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saddlebag gas tanks need to go. 77 chevy

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by toolman, Jan 12, 2003.

  1. toolman

    toolman Newbie

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    what easy options do i have to get ride of my saddle bag gas tanks on my 77 chevy stepside? i would like to keep a tank thats about 30+ gal but between the frame rails.
     
  2. TX Mudder

    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    put a blazer or burb tank between the framerails under the bed.
    -- Mike
     
  3. XtrmChevy

    XtrmChevy 1/2 ton status

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    I moved the saddle tank between the framerails above the rear axle. Just have to make a flatbed now... /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    Why you getting rid of the saddel tanks ??? I personally would love the extra fuel capasity. I added a pair of saddel tanks to my first K5. Might add a set to this one in the future. Was nice having 3 tanks. Just alittle costly too fill them all up.
     
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    zcarczar 1/2 ton status

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    Get a fuel cell and mount it in the end of the bed right behind the cab, also make sure you mount it low in the bed or frame, hell you might even be able to do it and not loose any bed space.
     
  6. toolman

    toolman Newbie

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    do you have any pic's? i was thinking about putting the tanks between the rails just wanted to see if anyone else has or if it could be done.
     
  7. TX Mudder

    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    Lots of people have put the tank between the framerails a la blazer.
    You have to fabricate some straps to hold it up - weld or bolt on.
    The only other thing if figuring how ot fill it up. You could cut a hole in the bed and run the filler neck there.
    I think the cool way to do it would be to have the rear license plate be on a spring loaded hinge and behind it have the hidden filler neck.
    I'd try to do it that way if I did the mod.
    Right now, my 2 20 gallon saddles are OK.
    -- Mike
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    I think I answered you somewhere else but, just in case...

    I used a sub tank in my K30 truggy. Just get the cross members from the donor frame and it's easy. The cross members mount fairly easy to a 1/2 ton frame. Just get measurements from the donor, drill some holes, bolt it in with some G5 3/8 x 1.25 bolts and nylocks, call it done. The 1 ton frame is taller so I had to build some "adapters". I also mounted mine as high as possible (actually about 2" above the frame). With the original cross members, you have a good fit and the straps from the factory setup. The filler is the only problem. I made mine out of 1.75" tubing using my tube bender. Lots of options, graft another filler into the qtr panel, fill from bed, fill in wheel well (messy), etc.
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Plate access would be too low. You need some drop into the tank and the filler neck goes in on the top of the tank...
     
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    I do not have any pics. One problem (or not) is because of the rear axle it must be so high up. I have the bottom of the tank in line with the frame so it is sticking up some 6" or something, I do not remember. It is really just put there, I have not finished it. Planning to have the filler behind the cab but if the tank would be turned the other way, it would be pointing back /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    ducttape114 1/2 ton status

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    i plan on cutting a big hole in my bed right behind the cab. so the tank is between the frame rails, half above the bed and half below.
     
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    You could cut a hole in the bed and run the filler neck there

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    Maybe a Gas tank from an old Chevelle work work in this case.
     
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    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    My 31-gallon Blazer tank swap: link
     
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    I told you how to do this a long time ago on instant messanger, must have been sniffin too much hydraulic fluid and forgot huh? /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    definitely a burb or blazer tank is the way to go
     

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