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    Morning I have a older Pajero and the tank (diesel) has rust issues. Many years ago I had my LR petrol tank lined by a company in Jhb which was very successful. Sadly it was so long ago I cant remember who they were.
    Does anyone know if there is still someone doing this and can it be done with a diesel tank?
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    Approach one of the local boat repair companies, I'm pretty sure they can either repair or build a replacement. Stainless steel would be best.
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    There is a guy in Paarden Eiland that does tanks, I can't think of his company name right now, but I can find out if you want me to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    Pretty useless info if it is not available in SA.

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    My experience with rust in tanks. Most fixes are temporary. Chuck it and get another one either new or good secondhand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    My experience with rust in tanks. Most fixes are temporary. Chuck it and get another one either new or good secondhand.
    Absolutely!

    Years ago had an older Alfa tank done here in CT. At first everything was OK, but a few months later I started to get a fuel starvation problem. Traveling between Stellenbosch and Bellville along the Bottelary road, the car would start spluttering almost at the same place, then die completely. You then had to wait for five minutes, start up again and drove the rest without any further incident. After having checked tank ventilation, disassembling and cleaning those twin Webers twice, I found an obstruction in the fuel line about halfway to the tank. The obstruction was a "sausage" comprised of compacted thin leafs of dislodged tank lining material which collected over time at a nick along the metal fuel line! It would let the fuel through for a while, but would then eventually become a solid plug preventing fuel flow. Switch the car off and test delivery at the engine, no problem, but drive it continuously for a while, and you have problems.

    So I tend to agree with Grips on this matter ...
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    An old toppie that worked with me did wonders when restoring vehicles.

    First he will fill the tank with phosphoric acid, this eats away the rust and leaves a protective layer.
    This is the part that takes time.

    After that the tank is flushed and dried.

    Then he threw, what we call syrup, in the tank and rolled it in all directions for hours.
    The syrup was a aviation fuel tank sealant. Expired stock.

    Always had success with this technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnoK View Post
    There is a guy in Paarden Eiland that does tanks, I can't think of his company name right now, but I can find out if you want me to.
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