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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2001, 09:56 PM
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Gas tanks-plastic or metal?

The gas tanks in my '63 scout are rusted and leak. I want to replace them with plastic tanks. Is plastic better? Would they melt in the summer heat? {the drivers side tank has exhaust pipe within 4 inches running by} I'd like feedback on anyone that has experience with them. Thanks

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-19-2001, 06:56 PM
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Re: Gas tanks-plastic or metal?

Plastic tanks have been used for many years in both car and trucks. I have never heard of any problems other than possible punctures when running a trail without a skid plate. I just installed one on my '79, the tank needed a larger diameter than stock main hose (approx 2 1/8" or 2 1/4"), but the older setup is probably different. Be sure to flush it out with fresh gas to remove any plastic shavings before installation. Good luck!

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 04-20-2001, 02:07 AM
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Re: Gas tanks-plastic or metal?

Yes i had the same trouble in my 68 800 with the right side tank I just welded the hole up and put it back in never have had any trouble with the heat from my muffler it is in the same place as yours . I would have bought the plastic tank but the $160:00 was a little to high for my wallet at least the plastic will never rust.

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