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    Steve Crites


       I’m a new owner (6mos) of a beautiful (pictures later) factory built Classic Roadsters Duchess with Pinto engine and Chevette rearend with a 4 speed.  She runs great, requiring only a little tuneup.  The wife and I have had almost constant grins since we got her. The one thing I don’t  love is the gas tank.
       One of the previous owners has placed a larger tank that is so big it fits under the frame rails rather than up in the rails where it is protected.  It tends to drag on low spots and makes it more Pinto-like than I’d care to have.  I’ve looked around and can’t find the  replacement. I can get a marine tank the right size and make some brackets,  but wonder if anyone has a tank or any ideas on what might fit.   Thanks in advance.  

    Mark Hendrickson


    Why not try something really safe and available in many different configurations…a fuel cell.

    Today’s fuel cells are available with senders for gas gauges too. Most of the companies offer “street” style cells that are not extremely expensive. You would want one that has it’s own metal “box”, not the black ABS plasitic style you see in the trunks of street rods.

    ATL, JAZ, etc are some of the companies…do a google search ro any where that sells parts for race cars (Stock Car Products, etc).

    Any decent welding shop can fabricate a “nest” to hang the fuel cell off the rear frame rails. Look under any circle track race car to see what I mean.

    I had a CMC Pinto based MGTD and it came with an aluminum gas tank that fit between the rear frame rails. I had to fabricate a “nest” to protect it from dragging too.

    This is the fuel cell in my ’85 Mustang Road Racer.

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