|01-16-2013 11:11 AM|
a short wheel base 55-59 panel or suburban tank would be the ideal solution
though i suspect they are rare as hens teeth and no one repops them
could be used with the stock filler location on the 55-59 cab
the panel tank mounts in the frame next to the drive shaft
|01-16-2013 08:46 AM|
|PRHeloPilot||Good idea, I'll keep that in mind because it's cleaner than dealing with the wood trapdoor.|
|01-16-2013 07:59 AM|
Yep the metal exhaust tubing. With a short rubber piece to connect it to the tank of course. I welded the tubing to the original filler tube so it was all metal down to the little "link" of rubber tubing hooking it to the tank.
|01-16-2013 05:10 AM|
I relocated the bed on my '65, and did a "How To", might find some pointers in there: Rear Mount Gas Tank 63-72 Short Bed Step Side - Classic Parts Talk
Hope that helps ya.
|01-16-2013 01:30 AM|
If so I'm sure I could take it down the road to the muffler shop to have them bend a couple of pieces for me.
|01-12-2013 11:33 AM|
|PRHeloPilot||You have me thinking now. My neighbor loves wood and I don't necessarily like it that much so he comes up with these wood working ideas. Since I already bought an aluminum tank at a swap meet and I got an extra remote filler cap with it, I might just install it on one of the sidewalls of the stakebed. I like clean lines and the less gadgets the easier it is to fix later if needed. Thanks, now I have yet another decision to make in this darn rebuild ... just kidding, thanks for the idea.|
|01-12-2013 11:14 AM|
I ran a 64 Nova tank in my truck right behind the rear axle between the rails. You can barely see it in this photo. I then made a filler door using a hinge from a 64 Impala as I remember.
Of course the wrecking yard isn't full of 64 Impalas and Novas so I am not saying you should do exactly this. But you get the idea. Your frame is wider so you could easily fit a lot of tanks in there that are at the wrecking yard. Personally I don't like the filler in the bed floor just because I used my truck, not to haul gravel but camping and stuff and I didn't want to have an access problem with the filler. The door in the fender worked perfect. And with a couple of pieces of exhaust tubing you can put the filler anywhere you want just about.
|01-12-2013 10:53 AM|
|01-12-2013 10:45 AM|
Hidden Fuel Fill
Has anyone tried this yet?
Legens Hot Rod
|10-30-2012 12:59 PM|
|PRHeloPilot||No need to delete your posts because I just joined the forum recently and have gotten a lot of good info from your post even if the original guy disappeared. Thanks!|
|05-01-2012 11:00 AM|
My apologies. I did not notice the initial thread was so old that any reply would be useless. It is cases like this it would be helpful to be able to delete your own posts.
Again, sorry to give this dead thread more life than it deserves.
|05-01-2012 06:46 AM|
Having a 58 Cameo myself I can appreciate your situation but there are several alternatives but first you must make the choice of whether it is better to keep a rather rare truck as close to stock as possible or change it so significantly the value is adversely affected. If you Cameo is a rust bucket then you can do whatever you want and probably sleep just fine but if it is in good condition you should use caution when making a modification such as this.
The main concern is the spare tire carrier is in the same space a rear fuel tank would need to be located. Putting a fuel cell in the bed of a Cameo is just too wrong to even consider.
If you have or plan to remove the spare tire carrier then the solution is easier. If you retain it then you will need to consider a side saddle tank solution which is what I am planning.
Side tank or tanks will need to be custom formed by a sheetmetal shop. There is space between the outer bed side and the inner bed side to mount a tank or if you are concerned about side impact issues you can design one that can be mounted inside the frame rails. This will then likely require some rework of the exhaust system for clearance.
If you remove the spare tire carrier the cheapest and best tank option I have found is a 16 gallon steel unit from Tanks, Inc. The sending unit Ohm range may be an issue but you have not specified what you now have which if stock should be 0-90 ohm. Tanks, Inc should have a sender with that range if not you can find a universal sender to substitute.
If you are going fancy with the truck then there are some more expensive tanks from various suppliers such as Classic Parts, JPL, LMC, Brothers, etc.
Whatever you do I hope you do it right but that path always requires throwing some cash at the solution.
|03-26-2012 11:46 PM|
55 Cameo Interior - Behind the seat
Hey Pyro! Do you happen to have photos of the Cameo interior behind the seat with the stock gas tank in place? I have searched the internet for three days straight now and can't find squat!
If you do, email them to me please!! firstname.lastname@example.org
|06-08-2010 07:29 PM|
Here's a 25 US Gal (1981) Suburban tank from Spectra Premium. P/N GM15A
US Gallon : 25.0
Liter : 95.0
Size : 28 3/4" x 28 1/8" x 10 3/4"
Strap Set : ST12
Kit No : LO01
Comments : SMALL FILLER PIPE 1 1/4 " I.D.
I like it because it has a 1-1/4" filler neck for ease of plumbing, AND that the same supplier carries straps, sender, and lock ring.
|06-08-2010 07:16 PM|
I've seen some real creativity when it comes to doing this. In both cases it was a 67-72 Chevy fleetside trucks that had been converted to under-bed rear (Suburban) tanks.
One of them had one of these tucked into the rear corner of the box where the stake-pocket hole used to be. They had boxed in the corner with sheet metal and painted it the same vehicle color. I was impressed by the fact that it was readily accessible even if you had a load on.
The other truck had a concealed filler neck under a swing-away factory marker light. I'm not exactly sure what he had for a fuel cap, or how difficult it was to actually get fuel into it ... but I had to give him credit for maintaining a totally stock appearance.
My plan is to graft in an actual fuel filler door (a la 88 Chevy PU) behind the rear wheel, and build an enclosure that sits on top of the box-boards in the rear.
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