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Question from Mike (1956):
At the front of the '56 Imperial gas tank (bottom side) is what appears to be some sort of a plug or drain. My tank had a slight leak here, in addition to a dry rotted looking hose from the filler tube to the tank, so I've pulled the tank in order to do a full clean up/seal the tank/check & adjust sending unit job. Can anyone please tell me if this plug is threaded, and can be removed by using a 1/2" square drive to remove it? Or is it meant to be permanent, and I should leave it alone and just clean around it and POR-15 it to fix the seepage problem?
My '58 also has a drain plug on the bottom of the gas tank. From what I am told most cars have them back in the 50's. For some kind of reason they were deemed dangerous and were deleted in later years.
My '60 Imperial does not have a drain plug.
This is a threaded plug. However, it is screwed into a part which is held to the tank sheet-metal by a crimped seam, and unless it unscrews easily, I'd leave it alone - the seepage will be cured by the tank sealant. Attempting to force this plug to unscrew after 47 years may lead to a whole bunch of trouble that you don't need to face!
My Imps and N.Y.er's also have them. Was told they were later eliminated to save Ma Mopar a few bucks in production costs. They sure were handy for draining old gas, or contaminated gasoline.
Nine times out of ten when an auto manufacturer discontinues the inclusion of a feature, like a gas tank plug, it is due to cost cutting. If you think about it is a seldom used feature that most car shoppers wouldn't contemplate in their decision to buy a car. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the gas tank plug costs $.50 cents to include with each gas tank. Given the scope of production that Chrysler had then, roughly 1,000,000 cars per year, that $.50 cents adds up to $500,000 dollars. Since mechanics don't have to drain gas tanks that often, and it isn't a selling feature to car buyers, and costs the company $500,000 dollars to include across their production range, why not eliminate it if it's not warranted?
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