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Old 11-18-2004, 09:13 PM
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fuel cell installation

i have an 86 buick regal that is going to be used as a winter car. last winter i found out that the car had a gas leak from the tank. it couldnt be filled more than half a tank and still leaked a lot of fuel. it would also get air in the fuel line and completely stall out. i would like to put a fuel cell in this car instead of a new gas tank so that i can put the fuel cell in my nova later on.
I was thinking of buying the 16 gallon pro street cell from summit that has a built in gm sending unit. I was wondering what would be involved in changing over from a stock gas tank to a fuel cell.
How are the fuel lines usually attached to the fuel cell?
*Will the sending unit operate the fuel guage?
If not can a fuel guage be installed?
Are there any other necessary parts for the installation?
A new gas tank is $180. The fuel cell is $176. I would rather have the fuel cell just for its use later on but what would be the better choice? fuel cell or new gas tank?

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Old 11-18-2004, 11:20 PM
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The cell typically comes with -8 AN fittings, you'll have to adapt that to your smaller fuel line with some flexible fuel rated hose or run -8 hose to the intake. Then you'll have to reduce it to the carb fitting size. If your Regal has a return line, you'll have to deal with that as well.

There is also the mounting issue, it will have to go in the trunk probably and be mounted securely. We're talking quite a few fittings and some routing issues.
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:21 AM
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As mentioned above, installing a cell is not as simple as it looks on paper. To do it right, you need to cut a holw in the trunk floor for the sump, you then need to cover the exposed sump with steel (kits are available). Plumbing will depend on if you plan on installing an electric pump or not. You will ned a vent (vented outside the trunk or passenger compartment). Fittings and adapters will be needed. You pobably are looking at a weekends worth of work if you have a speedshop nearby to run and get things as you need them. If you lay it all out and know exactly what you need it will go a little faster.

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Old 11-19-2004, 01:56 PM
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You probably will be better off and save a few buck having the original tank fixed. I had the tank out of my 34 Olds redone by Renu and it turned out perfect. This tank looked like it had been shot full of birdshot holes when I removed it. I sent it to Renu and it came back fully coated inside and out and has a lifetime guarantee. I think I paid $160 for the work and didn't have to worry about running lines or rigging fittings and didn't loose any trunk space. The latter was important to me because the car has a rumble seat that I wanted to keep. a fuel cell would have screwed that up. Look them up at www.gastankrenu.com. Good luck. Mike
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Old 11-19-2004, 03:53 PM
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hey thanks for that information. ill take all this into consideration. im looking for the cheaper way out right now so i will probably be replacing the gas tank
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Old 11-19-2004, 04:36 PM
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If you can get your tank fixed as mentioned above for $160 or so, you will be money ahead to have it fixed. You are probably looking at $200 + to instal a cell correctly. If it's not a race car I wouldn't put a cell in it.

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