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Old January 4th, 2017, 04:49 PM
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Hey folks!
I had a weird idea. Does anyone know of our trucks having a spare fuel tank on the driver's side in front of the wheel fender? Mine I think was a camper at some time ago. There is a lot of extra wires and plug at the rear bumper. I also have a fuel tank selector switch on the floor of the cab on the driver's side. The tank is a large cube looking tank maybe under 2' x 2' ?

Any who, I ran into a site which carries auxiliary fuel tanks and wondered for those like me who would like to remove the tank from the inside of the cab, would a combo in bed fuel tank/truck box be an option?? Has anyone ever thought about it, or hear someone using it as their primary fuel tank?

Thoughts on how it would look as opposed to the new tank that goes in between the frame towards the back end of the truck (with the bottom of the tank showing under the bumper in some instances)


I like the design, but worry it wouldn't be legal as a "replacement" option. The price is a little steep, but I might be interested in something like this.


www.transferflow.com/fuel-tanks/in-bed
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Old January 4th, 2017, 07:21 PM
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Default Re: new fuel tank options?

None from the factory that I am aware of, can't say for certain. My 64 Chevy had two under bed mounted tanks that mounted on the side of the frame in between the cab and wheel. Kinda like the 70's chevys, but I think those were aftermarket. Anyhow, I don't see a legal issue at all. However I would recommend covering it somehow as a full fuel tank in direct sunlight can creat enough heat to cause some issues. There are many rear frame mount tanks on the web. I would look into those and find one that doesn't hang as low.
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Old January 5th, 2017, 12:35 PM
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Default Re: new fuel tank options?

Here's a few pictures of my 65 short bed that has a rear tank from Boyd's installed. It doesn't show from the rear at all, but I do have a rear roll pan. It holds like 23 gallons if I remember correctly. It is tapered from front to rear of the tank to fit and look better. Hope this helps.
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Old January 5th, 2017, 04:27 PM
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That's a nice tank, I went with the kit from Orange County Truck and Car shop. It's a 17 gallon top filler. Doesn't seem to hang to low so I am hoping for the best. Truck will be at stock height.
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Old January 5th, 2017, 05:27 PM
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Default Re: new fuel tank options?

those both look fantastic fellas!

I would definately like those choices, I just thought about it because I planned on putting a box back there for storage anyways and figured to kill 2 birds with one stone? lol

I think some of those combo tank/boxes capacities are 30+ gallons which would be cool too.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 12:31 PM
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Default Re: new fuel tank options?

On my 62, I've got 3 fuel tanks: behind the bench and one on each side....
I've got a selector switch on the floor.
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Old January 7th, 2017, 02:40 AM
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Default Re: new fuel tank options?

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On my 62, I've got 3 fuel tanks: behind the bench and one on each side....
I've got a selector switch on the floor.
My truck use to have three tanks too, but I had to remove the two saddle tanks (about 17 gallons each). They were falling off of the truck cause they were attached to the wooden bed (the bed is on my to do list). The tanks look non professional but was functional when they were installed.
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Old January 7th, 2017, 02:42 AM
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On my 62, I've got 3 fuel tanks: behind the bench and one on each side....
I've got a selector switch on the floor.
That sounds really cool.

I've got to ask, how many gallons does the 3 tanks give you?

Also, when you say you've got a selector switch, does that mean that you also have your fuel gauge wired so that it reads whichever tank you've currently got selected?
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Old January 7th, 2017, 03:00 AM
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On my 62, I've got 3 fuel tanks: behind the bench and one on each side....
I've got a selector switch on the floor.
Installations like yours with the add-on saddle tanks and three-way selector switch were common installations on pickups back then, mostly thanks to the OPEC oil embargo of October 1973 that led to gas rationing. I installed a set-up like that on my pickup in early 1974 as a result of that.

Since the saddle tanks didn't have float switches in them, the usual way to use the 3 tanks was to run the first saddle tank dry, reach down as soon as the engine started to sputter and switch to the other saddle tank. When it ran dry, you could then use the main tank with the gas gauge.
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Old January 7th, 2017, 07:19 PM
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Default Re: new fuel tank options?

Mr Cos , I have been on this one for a month now and can't figure it out either .

Once I had an 1967 Dodge camper that had what you are saying , it was perfect . One tank in the cab and one on the drivers side IN FRONT of the rear wheels with the spout sticking out next to the left tire . There was no door on the left rear fender or nothing .
On my 66 GMC 3/4 with a 292- Im ready to put in an 88' 350 ( some are not happy about that because its not a V6 ) with an Holley EFI Sniper , I can't find a tank(s) made like that any more . My buddy says I need to have one made of aluminum ( 2 would be better and get rid of the cab tank so I can have room) .
You could never let one run dry or the pump can burn out . Im thinking 2 tanks both with returns for the EFI .
Anyone out there know of anything els ?
I don't want to use the spare tire space because I need an spare tire .
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