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Old 06-02-2020, 10:23 AM   #1
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Like the title states, I'm really having a tough time getting the gas gauge bezel off. I've been soaking it for a week with rust buster and and 50/50 of ATF & Acetone and it's not budging.

The tank as been empty for a very long time and I was thinking of using a plumber's torch to gently heat up the bezel to see if that will break it free.

Any other thoughts on how to free it up? Its a perfect original so I'm trying not to damage it.

** PS- I do have the correct "wrenches" for removing this.

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Old 06-02-2020, 10:34 AM   #2
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Tim, we have had them come in where we had to use an air hammer with a chisel to remove the outer ring because it was froze. Then you can sometimes use a little air pressure (i.e.: 5#) with the tank ports sealed to help push the gauge away from the seat.
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:09 PM   #3
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Tim, we have had them come in where we had to use an air hammer with a chisel to remove the outer ring because it was froze. Then you can sometimes use a little air pressure (i.e.: 5#) with the tank ports sealed to help push the gauge away from the seat.
Interesting idea. Thanks,
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:10 PM   #4
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Think about it dude, open flame and gas! Even the vapors from a dry tank...BOOM!!!
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:57 PM   #5
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I had to use a large pipe wrench one time to get one off.
I had to replace the bezel with a new one after that because the wrench made deep marks in it.
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:11 PM   #6
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Think about it dude, open flame and gas! Even the vapors from a dry tank...BOOM!!!
That's why I asked. When I say dry, it's been dry and capless for over 25 years.

I'd love to get it off without damage since it's original to the car '28 AR Roadster
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:30 PM   #7
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d Even a "dry" tank that old has the potential to go boom.
I have see shots of guys, with helpers (one to push in on the tool and one to turn the cheater bar) that used a long cheater bar on the bezel tool and still had a hard time cracking it loose. If you have the good tools, you stand a chance, if they are those aluminum die cast ones, good luck they barely work on ones that the gauge is not stuck.

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Old 06-02-2020, 02:52 PM   #8
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Thank you. Yep, I've got the cast one. It is a flimsy tool. haha,
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:11 PM   #9
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Use the laser cut flat steel one (it does have a kink in it )it does not slip off like the cast aluminium one does .

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Old 06-02-2020, 04:53 PM   #10
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Before putting a flame by that tank pump it full of carbon monoxide from a good old polluting car. No BOOM.
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:10 PM   #11
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You can try a heat gun ( no flame!) to heat the outer ring a little. Should be safe as long as tank isn’t leaking fuel. Best if it’s an old tank that hasn’t had fuel in it for a while. fuel weeping at the gauge causes the outer ring to get stuck. A little penetrant can help as well. The original ford 5z gas gauge wrench works best .
Have done many and typically my wrench does the trick .
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:13 PM   #12
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Thank you. Yep, I've got the cast one. It is a flimsy tool. haha,
If it is a new alloy one it is useless. Use the steel one.

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Old 06-02-2020, 08:26 PM   #13
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You can try a heat gun ( no flame!) to heat the outer ring a little. Should be safe as long as tank isn’t leaking fuel. Best if it’s an old tank that hasn’t had fuel in it for a while. fuel weeping at the gauge causes the outer ring to get stuck. A little penetrant can help as well. The original ford 5z gas gauge wrench works best .
Have done many and typically my wrench does the trick .
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Thank you. I was thinking maybe heat gun too.

Dang. That is a great looking tool. I'd love to get one if anyone has one for sale.
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That's why I asked. When I say dry, it's been dry and capless for over 25 years.

I'd love to get it off without damage since it's original to the car '28 AR Roadster
Dry and capless for that long it isn't going to go boom. Stick your nose in the filler neck and give it a sniff. You'll be able to tell.
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Those cast aluminium tools are designed to skin knuckles!
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Those cast aluminium tools are designed to skin knuckles!
They are actually useful for installation but doubtful for removal. My experience is to chisel the bezel off, use the aluminium tool for installation, then throw it away.
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They are actually useful for installation but doubtful for removal. My experience is to chisel the bezel off, use the aluminium tool for installation, then throw it away.
I made my own pair of tools out out steel. I've used them and loaned them lots of times and they are just as good as the first time. Aluminium is NOT the material to use for something like this. Cheap and nasty!
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:31 AM   #18
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I put a torch on a one gallon gas can, had been sitting in the desert for nigh on to twenty five or more years. Surprise, small boom, cheap lesson learned.
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Impact driver would do the trick if there were a 10-point socket for it.

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