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Old 08-25-2004, 02:54 PM   #1
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Rear Fuel Tank swap

I will be ordering a rear ruel tank/cell setup for my '67 SWB 2wd truck very soon.

I've been looking at the tank offered by Fuelcellguy as well as the kit through ECE (seems a bit pricey to me).

Another option is a stock GM repro blazer tank.

I'm looking for real world replies. What do you guys honestly recommend and why? What would you do if you had to do yours over again?

Consider I am going with a 6" drop or bags in the rear end.

Thanks
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Old 08-25-2004, 08:47 PM   #2
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Pick the one with the largest fill neck size. Otherwise, you spend a lot of time trying to fill up the tank. The 1 1/4 ID necks are too small. Next time I will cut the old one out and weld in a larger size. Kinda hard to weld once you put fuel in it. Even so, I would do the conversion again. I got a tank from Kenny's Truck in Tulsa OK. About $225 for the complete kit. I installed the marker light fuel filler and love it too. Good luck with the conversion.
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Old 08-25-2004, 10:47 PM   #3
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I like my Blazer tank but it hangs pretty low.
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:24 AM   #4
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i just used a poly fuel cell (you can get htem from summit for pretty cheap)
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Old 08-26-2004, 07:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, good points.

Nate68 - any chance I could get a pic or two of your install? Did you have to fab your own fill neck? Do you fill in the bed floor or elsewhere?
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Old 08-26-2004, 03:17 PM   #6
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here's an old pic from before the bed was on.
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Old 09-02-2004, 05:42 PM   #7
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Anybody else have info to share?
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Old 09-02-2004, 05:48 PM   #8
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I have not done this yet, but I know that the Truck Shop has the complete setup for $166 and it includes all of the straps, sening unit, nuts and bolts....This is the best price that i have seen so far....I am just waiting for the pennies before upgrade....
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:20 PM   #9
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I have not done this yet, but I know that the Truck Shop has the complete setup for $166 and it includes all of the straps, sening unit, nuts and bolts....This is the best price that i have seen so far....I am just waiting for the pennies before upgrade....

In my catalog it says that the straps and sending unit are sold separate. So that would be another $75 on top of the $165.
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:37 PM   #10
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I have a FCG tank. I just fired my TPI up tonight, and so far the tank works great. It installed easy, and mine has an in-tank pump. It also has a 2" filler.
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Old 09-02-2004, 10:50 PM   #11
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71swb4x4 i think you can take the working on TPI off of your signature now
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Old 09-03-2004, 12:52 AM   #12
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Has anyone put a later style blazer tank in there 67-72 truck... Will it fit, it looks like it will fit in the frame... what are the dimensions of the 69-72 blazer tank, anyone know. Thanks
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Old 09-03-2004, 01:04 AM   #13
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I used one from FCG. It was awesome. He included the mounting straps and builds it to your specs: location of filler etc.... I will use his tanks on any future projects. My ex-brother in law once used a plastic fuel cell from Summit. It was really flimsy and really didn't fit all that well. I just didn't like the idea of that flimsy plastic cell under my bed. That was the major reason I went with FCG.
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Old 09-03-2004, 07:16 AM   #14
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Yeah, so far the FCG setup looks like just what I want.
I appreciate the feedback guys
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Old 09-03-2004, 10:49 AM   #15
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i was really thinking about a fuel cell. but i didn't want a gas tank under the bed. so at the risk of being completely origional, i'm installing a diamond plate combo tool box/tank. it is pretty normal for people with 5th wheels to have an aux tank like this. but i really like having the combination and having a 50 gallon capacity. looks attractive, holds alot, strong as hell, easy to get to (no fabbing fuel doors) check out www.transferflow.com just for kicks.
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:01 AM   #16
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Cool.
I have been thinking about the tank swap since I first read about the blazer tank swap a year or so ago here. I like having the tank under the bed, primarily to get it out of the way. I was never happy driving around with a 'bomb' behind my seat
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Old 09-03-2004, 12:57 PM   #17
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transfer flow is based out of chico. i should see how much they would want to build me tank
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"I was never happy driving around with a 'bomb' behind my seat "

I was just wondering why people say this? I have not heard or seen of any of the old trucks (of which most of them have tanks in cab) blow up or catch fire because of the in-cab tank....

Not trying to be an a$$, just wondering why those that do this swap are really doing it for? (I would expect most do it just because)
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Im wanting it for some weight transfer and bucket seats. Otherwise i wouldnt bother.
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"I was never happy driving around with a 'bomb' behind my seat "

I was just wondering why people say this? I have not heard or seen of any of the old trucks (of which most of them have tanks in cab) blow up or catch fire because of the in-cab tank....

Not trying to be an a$$, just wondering why those that do this swap are really doing it for? (I would expect most do it just because)
It was just a joke...

Personally, I'm doing it to clean up the side of the cab and remove the filler top and gain even a little seating room inside the cab. The room under the bed is wasted space, so I might as well take advantage of it
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for me: a nominal gain in traction and so i can put stuff behind the seat. i have no other place to store things (and dont say the bed because that isn't functional
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Nate68, Where from around Chico are you?

I lived in Colusa for awhile...Where you from?
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My only problem with installing a fuel cell between the frame rails is... Where the heck do we store the spare tire so it's not in the way and messing up a otherwise neat an clean looking truck?
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"I was never happy driving around with a 'bomb' behind my seat "I was just wondering why people say this? I have not heard or seen of any of the old trucks (of which most of them have tanks in cab) blow up or catch fire because of the in-cab tank....Not trying to be an a$$, just wondering why those that do this swap are really doing it for? (I would expect most do it just because)
JOHN FABRIS-- IN 1977 I WAS HIT BROADSIDE AT AN INTERSECTION BY A DRUNK DRIVER (I WAS DOING 55 OR 60) CAUSING ME TO ROLL END OVER END IN MY 72 3/4 TON FORD. AFTER ROLLING ABOUT 80 YARDS, I STOPPED WITH THE TRUCK UPSIDE DOWN WITH MY HEAD PINNED TO THE GROUND. IT STOPPED IN A LITTLE DEPRESSION IN THE GROUND, & EVERYTHING WAS FROZEN(IT WAS DEC. 23rd IN MICHIGAN). THE BEHIND THE SEAT TANK WAS JUST FILLED. IT SPLIT, & ALL OF THE GAS DUMPED OUT OVER ME, & ALMOST DROWED ME IN GASOLINE, AS MY HEAD WAS PINNED TO THE GROUND. I WAS PINNED IN THE WRECKAGE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES, I HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO PONDER THE PLACEMENT OF SUCH A FUEL TANK. THE ONLY REASON IT DIDN'T CATCH FIRE WAS MY BATTERY WAS THROWN OUT DURING ONE OF THE ROLLS. LUCKY ME-- I GOT OUT OF IT WITH A BROKEN BACK, 14 BROKEN RIBS, A BROKEN COLLAR BONE & ABOUT 300 STITCHES ON MY MELLON. SO YA .... IT IS KINDA A SAFETY THING. I CONSIDER THESE TANKS A BIG BOMB BEHIND THE SEAT ALSO. THE REASON YOU DON'T HERE ABOUT ALOT OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THEM IS THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO EXPERIANCED PROBLEMS WITH THEM ARE DEAD. JOHN
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