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Magic Potion

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1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:27 pm

I'm new to the site and just bought a 65 chevy van a couple of days ago. Looks like my first problem is going to be a challenge. I have no fuel tank. I have read all I can find on this amazing site, but I am still at a loss as to what to do. I have seen the blog on a 88 G van gas tank but it looks like it is to big to go in the 1st gen and I don't have the means to move the cross member up, if I did I have a 2nd gen tank that I could use. Does anyone Know if the 88 G van tank will fit in my 65 with out moving the cross member? And if it will where I could get the tank at a reasonable price.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by vanny on Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:01 pm

Welcome aboard Magic, I'm sure the Chevy guys will jump in with some options for you. Looks like a nice little Sportvan you've got there. Congrats and please post some more pics when you get a chance!


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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:06 pm

Thank you, I hope so there has been a lot of discussion about the topic. love the quote by the way.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by chiliVANilli on Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:31 pm

Don't know if the helps, but after some research, I am using a tank for an 89 s10 blazer/jimmy. But I needed a fuel injection tank. I am also 4x4 so I sit pretty high, but the tank is only 10" tall and 20 gallons. the filler kneck is also in the right place. Just throwing that out there. $67 free shipping ebay.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:34 pm

Thanks for the response that is a new one I will look into it right now. Any chance you have pictures?
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:35 pm

A REAL 1964-67 16 gallon gas tank is 17" long,,,,,to fit in the cradle between the rear bumper and crossmember that sits over the rear end,,,,,,it is 10" high and 28" wide to fit between the frame,,,,,they have a weird sized 1 3/8" filler neck in the center of that 17" side,,,,,,








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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:40 pm

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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:49 pm

So you are saying the 89 s10 blazer tank is a no go on my 65? 33"x22"x10.5"
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:16 pm

I'd have to get a trailer to haul my fuel tank around.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:31 pm

You just got 17" and moving that front crossmember will take some work,,,Chili probably has a 2nd Gen that has the crossmember more forward to fit the bigger 24 gallon 1968-70 gas tank......
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Post by Big W on Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:51 pm

Welcome to VV Magic. When you can, post up some pics.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Joe Van on Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:57 am

Welcome To VV..!!!.. cheers ..1st Gen gas tanks are on the hard to find list but there still around if you can wait until one turns up or other members will chime in on what they used with out too much modifying... Very Happy ..


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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:32 am

Thank you for the reply. Looking at the van makes me smile but I am not sure how long that will last if I can't drive it. lets see what the morning shift has to say.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Vantasia on Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:40 am

Welcome! yes, armed with those dimensions, you should be able to search suppliers and find something close or have a shop modify one or make one up for you. I used a local radiator shop to re-core my radiator but in addition to repairing them, they also not only fabricate radiators but can fabricate gas tanks and I think a few here have done that too. It may cost a few hundred to get this done but what else can you do? Don't mess with moving the cross member, better to have a larger tank cut down and re-welded to fit....Plus keep asking here and at the other good forum for these vans, VCVC, (Vintage Chevy Van Club) in the parts wanted, many people find who part out these vans and someone may have a good used tank for you. Once the word is out, you get leads....post some pics of you van, looks complete, what did the previous owner say happened to the original tank? Even partially rusted it could be repaired.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:36 am

I do have a friend with 2nd gen parts van and he told me to come get the tank, sounds like I should have it modified. I didn't ask what happened to the tank. I had driven 400 miles to look at it and to find that I couldn't even start it. my head was spinning and I was trying to walk away but we had brought a trailer so we loaded it up. I had a 69 panel in the late 70s and had always liked the flatter windshield of the 1st gen vans. So I was unable to use just my brain but I think these vans are rare enough its like buying cash at least that's what I have told myself.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:35 am

So would I be better off buying a new 89 blazer tank or 88 G van tank to modify than using my friends 2nd gen tank of unknown condition?
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:20 am

Chili needs to post some pictures of just how low his tank is,,,,,there aint 33" of space between the frames and you might have to drop the tank below the frame to hook up the hoses,,,and where you going to get a 30 Ohm sender for that tank,,,they come with 90 ohm,,,,,,,HOWEVER,,,,Morbank here just got a 2nd Gen with a new 69 Blazer tank,,,,,,it came with a 30 ohm sender,,,he is buying a 90 ohm so ,,,,,,I would say a 69 Blazer tank with a 30 ohm sender might be the easiest for you,,,,
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:53 am

Thanks again, I will start another search.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:41 pm

Is there any room on the 28" length? I found a poly 29x17x14 and that would be a fit for the 69 blazer sender.
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:19 pm

Take a tape measure and see how low that 14" tank will hang,,,,,probably pretty close to the bottom of the cover on the rear end,,,,but the other 2 dimensions look like they will fit on the van,,,,,
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:28 pm

My van is over at a friends having some engine work done its about 60 mile away. I will try and get over there this week. That would give me an excuse to put some bigger fatter tires on the back. Can the poly be modified?
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:28 pm

,,,as bad as it sounds,,,,,,a guy could jump on this tank and,,,,,,,,,,ADJUST,,,,,its height,,,,,,
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:32 pm

I doubt a plastic tank could be cut up and glued back together,,,,,,This is a 2nd Gen with a Blazer tank,,,,



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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by Magic Potion on Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:32 pm

I can live with that. Do you have to modify it and is there a thread on this that I missed?
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Re: 1st gen fuel tank for chevy

Post by donivan65 on Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:31 pm

That is Morbanks van,,,,,,from one of the 2500 PM messages people have sent me,,,,,,he has not posted yet,,,,,,that tank came with 30 ohm sender,,,,,he is looking for a 90 ohm one to fit that tank,,,,which is probably a 69 Blazer,,,,,he needs to sort out what he got,,,,,,and get some better straps ,,,,,his van is in the shop,,,,,getting some engine work,,,,,,I will post more pictures if he sends me some,,,,except for it hanging down lower than a stock tank, it looks like it would fit a 64-67 Chevy/GMC van without too much work,,,,,,as well as a 68-70,,,,,you really don't want to be cutting out your crossmember and trying to weld it back in for a bigger tank,,,,

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