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Posted By: coilover Fuel filler options - Sun Mar 07 2021 04:49 AM
When modifying our rides one of the popular choices is to move the gas tank out of the cab. The easiest and ugliest is to put the filler tube in the bed floor. This also puts it in the way of anything that might be put in the bed and must be kept clear in case a fill up is needed. Here are a few options we have used depending on whether the bed sides are single wall or double wall.

Single wall 52 3100:

Pop up filler cap in drivers side rear fender
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/XZ4RPYSz/016.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

Double wall 70 pickup/Blazer:
Pop up cap just above tail light and painted body color
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/14sKNV0T/IMG-5241.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

Double wall 49 Studebaker which has angled bed top rail like an AD Chevy:
Pop up cap just in front of LR stake pocket
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/Z0QCz1qc/IMG-5233.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

The ugly in the way method on 70 C10:
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Bonus pic of a 34 Ford Cabriolet with pop up cap painted body color:
Cap is top left of license plate
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/K3tXVkzC/Dan-Z-s-two-34-s-006.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]
Posted By: Phak1 Re: Fuel filler options - Sun Mar 07 2021 01:14 PM
Evan, on the ‘52 3100, what tank did you use and how did you route the filler tube?
Posted By: coilover Re: Fuel filler options - Sun Mar 07 2021 09:18 PM
Phil,
The 52 3100 has the early 21g Blazer tank. It has the right curves to miss all the frame and cross members and does not hang below the roll pan plus the filler neck on the tank is angled to the left side. A few pics that show tube routing. We have the muffler shop bend up the rust free aluminized tube so only a short piece of hose is needed at the tank and at the cap.

Blazer tank"
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/ykgtVMgx/003.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

Tank doesn't hang low in rear:
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/Y4917H0y/017.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

Filler tube from tank to pop up cap:
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/cKr8jBkp/004.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]
Posted By: Steve1940 Re: Fuel filler options - Sun Mar 07 2021 11:04 PM
Evan, What year Blazer tank did you use? Thanks Steve
Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 01:51 AM
That's not the best example of how to mount an in-bed fuel filler. First, they don't have to be mounted that high; they can be mounted below bed-level so as to not stick up and interfere. Another option is to put a flush filler door in the bed, either by using an aftermarket filler door, or by cutting and hinging the original wood for a perfect blend.
Posted By: coilover Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 02:02 AM
All true, but if you have sheets of plywood, paneling, laminate, or anything that covers the floor you will have to unload to add gas.
Posted By: Phak1 Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 02:21 AM
Thanks Evan! Nice setup and great execution. My “in cab” tank needs to be replaced and I’m exploring all the possibilities.
Posted By: coilover Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 08:56 AM
Steve,
It is from the 2nd series Blazer which was in the 80's (?).
Posted By: Steve1940 Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 12:23 PM
Thank you for the reply!
Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 01:58 PM
I have thought about using a Camaro or Mustang tank with the filler neck in the rear. I could just add a flip down plate to hide the filler.
Posted By: Phak1 Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 02:10 PM
Thats true, but as Evan has pointed out, if you have something in the bed covering it, it will have to come out to get gas.
Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Fuel filler options - Mon Mar 08 2021 10:47 PM
Originally Posted by coilover
All true, but if you have sheets of plywood, paneling, laminate, or anything that covers the floor you will have to unload to add gas.

A loaded bed is certainly a rarer issue than a filler cap located on a painted part of the vehicle such as fender or bed rail where any spilled gas results in damaged paint.
Posted By: Mobileortho Re: Fuel filler options - Tue Mar 09 2021 01:25 AM
I’m using a Jag fuel door.

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Posted By: Phak1 Re: Fuel filler options - Tue Mar 09 2021 03:05 AM
Originally Posted by TUTS 59
I have thought about using a Camaro or Mustang tank with the filler neck in the rear. I could just add a flip down plate to hide the filler.
You know when you posted that, I was thinking a plate in the bed and not the license plate. I know, “reading is fundamental”. That would be slick on your ‘59 Apache. Not so much for a pre ‘54 AD.
Posted By: coilover Re: Fuel filler options - Tue Mar 09 2021 10:23 AM
I'm not saying in bed fillers are wrong, just that there are alternatives. If gas is so hard on paint then every motorcycle gas tank must be damaged because that is where the pop up cap filler comes from.
Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: Fuel filler options - Tue Mar 09 2021 02:20 PM
You know when you posted that, I was thinking a plate in the bed and not the license plate. I know, “reading is fundamental”. That would be slick on your ‘59 Apache. Not so much for a pre ‘54 AD.[/quote]

I suppose I should have stated "Flip Down License Plate". There is a pretty good thread on this on the H.A.M.B., your right of course that it works better with a Task Force truck.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...-gas-tank-install-cheap-and-easy.186815/
Posted By: 59 fleet Re: Fuel filler options - Wed Mar 10 2021 04:28 AM
With a fleet side there are more in bed options. I used the original in-cab filler neck with grommet and welded a panel into the bedside to hold it. A short elbow piece of exhaust tubing connects to the tank between the frame rails. No damage from gas spilling on the paint and I have spilled on many occasions.


Mark

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Posted By: coilover Re: Fuel filler options - Wed Mar 10 2021 05:58 AM
Than you Mark and Mobileortho; that is what I wanted, others ideas and locations. We have done many through the years with some being okay and others a PITA. A couple more examples:

A 66 with the filler in a location that is awkward to hold the filler nozzle at the correct angle:
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/LnzkQfFp/car-show-Gerald-s-021.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

The flip up bed floor board; popular for a while but for a "looking at" only truck:
Bed board closed,
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/k2NCT7c4/hidden-tank-001.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

Bed board open,
[img]https://i.postimg.cc/WhjXMjhS/hidden-tank-003.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]
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