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51 panel truck gas tank relocation #1250564
Fri Jan 12 2018 07:19 AM
Fri Jan 12 2018 07:19 AM
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miraclepieco  Offline OP
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This subject has been covered extensively on the pickup forums, but as you all know a panel truck is a bit different. Plus my panel has a rear 4-link suspension that precludes mounting the gas tank in the original spot along the passenger-side frame rail. So I've gotta put it in back. Anyone relocated their gas tank to the rear? What tank did you use? Is it possible to run the filler tube up to the original location?


Re: 51 panel truck gas tank relocation [Re: miraclepieco] #1250594
Fri Jan 12 2018 03:43 PM
Fri Jan 12 2018 03:43 PM
Achipmunk  Offline
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I honestly don't have a clue but the first thing that came to mind was will a "flat" type tank fit where the spare tire goes.....but then that would mean finding a place for the filler neck.
Hang tight. Maybe someone else has done it?


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Re: 51 panel truck gas tank relocation [Re: miraclepieco] #1250596
Fri Jan 12 2018 04:11 PM
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yellosub54  Offline
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Check out the gas tank for a 1980's-2000's S10 Blazer.


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Re: 51 panel truck gas tank relocation [Re: miraclepieco] #1250605
Fri Jan 12 2018 04:45 PM
Fri Jan 12 2018 04:45 PM
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I've seen cab/chassis vehicles built to utility bed truck have a 3-4' or more filler hose. The problem with the Suburban/Panel is that the hole is pretty low on the body. You might have nozzle click off problems with the fuel backing up the hose. It might take a little engineering, but it is probably possible.

Re: 51 panel truck gas tank relocation [Re: miraclepieco] #1250613
Fri Jan 12 2018 05:11 PM
Fri Jan 12 2018 05:11 PM
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Squire  Offline
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Kaneville, Illinois
Originally Posted by miraclepieco
This subject has been covered extensively on the pickup forums, but as you all know a panel truck is a bit different. Plus my panel has a rear 4-link suspension that precludes mounting the gas tank in the original spot along the passenger-side frame rail. So I've gotta put it in back. Anyone relocated their gas tank to the rear? What tank did you use? Is it possible to run the filler tube up to the original location?




I removed my 51 tank and replaced it with a 1970 Mustang tank. (its a 20 gallon unit). This was on the advice of a gentleman
at Jim Carter that was most knowledgable on AD Panels.

The tank fits quite nicely between the frame rails.
However, You DO have to Weld up the
filler hole. Then get the tank positioned where you want it under there and:

1.) decide where you want the new filler hole to be
2.) fab up straps and cinch it up...then
3.) mark where the new filler hole will be.

It tucks up nice and close to the floor board and looks factory in my opinion.

I did not want the filler door in the body or fender...... so I recessed the filler into the rear of the cargo area.
With the filler door flush with the wooden floor and the mat over it......you never know its there till fill up time.

Thats how I did it.

Re: 51 panel truck gas tank relocation [Re: miraclepieco] #1250679
Sat Jan 13 2018 12:11 AM
Sat Jan 13 2018 12:11 AM
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bowtietim  Offline
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Squire , I'm curious how your tank is vented ?
Can you explain how you vented your tank?

Thanks,
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Re: 51 panel truck gas tank relocation [Re: bowtietim] #1250698
Sat Jan 13 2018 02:03 AM
Sat Jan 13 2018 02:03 AM
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Squire  Offline
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Kaneville, Illinois
As I recall I used a filler neck with a vent tube attached
Just under the gas cap.
Used an AutoMeter sending unit .
The truck had a 455 Buick engine and required a LoT of fuel!,,,,
Fun ride, tho.
Had to sell it last year to a man in Colorado.

Re: 51 panel truck gas tank relocation [Re: MNSmith] #1254493
Sun Feb 11 2018 03:16 AM
Sun Feb 11 2018 03:16 AM
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miraclepieco  Offline OP
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So I got my gas tank relocation finished today. Try as I might, I couldn't retain the original spare tire crossmember; I had to replace it with a rectangular tube.

Originally Posted by Squire
I did not want the filler door in the body or fender...... so I recessed the filler into the rear of the cargo area. With the filler door flush with the wooden floor and the mat over it......you never know its there till fill up time.

While I like the looks and convenience of a fender-mount filler, like you I don't want to cut holes in my body or fender (oh, the limitations of having a pristine body!). So I also plan to locate the filler inside the barn doors with an access door on the floor.

Originally Posted by yellosub54
Check out the gas tank for a 1980's-2000's S10 Blazer.

I did use a Blazer tank in my last 1950 pickup and it worked perfectly. But the Blazer is a left fill and for this panel truck I preferred a center fill.

Originally Posted by MNSmith
The problem with the Suburban/Panel is that the hole is pretty low on the body. It might take a little engineering, but it is probably possible.

You're right: it's probably possible - but I've abandoned the idea and will just go with a rear fill inside the barn doors with an access door to prevent fume intrusion.

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Squire  Offline
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Kaneville, Illinois
Very nice work!

Looks like a factory job!


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