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    Default Cleaning out a gas can...

    I got a free gas can and I think there's rust in it. Any way to clean it out or should I just chuck it and buy a new one?

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    Chris,

    Check out the link I found on cleaning out old Jerry cans.
    http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho....php?p=1488649

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    great find brother. thanks

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    You could try a couple of things...I'm guessing this is a steel, military style 5 gal can right? Can't see much effort for a el cheapo plastic one..heehee. You could try a radiator shop and see if they will boil it out for you? Or maybe try an engine builder to see if they have something to heat and eat the corrosion? Another place to try would be motorcycle restoration places...they may deal with these a lot in MC form and could offer some ideas?
    Other idea I have is first, clean with regular soap and water. Then wander down to Harbor frieght and pick up some Evap-O-Rust and ust that to remove the gunk? Just follow the directions and yes...that stuff does work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korisu56 View Post
    great find brother. thanks
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    dude. It holds gas. I have no idea how old mine are but I've never cleaned them, and my Jeep never blew up.
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    the Marine shops have a liquid sealer you can coat the insides with that works well
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    If I remember correctly, doesn't the spout have a filter screen in it to stop the rust particles from getting into your tank, and isn't there a filter in the tank to stop things from getting to the engine?
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    If I can see rust from the filler hole, I'm not putting it in my jeep. She's 25 years old and doesn't need another excuse to shit out.

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    fill it 1/4 way with water and then put in some links from a chain or something similar then shake rattle and roll it around a whole lot and every now and then dump out the rusty water and add fresh... i clean some rusty items by putting cardboard chunks in my cement mixer then add parts to be cleand and turn it on. makes allot of noise but cleans them very nicely
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