I've got a '77 F-250 Highboy that has been sitting for about 10 years. I have finally started the resto process on it. I have rebuilt the 460 in it and went through the brake and steering system and also replaced wheel bearings and u-joints. All I had left before my first drive was to clean the fuel tank and reinstall it. So much for that, it had a 1/2 rust hole in the bottom. I have seen that the most popular replacement is a '84 Bronco II tank to go in the rear. I love this idea but I have a few questions.
1. While this tank does not seem to be overly expensive I am on a budget and trying to keep cost down. My local pull-a-part junkyard has a '87 & '88 Bronco II. Will either of these tanks work?
2. I understand that Highboys never came with a rear tank from the factory. My bed has a fuel door behind the rear tire on the fender. I'm not sure if the truck has been wrecked in the past and the bed replaced from a donor truck or what. Can I use the fuel door with a Bronco II tank? I don't want to have 3 fuel filler holes in the truck.
3. Does the Bronco II tank tuck up in the frame rails enough so it won't get caught on anything while offroading?
4. Do people make their own tank straps when doing this install?
Thanks for the offer. Since I am going to have to get a new tank its a good opportunity for me to relocate it. I also live in Alabama so by the time I pay to have it shipped it may be worth it to buy new. Thanks again.
not familiar with the bronco II tank, but yeah, the in cab trucks did NOT have a fuel door, so the one you have should work. not sure what plumbing will be necessary to get fuel from door to tank though. I knew someone who used a plastic tank out of a newer F350 chassis cab, fit in the narrow frame like it was made for it....
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The Bronco II tanks will fit between the frame rails...but unless you modify frame cross member (I won't do that)...it sits too far forward and in 4 wheeling situations axle would hit the tank....I've used a 2wd rear tank...turned sideways and made custom straps and mounts and it worked great!!!
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i wrote an article on here about using a ranger tank in the rear of a highboy. Wanted it to show up as a sticky because there have been a lot of people asking about it but i guess the moderators didnt approve. I did it in a 77 highboy that had the fuel door in the bed, but it was bolted shut. i removed that door and used a fuel filler setup from a 73 ltd. moved the small angle iron crossmemer forward to attach the front of the straps to and welded some hardware store hinges onto the rear of the ranger straps and bolted them to the rear crossmember to hang the tank.
2. I understand that Highboys never came with a rear tank from the factory. My bed has a fuel door behind the rear tire on the fender. I'm not sure if the truck has been wrecked in the past and the bed replaced from a donor truck or what.
The fuel door on the bed is from the factory. Mine has it as well even though there is no rear tank. When I got it smogged after buying it I had to explain it to the smog guys since they were trying to pull it open.
i am trying to make a 74 f250 2wd rear tank fit in a 71 f250 4x4...
currently we moved a small cross member forward towards the rear axle and the stout rear cross member as far back as possible. we
added a stout v-5 ford hitch that mounts to the bottom of frame rails
4 massive bolts on each side
turned the tank so the filler goes out the back just under the tailgate
straps above and below that came w/ the 74 tank
the tank is tapered (left side deep to right side shallow)
if i get the front of the tank lower than the filler so the tank can actually be filled to capacity and not sit in the hose causing a leak
should this work?
should the 74 sending unit work w/ my 71 fuel gauge?
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