Kinda my thoughts on the whole thing as well.
Mr Ugly has a tank if you want that
Mr. Ugly isn't fuel injected. Need the electric fuel pump, need the EFI tank for that to hook up. I'll give you a holler when I get the cash to go shopping. Right now, just scoping out the whole parts list to prioritize what get's bought first.
See what a tank costs from a junkyard (and if they'll even sell them), but money aside, here's my thoughts on why I would NOT do a factory tank:
- the factory location is a rock magnet
- take the opportunity to put in a larger tank for more range, or a smaller one for less weight
- Who knows what kind of rust and crap is inside there and just waiting to get sucked into and block your fuel filter
I looked into running external fuel pumps with the non-efi tanks and was reading lots of posts about them burning up because the non-efi tanks have no baffles and when the gas sloshes around, starves the pump and burns them out pre-maturely.
Going to a fuel cell does sound good. And hey, if you're buying, I'll hook it up
. Right now, I'm trying to focus on getting the thing running (reliably), then looking at relocating the tank while doing the flat bed. So basically if I can score a relatively cheap tank that bolts into the factory spot, that's what I plan on doing. Tho Troy does have a good list that tempts me.
Another factor in the fuel cell is mounting. I'd like to keep as much bed space as I can, especially after watching Nate struggle with his 2 cu. ft worth of space to use when camping. I've seen some write ups about using ford and chevy fuel cells that carry 22gal and mount perfectly between frame rails in place of the spare tire. Keeping the bed on body lift blocks makes room for something like that (and an idea I had for mounting my spare tire), but call me vain, I don't want to drive around with a truck that has the bed mounted on 3" body lift blocks when the rest is sitting at a sane height. Once switching to the flat bed, that lift won't look as bad and I'll get some useable space below.
After I catch up on my savings account, make some much needed repairs/upgrades to the house, then I'll come back to the flat bed, tank relocate, probably exo, etc.