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Old 02-20-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Paint Or No paint??

Should I paint my fuel tank at all? What do y'all think??

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Old 02-20-2014, 04:02 PM   #2
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That steel or aluminum? I would paint it if steel, or use zinc chromate if aluminum.
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Should I paint my fuel tank at all? What do y'all think??

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That steel or aluminum? I would paint it if steel, or use zinc chromate if aluminum.
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Its galvanized, cheap replacement tank....couldn't see spending brick buck$ for aluminum

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I honestly like the bare look in the trunk, but if you're worried about looking original, I'd paint it. And for extra rust protection, I'd paint the underside. But that's just me.
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Alright...y'all talked me into it...painting LoL guess doesn't really matter , gonna be covered up with box for 4- 10" subs anyway..

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I would paint it just cause I hate to see rust. Get a good primer coat on it paint it semi gloss black and call it a day. I would not use a flat paint or gloss on it.
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Primed and sprayed with spray in bed liner, think I will end up doing the bottom with undercoat just for that extra rust protection...

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Primed and sprayed with spray in bed liner, think I will end up doing the bottom with undercoat just for that extra rust protection...

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Looks good and I think you will be happy you did that.
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Primed and sprayed with spray in bed liner, think I will end up doing the bottom with undercoat just for that extra rust protection...

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Do you guys, with the drop in gas tanks in your classic Mustangs, ever consider installing a header panel behind the rear seat to isolate the cabin from the trunk area in case of a rearend collision that results in the fuel tank rupturing and spraying gasoline all over the cabin, and occupants, right before a tiny spark ignites the whole mess into a giant ball of flames?
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You mean the back seat?? Haha but really i have thought about that
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I think someone makes such a thing. I think I saw it on the Mustang Medic web show
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Do you guys, with the drop in gas tanks in your classic Mustangs, ever consider installing a header panel behind the rear seat to isolate the cabin from the trunk area in case of a rearend collision that results in the fuel tank rupturing and spraying gasoline all over the cabin, and occupants, right before a tiny spark ignites the whole mess into a giant ball of flames?
Nope because Ralph Nader would have had them all recalled and dropped from the market.
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Do you guys, with the drop in gas tanks in your classic Mustangs, ever consider installing a header panel behind the rear seat to isolate the cabin from the trunk area in case of a rearend collision that results in the fuel tank rupturing and spraying gasoline all over the cabin, and occupants, right before a tiny spark ignites the whole mess into a giant ball of flames?
There is already a panel behind the seat and with the package tray installed, it's blocked pretty well blocked.

Also most likely fuel would be forced out the gas cap and or blow out the fuel sending unit on the bottom front of the tank, since it's only held by a twist on and rubber gasket.

Plus we actually have full steel bumpers.
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Hmmmmm, IDK if someone rear ends my stang that hard my blood pressure is more likely to rupture than my fuel tank...HaHa' seriously I think with the steel bumper and the seat it should be fine.....
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Looks good and I think you will be happy you did that.

Happy with the outcome, now just to patch small rust holes in trunk and spray it so I can drop that puppy in there and close that chapter...LOL
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Nice job on the tank Curt! And I think that you're right, probably nothing to worry about.

When I saw that tank, it reminded me of a show that I saw years ago, 20/20 or 60 minutes or something like that, and they were comparing first gen Mustangs to Pinto's and the troubles that they had with their fuel tank placement. I had never heard of Mustangs having a reputation for catching on fire in rearend collisions before that. And I'm old enough to remember!
They have the same style and placement of gas tank, but so did a lot of cars back then.
The show went on to say, the Pintos and Jeeps, and most of the cars that had those fuel tanks, are in the wrecking yards, the Mustangs are being dragged out of the fields, being restored, and put back on the road again.
My thoughts are the same as you guys, it'd take a hell of a hit in one of those cars to knock the back seat loose.
I also know this, first hand, whenever you carry fuel there is always the potential for fire.

And yes, at least at the time that I saw that show, someone was making a "firewall" for the trunk area.
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My 94 jeep has the same placement of tank and there was a recall for it for the tanks rupturing during rear end accidents
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They also make covers for your tank that sit right in the trunk. I think it's called Tank Armor. Something like that would also protect the tank if you have to put something in the trunk.
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Wow okay, sure if you want to pay $220 for what equates to a piece of sheet metal... I dunno seems a little steep to me:

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