Getting a Universal Gas Tank
Are you building that new hot rod in your garage and are thinking about a tank or fuel cell? Well, in this article I will be talking about universal fuel tanks for hot rods and why they might be the perfect option for your new build.
First off, just because they are named “universal” doesn’t mean they will fit any car. You’re going to need to have an idea of the size you’ll need as far as capacity.
These tanks come in all sorts of sizes from 5 gallons to 50 gallons. And I am sure a fabricator will make pretty much anything you’d want if you give them the specs.
One thing that you need to be sure of are the sizes of hoses and such that you’ll be using. The gear needed to complete your tank, like any sensors will usually not be included with your new tank. So you’ll need to know what size for fittings.
The next thing to decide on is what material do you want the tank to be. Today’s tanks are created in just about every metal and even carbon epoxies. These tanks are built for safety and efficiency.
Some of the most common metals include aluminum, steel, stainless steel or poly universal gas tanks for a multitude of applications for pickup trucks, street rods, and muscle cars.
Of course the aluminum ones are great to keep weight down if you’re serious about speed, but they are also the most expensive. So you’ll need to weigh your options.
Cost is always a consideration. Luckily the cost of many builds are pretty reasonable. For a “normal” tank around the 16 gallon mark made of stainless steel, think around 200 to 300 dollars.
Of course if you getting someone to fabricate one for you from scratch the cost is going to reflect that. So make sure you know the exact cost before accepting any order.
Where to Buy
There are a lot of places to buy online and they all range in price and options. So you’ll need to dig in and do your research. Another place you can look if you need a more standard size or a replacement for an older car is Ebay or Amazon.
Both of these sites carry a decent inventory and selection of providers.