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Username Post: Gas tank        (Topic#359780)
probelair 
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02-11-20 11:44 AM - Post#2786315    

Going to be dropping the gas tank on the 61 impala Bubble Top.

First how do we know know the size.

And how do i really determine if it should be replaced.

Dont like doing things twice.



 


probelair 
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02-11-20 11:51 AM - Post#2786316    
    In response to probelair

If i was to replace the tank and sending unit and straps has anyone bought there parts from Summit racing.

Reason being i have a 20 percent off till the 23rd and that would nice.

If not send me to what is correct or better.

Thanks as always.



 
japete92 
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02-11-20 12:21 PM - Post#2786318    
    In response to probelair

  • probelair Said:
Going to be dropping the gas tank on the 61 impala Bubble Top.

First how do we know know the size.

And how do i really determine if it should be replaced.

Dont like doing things twice.




The Spectra gm31 is a direct replacement (put one on my '63). Skip the stainless. Sold directly, and thru vendors (such as Summit). The tank is 20 gal.

My opinion? For the approx $200, just change it. Eliminate any risks of contamination from accumulated 'gunk'. Change all tank internals while at it.

Useful data here:

https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-heritage-...

Pete






Edited by japete92 on 02-11-20 12:22 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
probelair 
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02-11-20 01:07 PM - Post#2786321    
    In response to japete92

That's the answer I was hoping for.


Thanks very much



 
pvs409 
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02-11-20 02:46 PM - Post#2786330    
    In response to probelair

Use and buy only the Spectra gas tank, its zinc plated like the originals. Other cheap tanks are painted tanks (junk).

My Spectra tank in my 62 is 15 years old and it looks as good as it did when it was new.

Paul

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4 (sold)
62 Imp HT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible
http://paulstensland.com


 
Original58 
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02-11-20 08:08 PM - Post#2786342    
    In response to pvs409

Go for the Spectra. It is a high quality piece. Spectra seems to strive to provide a quality product that is North America made.
The tank and sending unit for my 58 matched identical.
Jeff

1958 Biscayne 283 Turbo-Glide 31,000 mi (now 35,000 and counting) driven daily
1966 Mustang Inline 6- C4 57,000 mi and growing daily
1929 Graham - Paige 612- the eternal headache that I will never sell


 
DonSSDD 
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02-12-20 11:21 AM - Post#2786376    
    In response to Original58

Buy the made in Canada Spectra tank. Rockauto shows which is which.

63 Pontiac Parisienne Sport Coupe(CDN Chev mechanically (409, 4 speed),62 Bel Air SC (sold), 59 El Camino (sold), 62 Bel Air SC(sold), 63 SWC Vette (sold),
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Edited by DonSSDD on 02-12-20 11:21 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
dmart90 
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02-16-20 08:31 AM - Post#2786640    
    In response to probelair

On my '61, it looks like I have a leak at the gauge unit on the fuel tank when it's full. Now that the fuel level has dropped a little, the leak is gone. Do I need to drop the tank to replace the gasket or can this be done with the tank in place?



 
junky 
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02-16-20 08:34 AM - Post#2786641    
    In response to dmart90

On some cars, GM had a punched out hole in the trunk that has a cover glued down over it, for accessing the fuel tank sender. Look in the floor of your car to see if it has this cover. If not, you have to drop the tank to repair it. Also, you are assuming that it is the sending unit, however, I have seen tanks rust out on the top from mud being thrown up there, and staying wet. Also check for that possibility.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
turbo38s10 
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02-16-20 10:44 AM - Post#2786655    
    In response to junky

There is no access panel to the tank unit. You must drop the tank to replace the seal or the sending unit. The sending unit must be removed either way as the seal goes over the sending unit and then put in the tank. This will also give you the oportunity to look at the top of the tank for rust and be sure the tank doesn't need replacing.
If the sending unit is working fine then you can get away with just the seal, but be aware the unit maybe rusted enough not to get a good ground when replacing. I would recomend you replace the sending unit and filter and gasket.

Make sure you either drain the tank down or run it low on fuel, it will make you life much easier when removing.



Edited by turbo38s10 on 02-16-20 10:46 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


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