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Old 08-27-2002, 05:51 AM
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Lookin for infromation on moving the gas tank out of the cab and under the bed of the 57 truck. Were, or how do i deal with the filler spout? Please advise!!! Slider in Wa.

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I'm doin the same thing on my '53 Chey PU. Not to that pont yet but I think I can split the tank in half, make two new ends and mount it inside the frame on both sides, under the cab. Add a 1" crossover tube that crosses under the transmission x-member so only 1 tank has a filler that sticks out the running board faring. Looks like this will miss my 200R4 trans and drive line. I may use stock tank or a long 80s chevy PU tank that holds more gas than the stock one. This will allow a spot for a spare tire under the bed in the rear. Otherwise, 60s Mustang tanks fit in these trucks very cleanly in the rear under the bed. Need to drill a hole in the bed to put in a marine chrome flush mount gas filler though.
This site show how it is done on a Ford F100 PU. Should be useful info for a Chev too.

<a href="http://www.ford-trucks.com/articles/oct2000/mustangtank.html" target="_blank">http://www.ford-trucks.com/articles/oct2000/mustangtank.html</a>

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I have a 30 gal tank out of a 88 GMC pickup. I think it will mount under the bed. But i want to find a way cool way to hide the filler neck. I wonder if it would be possible to, extend the neck back to it`s original spot. I`ll have to think on that one for awhile. Thanks for your input. Keep us all updated on your project. I too am mainly in the planning stage. I have gathered parts, and now need to work out the plan for the project.
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hey slider, you feloow apple head, waaasup? as you know i gotta my truck ona 79 frame now but i also got the tank out of my cab. i used a 73-79 suburban tank, it fits between my frame rails, i think they are close, it looks like a car tank. i used 3/8 all tread and hung it from holes in the frame with uni-strut underneath its up tight against the frame so i didn't need anything on top. my bud ran the filler on his to a hole on the rear of his step side fender. i have a utility box so i put the neck in one of my compartments. i filled the hole with a BOLT IN KNOCK OUT SEAL from an electrical supply house, fit perfectly!!! hit it with a hammer once after it's tacked in to get the body contoure and fill it with bondo (1/8" at a time) and presto! yur done . i reused my stock filler neck with longer hose. ps. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A VENT ON THE TANK OR GAS WONT GO IN! ps those little K-O seals fit alot of holes in old trucks perfectly. esp the firewall and cab floor.
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Old 08-27-2002, 08:45 AM
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as far as splitting the tank in half FORGETABOUTIT chevy pick ups from 73-79 have their tanks mounted on the sides of the frame already get one or two of them. i didn't want that kind that's why i had to use a 'burb tank, they're different (like a cars)
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Bull; are the 73-79 tanks shorter than the stock 53 tank or the 80s tank I have? My problem with them is that they are too long to fit between x-members in my frame lengthwise and clear the wide 200R4 in front widthwise. By splitting one, the two halves will snuggle in behind the trans. Are the 70s tanks shorter? Splitting the tanks is no big deal.
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Just crawled out from under the truck, and your right teach, that 88 gmc tank will never work. I think the only place to put it is where the spare tire mounts. I guess i need to find a surburan to rob. Thanks for sterring me clear.Now where to hide that filler neck.
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as far as hiding it, frenching it with a cover, i saw a story on some kit or else they cut one out of a car so it had the little hinged door&gt; they also have solenoid operated ones somewhere, check classic truck mag.

unfortunately those side tanks are really long too, i know a friend who blew up a tank welding it

i know they sell plastic ones that fit inside frame rails try 'yogis" at 1-800-373-1937 (first ad i see)$205.00, everything chevy 1-888-439-3511, $199
or bed mounted gas tanks for 37-70 chev, 35-60 ford at 1-909-357-2700 $400 incl mounting hardware
no limit has a stainless one $$$, 909-386 7637 and Brother's has one too(plus heeps of others) 1-800 977-2767 at brotherstrucks.com as featured in April 2002 step by step photos of classic trucks mag. 20 gallons or so is all you need, less gas=less wgt.

i think i paid $50 at a wreckin yard for my burb tank but it took them like 2 or 3 months to get one in.and it's 29 gallons. they can be up to 45 and you don't want that! if you can cut it i would use a sawzall and ask somebody about filling it with water and using a torch. i would fill it with some water and use a sawzall plugged into a GFI outlet/cord. the thought still scares me but not as bad as welding it back together. hope you get some sound advice on that one.

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I guess I will stick with my splitting plan. Need the rear space for my spare and anyway, would rather do it myself than buy some after market thingie. If it works will run some pictures on the site. If it doesn't you will never know!

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Slider,

measure between your framerails and then go to <a href="http://www.gastanks.com" target="_blank">www.gastanks.com</a>

find on that fits the frame hole you have.. I did the same thing on a '53 f-100 and used a mid 60 mustang tank... 20 gallon

you can see what I did on <a href="http://jniolon.clubfte.com" target="_blank">http://jniolon.clubfte.com</a> look in the left frame for article on mustang tank install..

they will have something to fit but it will take a little research once you know the sizes..

hope this helps

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