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Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:36 pm

sinerasis wrote:Did you clean up your tank yourself? What did you use? I've been reading about using acetone. I've never cleaned a gas tank before. How were the results?


Lets see , 1st one was so rusty I trashed it. A semi local member gave me one for free which I appreciated greatly , threw it in and it cracked up top. Not really sure why. Same guy had another one that wasnt in great shape but it was something to work with. I sent that one out to a retoration company in MD and its been in the car ever since with a litetime warranty on leaks :D and they WILL get it back if it does. $500 for the job ...

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Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:56 pm

Damn, that's spendy but I guess you got a warranty. Looks good.

New tank from Toyota is around $450.

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:37 pm

New tank is discontinued ... looked high and low before I made the call on the restore ... 185 tanks are also no longer avail. Nothing aftermarket unless you go fuel cell and wasn't doing that since my girl rides in the car most the time , One good rear ender and you know what happens ...

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:23 am

88gt4DE wrote:New tank is discontinued ... looked high and low before I made the call on the restore ... 185 tanks are also no longer avail. Nothing aftermarket unless you go fuel cell and wasn't doing that since my girl rides in the car most the time , One good rear ender and you know what happens ...


Sorry to sound naive, but what happens...? I though fuel cells were "safe."

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:09 pm

Fuel cells live inside the cabin. So if it gets damaged during an accident, you've got gas inside the cabin.

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:26 pm

Ah, I wish Trademotion sites would let you know that kinda stuff (discontinued/out of stock/etc)... instead of showing an item that isn't actually available exactly the same as any other item.

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:02 pm

Yeah , you know Murphys law. I'll be messing around and some jackhole will rear end me and my girl will burn to death ... i would jump off the nearest bridge ...

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:08 pm

hey man, looks like a good project you have going.

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:25 pm

The plug with wires might be a cruise control sensor?

Nice job so far tho. I'd like to see what you do with the fuel tank. I have to drop mine yet to see its damage.

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:35 pm

Plug with the wires if def the reverse light switch. I just had to replace it a few months ago ...

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Sun May 19, 2013 3:31 am

Spent today cleaning out the tank. I used The Works toilet cleaner after reading about it online. Inside looked great after, but it will literally rust back before your eyes after it gets so clean. Then I did the POR15 3 part thing and its looking almost new inside. Really happy with this, its a ton of work though and basically took all day. Its drying the sealant now... 96 hours and it'll be ready for gas.

Got a new fuel pump and filter. The hanger cleaned up great too.

Then I sat in the drivers seat making turbo noised for an hour or so. I need to get the rotating switch thing in the steering wheel wired back up, and order some random screws and stuff.

The clutch pedal is on the floor and doesn't seem to be doing anything. That'll be the next job I think. Topped off the fluid and worked the pedal to see if it'd come back but nothing yet.

Here's the gas tank before I put the sealant in.
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Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:01 am

I put the gas tank back together and installed it. Includes new pump and filter. I cleaned up the hanger and coated it in POR 15. I did this to all the metal pieces in the tank.
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I changed the oil, oil filter and spark plugs. Poured a little oil in the cylinders to hopefully soak the rings. Waited overnight and cranked the engine. Turns over ok, didn't start. Started slow and speed up once things got moving and lubricated. No crazy noises or anything, I'm hopeful it'll fire once I figure out once going on with the computer.

Getting a 1-1 code from the diagnostic port. "Momentary loss of power to ECU", investigating this is my new project.

Went through most of the electrical things. New list of non-working things:

Drivers headlight out
Passenger foglight out
Drivers power mirror won't adjust from console control
Sunroof doesn't open, motor struggles and makes noise
Power locks are acting up, make clicking noise but don't actually do anything
Antenna doesn't go up/down
Dash cluster has at least 1 backlight out, dark in center section
Left turn indicator doesn't blink in dash
Lumbar control doesn't work

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Otherwise everything seemed to be working. Both windows go up and down, windshield wipers work, headlights both flip up and down, all blinkers and brake lights work. Radio works, cigarette lighter works. Fan motor works although the panel lights are doing the "flashing" so I'll probably need to investigate the heater control as I remember it being a bitch from my last car.

Glove box is locked and my key doesn't open it. There's something in there, probably just the owners manual, but I'm going to have to figure out a way to open it.

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:33 pm

Still sitting in the driveway, broken down, got the first person asking if I'd sell it...

Nope. :D

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:40 pm

sinerasis wrote:Still sitting in the driveway, broken down, got the first person asking if I'd sell it...

Nope. :D


Ahhh the old rusty tank. Got any finish shots with the POR15 ? Nobody asks to buy mine , at least at work ... I have one guy that has been with Toyota so long that he use to do warranty work on them ! LOL

Re: Jeff's 1989 Black ST165

Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:06 pm

I completely forgot to take any pictures of the tank after the sealant cured and it's installed with gas in it now. The fuel pump hanger I posted earlier gives a good idea though, the entire inside of the tank is that nice shiny silver. It cures really hard and has kind of a glass look and feel to it. It turned out pretty well I think, but I suppose only time will tell if it keeps the rust away.
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