Removing the MGB GT fuel tank

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This is a job that wasn’t supposed to be done until next year but after a few rainy days here I decided, why not. Time to remove the fuel tank from my MGB.

One of the reasons I wasn’t planning on doing this project now is I figured I would restore the rear suspension and surrounding area next summer. Another reason, would I be opening up another can of worms requiring a new tank, rust issues and who knows what else (more money)?

Removing the tank only took about 20 minutes as my luck continues with nuts that aren’t completely frozen up. Life has treated this GT well over the past 50 years. The initial rust had me a little worried as can be seen below.

MGB fuel tank rust
MGB fuel tank rust

I expected the inside to look ugly and possibly have rust but it’s nice and clean. This is excellent! The gas left was clean with no particles floating around.

Interior of MGB fuel tank
Interior of MGB fuel tank

The body metal above the fuel tank shows virtually no rust either, should be easy to clean and repaint. The more I look at these images the happier I get!

MGB GT body above fuel tank
MGB GT body above fuel tank

The top of the fuel tank has only light surface rust. I’ll likely take a wire brush to this and eventually paint the tank with POR15. A few inexpensive gaskets from Moss Motors and the tank will be ready to reinstall when required.

Surface rust on top of the MGB fuel tank
Surface rust on top of the MGB fuel tank

 

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