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    Another Fuel Tank Woe

    I have a 1960 Dodge Station wagon. It's been a pain in the a**e to fill with fuel. I've had to fill it with jerry cans as the inlet pipe restricted the flow and either shut the pump off or I got covered in fuel. I knew it wasn't the original tank when I could only get about 8 gallons in it... Anyway I muddled on through filling a jerry can and pouring it in until I noticed it leaked fuel when it was over half full. So I decided to investigate.

    I removed the stone guard

    And got a free lump of wood.

    Here shows the bolt that was the leaky culprit. Shortly after it fell out!!



    This is the reason for the filling problems








    Pic from underneath the white light is where the filler neck goes. (fits from the outside)


    This is the only reference I have of what the tank should look like. Unfortunately I have no measurements and the void underneath is somewhat tricky to measure.


    I've been asking on the forward look forum and not had any joy there and wondered if any of you nice people have any suggestions?

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    Carl

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    modified mini fuel tank...????


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    I think you were lucky you didn't have a major fire with that. Defies belief what some people consider to be an OK repair/modification.

    Presume you're going to want a tank with decent capacity, What about making your own tank out of Aluminium sheet to fit the space that's there? I've folded up fuel tanks for a couple of my cars using very simple tools. You can get someone else to do the welding if you don't have the right welding equipment.
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    that's a mk1/2 escort saloon tank.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    I did wonder where that came from. Thanks I'll have to pull the rubber hose off the filler to check the escort cap went there.

    It should of been something I checked when I got the car. It wasn't on the road when I got it so wasn't as if the seller sold me a ticking time bomb and as it only had a gallon or two at a time it never leaked and being tucked under the car behind covers out of sight and mind....

    Yeah that should be quite a large tank fitted on there. I looked it up on 1991 BMW 850i Automatic
    and it should be a 83 liter / 21.9 U.S. gal / 18.2 imp. gal so quite a biggy. I may have to re mortgage to fill and test that baby when done lol.

    Stuart I've not built a tank before what type of ally and what thickness do you recommend making it from?

    I will have to make some sort of template maybe a cardboard tank (that might hold fuel better lol)

    Is there somewhere that can supply the filler neck to tank rubber seal?

    Cheers
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    Make the tank out of 1050 Aluminium; this is so-called half-hard pure Aluminium. You could use 5251 Aluminium alloy sheet, which is stronger but it's a sod to work. On a road car I use 1.5 mm thickness, you could use 1.2mm, but do you need to save a few ounces?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stueeee View Post
    Make the tank out of 1050 Aluminium; this is so-called half-hard pure Aluminium. You could use 5251 Aluminium alloy sheet, which is stronger but it's a sod to work. On a road car I use 1.5 mm thickness, you could use 1.2mm, but do you need to save a few ounces?
    1.2mm tends to warp a fair amount when welded too. Fortunately my tank has a big filler cap so I could give it a tap or two from the inside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stueeee View Post
    you could use 1.2mm, but do you need to save a few ounces?
    No I don't think so.. A car that size a few ounces won't make any difference. Cheers

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    I'll save a few more pounds by not filling it to the top......
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