The THING 1200c

Backyardski

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As long as I’m here I might as well post a few pics of the floor cut out. I should take the whole machine apart but decided to not mess with the cab quite yet. With the easy access I’ll clean the frame up, new exhaust and brake lines.

It looks to me that removing the bolts along the bottom of the frame would allow the cab to be split from the driveline giving easy access to the engine with only a few things needing to be disconnected. Or is there something I’m not seeing?
 

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AbelLMTV

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Can I wait until after Christmas to give you an answer?:thumbup:

How much are you looking to get for it?

Dr. Zaugg also has a brand new one that I might end up buying.....

I just watched the movie last night and loved it. I am new to the community and believe in paying it forward. I am still looking for the elusive standard OC-12 axles. Perhaps this will increase my chances?? LOL Regardless PM me your address. :clap:
 

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Backyardski

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That’s awesome, thanks Sean!
Hopefully the cat karma quickly puts some axles in your hands!
 

AbelLMTV

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Pleasant exchange with Mike. Thank you! These will come in handy for the holidays.... :thumbup:
 

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Backyardski

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Got my package from Sean yesterday as well. Thank you, the Thiokol emblem will find a nice home on the shop wall and the gauges are much less burned looking than the ones in the thing!

The new steel goes in much quicker than the old comes out
 

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Backyardski

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Kate, what are you seeing?
 

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Backyardski

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Upload issues, plz standby.

Hey kids! Quit doing your damn schoolwork! I need some &@;/! bandwidth!
 
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Backyardski

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I lost the ability to upload pics.

Anyway, Kate sees the virus that the thing uses to take over people - it’s a Coronavirus. Hmmm. Something is telling me I should get working on this soon.

The real reason I was posting was looking for advice on a tank patch. Wondering if it’s better to weld a patch over the top of the hole or cut a patch to weld in flush. It’s about 1 1/2” square and on the bottom of the tank. Maybe it doesn’t matter once it’s coated with the liner. The pin holes can just get welded shut.

I’d add a picture of the tank here:

Tanks in advance!

Mike
 

Backyardski

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Tank photo

The virus photo won’t load, must be true!
 

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Backyardski

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Thing virus, just had to resize photo, thanks Doc
 

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Backyardski

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I lost the ability to upload pics.

Anyway, Kate sees the virus that the thing uses to take over people - it’s a Coronavirus. Hmmm. Something is telling me I should get working on this soon.

The real reason I was posting was looking for advice on a tank patch. Wondering if it’s better to weld a patch over the top of the hole or cut a patch to weld in flush. It’s about 1 1/2” square and on the bottom of the tank. Maybe it doesn’t matter once it’s coated with the liner. The pin holes can just get welded shut.

I’d add a picture of the tank here:

Tanks in advance!

Mike

Foolish human! We just need it to hold our fuel. Weld a patch over the hole and pin holes.

Thing
 

Backyardski

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Foolish human! We just need it to hold our fuel. Weld a patch over the hole and pin holes.

Thing

Cool, thanks for the tip! I haven’t messed with a tank before but that makes sense, I suppose it is just a container. I’ll get started on it tonight.
Patch, prime, paint then tank lining- sounds like a plan.

Mike
 

Cidertom

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So, at the risk of offending the por gods Have you explored having it tinned? Patch, yes but then have it tinned. I know we have (had?) a company out here that tin plates gas tanks. While I think that the "paint" method has virtue in extending life, once the tank becomes a colander, perhaps a more metallic repair is called for.


only my input and should not be considered a anti-viral attempt at controlling corona, budweiser, or Heineken viruses.
 

Pontoon Princess

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Cool, thanks for the tip! I haven’t messed with a tank before but that makes sense, I suppose it is just a container. I’ll get started on it tonight.
Patch, prime, paint then tank lining- sounds like a plan.

Mike


IMHO, I wil have a new tank made, aluminum would be a good choice, several companies on line will build a custom tank, good chance they a stock size that are in stock that will fit...

using the sealant inside the tank is not full proof and can you say that you got it completely coated, if not, it will peel and clog up the fuel system

safe and reliable is worth the cost, many times over

and yes Ctom, the tinner is still in Hubbard, just picked up a tank from them last week. great way to save a old tank

we have had stainless tanks built for the early tuckers at a cost of 300 each
 
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Track Addict

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Plenty of plastic marine options and I one time I saw a stainless tank in a tucker.

I vote replace. Your kids will thank you eventually.
 

Backyardski

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Thanks all y’all, I’ll check into those options. I’ve got plenty of other things to keep me busy, not doing the tank gets it out of my workspace that much sooner! Probably faster cheaper better in the long run to go the new route. Like I said, I haven’t had to deal with a tank issue before. I also hadn’t heard of the tinning option, that’s pretty cool. I’m more knowledgeable in dissimilar woods than metals...
 

Snowy Rivers

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Just my 2 cents worth here....

I would replace the tank with either a poly tank (Never rust) or an aluminum or stainless tank (No rust either)
Also a coated tank can end up letting goop loose later down the road and plugging a fuel filter at an unhandy time...

If that old tank is rusted through, what does the inside look like in other places ???

That is certainly a mission critical item and if another spot decides to crack open....probably not going to be in a handy place when it happens either.

Having a good top notch tank is going to eliminate a nightmare in the making....

Just some thoughts..
 
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