The Early Classic tank kit comes with the correct sending unit and replacement rear crossmember. At 27-gallons, this Suburban tank offers 50-percent more capacity than the factory unit. ECE also offers a 23-gallon unit for shortbed trucks. Both tanks are available with an optional manifold to allow an in-tank electric pump for fuel-injected applications.
One of the big drawbacks of most classic vehicles is the limited fuel tank capacity, and the early Suburbans were no exception. With a tank size of only 18-gallons, they are limited to a couple hundred miles or less between fuel stops. Now this may not be a big issue for the cruise-night guys, but it's a real pain for anyone taking that long trip.
The buys at Early Classic enterprises have come up with a viable solution to this dilemma with their new 27-gallon Suburban tank. Constructed using 14-gauge stainless steel, these beauties feature an inner baffle-chamber design to restrict fuel sloshing. Optional features include an in-tank electric fuel pump for those truck owners running a fuel-injected engine.
We know that there are still a lot of truck and Suburban owners that use their rigs to tow. Early Classic kept this in mind when they designed these tanks to make sure they worked with their line of receiver hitches that hide behind the factory license-plate box until needed. These class-4 hitches allow you to have the ability to take even more stuff along on your next road trip to the lake or swap meet.
Follow along and we'll show you what's involved in the installation of both the tank and hitch kits on a classic '72 Suburban.
1. The original fuel tank was held in place using a pair of sheet metal straps that cinched the tank up against the bottom lip of the frame.