Fuel Tank inside the cab?

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Solgear's picture
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Trying to think things through and interested in converting my 1996 F350 Powerstroke.  It is an extended cab.  I am considering pulling out the back seat and mounting the fuel tank in its place.  Any constructive help would be appreciated.  My truck already has 175K on it, but it runs great and I love it and I've been told that some can get up to 500K.  When I drive it, I drive long distances... like to AK and back to UT or WV and back.  Am I crazy to want to convert my rig?

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I've did that and the smell and the MESS is the worse part about doing that. then the heat is also bad.

Solgear's picture
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Thanks for the quick reply Brian.  I am worried about the heat and considered trying to create an insulated divider and then mount a remote fill kit to make filling it easier to reduce mess.  One concern I have would be ventilation.  
Brian, Since you have done this in your cab, could I ask, Is this odor amplified intensely when in the cab and do you think an insulated divider might help this?  And is the heat more than an air conditioner could handle?

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you get (or I did)use to the smell. I insulated the tank that helped alot. but when i'm down south working the ac has to be on high all the time. It will work if thats the only place you have to put it. I was just telling you the bads. but it does work. and the worse is the mess. and you will have spills.

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Thanks again Brian, your points are good ones to consider.

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I have seen multiple tanks mounted under the vehicle on the frame. They work great most are 20 to 30 gallons a down side to frame mount. And they are hard it fill without a pump. If you really want it in the back seat make it really big. Ideally you will have the fill mounted outside of the cab. And have the vent mounted outside of the cab. And have it well insulated. This will keep the stink and the heat out. Custom made tanks where I am are about $10 a gallondepending on options. And complicated shapes.

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I've been in Miller's truck with an internal tank.
 
Here are my concerns (in no particular order.)
 
SMELLS.....SMELLS..........SMELLS!
 
HOT.....HOT.....HOT.....HOT.....HOT!
 
If you get into an accident, you will now have a sizable tank filled with hot grease to worry about.
Remember your history.  When castles were stormed, what did the defenders use to try to repel the attack?  HOT OIL.
If you front end somebody, your hot tank will become a missle heading straight to the back of your head. 
 
I would personally never install a tank inside my vehicle.  Its a risk vs reward thing for me.

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THE TANKS ARE MOUNTED INSIDE THE VEHICLE ON PASSENGER VEHICLES LIKE MY VW BUG.

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Put it in the bed inside a toolbox. Put the fil ter in the box to. Easy to fill and clean. Or my favorite 150 gal aluminum tank off a Pete where the toolbox goes. The 150 sells for around $400 used with the mounts and straps.

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If you are comfortable with a tank inside the passenger compartment, then the world is your oyster!

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Slatemd, thanks for your post.  I guess I didn't even consider the safety factor with grease on the inside if there were an accident.  That is the sort of feedback one should hope for in a forum like this.  I'm still considering the idea, but now have weighted the issue with new light... thanks.  I would like to put the tank in the bed, but was hoping to continue using my camper and haul a large trailer of equipment (and space for grease).  Does anyone have any grand ideas here that I'm not considering or thinking of.  While I haven't made the conversion yet, I look forward to working within the grease community for a couple reasons.  Thank you all in advance for your input.  Things like where to find a custom tank for this sort of purpose is also very helpful.