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Old February 22nd, 2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Does anyone see a problem with cutting off this rusted shackle hanger? My gas tank is on the other side of the frame.

Obviously it sounds dangerous but I just need to torch off the heads of the rivets. The heat should never be enough to get to the tank right??

I am pretty sure it's fine, I just thought I would see if anyone is sure it would blow up....

And nice rust on that American frame!

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Old February 22nd, 2008, 06:37 PM   #2
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Does anyone see a problem with cutting off this rusted shackle hanger? My gas tank is on the other side of the frame.

Obviously it sounds dangerous but I just need to torch off the heads of the rivets. The heat should never be enough to get to the tank right??

I am pretty sure it's fine, I just thought I would see if anyone is sure it would blow up....

And nice rust on that American frame!
So long as you don't have any leaks, it should be fine if you're careful (so long as you don't shower it in sparks and heat). If the tank is full there's less chance of it exploding :tonka:

You can also take a die grinder and cut an "X" in the rivet head then use an air chisel to knock the head off.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 08:15 AM   #3
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Thanks!


I am trying to be nice to my neighbors and not make all the noise of a grinder, which will backfire if it blows :p

I think it will be ok.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 09:50 AM   #4
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put a sheet of sheet metal or some sort of scrap in there to block sparks even ply wood works as long and you dont shower it with sparks all the time
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 10:10 AM   #5
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put a sheet of sheet metal or some sort of scrap in there to block sparks even ply wood works as long and you dont shower it with sparks all the time
and be absolutley sure that any plastic gas lines and connectors are covered if your jeep has those
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 11:38 AM   #6
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I've done similar, without issue sevreal times. What I do is get a large towel and get it wet and throw it over the tank and lines.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 12:29 PM   #7
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like the above said. put a pice of tin, wood, or street sign in between the tank and frame rail, and cover the lines and sending unit with some wet cloth.
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Do any of the above suggestions. I like the wet towel. Use gravity and cut in a downward direction.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 10:56 PM   #9
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they also make special blankets that you could use that torches can't burn very easily
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I would use an air chisel myself
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Wimp, be a man torch it.

I done this a few times and I never had any blow up or catch on fire.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #12
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It was fine. I thought it would be. There is no room to do anything behind it. The tank is tight to the frame. It's the rear tank on an F-250 and I found out after I was done that there is a wire loom behind the top rivets:tonka:

Everything is good except that I couldn't get the bolt out of the spring bushing. So later I will replace the bushing I guess. No big deal but I didn't have a new bushing when I was doing it.

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Just torch the tank straps first, and remove the tank
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I don't know what you are worried about there. Heck myself and BlueXJ welded & then put a torch to an almost empty gas tank to melt the solder and fill the holes a few weeks ago. Nothing happened
I am counting myself lucky and not trying it again though
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let me guess its a ford hahah just did on last week pain in the ass
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I've heard damp cloth over fuel filler is helpful as well.
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It was fine. I thought it would be. There is no room to do anything behind it. The tank is tight to the frame. It's the rear tank on an F-250 and I found out after I was done that there is a wire loom behind the top rivets:tonka:

Everything is good except that I couldn't get the bolt out of the spring bushing. So later I will replace the bushing I guess. No big deal but I didn't have a new bushing when I was doing it.

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let me guess its a ford hahah just did on last week pain in the ass
yup, you are smart:miff::tonka:
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