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Petrol tanks got a hole!

Haven't used my car for a while (about 6months). Started it up the other day and everything worked fine. Put it back in the garage and came back a couple days later to find a large pool of petrol all over the floor. Appears the tank has rusted and now leaks. I've emptied it now and was wondering what are my chances of repairing it and how? The leak looks to be around the pipe feeding the pump. Or is it a case of getting a new (and no doubt very expensive) replacement? Any advice always appriciated
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Emptying the tank

The hole in question


View from inside via the fuel gauge opening

Old 07-13-2010, 07:54 AM
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I had the same problem not too long ago. Had a patch welded at a radiator shop.

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I had the same problem on my '67 Beetle. I soldered on a patch made of copper sheet. That was twenty years ago, and it's is still O.K.
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It could just be the hose leaking. Usually the tank rusts in the bottom, not where yours is leaking from.

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I'll take the tank out as soon as I get a chance. Hopefully be able to locate exactly where the leaks coming from as it's not clear at the moment. Might be the hose but looks to becoming from higher up, though the inside of the tank wall looks OK.

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