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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lightbulb Car help needed: repair or cheap replacement

My son's girlfriend is supposed to drive to Arizona this Saturday to begin her new job. Today, her 1994 Buick Century developed a leaking gas tank due to severe rust and needs to be replaced. Her mechanic wants to charge her $400 using a part from the junk yard. She is broke, but needs to get to her job where she can earn a living.

Does anyone out there either:

A. Have the skill to replace this gas tank for $200 or less?

Or

B. Have a very cheap car for sale that will make the trip from here to Arizona?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 06:51 PM
 
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I would sugest checking the yellow pages for a place that does gas tank coating and repairs. I had a tank done many years ago when I was a broke ass collage kid driving old beaters and it lasted pretty good. After 12 years of our wounderful winters here it's going to be rusted in there real good and be a SOB to get out and not something I would do in my driveway.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 07:01 PM
 
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$400 sounds like alot to replace a tank. Is there any good metal on the tank or is it just rusted all around? If there is good metal, you can take it to a machine shop and see if they would be willing to just weld a cover plate over the bottom of the tank to hold it together. Or you can always take the tried and true method... ducktape I've ducktaped several parts on my car together without problem... never a gas tank though. It should work so long as it remains dry for a few minutes to get a good seal going. Good luck with it.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 09:00 PM
 
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umm i dont think that will work......any kind of tape.....uhhh not on a gas tank atleast lol! god that would be funny.

tell her to check craigslist.com, always cheap local stuff on there.

or just let her drive the vette, no big deal. hell, just loan her the busa!
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 05:11 AM
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Poxy tank repair....done.
Dont buy into another cheap vehicle that may have more issues than a leaky tank.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 05:18 AM
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Is $400 include parts and labor?
Because, if so.. Thats the right price...
$65 an hour for labor...

The current tank needs to be drained and the hardware cut off... Raise the new tank and secure using new hardware...
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Is $400 include parts and labor?
Because, if so.. Thats the right price...
$65 an hour for labor...

The current tank needs to be drained and the hardware cut off... Raise the new tank and secure using new hardware...
Yes. Parts and labor.
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Poxy tank repair....done.
Dont buy into another cheap vehicle that may have more issues than a leaky tank.
I haven't seen the rust, but epoxy sounds like a possible short term solution. I don't think that tape would be workable. It is a fire hazard if it leaks.
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I would sugest checking the yellow pages for a place that does gas tank coating and repairs. I had a tank done many years ago when I was a broke ass collage kid driving old beaters and it lasted pretty good. After 12 years of our wounderful winters here it's going to be rusted in there real good and be a SOB to get out and not something I would do in my driveway.

Thanks for the advise. I will pass it along.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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I found 6 places in the yellow pages that do gas tank repair--thanks.
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