View Full Version : New Gas Tank Install

12-02-2015, 09:04 PM
Getting ready to install new gas tank on 63 bird. What do you guys do to your new tanks as far as paint, undercoating or just naked. Are these tanks coated to protect from rust? Thanks for any suggestions.


12-02-2015, 09:36 PM
The new tanks are coated to prevent rust. I don't put anything on mine. Some people like to undercoat them so they look like they came from the factory.


12-03-2015, 12:23 AM
Marcelo did a great job on his new fuel tank install. I will let his posts speak for themselves but I highly suggest you ground your tank as he did his. CLICK HERE (http://squarebirds.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=12540&page=9) - Dave

12-04-2015, 08:08 PM
Thanks for the input, I do like the looks of the shiny new tank.

12-04-2015, 10:45 PM
If you like the looks of bare metal you can always clearcoat it, like some folks do their transmission.

12-05-2015, 11:35 AM
Most of the new steel tanks are made from "ni terne steel" which is electroplated nickel, followed by a hot dipped plating of 92% lead and 8% tin. There is no need to paint it or coat it, and it may outlast all of us. I don't know if paint will stick to it.

I like the idea of grounding it though.

12-05-2015, 02:58 PM
Steve, for two hundred bucks you're getting drawable steel that's tin coated on both sides, then seam welded and leak tested. Spectra Premium tanks are manufactured according to original equipment specifications. Canada isn't going to allow lead and nickel is too hard to deep draw, and that's consistent with how the original fuel tanks were made at Ford.

You can see from Marcelo's tank, it paints nicely and it looks great. - Dave