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Unread 05-22-2005, 05:25 PM   #1
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Fuel Cell ...make one or buy one and it's location

What would be involved in fabbing up a fuel cell?? what type of materials are needed, what type of welding, and questions of the sort. Im looking to stretch the jeep and need to do something about my gas tank. Im not opposed to buying a fuel cell but they seem expensive, and was curious if they could be made for much cheaper. also can 2 fuel cells be connected some how that are located in different spots??I have my back seat out and rear storage, and was thinking about putting a fuel cell behind each seat, like a 10 gallon or something, maybe less, but if they could be connected to draw from each other I could have a 20 gallon tank that is out of the way...thanks for the help...if anyone has made their own or knows about this, all advice is appreciated...thanks

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Unread 05-22-2005, 06:17 PM   #2
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make one out of a keg
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Unread 05-22-2005, 08:12 PM   #3
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really??? cause i have 6 of those hanging around...
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Unread 05-23-2005, 12:10 AM   #4
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ya i have seen it done. ill find some info for ya
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Unread 05-24-2005, 09:29 PM   #5
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Id appreciate that, but I dont see where one of those would fit in the jeep??? is it cut up and then fabricated?? I guess the info will tell me..thanks
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Unread 05-25-2005, 07:03 AM   #6
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Unless you're really proficient at welding, I'd just pony up and buy a cell. I picked one of the aluminum 15 gallon cells with a sender for less than $200 from Summit. I also picked up AN fittings and hose to plumb it. It was easy to mount.. 4 tabs on the bottom. Looks good and didn't eat up all the space behind the front seats in my CJ5. The vent line also has a built in roll over check valve. I like it.
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Unread 05-25-2005, 09:34 AM   #7
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is that 15 gallon enough for you??? Ill have to look at their website, but I was thinking about going with 2 10 gallons behind each seat to get a little more gas in there...does anyone know if I could succesfully connect two tanks together???If not, i may just end up goinig with that 15 gallon...thanks guys
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Unread 05-25-2005, 07:41 PM   #8
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15 gallons will allow me to wheel all day and still have about a 1/4 tank.. with a SBC 350..
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Unread 05-25-2005, 10:21 PM   #9
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Don't know where you wheel, but I only go through about 5 gallons a day, rock crawling with my 350 tbi. Short drive to the trails from the campground.
I have a 12 gallon poly fuel cell with the sump in the bottom.'
Drawback is no fuel sender but I've never ran it out of gass.
There should be plenty of room to put two in but I'd just get a larger tank.
Check Summit, Jegs, etc. for a 16 to 20 gallon tank. There usually the same height.
If you build one, you will be concerned with internal corrosion on a steel tank, expense, strength and fittings welding your own aluminum tank.
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Unread 06-06-2005, 08:24 PM   #10
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theres a catalog called Lefthander Chassis who has a lot of parts for racecars. I race, and the team uses them for all of our parts. give em a try. to be honest, I don't know how expensive they are, but i know that they have some nice cells.
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Are these hydrogen fuel cells or what? I've seen some buzz about fuel cells but never a full explanation. If theyre hydrogen, what has to be done to the engine to accomodate it? Sorry if this is off-topic.
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Unread 06-22-2005, 09:30 AM   #12
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fuel cell is just another name for a fuel tank.
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Curious about fuel starvation on steep inclines. Fuel pick-up, sumps etc. I want to build a tank just to try it and because I want to make the best use of space in my 94XJ tuber. Lefthanders typically have the pick-up on the right side because the fuel is forced to the outside of the turn. I'm always standing on the nose or laying flat on my back, right side, left side... What's the best way to scavenge all the fuel avoiding loss of power at a bad point on the trail?
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In the R/c Plane world they use a flexible pick up, weighted. it just follows gravity.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 01:00 AM   #15
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With as small as a 15 gallon cell is I think you would have to be running really low on fuel to starve the pickup.

I was going to build an aluminum cell but after pricing everything out (I already have the aluminum) it would be cheaper to buy one.

I still might throw one together and see what I can come up with as far as mounting an in tank pump and a fill cap.
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