1965 Gladiator J3000 Gastank
A neighbor is selling a 1965 Jeep Truck for $800. I am thinking of buying it as a work truck for trips to home repair stores etc. It's not pretty, but seems to run well. My concern is that it has the gas tank in the bed of the truck fixed next to the cab. Is this something commmon or something that should be of a concern?
1964 Gladiator J-3000
4x4 w/ snowplow
Great for those AL winters!
So long as the gas tank is up to snuff as far as being completely sealed, made from the proper materials, and securely fastened I don't see a problem... I take it this is an aftermarket tank made of high quality materials... I might be a bit dubious if someone took the stock tank from the stock location (wherever that may be, I don't know ) and just threw it in the back...
91 YJ 4-Banger
I would be a little cautious as well. I am an accident reconstructionist, and can tell you that you're looking for trouble. I would seriously consider doing one of two things: relocating the tank to the underside of the vehicle, or building a full on roll cage enclosure around the tank. The problem is that should the tank rupture, you've got a fireball directly behind you. If the vapor inside the tank explodes, the pressure wave will blow the glass into the back of your head. With the tank mounted under the verhicle, there's no clear path to the passenger compartment, you've got skid plates and frames protecting the tank, and you won't have the pesky problem of worrying whether something your carrying will puncture the tank when you slam on the brakes. If it were me...I'd probably leave it where it was, but I just want you to be aware of the risks.
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