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Old 10-19-2007, 07:51 AM   #1
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30# LP Tanks

I have two LP tanks from my 68 overlander.
Are these painted aluminum...can they be stripped and buffed like the skin of the AS.

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Old 10-19-2007, 07:57 AM   #2
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Yup - although I don't think they're painted - just oxidized. Just polish them up, and get them converted to OPD's if they haven't already been. Good find!
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Yes, as Marc said, they look to be just oxidized. They probably need recertification and OPD valves. Check the date on the collar of the bottles; that'll indicate when the last certification was performed.

Original certification is good for 12 years; subsequent visual recertifications are good for 5 years each. Provided the tanks are in good condition -- no bent collars or base, no deep corrosion -- the recertification should be easy. They'll stamp the collar of the tank anew, an "E" (think of "Eye," for visual recertification) followed by month and year.

Replacing the OPDs is a matter of removing the old and putting in the (proper) new. It's not very hard, but they do have to secure the tank so that it doesn't move around.

I usually go to a place down in the city (!) to do this and, as a matter of courtesy, have them fill the bottle, too -- even though the propane is a bunch more expensive there.


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Old 10-19-2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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Your tanks look to be aluminum.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:57 AM   #5
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Your tanks look to be aluminum.
NICE POLISH JOB!!!!!

Next time you're going to post that shot, please let us know in advance so I can put my sunglasses on before I open the thread !!
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:31 AM   #6
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Your tanks look to be aluminum.
Your tanks look SICK!!!....(this is a good thing)
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Here is a good before and after picture of new aluminum tanks. But as Lew pointed out to me at the Balloon Rally, you need to keep them looking goog also.

Lew, after I washed the trailer they looked 100% better. What was the name of that polish you werew showing me?
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:05 PM   #8
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Makes me want to run out and buy aluminum tanks. Of course my 2006 has a propane tank COVER .... AND doesn't have the kind of aluminum that COULD shine up that way...

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Old 10-19-2007, 12:39 PM   #10
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If I had to replace these tanks... buy new...what would new polished LP tanks go for these days?
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I have not seen polished tanks offered for sale. I bought mine at VTS at a little over $300 for two delivered. I think the price has gone up since last year
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You shouldn't have to replace them...just get new OPD valves and recertified. The price of polishing is elbow grease!

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Those are to cool, wish I had a set like that. Not in the buget though.
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You shouldn't have to replace them...just get new OPD valves and recertified. The price of polishing is elbow grease!

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And alot of throw away rags....
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Where can I get the valves changed. I have a LP company close to me...would that be O.K..or...is this something that I can do myself?
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Where can I get the valves changed. I have a LP company close to me...would that be O.K..or...is this something that I can do myself?
I would have it done, only costs a few bucks and they have the tools. Make sure you get the correct valve. The one for an aluminum tank is different then a steel tank (I think).
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:45 AM   #17
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Where can I get the valves changed. I have a LP company close to me...would that be O.K..or...is this something that I can do myself?
When I had mine done I went to a local cooperative. They had the special wrench (I tried to get the valve out with a buddy & we bent a 1 inch iron pipe like it was a pretzel). They only charged me for the refill, as I already had the valves.

Contact some of the larger coops that also do heating work, you will find someone that will change the valves & cert the tank for you. A few phone calls should do it.

In my area it was a former CENEX that had just left the franchise.
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Hey Richard, I am starting my polish job tomorrow, any tricks I can use? Did you sand them or compound?
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I have dual 40# tanks on my Ambassador, but I am looking for 30# tanks. If anyone would like to upgrade from 30# to 40# tanks PM me.

By the way Melody, Shari, Richard...that is fantastic work!

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Mine were new and needed a little sanding especially where it had some weld splatter. I used very fine #400 & #600 wet paper. I then used a liquid polish from Lowe's that is used to shine up PU truck tool boxes called Truck Box polish. I also bought a bunch of work towels at Costco to polish with. You are going to use a bunch of towels. All of oxidation will come off black.

One thing that helped me was I built a stand out of scrap wood and some carpet and clamped it to a work bench. I think this made it a lot easier.

Gracie in the picture was no help at all, but she is cute...
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