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Old 02-26-2006, 08:57 AM
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gas tank in Model A

The original gas tank (in front of the windshield) in my newly purchased '29 Model A is not in use. The previous owner placed a huge HORRIBLE 12 gallon tank in the trunk.

Is there any significant reason (safety?) NOT to use the original tank location? I will need to get the tank cleaned and pressure tested etc but I hate having to open the trunk to put gas into it.

I assume if the existing tank is too far gone I can source anew/repro one somewhere?

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Old 02-26-2006, 09:13 AM
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The original gas tank (in front of the windshield) in my newly purchased '29 Model A is not in use. The previous owner placed a huge HORRIBLE 12 gallon tank in the trunk.

Is there any significant reason (safety?) NOT to use the original tank location? I will need to get the tank cleaned and pressure tested etc but I hate having to open the trunk to put gas into it.

I assume if the existing tank is too far gone I can source anew/repro one somewhere?

Thanks,
Paul
When you go/proceed to remove the cowl tank
you well then know why the other guy put one in the trunk.
I did one for a friend to help him out and it isn't any fun with
a complete car.
Been there... done that...and those thanks are on my never again
to do list.
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Thanks.

OK, but basically the issue there was diffculty of removal/installation as opposed to something more fundamental like safety etc?
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Only my humble opinion but would you like the gas tank to be above you legs in an accident, especially if you get t-boned, plus you will need to fit a solenoid valve to shut the fuel off to the carb to stop it syphoning.
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Old 02-26-2006, 11:11 AM
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I just don't like the idea of a tank of gas basically in my lap. I put mine in the trunk and built a firewall between the trunk and the interior of the car. You could put in a fuel door though and you would not have to open your trunk to fill up.
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Thanks, logical feedback!

I kind of thought that most people maybe wouldnt be using the stock position but wasnt too sure.
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Old 02-26-2006, 11:56 AM
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If you are running fenders and running boards...they make some saddle tanks that go behind the running boards. www.tanksinc.com
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Stock location is fine. Ever head of one blowing up there? I haven't. Its quite well protected from a frontal collision and a rear end collision. Makes sense in my mind. The frame, engine and bumper keeps it safe when hitting something from the front and the body keeps it well protected when hit from the rear. And even if you get tboned, theres still quite a bit of body metal before the tank gets hit severly enough to burst or catch flames, which in most cases it wont anyways. Save yourself the trouble and run the stock tank.



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Old 02-28-2006, 04:22 PM
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Nightfire...Have you ever wondered why they quit putting the gas tanks behind the seat in pick-up truck cabs?
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My uncle's had his model A for quite a while now, drives it a lot in the summer, kept the tank in stock position. Same with his 49 Chev truck, never moved the gas tank. I dont think its necesary, just my opinion Only in rare cases are you gonna have it blow up. I like how people remove the original model A gas tanks and put a moon tank right in front that acts as a bumper



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Leave the stock tank in place for nostalgic reasons, but put a new tank under the trunk floor.

Nightfire, Have you ever seen the results of an automobile that was involved in a head on accident? They aren't a pretty site. Model A's and T's were not built for high speed, most of them rarely went more than 40 mph because the roads were rough and narrow. If you are going to put a Model A on the highway with a tank of gasoline in your lap at the highway speeds of today, you are absolutely crazy. Your uncle probably never had an accident in his "A" either, has he?
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I have pretty much decided to do what Gr8 48 siggested. I am leaving the stock tank in situ and utilizing a tank in the trunk. I do want to kepe an old school look and feel but dont particularly want to fry doing it! ;-)

Thanks to all for the input
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One thing that no one has pointed out is the possibility of a leak. The only place for the stuff to go is on the floor, or legs of the people in the vehicle.

I have a set of saddle tanks for my 31 Tudor. They are relatively easy to mount on a stock frame, keeping the original running boards and brackets. You will have 2 filler caps, one on each side, in the apron. The ones that I got, came with the senders, and all of the hardware needed for installation, including the valve for between the tanks.

Another popular choice is the 32 style tank that mounts in the rear, between the bumper mounting brackets. I think that they are a little more $, but it depends on your budget and wishes.

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I am also wary about the tank's vicinity to the wiring and fuse box! One spark in the area of a leaky tank and KABOOOOMMM!
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and what if you get a load of bad gas? or you accidetly leave the tank open in the rain ? or idiot puts sugur in your tank ?

its gonna be a PAIN to pull the tank and drain it.
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