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Bradley S.

48 - 53 Dodge Truck Reproduction Fuel Tank Project

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Hello all;

 

It's real cold here now and I am getting bored.  I need a winter engineering project.  I was thinking about what it would take to get a reproduction fuel tank for our 48 - 53 Dodge trucks made.  That might be an interesting winter project.

 

That said, do any of you guys have an old worthless tank that I could use as a pattern?  As long as all the dimensions are there, I don't care how many holes are in it.  Let me know if you have one and what you would want for it, plus shipping to Fox Lake, IL.

 

I would also be interested in your opinion on whether a repro tank should be metal or plastic.  Also, my thinking is to go with the 5 hole sending unit mount rather than the stock locking ring type mount. What do you think?  Maybe is is possible to somehow make an adapter so either could be used.  If you have any technical data on the dimensions on the original locking ring sending unit mount and locking ringpost-1444-0-99651600-1386435638_thumb.jpg let me know (see attached).  I can get the dimensions for the 5 hole mount off of a modern sending unit. 

 

OK, just looked for the JC Whiney universal sending unit pn 1JA 128525 and it is no longer there.  This look similar to the one I installed:

 

http://www.jcwhitney.com/equus-direct-fit-fuel-sending-unit/p3040431.jcwx?skuId=6875803&filterid=d51471y1948g2u0j1

 

 

Anyway, just a thought. and I am sure I wil be overwhelmed at the cost to try to do this, but it's a long winter and there is definitely a need for a repro tank. 

 

Brad

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ya gotta be careful with JCW nowadays with their on-line applications on vintage vehicles...I did some checking on the Equus 9982 sending unit and it showed to match gauge 7362 & gauge 8362.  These gauges have listed specifications of 0 ohms @ E, 90 ohms @ F.  The Tanks, Inc. sending unit has listed specifications of 78 ohms @ E, 10 ohms @ F, which is closer to the OE units.  I picked up a couple of Tanks, Inc. units a few months ago to do the modification using 10 yr old failed Roberts units, and the Tanks, Inc. units look similar to the JCW units made by Datcon that cost about $20 a few years ago.

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I myself am a huge advocate for plastic tanks, seeing as they never rot. I also think a more universal sender mount like a 5 bolt would be good. if I needed a tank I would be in line for one!

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All;

 

Thanks for the information.  Todd wrote me and has a tank I can use as a pattern.  Good excuse to drive up and see him. 

 

Let's see where this goes!

 

Brad

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here are the dimensions, the diagonal corners is not factory as straightlines are easier than rounded curves (for me to make that is)

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I'd be interested in what you come up with in plastic too, I've got an aftermarket fuel box where my spare should go. Have the tire hanger and bracket just need a space to keep it.  Here's to a successful  winter project, Rod

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I'm always a bit skeptical when a vender says "close".  I just received some trunk drops for my current project the vender tagged as correct.  6 to 8 inches too long couple inches too high and about 4 inches too wide is what I got.  A response from the vender when questioned said the were correct for the car.  I expected to trim some but these weren't in the neighborhood.  It doesn't take any more work to make a part correctly than it does to make it close.

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Dave in this case they are close because they are designed for a 39-47 pickup.

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Dave in this case they are close because they are designed for a 39-47 pickup.

 

It would sure be nice if they made one specifically to fit our Pilothouse Trucks.  They look like fine workmanship.

 

 

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Hank  :)

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Are they accurate for the 39-47 trucks?

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Pretty sure with ease the 39-47 tank will fit. I have a good 47 tank and sure looked like it would fit about the same as my stock 50, I had a custom one made but if I had owned this tank I would have used it at the time.

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i recently purchased the 39-47 tank from tanks inc. and installed it in my 1950 b2c. i simply took the rear gas tank bracket off and moved it to the holes that are placed in the frame right next to its current location. this has to done because the 39-47 tank is about an inch shorter. was very pleased with the tank although it did not come with the filler neck or the block off plate like is shown in the picture. 

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Did ya contact Tanks Inc. about them missing pieces?  What did ya do about putting a filler neck on the new tank?

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I replaced tank on 49 B1C with Tanks INC 39-47 tank. moved rear bracket foreward, and had new filler tube bent at local muffler shop . cut end for gas cap off and welded to new filler pipe. Very pleased with the way it turned out. Exchanged a few emails with Tanks Inc and they were very helpful.

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It's been quite some time since this thread and, as I may need a new tank for my '51 B3B, I'm curious about how things turned out. Any updates?

Thanks,

Paul

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I put the tanks inc tank the 39-47 model on my 1948  pilothouse, very close but the tank does not have the slight hump on the top of the tank the old one did, so it does not come as close to the cab floor as the original using stock mounting, hence the hole in the floor had to be cut a little so the filler neck could mate up at the new angle. My tank did come with the top spout but they did send one in the wrong diamater spout at first but then they corrected the problem. Good company to deal with finish on tank was nice.

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Anyone have a recommendation on a plastic tank that can be modified to fit in a pilothouse?

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