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Can I replace the gas tank in my '63 B with a different year tank?  The 63 tanks are 3 times the price of a 65 or 66.  My tank pick-up line was perforated so I used a new line and small filter from a snowmobile and fastened it to a small plate. I enlarged the hole where the line went in and fastened the plate over the hole.  I can't find anything to keep the plate from leaking gas after about 6 months of use.  I tried everything, including JB weld. I'm afraid to weld the plate on unless I can find someone to do it.  No one wants to weld a tank that had gas in it.  Any suggestions?

Hi Phil.  Sorry, but there is no easy option here.  You cannot safely weld a used gas tank.  It will be full of gas fumes and liable to explode.  The later tank from 65 is a totally different design and will not fit an earlier car.  I regret that you must buy a new tank.  
Repairs with JB Weld or Araldite will not hold for very long in contact with gas, but you could try using them in combination with Slosh Sealant or POR15.

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Barrie Jones


MG Sports Cars from 1949 to 1980 - Including MGB, MGBGT V8, TF1500, TF, TD and modern Midgets. I also specialise in SU carburettors, Lucas wiring, suspension, steering & brakes.


I have owned my 1955 TF1500 since 1966. Technical specialist for the TD and TF with the MG Car Club T Register. Also owned 20 MGBs and currently own an MGBGT V8. Written 3 books on MGs and produced a DVD on how to strip and rebuild the TD/TF gearbox.

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Barrie's Notes on the 1953-55 MG TF (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB GT V8 (author). /=====/ The Essential Buyer's Guide to the MG TD, TF and TF1500. (author)

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