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Custom gas tank?

So I've worked on a few diesel trucks (not Fords ) and noticed that their fuel tanks are basically a round drum with a fill hole. But any gas vehicle I've worked on has a more complex tank with vapor lines and special vented caps, etc.
Is it possible to use a diesel tank on a gas truck? I'm thinking of modifying my dump bed, but the gas tank is in the way. So I was going to make a custom tank to fit my needs.
Any thoughts or reasons not to do this?
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It would work fine, you would just need to make sure the sending unit will work with your gauge.

My ONLY worry would be the GAS tank would now be outside the frame and vulnerable to impact from other vehicles
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73-87 GM trucks had outboard tanks, and nothing catastrophic ever happened. In fact, Dateline rigged a truck to explode, which resulted in GM filing a lawsuit. You should be fine.
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Yeah, I hadn't thought of the gauge issue. I'll have to think about that...
I may just get a 38 gallon rear tank and just do away with the front one altogether. That would probably be easier anyway.
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