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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-15-2006, 11:52 AM
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Replacment gas tanks Q

I dropped my drivers side tank on my truck awhile ago because it wasnt hooked up and i assumed it wasnt for a reason, but now my passengers side tank has a leak, its slow but its still gas leaking...

So, i was looking through JC whitney at replacment polythlene tanks, its sounds like a good idea to me, but I'd like to hear what anyone else has to say, would that poly tank crank if in the even i happened to hit it on a rock? wold it hit a rock?

I suppose i could just grab a galvy one from LMC for $120, i mean the one on there now lasted over 30 years...

Also, the cross over line for my aux. tank is all rubber, LMC has them in steel, should i get new steel ones or just replace my rubber lines.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-15-2006, 12:37 PM
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Re: Replacment gas tanks Q

I've still got my original ones, 23 y/o no problems. I've still got the plastic fuel tank skid plates under it as well. If it were mine, I'd get the steel tank, get the skid plates under it, be good to go. As far as the lines go, I haven't had to do anything with my rubber ones, but on my dad's '76 we've had to redo those. If they've got steel ones, I'd almost do it as I hate to crawl under the rig and have fuel run down my arms and all that crap.
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Re: Replacment gas tanks Q

I would go with the steel tank. After all, you got a good 20 years of life in that tank. I have replaced tanks. I strip the outside down to metal and then repaint them with several coats of a rust preventing paint. I figure that gives me a better chance living in the great rusty north east.
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Re: Replacment gas tanks Q

I have an 86 Silverado 4x4 short bed. I had the same gas tank issues that started me on my (three year) restoration project. I bought both tanks, and saddles w/straps from RC Truck Sales in Bridgewater Ma. Ended up needing the drivers side sending unit as well as the metal tubes were rusted. I brush painted the tanks with Rustoleum red primer followed by Rustoleum flat black. I only have the pass side plastic skid plate so I need to find the driver's side before I finish the restore. I've replaced the inner and outter rocker panels, cab corners, radiator support, inner and outer fenders, and got used doors off an 88 Blazer with the electric windows. Finaly got the cab, doors, and fenders painted Black & Beautiful. Still working on the hood and the bed needs lots of work still.
Best of luck with your gas tanks but you should use the metal ones.
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 07:46 PM
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Re: Replacment gas tanks Q

Thanks for the help guys, the aux. tank is in fine shape and I POR 15 ed' it. Im going to go with the steel tank, I'll be shure to paint it all pretty before it goes in.


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