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Old 04-15-2009, 08:34 PM
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Gas Tank - help needed 48 chevy panel truck

I have a 1948 Chevy Panel Truck and would like to be able to use the original gas tank, its pretty rusty but the local radiator shop says they can boil it out and re-line it with redcoat, when I look down inside the tank it appears that there are no anti-slosh baffles, the tank has the fuel line coming out of the lower front and I have a 327 sbc engine with a mechanical pump. Am I going to have a problem using this tank, I can't afford a new replacement tank at $700.00. Any suggestions or ideas.

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If I was really hard up, I'd do it, I understand Redcoat is good stuff. But there is always a good chance that the boiling will not clean out all the rust. If you do go that route carry an extra fuel filter.

There is also a company that you send the tank to and they will split the seam and bead blast the inside, then coat it. It's not expensive, when you compare it to a 700.00 tank and they have a guarantee. .http://www.gas-tank.com/
A friend of mine used them to do a tank for his 40 chev and it was nicely done, and it's been about 5 years with no problems.

POR15 has a good sealer, I've used it on metal gas tanks with good success, but it takes alot of labor and prep. But you can do it at home.

Caswell plating has a sealer as well, it's epoxy, which is probably better than any air dried material, but I have never used it.

Do not use Kreem. that stuff sucks.

You should have a minimum of a 5/16 fuel pickup and fuel line, 3/8 would be better., I don't know what the 48 had in the tank stock, but if it's small then now is the time to upgrade.

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It is no BIG deal to retube a fuel pickup. I have done many of them on 1932 Fords.

In this photo you can see the old tube has been removed and the hole enlarged to fit a 3/8th metal fuel line.



This photo shows a 3/8th line bent with a tubing bender to fit in the old small line position



Comparison photo ... except I redid it so that the new tube ended up just past the large brass tube so it would pick up ALL the fuel from the tank.


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fuel pick-up

Thanks for the info Deuce but the 48 tank has a gravity feed out the front
lower part of the tank------does it have any kind pick-up tube ?
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... does it have any kind pick-up tube ? ...
If it does not ... it should

My 1932 Ford has a top feed unit. It came that way originally ( in 1932 ) . It is considerably safer than a bottom feed. I believe it is a federal law now that all fuel tanks be top feed.

Because if it starts leaking ... or you have a ruptured line ... the entire tank will empty

It would very easy to fabricate a new top feed line.
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