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Re: 33 gallon tank upgrade [Re: Malatrix] #754424
November 24th 2019 7:36 pm
November 24th 2019 7:36 pm
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i just verified today that my 87 dodge b150 shorty only has the standard 22 gallon tank....i looked under van and tank fits in between frame with no room to spare....if in fact there was an optional 36 gallon tank then im assuming the 36 must be a deeper tank....does anybody know if the 36 is same length and width but just deeper? i wouldnt mind fitting one of the 36s for the extra weight as well as the extra gas...

Re: 33 gallon tank upgrade [Re: Malatrix] #754784
December 08th 2019 9:45 pm
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My 81 B250 Sportsman Custom has the large plastic tank.

One thing to consider which hasn't been brought up among all the really great advice so far is that the 30+ gallon tank occupies space where the rear anti-sway bar would fit, so you can't run a stock rear anti-sway bar with the large tanks.

The large tank extends all the way up to the frame crossmember over the rear differential. It is also a much deeper tank. The hump on the bottom which Astrocreep66 mentioned is nominally where the pickup tube filter sock should end up.

Also, I found that the automotive parts chain called Auto Value has the 2" tank filler hose. I just replaced mine this fall. It's $25 per foot, but it's Gates hose; good to go!

If you replace the small breather hose running parallel to the filler hose, be *really* careful you don't kink it where it feeds through the frame. The fuel will spit back out at you during fill ups and shut off the gas station pump if that hose is obstructed!

BTW, if you live in a really rough neighborhood, I've heard of kids stabbing the plastic tanks with a screwdriver to steal gasoline...

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