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Old 5th-August-2011, 11:54 PM   #1
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aluminum fuel cell mounting pics needed

I guess I waited a little too long before buying a fuel cell. I want an aluminum cell, that HAS mounting tabs on it...I called to order it and was informed they are no longer made that way and now require a strap kit. So can those that have the aluminum cell with the mounting straps please post some pics. I don't understand how the strap kit will keep the cell from moving side-to-side.

---not sure if the manufactures are doing this, or if it's a NHRA thing, but someone told me it's because the tabs will break off if mounted to a tube chassis car. I'm going to have mine sitting on the trunk floor (except for the sump) so the weight will be supported.
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Old 6th-August-2011, 12:16 AM   #2
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Thats strange! I wonder why no mounting tabs anymore?

I found this one for you on Summit racing site

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/JZP-210-615-03/
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yeah I was surprised too, thats real similar to the one I want only I'm looking at the black powdercoated ones... summit says that it's an old picture on web and catolog, if you get a new summit catalog or jegs, etc., the new pictures don't have the tabs...
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yeah I was surprised too, thats real similar to the one I want only I'm looking at the black powdercoated ones... summit says that it's an old picture on web and catolog, if you get a new summit catalog or jegs, etc., the new pictures don't have the tabs...
Well I guess if you really didn't want to use the straps you could always have tabs Tig welded on after you buy it. If you dont Tig weld, I am sure a welding shop wouldn't charge too much to do it for you.

I have a 15 gal cell with tabs I bought long ago. I wonder if it is going to be a NHRA rule change next year? I will prob have to add straps on mine to update it. : (

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yeah, I was thinking of having someone weld the tabs on, but then I would have to have the cell re-powder coated. yours looks good though, I was just trying to keep everything in the trunk black. My luck is AFTER paying for the tabs to be welded on, I'll find out it still needs the straps...

this whole thing has been quite a shock to me, so I'm trying to get to the bottom of it now before spending the $

---I noticed you only have 1 fitting on top, is that the vent? and I'm guessing your not running a return, or did you route it somewhere else? just trying to get some ideas, I always see them with 2 fittings on top.
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---I noticed you only have 1 fitting on top, is that the vent? and I'm guessing your not running a return, or did you route it somewhere else? just trying to get some ideas, I always see them with 2 fittings on top.[/QUOTE]

Yea the fitting is the vent. I have to get a tip valve for it yet and run a braided line out of the trunk. I bought mine almost 8 years ago. The newer models have duel fittings. I am assuming one is for the vent and one for a return line. My car is back halved so my fuel cell actually sits flush with the bottom of the frame rails. I boxed the whole bottom and sides with sheet metal to protect the tank. It works good cause I have more clearance from the trunk lid. I also opted for a fully sealed battery box. Didn't want to mix Bat fumes with fuel fumes. The Bat box also has a vent tube that exits the trunk.
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They weren't really mounting tabs but location tabs. After mounting mine with the tabs it took about two years and one broke off and the cell started leaking. The next one I installed I used the straps with rubber in between the straps and tank. That set-up has been working fine for about ten years with no leaks..............
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It's not pretty, but mine has been like this since 1999. 25 gallons is a lot of weight and never had any leaks.

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Here's what my setup looked like:
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cell mount

Not aluminum but it should mount the same tabs or straps I bolted mine to 1x1tubing between the frame rails isolated with rubber underneath to prevent chaffing and holes rubbed into tank.

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Mounted mine recessed in the floor with two 1x1 pieces framing it underneath but still had two straps underneath as well.

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Hey Mike not to change the topic but did you modify the hinges when you mounted the deck lid I have delima hinges will hit/damage the tubs trying to keep stock type hinges and use the struts like you did
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Mounted mine recessed in the floor with two 1x1 pieces framing it underneath but still had two straps underneath as well.

Mine is somewhat recessed in floor of trunk but not too much as to interfere with mounting of the wheelie bars
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No, just used the stock hinges but braced the package tray area underneath with 1x1 tubing. The stock spring rods were removed. Those stock decklids are really heavy so had to use 90# struts from what I remember.
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so no one has a strap kit OVER their aluminum cell??????? What's the difference between mounting tabs and "locating tabs"???...
I'm not recessing or lowering my trunk floor... so how am I supposed to (NHRA) legally and safely mount the aluminum fuel cell? I see the recessed/ indentations on the plastic fuel cells where the straps go over the top, and I'm sure those help with side-to-side movement, but the aluminum cells don't have them...
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