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Old 06-07-2013, 09:39 PM
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1951 Willys Truck Gas Tank Problem

I was at a junk yard with a friend today and picked up a new gas tank for a 1951 Willys truck my son and I are restoring/modifiying - The Willys has a 289 with a 2bl holley carb - The tank is off a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 van - Paid $35.00 for it - After getting it back home a friend that knows more about mechanics than me told me that I probably should just throw it out and call it a loss - He was telling me that it had a electronic fuel cell in the top of the tank and would never work correctly. Even if he could make it work the gauge would never read correctly and simply I shouldnt bother with it unless I found someone that had a creative way to resolve the issue.

I was wondering if anyone makes a conversion kit or has figured away around this issue ?
I guess im trying to save it - it would have fit nicely......thanks Dan
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well i guess you took the wrong friend ! you can use it!! but you will turn it in to a cell !! new elec pump and so on !! gas can be held in any tank, Delivery it what needs to be done!!
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here you go.


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Old Tank ?

If you have the old tank you could probably use pieces of the old unit. If you have never done tank repair search how to. , you can explode them , do a search on how to repair a gas tank. A lot of radiator shops will fix them. I drain the tank. rinse with hot soapy water, then fill with water, and keep as full as possible when welding or soldering, A torch will vaporize the accumulation on the inside of the tank and it can explode or burn when you have air inside. There are a variety of tank sending units and they have different electrical resistance ranges to operate gages, company A may go from 30 to 100 for empty to full , company B may go from 140 to 80 , empty to full.
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My older brother used to do a lot of Jeep -Willy engine swaps, upgrades, He had the Warn parts franchise in Reno NV. I've had a willy wagon, truck, FC cab over and still have the 48 jeepster. My brother used to say a certain Nash ambassator tank was a perfect fit and had larger capacity.
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I see no reason why you can't strip the tank down, e.g. the sending unit and fuel pump if it has one, using the same hardware that bolts all that stuff to the tank but with a new sending unit. Run your fuel lines from the tank, put an electric fuel pump inline or use the mechanical pump on your engine. Before you get too carried away though, make sure it will fit where you want it to fit. Holding the tank in place with some straps is a fairly simple task if the tank will fit into the area you are using. in tank fuel pumps can be pricey, inline is easier to replace. Buy a good quality pump or the noise and life expectancy won't be a thrill.
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Thanks for the replys..........Ill let you know which way I go and post pictures.............thank you all
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i picked up a LS1 camaro tank from a friend that gave up on a monte carlo project. i hemm'd and haww'd about doing what you're trying to do. my final decision was.....

" a plastic tank in my 1963 ranchero 4wd??? NO THANKS!!!"

ATLEAST I SAVED 35 BUCKS!

IMO, it would look like intestinal taco bell waste.

i ended up finding a 35 gallon stainless fuel tank out of an RV.
cost me 120 bucks. but it had a new sending unit in the box ready to install...

keep scouring my friend
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For my 48 jeepster on the 78 blazer chassis, I found a hydralic tank out of a dump truck, since it had never had gasoline , not as much danger welding in a new filler spout and adding a sending unit.
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