Gas tank


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Post Thu May 09, 2019 4:32 pm

Gas tank

I'm in need of a gas tank for a '56 S-150. The old one is getting past its usefulness. Wondering if anyone has one or knows where one might be located. Doesn't necessarily have to be a factory original. Just looking for something similar that could be made to work. Any help would be appreciated. I'm located in southern Minnesota.
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Post Thu May 09, 2019 6:20 pm

Re: Gas tank

I need the same for my 53 R112. Seems these things are hard to come by.

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Post Thu May 09, 2019 6:49 pm

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Last I knew there are several companies out there that will restore your old one.
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Post Thu May 09, 2019 6:54 pm

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I have been involved in this IHC thing for 30 years. Good fuel tanks were never easy to find and in 2019 finding a good used tank is next to impossible. These old tanks can be repaired. If you are not familiar with fixing an old fuel tank take it to a professional. Even after decades of sitting these tanks seem to be able to give off explosive fumes.
I have two, possibly three, good tanks I am saving for upcoming projects. You might try MAGIHC MIKE at his email, 321bust@gmail.com. Mike used to be the go-to person for Old IHS everything.
If a person is up to some minor frame modification, a 1990 Chevy Van tank can be installed between the frame rails at the rear. I have pictures. If I can find them, I will attach pictures. If a person goes this route, I can give an explanation, at that time. .
The rearmost frame cross-member will have to be removed. I decided to install a Reese trailer hitch to add stability to the frame that was lost with the removal of the "X" member. The original frames need this hitch to help with stability.
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FUEL TANK AND REESE HITCH.jpg
With REESE HITCH
FUEL TANK LEFT SIDE.jpg
FUEL TANK FILLER LOCATION.jpg
fuel tank 1990 Chevy van.jpg
1990 Chevy Van tank in an R120
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Post Thu May 09, 2019 7:31 pm

Re: Gas tank

I just had mine repaired for my 53 R110 at a local radiator shop. They cut out the rusted part where it sets on the running board rails, then welded in new sections. Looked nice and best of all doesn't leak, wasn't cheap but I'm back on the road.
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Post Fri May 10, 2019 12:02 am

Re: Gas tank

I have 4 good 1950-1956 gas tanks for sale in WA state, cant ship them though,,,,,,,
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Post Fri May 10, 2019 5:29 am

Re: Gas tank

bedrockjon wrote:I have 4 good 1950-1956 gas tanks for sale in WA state, cant ship them though,,,,,,,


That’s a long drive from Pennsylvania. I’ll be there next Friday. Lol.
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Post Fri May 10, 2019 6:01 am

Re: Gas tank

For the L-R-S 110 thru 130, the tank dimensions are 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" x 45". That can give you a starting point, if you know someone who would be willing to weld up one for you. Might not LOOK original, but it would fit where the original fits.

I've never had a 150/160/170 tank to measure.
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Post Fri May 10, 2019 10:15 am

Re: Gas tank

I guess I could go measure the L150 tank I have to see how much different it is from the smaller trucks. I know it is a bit bigger but not much, I think. I will be in the area where it is sitting, perhaps today. I might could be persuaded to carry it in the back of my truck when I leave Idaho for Missouri/Kansas area next week. I think it will sit beside my 5th wheel hitch.

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Post Fri May 10, 2019 12:13 pm

Re: Gas tank

Gas tanks, grilles, and tailgates - the trifecta of IHC unobtainium.

One big problem with the pickup tanks is the filler neck. Starting at about a 45 degree angle, it then makes a weird bend between the cab and bed, which eliminates a lot of aftermarket possibilities. Most seem to have either vertical or horizontal filler necks in the wrong spot. Depending on how your 150 is set up you may not require the bend or angle. That may give you more options. Somewhere on this board is a post about how to massage a plastic Ford F1 tank to fit. That might work for you.

Last fall I took my L-110 tank to a local shop that deals with this stuff regularly (J-Mac Radiator in Salt Lake, if anyone in the area needs their tank fixed). It was badly varnished inside and had developed pinhole leaks where the tank straps were. They cleaned, repaired, sealed, and painted it for me - $250 plus tax. It felt expensive at the time but saved me a lot of headaches.

I had considered a rear tank like Nikki suggested, but my pickup has a big-a** homemade bumper blocking the area, and I want to keep it. The Thing is made of railroad rail and plate steel and must weigh 300 pounds - plenty to keep an inattentive driver from mangling my tailgate.
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