I ran a few searches, but kept getting hundreds of threads. The ones I read were about repairing or troubleshooting them.
I got this crazy idea of putting dual tanks on a truck. I know where to mount both tanks (I think) and which will fit in there (again-I think). More research and final measurements will be needed still. They will have the factory sending units and pumps in them (will be used).
I wanted to find out "how it works" before I go a lot further into research and locating parts.
How do the factory installed one work? My dad's 88 f-150 has a flip switch that goes from one tank to other (gas guage reads whichever tank you are on).
I am guessing both tanks feed into a control valve somewhere? The dash switch controls a relay that moves the valve and changes the electrical circuit to the guage?
Where are these things mounted typically? Anyone have a wiring diagram/fuel circuit diagram or know where I can find one?
Any help would be appreciated. I truly know less than nothing about these.
I still don't know how ford has it set up, but I did find a valve at jc whitney (would never use it) after you told me there was such a thing.
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If I can find out more about the ford parts/wiring, I guess I will try to find one. My idea is not sounding so crazy now (to me anyway).
Okst1: I remember seeing one like that in an old ford when I was a kid. It seems like it was mounted under the edge (or end) of the seat? A lady ran our of gas on one tank and we almost never got it started again on the other. What memories!
As far as wiring...I hope to transplant a whole EFI system in. If I can do that (I hope I can), the valve will be easy.