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Old 09-22-2007, 08:17 PM
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new guy from N.C. Got panel truck gas tank

I have a '59 Ford f100 panel truck and a 59 Ford f100 pickup.The panel will need a new gas tank.I haven't measured the tank yet but it's nearly square,maybe 3 ft. long.Where should I start looking for a new/replacement tank, and how tricky are the float and gauge to match up??
Thanks for any help, Mike

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I'm sure somebody makes a repo tank for this truck. Unless someone else comes in here with a source, I'd get some "Truckin'" or "Street Rodder" magazines, or go on the internet and search "old truck parts". Whenever you find a supplier, they may well have the sending unit and gauge also. Or there are universal units available from JC Whitney and the like, if you don't care about getting the original. Also give Speedway Motors a try.

Good luck.
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got gas tank???

dalesy
Thanks for the info.will try those sources and will pull a tape on the tank today to start to narrow down the tanks available.Naturally can't use inside like some folks use the cells.Nothing like having 10 gal. of gas in you lap on a panel truck wreck.Shade treeing this thing for now, love to get it on a rack to really ck. out.
Thanks again, Mike

Just measured the tank: it is 10"x11"x48" and I figure this to be approx. 25 gal. I have not tried to leak test this tank but the junk yard crunched the tank up when they moved it with a fork lift-no wheels on it.I may disconnect the fuel line and blow air from compressor into tank and watch/listen for leaks.I don't care if it's ugly,not going to be a show truck,just like to ride around and wave at the girls. I can deal with gas tank wrinkles not leaks.
Just a FYI update.
Later, Mike

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If the sender you have now works, check resistance at both full and empty positions by moving the float back and forth. Then you can check around in the junkyards for a newer tank that will fit and compare it's sender readings. You'd be surprised how many may be compatible with your gauge.
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Here's a few leads for ya.

www.kanter.com
www.swatek.com
www.autopartsdeal.com
www.macsautoparts.com
www.obsoletepickupparts.com
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If the sender you have now works, check resistance at both full and empty positions by moving the float back and forth. Then you can check around in the junkyards for a newer tank that will fit and compare it's sender readings. You'd be surprised how many may be compatible with your gauge.
Great info. thanks, Mike
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Since you are not looking for a replacement tank.....

Once you decide what size tank will fit you might check with:

http://www.gastanks.com/

A lot of old ford owners on another site buy from them.
Just don't tell them it is for something other than the recommended application. They are funny about that.
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Ck'ed out sites

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Originally Posted by dalesy
Thanks for the leads, I ck'ed out most and found the inlet neck and gromet for tank,but no tank yet. The one I have may ck. out OK will not know 'till I blow it up-with air that is not ignition like blow up.
Thanks Mike
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My tank in my 56 F-100 is the original. It was cleaned out (I think at a radiator shop) when I got it. The factory gauge works fine, so the sending unit is ok too.



*I think* it is a 17 gallon tank.
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Brian, that's a good looking tank.I think the one on the pick up is OK but I haven't got it home yet--paid for but not here.The one on the panel is all wrinkled up but if it don't leak I'm OK with dents and wrinkles.I may have to paint the one on my pick up now.
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I am not real familair with the 59 model year, but if you do need stock replacement parts (repops) let me know.

I have a set of links to most of the vendors, clubs, and some other stuff listed on another site.

I am thrilled with the truck. It is not perfect by any means, but it is very reliable and in pretty decent shape for its age. It is a blast to drive, which I do at every reasonable opportunity.
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gas tanks !

There is a shop in minn. called (TANKS INC. ) they are in either clear lake or clearwater minn. I think they have a web site - I'm building a 54 f-100 panel they do stock tanks, if thats what your looking for in either metal or plastic, all i can say is check them out also..... f-100 bob
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I am not real familair with the 59 model year, but if you do need stock replacement parts (repops) let me know.

I have a set of links to most of the vendors, clubs, and some other stuff listed on another site.

I am thrilled with the truck. It is not perfect by any means, but it is very reliable and in pretty decent shape for its age. It is a blast to drive, which I do at every reasonable opportunity.
Thanks Brian, old trucks is an illness I hope we never get over.
Later, Mike
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There is a shop in minn. called (TANKS INC. ) they are in either clear lake or clearwater minn. I think they have a web site - I'm building a 54 f-100 panel they do stock tanks, if thats what your looking for in either metal or plastic, all i can say is check them out also..... f-100 bob
Bob, I'll ck. these guys out--hey they could call the place No Tanks To You--no I don't think they would get many calls with a name like that. Not in any rush right now, mostly trying to put some numbers together about what it will take to get the panel rolling. I don't know why I bother, it cost what it cost.Like trying to estimate a room addition on your home.You figure it down to the dollar and the end cost is not even close.
Thanks, Mike
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Have you considered a rear mount tank?
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