Replacing the whole thing is the surest way, I wouldn't screw around trying
to replace parts, even if they were available. It should come out without
creating any new problems. There is always some small chance, but you
have to do what you have to do and even if it winds up screwed up, if that
tank is 15 years old, it's at or past it's typical life already. If you want to be
paranoid, you could have contingency plans for where to get a replacement
tank, etc just in case. Last one I did I bought it at HD and used one of their
rental trucks to get it home.