I called around to find out how much a radiator shop would charge to clean out my tank. $125, plus more to seal the tank. A new Mustang tank costs $120. So, I ordered a ‘69 Mustang gas tank, sender and filler hose from DallasMustang.com. UPS says it’ll be here
So, what do I need to do (that I don’t know how to do) to get this gas tank working?
- Remove the bed of the truck. I don’t have a lifting method or a place to put it. I’m thinking of jacking it up with my two hydraulic jacks on 4×4 lumber, then somehow safely propping it up over the truck frame. Maybe instead I can gather enough guys to lift it by hand and put it in our spare parking spot.
- Remove the two frame cross-members that are in the way. They’re held by large rivets, which I’m going to have to drill out. Never done that before.
- Weld together a frame to suspend the gas tank between the frame rails. First thing I need to do is find bar stock. I assume I can get that at a welding supply place. I’ll look at Home Depot first.
- Install the filler pipe that I’ve ordered somewhere on the fender of the truck, or near the tail-lights. Run filler hose to the tank around or through the frame rail with no leaks.
- Make the filler look good. Put a gas cap on it.
- Purchase a gas gauge that’ll work with the sender I’ve ordered.
- Run power to the tank’s sender, and run the signal back to a gas gauge.
- Run new gas line up the frame rail and to the engine.
- Plug the holes from the old gas tank.
- While I’ve got the bed off the frame, I’ll probably want to paint the frame with POR15, which I don’t have.
So, I’m digging myself a pretty deep hole here.
Oh, I’ve also got to install: a new distributor with electronic ignition rotor on the way; new coil; new water pump (waiting for a gasket) and thermostat; new temp sending unit; carburetor rebuild kit; new seat.
I also need to finish the battery tray. It’s not going to last as is.
I still haven’t looked at the brakes, and both master cylinders and hard lines (brake and clutch) are obviously leaking.