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really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
#1375167 Fri Aug 28 2020 06:52 PM
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I've been beating my head against the wall on this. I'm looking for the cheapest, most-efficient way to get a tank in my Panel. My only real requirements are:

1. It should fit under the floor, and
2. it should have a nice door or valve (on the floor of the truck) that shows for filling

That's it! In the meantime, I've had to read up on:

1. fuel cells (plastic and aluminum) some bend, some don't have foam, some do, some have sending units, some don't, none come with fittings, few come with mounting brackets or staps- aaaahhhhhhhhh!!!
2. the prices of the fuel cells, with all of the add ons, can go over $300 or more. I just want to have something that holds gas, lol
3. I've seen people use Mustang tanks, but that filler neck seems to come up at an angle

Any tips/thoughts/ideas would be greatly appreciated, as this has been a total nightmare! I know in the old days, guys used those chrome cylinders and mounted them on the front of their t buckets. I'm getting tempted to go that route, lol!

Thanks!

Last edited by pan3lman; Fri Aug 28 2020 06:53 PM.

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Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
pan3lman #1375169 Fri Aug 28 2020 07:27 PM
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Maybe this tank [tanksinc.com] for a later Chevy P/U with bed fill option would work? Options for in-tank fuel pump, or an alternate pickup for carbureted engines. Or, Summit carries the Tanks, Inc universal fuel cells [summitracing.com] for just over $200. Tanks, Inc stuff is good, and doesn't usually break the bank. Shop around, and you should be able to find well below list price (Summit may be among the lowest).

Doug

Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
pan3lman #1375170 Fri Aug 28 2020 07:39 PM
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Thanks for your input, Doug- that tank is nice, but looks like it's out of stock until November (seems to be my luck with tanks!!).

I'm guessing a spun aluminum tank wouldn't be allowed to be inside the truck:

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Spun-Aluminum-Fuel-Tank-11-Gallon-10-x-33-Inch-Offset-Outlet,60364.html?sku=91076257&utm_medium=CSEGoogle&utm_source=CSE&utm_campaign=CSEGOOGLE&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIupHtn9O-6wIVBeiGCh0goQqEEAQYASABEgJaqvD_BwE


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
pan3lman #1375171 Fri Aug 28 2020 07:46 PM
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Last edited by AwDang; Fri Aug 28 2020 07:47 PM.

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Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
pan3lman #1375183 Fri Aug 28 2020 08:50 PM
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Take a trip down junk yard lane a lot of vehicles have plastic tanks, may be a option


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Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
pan3lman #1375184 Fri Aug 28 2020 08:53 PM
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Thanks!

I just thought maybe doing something custom would be fun, but I'm a bit limited since I can't have the tank in the interior of the vehicle.


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
pan3lman #1375212 Sat Aug 29 2020 02:23 AM
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Is there a reason your not looking for the correct tank for your truck? The original tank was made with matching top and bottom, so if you find two tanks with rotten bottoms you can cut the tops off and weld them together to make one good tank. I'm using a TF Panel/Suburban tank in my '56 pickup so I can keep my spare tire under the bed in the rear.

Mike B smile

Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
Mike B #1375235 Sat Aug 29 2020 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike B
Is there a reason your not looking for the correct tank for your truck? The original tank was made with matching top and bottom, so if you find two tanks with rotten bottoms you can cut the tops off and weld them together to make one good tank. I'm using a TF Panel/Suburban tank in my '56 pickup so I can keep my spare tire under the bed in the rear.

Mike B smile

Hi Mike, they don't repro it for the panel, and my original one was beyond shot.


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
pan3lman #1375239 Sat Aug 29 2020 12:15 PM
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I used a 1972 Mustang fuel tank on my 51 panel truck.
Fits perfectly between the rails.
You have move And weld up the filler neck to where you want it.
Made my own straps.
In my case I placed the filler well in floor on. The right side.
I believe 71-73 Mustang tanks are the same.
Used an Autometer fuel sending unit and gauge.
Worked out great.

20 gallon tank fed the 455 Buick Stage 1 motor.

Hope that helps.

Re: really need some replacement fuel tank ideas here for my Panel
Squire #1375248 Sat Aug 29 2020 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Squire
I used a 1972 Mustang fuel tank on my 51 panel truck.
Fits perfectly between the rails.
You have move And weld up the filler neck to where you want it.
Made my own straps.
In my case I placed the filler well in floor on. The right side.
I believe 71-73 Mustang tanks are the same.
Used an Autometer fuel sending unit and gauge.
Worked out great.

20 gallon tank fed the 455 Buick Stage 1 motor.

Hope that helps.
Got any pics?


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
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