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Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« on: January 02, 2018, 02:27:55 PM »
Anyone make there own ?
 I know I should  use small tank in the waterbug ( airboat) 'couse of weight.
 BUT
 I feel I need more range.
 I think 15 gallons.
 I plan on making one up towards the front.
 It's a very "Custom" shape.
 I'm thinking Fiberglass.
 Did a lot of research, looks like normal Epoxy resin and glass will not Hold ethanol gasoline.
 But Vinylester resin should.
 What do think?

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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 11:11:25 PM »
I would be more tempted to try Polyethylene or polypropyline. not sure which one but one is commonly used for the small gas cans. You will need to find someone who really knows how to weld it.
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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 04:03:36 AM »
I would be more tempted to try Polyethylene or polypropyline. not sure which one but one is commonly used for the small gas cans. You will need to find someone who really knows how to weld it.
I agree.
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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 01:41:07 PM »
 :'( I'm having sticker shock. The price of having one made is really more then I want to spend.
 I can get a CJ jeep 15 gal tank for about $60 but the shape is wrong.
If I thought I could crush one in to shape with out punching it I'd get a 20 gal flat tank for the junk yard and cave it in to the right shape.
A 15 gallon fuel cell is $600+.
Custom made Fiberglass from a shop is $500.
My Al fabricator said AROUND $350 and when he can get to it.
I'm still a ways out before I NEED a tank but it will make a difference in some of the building now.
It has to "V" UP in the center and get thinner not as deep to the front.
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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 02:47:01 AM »
And you probably need a 15 gallon or so tank?
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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 11:14:07 AM »
I found a new steel tank that with a little "Body Work" on the tank, I think I can make it work.
It's for a jeep Cj. 15 gal $48 and free shipping .
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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 04:07:28 AM »
  O0 That sounds perfect if you can make it fit.
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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 07:07:59 PM »
Got my fuel tank today.
 I think it will work out very well.

 It has fuel take outs on top as well as a tube to vent the tank.

I'm going to adapt My Snowmobile filler cap and fuel gauge,

just a float and indicator, to fit in the top where the Car fuel pump would be.

I wish the front portion was an inch thinner.

 There are no baffles in that part of the tank.

 Think I could slowly crush it down an inch or two?

I was thinking a 3/4" piece of plywood and lower the truck on to it

To make a slight "Taper" to the front 4" of the tank...
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Re: Anyone ever make a fuel tank ?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 04:02:50 AM »
 O0 I bet that would work, D. Improvise and overcome! Would you please let me know if that works out? I think it should.
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