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Old 09-08-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
 
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Putting Fuel Tank on Flat Bed?!?!

As most of you guys who have full sizes have seen, the fuel tanks are almost as long as the truck, atleast my rig anyways. The fuel tank on my 85 Dodge Power Ram W150 goes from under the cab, to the rear axle, and is about 2 foot tall. Im not sure how many gallons, but its alot, and doesnt last long.

I plan on hitting rocks with my undercarriage....alot...and dont want to bust the tank. Is it relatively dangerous to move my tank to the top of my frame and build an flatbed to mount it to?

Fuel Cells are sooo high, and I am building on a SMALL budget, ( baby on the way!) so I wanted to see who recommended it, and who condemned it? I know of course I would have to extend my lines, and build a cage enough to protect it, I dont want to die!
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Find a tank from a 80's Blazer. They are about 3'x3' and 2' tall. I think 32 gallons but would be easy to put above the frame.
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ive seen were people just raise the tank to where mid tank is centered with the beds surface... itll keep it out of the rocks and you can get fuel cells for a boat fairly cheap but their big and red...
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I had this one custom built (turned out to be a 48 gallon tank) for my 77 M880 Dodge and it worked great. Gave me piece of mine when on the trail knowing that my fuel tank was in the bed and not underneath the truck. I was going to flat bed that truck and keep that tank in the build, but that didn't pan out. I actually still have the tank as I hope to build a similar truck someday down the road.





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Old 09-09-2009, 08:00 PM   #5
 
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Any info you can gave me on who built it? Also what material they used, etc.? It is exactly what Im looking for.
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Stainless Steel Fabricators out of Tyler, Texas built it. I don't know what thickness it is but it's stout and of course it's made out of SS. It has baffles inside of it to keep the sloshing down and a place for a universal sender as well. I had them build it with 2 outlets incase I ever wanted to go fuel injection, I ran a carb on the truck at the time with an inline fuel pump.

IIRC it was right around 550.00 out the door. If you want I can get you their number they will build any size you want.



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Just a little words of wisdom. Don't think Fuel cells are too expensive. I went on ebay and purchased 2 of them in the past 2 weeks. One was a 15 gallon RCI aluminum cell that listed for about $300 or maybe even more in the JC WHITNEY magazine and I bought it through an auction for $160 and that included tax and shipping. Everything is brand new with a sending unit. They are actually from someone near dallas. I also just bought a 12 gallon one out of an auction on ebay this past week brand new for $115 with tax and shipping. The buy it now price was $230 on that one plus tax and shipping and it's the actual RCI brand too. CRAZY, don't pay full price just give it some low bids. I hope this helps.
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:42 PM   #8
 
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I can onl y imagine how much a 40+ gal one will be lol.
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I can onl y imagine how much a 40+ gal one will be lol.

I think 22 gallon is the biggest fuel cell sold through Jeg's, Summit, RCI etc.
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I might possibly just finish my flatbed on the back and roll cage, get the extended fuel lines and run it from there, Im not putting a passenger seat in it so I can run my air tank, and things like that from there.
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Some other options I can think of... Years ago I had a '79 4WD Dodge van. It came with a small, metal gas tank, but I found out that a 36-gallon plastic tank was a factory option. Found one in a junkyard for $40 and swapped it in. The shape was such that it should be relatively easy to custom mount.

A tank from a Suburban may also be useful. 73-91 Subs had 42 gallon tanks and many had pretty stout factory skid plates. It's pretty easy to find those rigs being parted out. Later models also had the 42 gallon tanks, but I haven't seen one with a skid plate.
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