then I had originally thought.

    First, you have to take out the steering rod which really only consists of two bolts in the front to so. I didn't pull it out all the way but you can if you want to. it would be a good time to paint it.
    Next, I removed the front covers. Again pretty easy to do.
    Next, you have to take the dashboard off that holds the three gauges. This is a little bit tricky because it is a tight fit to get back on and there is a metal pipe to the oil pressure gauge and can be easily damaged.
    Once you get the dash off look inside and you will see two bolts hold the cover (and gas tank) onto the metal bracket. Take those out (which is hard if you have big hands like me)

    After that the gas tank and cover will pull straight up until you clear the pipes.

    Next, there are two bolts and brackets holding the gas tank to the hood. When you take those bolts off and the bracket, the gas tank should slide right out of the cover.

    The opposite is true for putting it back together.

    I made a video of me removing the rust.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rqO5eVu3TQ
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