I’m finally getting to the point where I have to think about the fuel tank in the revitalization of my car that’s been off the road for 25+ years. I haven’t yet pulled the tank out, but I have the pump out and have taken the sump out. Based on visual inspection through the holes in the top, looks like the usual rust and crud from a tank that has spent decades in slumber.
Here’s the question: Let’s assume after I pull it there’s no sign of any holes or other damage. Does it make sense to clean out and restore the inside? (Note, based on my experiences with other old cars, I’m not a fan of thick epoxy (or whatever) coatings on the inside of tanks that invariably detach and make blobs in the fuel system) Or should I just bite the bullet and buy a new tank? Part of me says start with something new and clean, while the other part of me hates to spend 600 bucks if I can have a perfectly functional tank for less than $50 and a little elbow grease.
PS, I already know Joey will say buy a new one.