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Username Post: 1957 Fuel System        (Topic#359094)
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Loc: Eastlake, OH
Reg: 12-10-19
12-10-19 08:31 AM - Post#2781870    

Morning Everyone. I am a new member here and I am looking for some insight. I have a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe. I have owned the car for the last 17 years but just now am getting around to restoring it/getting it back on the road. I have started working on the fuels system. I dropped the fuel tank and fuel filler accessories. I am debating on having the tank refurbished to keep as much original as I can vs purchasing a reproduction original from Danchuck or another company. Any feedback or advise on which is the better way to go is much appreciated. I do want to keep the car as original as I can as it is stock original in its current condition apart from a few items. All the major parts (motor, carburetor, transmission) are all original to the car. I don't want to affect the value too much and I want to keep it as original as I can. Yet I want to be able to drive the car. It will never be a show car and I don't want it to be. I want to enjoy it with my family. Just not sure which rout to take.

I appreciate all the feedback and help!


Mel Foye 
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Mel Foye
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12-10-19 09:42 AM - Post#2781875    
    In response to Boehmerpat

I vote for keeping the original tank if safe. Call around to radiator places and places that steam clean. Don't forget to check lines, pump and carb for crude also.

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Loc: Eastlake, OH
Reg: 12-10-19
12-10-19 09:52 AM - Post#2781877    
    In response to Mel Foye

Thanks Mel, I appreciate the info!

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Loc: SW Minnesota
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12-10-19 07:56 PM - Post#2781919    
    In response to Mel Foye

When I did mine 10 years ago the tank looked pretty good on the outside but was rusty on the inside, had it cleaned & replaced the sender & put new fuel lines on. Have fun

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12-12-19 03:36 PM - Post#2782027    
    In response to J REID

Depends on the condition INSIDE the tank.

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Loc: Missouri
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12-13-19 06:11 AM - Post#2782057    
    In response to Gene_Schneider

  • Gene_Schneider Said:
Depends on the condition INSIDE the tank.

Agree completely.

But whatever you do, install an inline fuel filter, at least temporarily, in the fuel line right at the carburetor, until you are certain the fuel tank and lines are OK. If the filter doesn't clog in a few hundred miles, it could probably be removed.

And if you should ignore this advice, I know a guy that makes carburetor rebuilding kits


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Loc: Cameron, Wi, USA
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12-13-19 05:16 PM - Post#2782099    
    In response to carbking

Replace the tank. Most likely the cheapest and certainly the best option.

You already said some parts have been changed so whats one more part that is very important to reliability of the car.

I went through 3 fuel pumps in 3 years before I wised up and replaced the tank.

Its your car, do what you want to it to give you the most enjoyment

57 Bel Air 2dr Ht
327 700r4

Edited by 57tim on 12-13-19 05:19 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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