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49 Truck bed question #1253755
Sun Feb 04 2018 10:07 PM
Sun Feb 04 2018 10:07 PM
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David Blum  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 4
Palm PA
I'm putting the bed of my pick up back together. I'm not using the wood planks but I have a pc. of 1/8" aluminum diamond plate to use. I'll build a 1"x1/2" tube frame to make up the difference of the wood thickness. I won't be hauling anything in the bed. I plan to build a "cargo box" to hold a gas tank and a battery box. Question is should I put the diamond plate the full length of the bed and mount the gas tank and battery to the diamond plate (build up of explosive gases?) or leave the cargo box open on the bottom and have a steel frame for a gas tank and battery?

Thanks, Dave

Re: 49 Truck bed question [Re: David Blum] #1253923
Tue Feb 06 2018 02:16 PM
Tue Feb 06 2018 02:16 PM
John Milliman  Offline

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St. Mary's Co., MD
Dave,

Well, no expert opinions, so.... you get *my* opinion, FWIW ... packaging a gas tank and a battery (lead acid, I assume?) together in a metal box pretty much sounds like an IED to me .... eeeek

I'd go with the open bottom at least. Do the gas tank and the battery *have* to live together?? Seems to me that on most production vehicles I am familiar with, the battery and the gas tank live on opposite ends of the vehicle .... Probably a reason for that ... Just sayin' smile

Regards,
John


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Re: 49 Truck bed question [Re: David Blum] #1253926
Tue Feb 06 2018 02:35 PM
Tue Feb 06 2018 02:35 PM
Justhorsenround  Offline
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I think your concerns and those posted by John are valid. At the very least make sure there is plenty of ventilation if you do choose to put them together.. nono


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Re: 49 Truck bed question [Re: Justhorsenround] #1254005
Wed Feb 07 2018 02:26 AM
Wed Feb 07 2018 02:26 AM
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David Blum  Offline OP
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Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 4
Palm PA
I'm not thrilled about a gas tank and a battery together but I plan on using an AGM battery in it's own sealed compartment. My other project is a 68 Corvette. That battery is in an inside compartment right in back of the drivers head!! I use an AGM battery there.
Thanks, Dave


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