Last night I ran through the entire ignition system of my 1985 Mk1 Golf Cabriolet 1.6 (Carb) Auto and managed to get a nice strong healthy spark. This allowed me to start the car on Easy Start because I currently have the fuel lines disconnected. The reason the fuel lines are disconnected? My fuel tank is full of rust.
The source of the rust was corrosion in the fuel filler neck which I have previously replaced. The fuel filler is mounted just above the rear wheel so years worth of spray from the road, mud and rust particles are now sitting at the bottom of my fuel tank.
Removing the rust from the bottom of the fuel tank on one of these cars is usually a really easy job. Under the rear seat is an access hatch which you simply unscrew. Unfortunately, it seems that someone has been here before me and they've broken the access hatch and then bonded it to the fuel tank.
It is possible to remove the fuel tank but that means removing the exhaust system, disconnecting the brake lines and dropping the rear beam. Amongst other things, this includes removing nuts from captive bolts that are welded into the rear monocoque of the car and these are prone to snapping, a scenario that I would like to avoid for obvious reasons.
When the car was on the road I had to clear the fuel lines by blowing them through with the filler cap removed at regular intervals (initially every 10 to 20 miles, although that did improve with use). This combined with buying bulk inline fuel filters and using them as sacrificial items. I've also reached the point where I can rebuild a Pierburg carburettor with my eyes closed.
I really want to use the car as regular transport and have reached the conclusion that I have no option but to do something to clear out the fuel tank. If it helps, the fuel tank is steel and other than containing silt, is in very good condition.
Does anyone have any idea as to how I can clear it out without removing it from the car? I have a number of ideas myself but wondered if anyone had any proven suggestions.
UPDATE: For anyone interested in what the fuel filler neck looked like, here is me taking it off the car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcjJ1Xfl-us