Post by WingedWonder on May 10, 2012 18:31:46 GMT -5
Unless you are attached to the old tanks I would just exchange them for tanks with new style valves at one of those propane exchange places. Then you can keep that tank, paint it , and get it refilled in the future.
If you were to keep the old tank I would bead blast it first. Then have the valve replaced, tank certified, and filled. Then mask the valve off and paint it. Otherwise you may have your tank scratched during the valve replacement.
'62 Compact '63 Astroflyte '64 Airflyte Think I have a problem
The tanks look pretty bad to me. It is much easier to replace/trade in at Wally World. They take old tanks in and cheaper than replacing the valves. (IF anyone would work on the old tanks)
You need a two stage, auto changeover regulator and appropriate length new hoses for your tanks. Also a 3/8" pipe thread to 3/8 flare to connect to your existing supply line. (check fittings and sizes to be sure!)
If you don't feel comfortable working on LP lines, any good RV shop can do it for you. They also sell all the fittings you need.
If you remove the valves, make sure you leave them open for long enough to be sure there's no pressure left first. Then fill them with water and empty them before you start sanding to make sure there's no gas left, don't need no flareups.
A buddy of mine was cutting the frame under his class C to add a motorcycle rack to the back, with a steel-cutting blade on a Skil saw. When he turned the saw off he heard this whooshing noise... Turned out he cut right through the propane line, still don't know how it didn't light off with that shower of sparks flying around.