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32 gas tank question please

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrodjim, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. hotrodjim
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 208


    I am putting a 32 rear tank in my 31-A. I have a TCI chassis and am planning to fabricate the framework that the frame will mount to. I have been researching tanks and I keep comong back to a company called Tanks. This is their link

    I have read all about the tanks and am leaning towards the polyethylene tank with the fiberglass cover. Its 3 gallons bigger and a 100 cheaper. Has anyone used these?
    Plus any tips about doing this project will be appreciated
  2. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,681

    Dirty Dug

    Buy a steel tank.
  3. hotrodjim
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 208


    Is there a reason why or just because you like them better??
  4. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,222

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Steel not only looks better, but the glass larger capacity ones hang down too far & look a bit funky from the rear.
    I don't know about you, but after running the STOCK tank (12 gal.) down to 1/4 full, I' always ready to get out & unlimber & rub my butt while refueling!!-----Don

  5. Brandy
    Joined: Dec 23, 2004
    Posts: 5,286

    from Texas

    The poly tank is 285 at 14 gallons and the metal is 365 at 14.5 gallons?

    If you're just gunna cover the sucker in so many I've seen, I'd get the poly, because the 80 dollar difference for a HALF gallon of fuel doesn't excite me..........especially if I'm just gunna cover it up in paint.
  6. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,647


    The poly maybe a little hard to sell when you get installed and see you don't like it. Just MHO
  7. djust
    Joined: May 31, 2006
    Posts: 1,230

    from Oklahoma

    What kind of life expectancy is there to a poly tank.
    The 20 gallon one I had in my boat would shrink and expand alot with temperature and pressure changes and eventually cracked around the mounting holes.
    Every since I have been skeptical of plastic tanks.
  8. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,494

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Buy the steel tank especially if your gonna keep the car, in fact buy the steel tank if your gonna sell the car! Much safer IMO. The steel tank also looks better and no hokey fiberglass cover.
  9. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    I got the vintage inc steel 32 tank..really nice and well worth it.
    I wouldnt run a poly 32 tank...but than again my A is all steel and its going to stay that way

  10. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,519

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus


    Listen to DON ...
    He mostly likes has more miles in a 32 Ford than anyone else here on the HAMB.

    Even if you car only gets 9 MPG, the stock size tank gives you way over a 100 mile fuel range. Like Don, I have to stop ... make a Pit Stop to get rid off the first Diet Coke and get another. :D after ABOUT 100 MILES.



    While BOTH of the above roadsters are nice ... see how much better the stock LOOKING tank looks in the orange roadster??

    I have a friend who bought a new Vintiques 32 tank and I thought it was pretty nice. They had a stock shape and appearance to them. He has one on his 32 Vicky ... and it looks right ... installed on his car.

    BUY the original size and shape ... in steel.
  11. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Nothing wrong with the plastic tank and cover. Do what YOU want to do.
  12. hotrodjim
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 208


    Thanks guys. Sounds like steel is the way to go and if I am reading right the 11 gal stock size should be fine. Like Don after a couple hours I am ready for a break. Plus my car is all steel so I think I will keep it that way
    I hope 325W is wrong and that I do like it when I am done. I am making this change out of necessity. When the car was built the tank was put in the trunk. There is room only for 2 roll up chairs and the duster and maybe a jacket or two. When my wife and I go anywhere her side of the floor has the ice chest and anything else we are bringing for the day and she has to crowd in around it. This seems to be the best way to fix that issue. I am open to ideas
  13. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,570


    I installed a Vintique tank in a friends '32. We measured the capacity and it held 13 gallons to the bottom of the filler neck. I believe it's the only aftermaket tank that has the correct gussets and mounting flanges. I personally wouldn't use a poly tank.
  14. 392_hemi
    Joined: Jun 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,737


  15. I had a poly tank and it looked like crap, the painted cover only covers the top of the tank and then you see that obviously pebble grained plastic below. I now have a Vintiques and it is a dead ringer for original Henry
  16. I have one on my Tub and have had no problems with it. The best thing about it is it will never rust! It's about 7-8 years old.

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