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So I'm looking at information about fuel tanks - trying to find a larger tank and not break the bank..

I know there is more room, moving toward the rear axel, for a greater capacity tank.. might need to fab up a mount going through the trunk pan..but that is OK.

I'm running old school SBC, carb'd and mechanical pump - so I do not need anything special - but more than 16 gallons would be great.

So has anyone found one? Links / recommendations??

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You didn't specify how many gallons you want to carry but Tanks, Inc. sells high quality tanks: http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/p...tegory_id=131/home_id=59/mode=prod/prd311.htm
Thanks- I did checke out their site and Ricks Tanks too - I know a custom tank can be made and I might go that route -

I was hoping that someone found a 18 or 20 gallon that would work with stock filler tube etc etc...

I've also considered taking a stock tank - cutting it from side to side and adding in a 4 inch wide section - effectively moving the back section of the tank toward the rear axel and increasing the capacity...
 

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Check out my thread on my LS6 transformation in this section. I built a custom tank for my wagon that holds 24 gallons. You should be able to get 20 gallons no problem. With a mechanical pump the only provision you will need is for the sender, fill tube & a vent. I have a little over $500.00 in mine with the in tank pump included. I have a 66 coupe also. When I get my wagon done I will be building a larger tank for it too.
 

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There are 231 cubic inches per gallon so figure out your deminsions, calculate your cubic inches & divide by 231. That will give you your gallons.
 

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The engineers responsible for the ford pinto also didn't recognize the need for space between the rear end and the fuel tank.:yes:
Oh yeah -there is that issue too.

I did see your thread on your build and your tank is what gave me the idea about a larger tank.

I'm just beginning to weld and would not trust my skills on a gas tank yet.
 

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Thanks "D" - I was hoping to gain some capacity... Called ricks - for their "standard" replacement / carb'd stainless it's $700+:eek::awkward: and that is for 17 gallons...

Thinking more about making my own / cut up a stock unit / or fab something up...

anyone have experience with some of the "sealer" kits?? Like this one:
from Eastwood:
http://www.eastwood.com/ew-gas-tank-sealer-kits-for-cars.html?srccode=mn140090&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=cpc&term=gas%20tank%20sealer&utm_campaign=NonBr-Undercar%2B&%2BDrivetrain
or this from KBS:
http://www.kbs-coatings.com/auto-fuel-tank-sealer-kit.html
 

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Stainless option ...

Here is a stainless option I have been eyeballing but dont know any thing about them .. Does any one else?
 

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Thanks "D" - I was hoping to gain some capacity... Called ricks - for their "standard" replacement / carb'd stainless it's $700+:eek::awkward: and that is for 17 gallons...

Thinking more about making my own / cut up a stock unit / or fab something up...
GOOD LUCK GREG, YOU DO KNOW IT'S NOT JUS' CUT AND ADD A PIECE AND WELD BACK, I'M SURE YOU'D NEED TO EXTEND THE BAFFLES. I'VE NEVER BUILT ONE, BUT I'VE OPENED ONE UP TO SEE INSIDE. :rolleyes:
 

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GOOD LUCK GREG, YOU DO KNOW IT'S NOT JUS' CUT AND ADD A PIECE AND WELD BACK, I'M SURE YOU'D NEED TO EXTEND THE BAFFLES. I'VE NEVER BUILT ONE, BUT I'VE OPENED ONE UP TO SEE INSIDE. :rolleyes:
Thanks D - this will be a "project" as I am not in a major hurry - but something I'd like to work on / design etc.. to keep me busy for a while...
 

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Thanks D - this will be a "project" as I am not in a major hurry - but something I'd like to work on / design etc.. to keep me busy for a while...
I HEAR YA! LET ME KNOW IF I CAN BE OF ASSISTANCE! :thumbsup:
SERIOUSLY!!!
 

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YES!! Make a tank. For the 500-700 bucks it would cost to buy a stainless tank you could make one. Not saying it will be less expensive. But yes! It will be homemade.

Do you have a TIG welder? If so then its a sub 400 dollar tank. The sheet stainless (20ga 304 brush finish) will be about 225 for a full 4x8 sheet delivered (if you have a metal supplier local). My metal guy ships for free.

Add some cost for the bungs, filler neck, brackets and fuel sender.

But you might say why go through all that and have to weld it up for not much of a cost savings? Cause for me. I like to weld! I have the welder, the gas, the filler. I just need some raw metal and I will make something, love to make chit.....

Its a choice really. I like yer idea of expanding the original tank. Like it ALOT. You have the original shape of the tank that fits and see some space for expansion. I like that thought. Why not really. The basic form is there. Bump it out a lil. No diff than a guy wanting to bump out the bedroom for a larger house. Only diff is its metal and not wood.

Our cars can be a platform for working on. Its NOT rocket science. Folks have been doing some major work on their cars for many years. Its a shame it seems that with the common availability of off the shelf products there is a lack of motivation for the car guys to get out there and fab something together.

I have NO problem seeing a guy use what ever material that he finds and incorporate it in the car.

Im a home garage person. If someone wants to use old tin cans to build his car Im ALL for it.. Im not old school, I didnt go to school. And not old enough to have enjoyed the folks from the 50's and 60's where they bolted, welded or glued the cars together, but I would have fit right in...... I get the idea they had....... JR
 
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