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Under bed fuel tank
#1390415 Wed Dec 30 2020 05:06 AM
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1950 Chevy 3100 216 3 Speed.
I am considering an under bed fuel tank for my 1950 restoration project. I have rebuild the 216. Runs like top top. But I am considering moving the fuel tank out of the cab. I am looking at the fuel tank from The Truck Shop in Orange CA. I can’t find any information on if the tank will just bolt in place. No modifications to the original chassis? I have looked for installation instructions but cannot find them on the internet. I am hoping it is just bolt in place. With this tank with the standard fuel pump? And information is appreciated. Thank you.

Last edited by ChevyDarren; Wed Dec 30 2020 05:07 AM.

Darren
Current Project - 1950 3100 5 Window with a rebuilt 216 and 3 speed trans
Re: Under bed fuel tank
ChevyDarren #1390431 Wed Dec 30 2020 01:52 PM
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I bought my SS tank from Brothers and It was a simple fit up IF you dont use the side fill anymore. Instructions came with it. That was back in 2004.


1951 Chevy 3100 5-window
261 cu in, 348 Head, Split Fenton Exhaust
Offy with Dual Weber 2 Bbl Carbs
Re: Under bed fuel tank
ChevyDarren #1390434 Wed Dec 30 2020 02:05 PM
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'Bolter
I put a brothers tank in my 58. Drill holes and bolt up.
The mechanical fuel pump works fine at that distance.
I had trouble with a "hinge" type sending unit. Inner walls of tank were too close.
15 feet of braided fuel line was enough. I had to remove the spare tire rack.

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1958 3100 Apache 327 engine
Re: Under bed fuel tank
Guitplayer #1390480 Wed Dec 30 2020 07:26 PM
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1950 Chevy 3100 216 3 Speed.
Thank you for the input. I will check out the Brothers tank. I like the idea of a SS tank. I was set on the Truck Shop tank because it also comes with all the supplies required. Also, thank for the great picture. That really helps.

Last edited by ChevyDarren; Wed Dec 30 2020 07:26 PM.

Darren
Current Project - 1950 3100 5 Window with a rebuilt 216 and 3 speed trans
Re: Under bed fuel tank
ChevyDarren #1390483 Wed Dec 30 2020 08:00 PM
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'Bolter
The bros. tank will only come with the mounting bar and bolts.
Fittings , plug , rollover vent , fuel fill separate.


1958 3100 Apache 327 engine
Re: Under bed fuel tank
ChevyDarren #1391381 Tue Jan 05 2021 01:33 PM
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'Bolter
Will an original 47.2/48 under the bed tank fit? Did the 49 frame change from the 48? What about fitting a 48 tank forward of the rear axle on a 54 3100? I have been thinking about moving the gas tank in my 54 3100 out of the cab. I just recently added an underbed spare tire carrier so I would have to put the tank in front of the rear axle where they were located in 47/48.


Dave from Northern Kentucky
My 54 3100
Re: Under bed fuel tank
ChevyDarren #1391409 Tue Jan 05 2021 07:02 PM
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'Bolter
Here is the "under bed" fuel tank for 1954 panel-body trucks [1954advance-design.com] (Panel, Suburban, Canopy Express).

My uneducated guess is that the panel body "bed" is no lower than a pickup bed?

47-53 pu-beds and panel-body-bed might be different in "clearance".

Let's hope that someone reports/replies who has done this on/with a pick-up truck (please state the year).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Under bed fuel tank
dgrinnan #1391480 Wed Jan 06 2021 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by dgrinnan
Will an original 47.2/48 under the bed tank fit? Did the 49 frame change from the 48? What about fitting a 48 tank forward of the rear axle on a 54 3100? I have been thinking about moving the gas tank in my 54 3100 out of the cab. I just recently added an underbed spare tire carrier so I would have to put the tank in front of the rear axle where they were located in 47/48.

The early-style 47-48 frame-mount tank should fit your 54, but you'll have to relocate your filler neck and fill the hole in the side of your cab.

I've always assumed that the 47-54 Panel/Suburban side-mount gas tank is the same as the original 47-48 pickup tank. I see them available in reproduction.


1951 Chevy Panel Truck
Re: Under bed fuel tank
ChevyDarren #1391486 Wed Jan 06 2021 12:28 PM
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Where does the filler neck come out on a 47-48 pickup?


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Re: Under bed fuel tank
Phak1 #1391490 Wed Jan 06 2021 12:55 PM
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Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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