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#537984 - Fri May 15 2009 01:51 PM Hidden fuel filler  
GRIMSS  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 22
Central Missouri
I'm looking for ideas on hidden fuel fillers for panels or burbs. Anybody have any pics or seen any good ideas?

Thanks, jared


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#538008 - Fri May 15 2009 03:15 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: GRIMSS]  
rpat356sc  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 94
New England
Hello Jared,
For me the easiest place to 'hide' one is in the line near the gas tank. Make sure you have a shut off valve and then an electric fuel pump in front of it. All can palced inside the frame rails, this protects it as well. Hope this helps, Richard


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#538047 - Fri May 15 2009 04:48 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: rpat356sc]  
tclederman  Online
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Jarvisburg, NC

Patrick,

I am bad at visualizing. Where would be the "opening" for putting in fuel?

Tim



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#538094 - Fri May 15 2009 07:00 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: tclederman]  
ragtopwally  Offline
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spartanburg sc
I think he thought you meant fuel filter. I've done a lot of body mods while playing with mini trucks I'll take a look at some pics of panels that body style and see what ideas I can come up with.


#538164 - Fri May 15 2009 10:52 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: ragtopwally]  
GRIMSS  Offline
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Central Missouri
Most likly I'm going to be putting an aftermarket tank in the rear between the rails. I may have to put sealed access door in the floor, with the filler just below that. Would rather not have to fill it that way. So I'm open for better ideas.



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#538177 - Sat May 16 2009 12:17 AM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: GRIMSS]  
rpat356sc  Offline
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New England
Holy Stuff, My apologies, I did indeed read fuel FILTER not filler. Back to the eye glasses shop. Richard


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#538237 - Sat May 16 2009 03:23 AM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: rpat356sc]  
wave1957  Offline
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Posts: 261
Formerly Calgary, Alberta, now...
Could you maybe hinge a tail light and have the filler hidden behind it, like on '56 Chevy cars?...


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#538412 - Sat May 16 2009 11:51 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: wave1957]  
GRIMSS  Offline
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Posts: 22
Central Missouri
Kind of thinking that, but the tails are small. I only have one tail that is in poor shape so I was thinking about another tail that could be a little larger like the 60-66 fleet side.


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#538531 - Sun May 17 2009 01:12 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: GRIMSS]  
Roadmarks  Offline
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Raleigh NC USA
I was thinking of dual tanks myself. I cut the fuel door and neck
out of a wrecked suburban. Since you are dealing with a TF, you might want to take a look at that approach. Barring finding an original, you could look for a more modern vehicle for your fuel doors and get a matched pair. If you are using a new tank, you can cut and weld on it with no problem. I wouldn't put any heat on a used than, though.

Another thought is that any parts house that supplies over-the-road trucking will have both mechanical and electrical fuel tank selectors. The electric ones switch the gauge, too.

Best wishes,

Les


#539601 - Wed May 20 2009 11:28 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: Roadmarks]  
elhippie64  Offline
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albuquerque, NM
have you thought about the caps used on choppers,, there flush mount and can be painted to match..

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh144/elhippie64/choppercap.jpg


#539621 - Thu May 21 2009 01:36 AM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: elhippie64]  
GMONIZ  Offline
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Here's an example of the ingenuity involved in finding a solution. They are not specific to the Suburban, but they do open up the imagination. It may work if you decide to use a different larger tail light. Another way would be to dress up the original tail light with chrome trim/plate and hide the door behind it.

1955 CHEVROLET HIDDEN GAS CAP


#539633 - Thu May 21 2009 02:00 AM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: elhippie64]  
GRIMSS  Offline
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Central Missouri
I like that. How do those mount, weld?


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#539741 - Thu May 21 2009 01:33 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: GRIMSS]  
pplummer  Offline
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Raleigh, NC
How about mounting a hidden Hagan fuel door out the side of the burb? They make a few to choose from. Here's a couple that they sell

http://haganstreetrodnecessities.carshopinc.com/index.php/manufacturers_id/251824

Last edited by pplummer; Thu May 21 2009 01:34 PM.

#540340 - Sat May 23 2009 10:11 PM Re: Hidden fuel filler [Re: elhippie64]  
WE b OLD  Offline
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marion, in. usa
mine is not exactly hidden but is installed flush with the fender with the tank in the rear. i go the filler from air ride technology but others sell it now. it does require a flanger to install and it is as much as the door. ron


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