[T3] "Reconditioned" gas tank. Re: 1973 Volkswagen Type III on eBay

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Wed Jun 30 06:20:03 PDT 2021

On 29 Jun 2021 at 17:49, fess-vwtype3-3 at fess.org wrote:

> Can you tell me more about this problem?  
> My '67 square iTMve had for a 17years now,  had a oereconditioned gas
> tank when I got it.    I havenTMt been using it much the last 3 years
> because I got stalled out on this problem.     It started  choking up,  I
> think fouling out the plugs, but I canTMt remember for sure,  might have
> been restricted fuel flow?  

The '68-73 Type 3s with FI have tanks that include some extra "structures" 
with small passages inside them. The usual "reconditioning" consists of a 
heavy interior coating that clogs those passages, making the tank unusable, 
or only partly usable by effectively reducing its effective capacity from ~10 
gallons to ~5 gallons.

The coating seems to work just fine for some people with normal tanks that 
have no internal structure, but some report that the coating starts to peel off 
after a few years and clog the fuel pump and carbs.

You can remove the gas gauge sender and look down in the tank to see 
what you've got, but that's not too useful unless you know what a good tank 
looks like.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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