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Installing an Early Classic Fuel Tank

Publication Name: 
Truck Builder
Publication Date: 
June, 2003
Section: 
Getting Tanked

While the engineers at Chevy normally have our respect and admiration, the guy who thought that putting the fuel tank in the cab was a good idea should be smacked upside the head. As much as we like to sniff gas fumes, it's the chance of immolation that has us worried.

Luckily, the folks at Early Classic Enterprises have taken the initiative and produced this stainless steel tank that is designed to sit between the rear frame rails. Early Classic offers the highest quality, American-made tank that carries a full 23 gallons of high test.

The tank is constructed from heavy 14-gauge stainless steel and is much less prone to tearing, cracking and punctures than aluminum. Another plus of the Early Classic unit is that the tank is engineered to accept an in-tank fuel pump for fuel-injected applications or run with a factory external pump. It features internal baffling and includes an electric sending unit, as well as all necessary mounting hardware.

Early Classic Enterprises is based in Fresno, California, and is owned and operated by Dave Clark. Since its opening in 1993, Clark has specialized in parts for the '60-'72 Chevy and GMC trucks. In that time, he has turned Early Classic into one of the nation's premier manufacturers and distributors for parts for lovers of classic Chevys. Be they suspension, body or specialty, chances are Early Classic has the part you want.

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All of the necessary parts and pieces come with the Early Classic fuel tank.
The truck that is about to receive this tank is well along in its rebuild. The stainless steel fuel cell will be a perfect addition.
The cross braces must be removed to allow for the large (23 gallon) tank to fit. The braces are held in place with factory rivets; the easiest method of removing them is with a pneumatic tool equipped with a chisel bit.
The same holds true for the main crossmember that runs across the frame rails. For those without a chisel, the rivets can be drilled out or ground flush and driven out with a punch.
The Early Classic crossmember is installed. A rubber mallet may be needed to get the piece in position.
Supplied hardware will be used to bolt the piece in place.
A floor jack is used to raise the tank into place. Unless you have three hands, the jack makes things easier.
The Early Classic unit fits the opening with little room to spare, which is why the two crossmembers have to be removed.
With the tank in place, the necessary holes are marked, punched and drilled.
Early Classic provides these collared nuts. They slide over the frame and into a hole--of course, you may need to give them a tap to get them into place. They mike life much easier than trying to get a wrench between the tank and the frame.
And thanks to the collared nuts, tightening the mounting hardware is as easy as this.
The Early Classic fuel tank is a perfect fit. All it takes is one look at the minute gaps surrounding the tank and the frame will verify it.
A VDO fuel-level sensor comes with the kit and is a breeze to install. Just follow the supplied instructions to get the swing arm adjustment right.
This tank was equipped with this type of pickup, but Early Classic can also equip the tanks with an EFI-type collar.
The owner of this truck was going to install a fuel door in the side of the bed so the inlet was directed up and to the side, but Early Classic can supply your tank with a variety of inlets, depending on the location of your inlet needs.
As easy as that, the Early Classic tank is in and ready for running the fuel lines
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