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This is the first part of a series showing how I restore Honda BIG RED gas tanks. I will start by recording the decal locations so I will have a reference to where they go before I remove them. This tank does have some dents and dings. I recently purchased a stud welder slide hammer kit to pull some dents out of some BIG RED gas tanks I have around. I wanted to get a stud welder and fix the tanks without filling them with a lot of body filler. After some research I ended up buying an H&S Autoshot stud welder and slide hammer kit.

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Before pic of the tank

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Using a paint marker I will measure decal locations from a reference point. I then take digital images that I can use later for the decal installation

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First chemical strip

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Results after chemical stripping and scraping. Next i will media blast the tank. I will cover the inlet and outlet of the tank to avoid excessive blast media from going inside the tank.
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Pics of the tools.
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Tank has been media blasted. I then use the angle die grinder with a scotch bright pad to further clean the dented area.

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Studs welded in the low areas of the dent.

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Using slide hammer to pull the dents. It took me a little time to get this done. and I had to weld some more studs to get the metal the way I wanted it. There are some really good videos on youtube for pulling dents with a stud welder so I will not get into the technique here.

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Dents pulled and studs cut off and ground down. Now with these dents pulled I will use a minimal amount of body filler.

THIS POST IS PART OF A SERIES OF POSTS. THE NEXT POST IS ABOUT REMOVING RUST FROM THE INSIDE OF THE GAS TANK. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE NEXT POST.

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Looks like it works really well. And think of the extra fuel capacity you'll gain back! Please update with the finished photo when it's done.
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