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Old 11-07-2010, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wink home made fuel cell???

ive seen a few people post up questions about the gen-right units and rci units as well. but i was wondering if anyone is building their own cell's out of steel rather then aluminium? any pics out there?
i know the price for an rci isnt bad at all, but it would nice to build one that fits my needs perfectly, and out of steel cause i can work it better then aluminium.
post up what you know or what you got, thanks
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is one I built for a JK that I did a triangulated rear 4 link in. I mounted this in the rear like the CJ/YJ/TJ's. It was pretty simple, took about 50 hours total. I used 16ga for the bulk of the tanks then went back and skind the bottom with 3/16's. I used a Gen-Right ring and then had the hole thing powder coated when I was done.









the owner has been wheeling it hard for almost a year now without any trouble. And its got some nice scrape marks on it too.

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Old 11-07-2010, 10:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Homemade cell

fuel cell tech. this is a pretty good site for tech on everything, if you can filter throught all the bull sh*t .
here s a good fuel cell build:
http://therockgods.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9101
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I made these two in this thread. Both worked out great but the 2nd one is better in every way and has been taking a beating despite hanging down a bit farther. There is a lot of welding into them though!
http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...ight=fuel+cell

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Do you have any problems with rust inside the steel tanks or do you coat them with something?
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you have any problems with rust inside the steel tanks or do you coat them with something?
I've built a few for trucks, and more for bikes, all steel, and I always coat the insides with POR tank sealer. it stays flexible, so even if the tank dents, and the metal tears a pinhole, the coating holds the fuel in. Killer stuff, costs about $50 to do a bike tank though, more for a truck.
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i know there is a thread on here where a guy cut a hole in the floor board and raised the OE gas tank up and plated it over the top to seal it off from the cab. pretty much a free fuel cell. I plan on doing that to my jeep, i can't find the thread on it though.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Do you have any problems with rust inside the steel tanks or do you coat them with something?
My first one I built was in my jeep for almost 2 years before I made the second one and thats been in for 6 months or so. When I removed the first one and took it apart there was zero rust or corrosion that has started. I just figured if I started to see rust I would make a new tank and fix it then but that hasn't happened yet.
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I built mine out of 1.5" angle and skinned it in 16 guage. I built it with baffle and a sump.

***One warning with the POR15 tank sealer is to pour it in slosh it around quick and get it out.

I sloshed it around for awhile trying to make sure I got all my baffles and stuff coated and it thickened too much and I didn't get the results I was looking for.
It was my fault. I still think it's a great product.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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looks good, thanks for the links and info.
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My little brother has built a few pretty bad ass cells from both Alum and SS. Here's his latest he built for his 67' Chev.





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