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Old 04-07-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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Actually Ford never put the gas tank outside the frame. I don't know about Dodge.
Remember when they all put the tank behind the seat?
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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Remember when they all put the tank behind the seat?
Well I meant between the frame and body. In cab tanks are safe even though they take up storage space.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:16 PM
 
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In cab tanks are safe even though they take up storage space.
Hhhmmm....how safe? My biggest concern of an in cab fuel tank is if it developed a leak in which a minute amount of gas vapors escaped, and you happened to create a static electrical discharge getting in/out of the seat.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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Hhhmmm....how safe? My biggest concern of an in cab fuel tank is if it developed a leak in which a minute amount of gas vapors escaped, and you happened to create a static electrical discharge getting in/out of the seat.
Safe enough for me. If they ever leak, and you would know it if they did, than you should fix it.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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On Mercedes (at least in the 80s), they mounted the fuel tank in FRONT of the rear axle, between the wheels, as far away from possible impacts as possible... that how all of our 80s Mercedes were and my moms 88 S-Class.

My 1991 Caprice has the tank under the trunk, but its pretty well forward and its flexible plastic, so probably less likely to rupture?
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:02 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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The date/time stamp on the beginning post of this thread says "Today, 12:15 PM"...I think 1990s Dateline NBC wants its story back.

Just saying.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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True, Im sure. However, not to discount the POSSIBILITY of a possible fire due to the tank's location on the OUTSIDE of the frame rails is pure folly. The impact energy released during a crash can cause many things to happen to any vehicle with a poor design location for the fuel tanks. Thankfully these trucks are ageing out of the nations inventory.

I, too, like the Chevy/GMC trucks from those years and if I owned one I would move the tanks inboard like many of my friends and co workers did during that period of time.

At the end of the day fire is a horrible way to die in my book.
Did you really see what he wrote, though? He would rather die in a collision at 100mph (obviously full conscious) than to die by being burned alive while unconscious or dazed. I'd think that if you were unconscious while being burned, you would never wake up because of (a) smoke inhalation or (b) the 'pain factor' that causes the brain to shut down.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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Dad had a 52 Chevy pickup with the fuel tank in the cab, behind the seat back. The gas gauge didn't work, but all you had to do was reach between the seat and door and rap on the tank. You could tell how much gas by the sound.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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Remember when they all put the tank behind the seat?
Do you know why they went away? Dateline, the same people who rigged the GM saddle tank explosions.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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Do you know why they went away? Dateline, the same people who rigged the GM saddle tank explosions.
Huh?
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