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Old 07-28-2017, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default Gas tank relocation ?

I have the body of my 57 Handyman off the frame right now doing some work on the frame/suspension.

I plan to center the tank and remove the spare tire well. Is it safe to cut the spare well out with the body off the frame or do I need to wait until I get it back on the frame? It looks to me that the spare tire well adds very little rigidity, just need opinions from those who might have done this.

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No problem with cutting the spare well out now - as you speculate, it doesn't do much if anything for rigidity of the body. It's OK to weld in your flat patch now too.
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Thank You, Sir. I was pretty sure it would be OK.

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A wagon or Nomad tank is already centered. You can remove the spare tire well and put in a tank from a sedan but you loose a gallon of capacity. The only reason to remove a wagon tank would be for suspension changes or a larger custom tank will larger capacity.
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I have the spare tire well out. Only about 50 spot welds I had to drill out.

I have a Dana 36 out of a 96 Vette that I think I am going to install. The stock rear end in this car needs a lot of work, so installing the Vette rear probably won't be much harder than rebuilding the old one or installing a 9" Ford and I get better brakes and IRS.

I have spent the last two days scraping the crappy undercoat off the bottom of the floor pan and I am still not even half done. Once I get that done I will install a flat panel where the spare tire well used to be and then spray epoxy primer on the entire bottom of the car.

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I have the spare tire well out. Only about 50 spot welds I had to drill out.

I have a Dana 36 out of a 96 Vette that I think I am going to install. The stock rear end in this car needs a lot of work, so installing the Vette rear probably won't be much harder than rebuilding the old one or installing a 9" Ford and I get better brakes and IRS.

I have spent the last two days scraping the crappy undercoat off the bottom of the floor pan and I am still not even half done. Once I get that done I will install a flat panel where the spare tire well used to be and then spray epoxy primer on the entire bottom of the car.

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Unless you are going to use the original tank you should create some new supports for a passenger tank or aftermarket passenger tank. The above tanks are narrower and increase exhaust room.
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I already bought an Earl Wiliams tank relocation kit. Pretty expensive for what it is, but it is a really quality piece.

If I do use the C4 rear end, I will probably have to buy an aftermarket tank in order to clear the sway bar if I mount the sway bar on top of the frame. I don't really want to mount the sway bar forward because it sits too low to the ground mounted that way.

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I removed my stock tank and tire well also. I felt I needed a larger tank and wanted an upgrade. At the time a few years ago there wasn't an afordable option. I purchased a 22 gallon plastic fuel tank and built my own hangers, and cut a 5 inch hole and home made plate to fit so I could put the pickup tube and sending unit through the 5 inch aluminum plate cover. It fits nicely.
I am considering a high polish stainless cover for the bottom and sides.
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