Let’s consider a hypothetical situation. Let’s say one night, after you have just broken in your brand new nitro truck, you go out racing with your buddy instead of sleeping. Let’s say you guys had a blast and in a moment of excitement you turned your Nitro truck abruptly into a concrete lamp post, head on, at top speed!?… hypothetically of course! What kind of shape would you expect your truck to be in??
Expect it to be in this kind of shape!!
Items to note:
- Shocks all bent out of shape
- Front tires popped off rims
- Bent/Broken plastic parts
- Transmission that just ain’t right
- Alumninum frames bent 90 degrees inwards
- A gas tank that seems off somehow!
Most of the bent broken parts were able to be bent back or salvaged. The gas tank however was shattered into tiny shards of plastic! No biggie, just order a replacement, right!? But wait! What if you were impatient and/or wanted to MacGyver something together from an empty plastic bottle/pen ink tubes/hot glue??? Well, you’re in luck!
Find a bottle that will just fit into the cavity of your truck. It does not have to be a perfect fit just close enough will do. I used an empty contact cleaning solution bottle. The height of the bottle can be taller than what you need. Make sure the bottle has its cap. Get a pen that has run out of ink or a couple new pens that have an empty long bit at the end of its ink tube – these will be the tap points. Make sure the ink tubes no longer have any ink in them. You will need 2 pieces about an inch in length.
Remove the remains of the original gas tank and separate the fuel tubes. Dry fit the bottle in the place of the gas tank and determine if it will rub/block any mechanical motion. Once you find a good location/position, mark the maximum height you can accept. Cut the bottle along its circumference at this marking. This will be the bottom of your tank.
Cut the bottle top about 3/4 – 1 inch from the top. This will become the top of your tank. In the end you should have the bottle cut into three pieces. The top part will fit over the bottom part quite well with some coercion but to make it fit better, score the top is a few places about 1/2 inch from the cut line.
Determine where you want the fuel and exhaust vent lines to go. The fuel line should go as low on the tank as possible. The exhaust should be in a higher location that isn’t going to be submerged in fuel.
Drill holes that are just large enough to squeeze the empty ink tubes through. This will minimize leaks. Squeeze the ink tubs through and hold it in place with some hot glue around the tube on the inside of the bottle. Position the tubes where you want them and keep the contraption from moving while the glue hardens. You do not need to stick the pen tubes in too far…just enough to clear the mound of hot glue. (sample picture used a Q-tip)
Once the tubes have been glued in place; dry fit the top of the tank with its bottom. You should be able to get the top on in a short period of time at this point. If not, practice a few times.
Trace the inner circumference of the top piece with a bead of hot glue. Quickly install the top onto the bottom being careful not to let the top deform too much from the heat. Let the glue harden.
Attach the fuel/vent lines to the bottle-tank and install into your truck. Be sure the tilt the bottle so that the fuel tap is always going to be the lowest part of the tank in the truck – this will help fuel flow.
There you have it! Good as new! A makeshift fuel tank from items around the house that will let you get back to having fun! Fill’er up!
A down side to the bottle-tank is that there is no fuel pump to get the fuel through the fuel line. Well, it is in a plastic bottle… with the cap on, pinch the vent line and squeeze the bottle a few times. If that does not get the fuel through the line, you could attach some clean fuel line tube to the vent tap and blow?!
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