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Old 06-08-2005, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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punched hole in tow rig diesel tank

Ok, i got a hole in the rear tank on my 96 PSD F-250. Its about a 1/4" dia.
I know diesel has a higher flash point than gas and the tank is empty, so what precautions do I need to take to weld the hole. I was thinking about running a bunch of water though the tank and out the hole and then welding it up. But will the fumes still ignite??? I hear lots of storys but I would like to hear it from someone with experience welding on diesel tanks.

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Old 06-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you can purge the tank with argon if you want to weld it. Or they make an epoxy to patch tanks. They used the stuff (don't laugh at me) on Monster Garage when they built the trike with the diesel motor and the guy that made the tank smaller did a shitty job welding it so they put diesel in it and it leaked like a siv. Jessie went to a truck stop and picked this stuff up... put it on and in 15 min it was good to go. Long story short... they didn't have to weld or worry about the tank turning into a bomb. You might want to look into it or maybe someone knows what its called.
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When I had a gas tank welded on, the welder purged the tank with nitrogen, and kept it flowing while welding. Sure diesel is harder to ignite, but if it does it goes like 10 times bigger. Why risk it?

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Thanks, Ill look around for the epoxy stuff, what about running the exhaust from another rig into the filler on the tank while i weld it???
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i've welded a couple of tractor, diesel tanks with argon running though them no problems
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i've welded a couple of tractor, diesel tanks with argon running though them no problems
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my boss does it with the exhaust from his truck, or the motor driven welder. he does this with huge in-ground tanks for gas stations and such. just make sure you let it run for a while and keep it flowing. if you are going to try and weld it with mig/tig then you would be better off using an inert gas such as nitrogen or argon.

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