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vbtj
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What is everyones opinion on a fuel cell built out of steel instead of aluminum.   I don't have any money left to buy a cell. but do have some 1/8" plate that I could make one out of.  I would make a 10 gallon one and reuse the stock sending unit.   I guess only thing would be rust but I don't know how much of a problem that would be.  Opinions or experience appreciated.  Thanks

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June 19, 2009 at 9:54 PM Flag Quote & Reply

CW4x4Him
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Remember that '48 Chevy coupe I had?  I'm pretty sure it had a home made steel cell in it.  I never put a magnet to it, but it looked like there was surface rust on the outside which makes me think it was steel.

You might check out www.racingjunk.com I bet you could find a used aluminum or plastic cell there for not a lot of cash.... maybe.

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June 20, 2009 at 12:01 AM Flag Quote & Reply

daveoffroad
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I have 2 fuel cells that are made from steel.  Have ran them for proabaly 8 years with no issue........

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June 20, 2009 at 5:16 AM Flag Quote & Reply

vbtj
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Dave how thick our your cells?

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June 20, 2009 at 8:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

daveoffroad
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It was pretty thin.  I am thinking 3/16th.  It was bent on a break.....and then welded.

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June 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

hondabogger
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There should't be a problem as long as you keep lots of paint on it.  You might find that some cheap "bed-liner" in a spray can (like spray-paint but it being bed-liner) would really keep it from rusting.  I think it's made by Dupli-color.  Good stuff.

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June 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

stano
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I tried to build one one time for my big rig and never got it to seal up.  there was a bad place in the steel that just bubbled everytime it was welded,  but I sold the rig...so I guess I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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June 20, 2009 at 5:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

hondabogger
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Yes, I agree with you stano. If there was a bad spot just take a square piece of steel... i guess like 3x3 and weld over the whole bad spot. That would give more area to weld to.

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June 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

86 zuk
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If i was you I would just give it a try if work cool . if not then can say you tryed it out .but if it was me i would us  clean new steel  and a tig if you dont have a tig.  us a mig with gas on it that flux core wire will make it harder to weld just my 2 cents. good luck

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June 20, 2009 at 6:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

vbtj
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Yeah I am using solid wire with gas again and when I do it I will probably see if JD can  break some of it to cut down on welded seams.   I'll give it a try one of these days.  Still gotta finish the tons first.

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June 20, 2009 at 6:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

vbtj
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I found a formula online for figuring out the gallons in a square/rectangle tank.  The formula was LxHxW divided by 231.   This uses inches for the L,H, & W.  231 is supposed to be how many cubic inches equals a gallon.  So can anyone verify this as an accurate formula.   Thanks

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June 21, 2009 at 5:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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