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Replacement Bronco Fuel Tanks
Word Of Caution
Beware of the stock 32-33 gal. tanks which rest on the skid
plate. there is no space between the tank & plate which is an ideal
place for rust to grow.
One day on a trail I landed on a rock causing a dimple in
plate about the diameter of a quarter & maybe 1/4" deep, didn't slow me
down as this had happened before until the guy behind me said I was
leaking fuel. Some of that rust that had been forming for 12 years just gave
way & I had several pinholes in the tank. I was even more surprised when I
dropped the skid plate down to rub some soap in the holes to help seal it up
enough to get me home, I didn't realize the plate was the only thing
supporting the tank.
I have replaced my tank with a polyurethane unit of the same capacity
but at the same time I installed a 1" body lift. I loosened the metal
straps above the tank so I could move it up some closer to body then secured
my new tank with universal tank straps. I then attached the skid plate with
some extra washers & homemade rubber spacers so I now have about 3/4"
between the tank & skid plate.
Notes, Comments, Other web links
I know the poly tank won't rust and now I can remove the skid
plate if I want. I would recommend making a similar modification to
anyone with the 32-33 gal. tank that sits on the skid plate.
Assessories by K BAR S -- 45 Gallon tank
Gas Tank, 1978-89 Replacement 45 Gallon capacity. Part# GT400
Thu, 25 Feb 1999
Andy Bridgeman -- AndyBr@exabyte.com
1986 302EFI / T18 / BW1345 / Open Dana44(F) / Ford 9"(R) / 33x10.5-15 Swamper Radials / 1" Body Lift
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