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Fuel tank question

Is the tank on my 63 Fairlane the same as would be found on the same year mustang? I'm finding it hard to find a replacement steel tank!

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Old 11-29-2005, 10:11 PM
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Ford didn't produce a Mustang in '63.
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It could be worse -- find a replacement for my 63 Rambler wagon!! Here is what I think I'm going to do:
1. measure the tank and find one close to the same size or a bit smaller. A good 15 gallon tank is better than a 20 that leaks. This shouldn't be to big a problem as long as it fits within the space of the original tank and isn't to deep.
2. The second thing I'll look for is the location of the sending unit, which usually has the line feeds attached. I just need to make sure the location on the tank doesn't interfere with running new lines, or I have to run lines to match. It would be nice for the original sending unit to fit, but there are universal types.
3. Filler neck location is last. My tank has the filler in a rather odd location because it's a wagon. Since the tank is new I don't mind welding on it! If I need to move the filler it's not a problem. New tanks don't have a liner -- as long as there is gas in the tank it won't rust on the inside. I can paint over the welds on the outside. If worried about leaks go to www.hirschauto.com and order a sealing kit. That's the best stuff out there, and easy to use! If you just have some pin-hole or seam leaks that may be better than replacing the tank.
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Thanks for those, um, answers, I think? I know they did'nt make a mustang in 63 but they did in 65 and it's supposedly the same body family, and I was looking for confimation of fit to my 63 Fairlane. I could have bought a 65 Rambler convertable, but did'nt because it's a Rambler convertable!
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Try looking in Dearborn Classics or a Northwest Falcon catalog for a new gas tank. They both specialize in older Fairlanes, Falcons, Comet, etc...
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24 1/2" x 33 !/2" = top demensions, edge to edge, 65 Mustang tank 16 gallons

hope that helps cause it was a pain the butt (to much stuff in the trunk) to measure

"some" (?) parts from Mustangs/Falcons will swap but the Fairlane is a whole different car
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Thanks for those, um, answers, I think? I know they did'nt make a mustang in 63 but they did in 65 and it's supposedly the same body family, and I was looking for confimation of fit to my 63 Fairlane. I could have bought a 65 Rambler convertable, but did'nt because it's a Rambler convertable!
NO, not the same body family. The 62-65 Fairlane is unique to itself with only vague similarities to other Fords.

The Mustang/Falcon tanks drop in from the trunk floor, and actually are the trunk floor. The 62-65 Fairlanes are more like the Galaxie tank and install from the bottom held in by two straps. The Fairlane tank is narrow because the muffler was next to the gas tank. The bigger Galaxie tank might fit in the existing hole, but the Fairlane is 6 inches narrower between the frame rails.
Fairlane tanks are not difficult to find.

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Thanks for the info, I'll try dearborn classics and northwest falcon.
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