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What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« on: March 17, 2020, 02:38:47 PM »
I have a 6/1 and a 20/2.

What kind of fuel tank setup do you have?

My 6/1 uses the original green tank that is mounted on the head. While it seems big enough (not sure of the capacity) it is rusting badly inside. The 20/2 uses a 6 gallon outboard engine fuel tank and that seems to be a good choice. But the fuel lines are getting stiff.

I'm considering welding up an aluminum tank to mount on the 6/1. One that holds about 5 gallons, so the thing can run all day without stopping. Also would like a large filler opening, so I can get my hand in there and clean it out.

Thoughts?
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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2020, 08:21:59 PM »
Hi cujet,

I used Boyd Welding to build a tank about 7 or 8 years ago. They are located in Ocala, Florida.

It looks like they have the parts you need to build a tank.

It might be worth checking to see if they can build what you need. They might have one in stock to suit your needs.

Henry

https://fueltankparts.com/collections/custom-flanges-parts-adapters

https://fueltankparts.com/collections/universal-tanks?__utma=163955756.2103795900.1584475353.1584475353.1584475353.1&__utmb=163955756.4.9.1584475368397&__utmc=163955756&__utmx=-&__utmz=163955756.1584475353.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)&__utmv=-&__utmk=154399032
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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2020, 11:13:23 PM »
I am using a stainless steel beer barrel on one engine, and an original Lister tank for the other.
What I had to work with.
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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 11:51:06 PM »
Hugh, thatís one tough fuel tank. I guess it would have no problem surviving a toss in the back of a pickup or rolling it down a driveway. Great fuel tank.

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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2020, 12:24:32 AM »
Maybe I should have kept it in use as a beer keg
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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 03:49:32 AM »
Portable air tanks work nice with filler welded it.
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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2020, 05:21:04 AM »
An old fire extinguisher, at the moment. still waiting for the genuine tank.

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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 09:34:52 AM »
Hi All

I've got a 2 gallon fire extinguisher mounted sideways, with a BSA oil tank filler (the neck was cut out of a scrap tank)  in brazed the side - which is now the top! - and a 3/8" BSP socket for the valve beneath it.

I kept the fitting for the fire extinguisher and blanked it off for use as a port for inspection / cleaning.

I've done a neat job and it doesn't look too out of place.

I have an old 'Atco' lawnmower tank, (a horizontal cylindrical one, which looks quite period) with the intention that when the Lister goes into service I'll mount it some where handy on the top of the engine and fit a double banjo to the injector pump. The main tank will run the veg oil, with an easy change over to dino diesel at the end of each run, to aid starting, particularly in the colder months.

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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2020, 06:20:47 PM »
I use an oil reservoir used on hydraulic systems. Available in many sizes.
They are available in many shops and have the fill/drain ports already in place.

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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2020, 06:51:36 PM »
I use an oil reservoir used on hydraulic systems. Available in many sizes.
They are available in many shops and have the fill/drain ports already in place.

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Stunningly nice!!!

I neglected to mention that both units are semi-portable. The 6/1 is on tires, the the 20/2 is on the steel pulleys, used as wheels, that came with the engines.
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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2020, 09:40:43 PM »
If your not concerned about the tank being certified as a fuel tank this hydraulic tank Northern Tool might be something to consider.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200746889_200746889

At one time I was looking into an air tank from surplus center. Need to weld a fill neck on the tank.

https://www.surpluscenter.com/Brands/Hoosier-Tank/6-31-Gallon-Mobile-Air-Tank-4-1754.axd

I prefer a metal tank over plastic plastic fuel tanks but some people like plastic tanks.

https://www.tank-depot.com/productdetails.aspx?part=A-SP0006-FUWB

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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2020, 10:34:29 AM »
I use an oil reservoir used on hydraulic systems. Available in many sizes.
They are available in many shops and have the fill/drain ports already in place.

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Very nice setup indeed! With everything going on I missed replying about your setup. My apologies.
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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2020, 02:34:39 PM »

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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2020, 12:59:32 AM »
10 gallon drum.

$70?? WOW!

Here you just go down the industrial areas and you will find any amount of them. I picked up a couple of 200's and a couple of 60L the other day from the back of a car stealership workshop. they had about a dozen. Went in and asked  and the service manager was there and came out and wanted me to take the whole lot!

Couldn't give away enough of the things. Very clean and I got about 2L of engine oil out of each one which was a nice Bonus.


For fuel drums I have used the 25L sq plastic drums that floor cleaner and disinfectant etc come in for restaurants and similar places.

Bore a hole in the cap and push a pipe through mainly but sometimes screw a tap in the bottom bung for gravity feed.
Header tanks of Cars can be good too if you don't need a lot of capacity. Some here off older Fords take about 4L so quite worthwhile for a lot of applications and they are a thick plastic designed for heat and pressure so very robust.

I have also used The petrol tins for lawn mowers and just soldered an outlet at the bottom of them. You can still buy the metal cans here as well as larger 10 and 20L Traditional Jerry cans which are easy to add a tap on as well.

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Re: What are you guys using for fuel tanks?
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2020, 01:50:49 AM »
Yea, new drums of any type are expensive. I was looking for tanks and drums in the 5-10 gallon range. I used a 55 gallon drum once and it got to be too much to move when full. Not many good drums where I am I never seen 10 gallon drums either.

I do like the idea of Jerry cans. They would make good portable tanks. For Lister engines I would think they would look nice painted Lister green.
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