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Old 02-01-2003, 03:25 PM
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I'm building a '49 Chevy Pick-up with a Chevy 350, TH350 trans., Camero rear-end. I would like to move the gas tank out of the cab and under the bed. Has anyone made this conversion and what tank did you use? And what did you do for a filler? I'm open for suggestions.
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Old 02-01-2003, 03:34 PM
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I don't know if this will help but, I used a 79' monza fuel tank between the frame rails on a 64' GMC! I also used the filler neck, by routing out one of the boards in the bed. The cap did stick up a little though, I had to be careful when I actually used it to haul things!
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Old 02-01-2003, 04:23 PM
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The 47-48 truck, same body style, had the tank under the bed. Someone should re-pop those or maybe you can find an old one.
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Jack, I just looked at one of these tanks yesterday. The owner said they were and option and referred to as the Farmer's Special. Until then, I was under the impression all this series PU had the tank behind the seat. Sure wish I had the capability to "copy and mass produce" cause there is definitely a need!!

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Old 02-02-2003, 07:35 AM
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Trees, he's wrong! All 47-48 had tank under the bed, first one behind seat was 49. There are still a few around, but don't know who would repop, it would be easy in glass but would it stand up?
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Old 02-02-2003, 09:13 AM
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I was just laying under the truck this morning and it doesn't look like it would be too hard to get almost any small truck tank to fit and run the filler up through the bottom of the bed and out the side of the box. I'd have to fabrecate some kind of guard for the filler hose as it passes through the bed in case I ever use the bed for hauling. I'm having some difficulty figuring out the mounting brackets, but I'm sure that when I get to the wrecking yard looking for a tank I'll figure that out. Next, I need to work on the door handles...but that'll be a different post.

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Old 02-02-2003, 12:06 PM
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I could be back at square one now. I didn't take into consideration my duel exhaust. Right now it stops right at the back of the mufflers. I want to plumb the pipes out the back. How much space should I leave between the exhaust and the tank?
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If you don't mind the tank sticking up through the bed a little, you can buy a 16 gallon poly tank from summit which will fit between the frame rails and you can run the exhaust under it. You can put a false bottom on the bed and cover the whole tank. Put a flip door in the bottom of the bed.
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The origionaal tank mounted in front of the rear axle on the pass. side. The filler neck goes out thru the quarter round panel between bottom of bed side and running board and turns up about 75 degrees. This keeps every thing below the bed floor and side board. The mounting brackets were bolted inside the frame and stuck out about 14" and one was in front of tank and other was in back with two bands affixing the tank to the brackets. This truck had duals that looked complex but really not bad. The drivers side was straight forward, but the Pax side bent over to almost touching the drivers side pipe and then bent back to the right side. I'll try to take some pictures tomorrow and post since the truck is in rework and the bed is off.

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Old 02-04-2003, 09:22 AM
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I don't plan on using the bed for hauling although I do have a Quad that may go back there. So if I put the tank in the bed I could set the front tires on top of the tank. Routing the exhaust to the drivers side is another idea too.
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as long as were on the subject, i may have said that a late 70 suburban tank will fit in sliders original 55 truck's frame rails, and i have to wonder if it actually will because, although that's what i used, i forgot i have a 79 chevy frame now. the width of the frames is very very close, but i'm not sure if the 55's is narrower and if it is it won't fit because it just barely fits in there now.. i ran some all-thread rod down from the frame, put some thick rubber over some shallow uni-strut, and hung the tank from that. used the stock nozzel, with alittle extention, up to inside one of my compartments of my service box.
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Hey Guys I'm thinking of buying a 49-54 chevy p.u.Does anyone know how they fit on late 70-mid 80's 4x4 frames? Any imformation helpful.S.T
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