Fuel tank and system

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October 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm #3075

Lazy
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Getting close to finishing the Rat, this section will show the install of the fuel tank and fuel system.The tank has been positioned behind the front seats, main reason for this was that I couldn’t find anywhere else to put it. It is made from stainless steel, but will be covered with a material to make it blend in with the interior.It holds about 8 gallons, which is a sensible amount of fuel to get me to places without keep stopping at fuel stations.It was a very tight fit, just about got it fitted in.(that grammar sucks).Will fit the filler neck as soon as I move the rat over to the other side of the garage. So far the tank is bolted in and the fuel pump is mounted…..

Pictures below show the progress so far…

 

fuel tank tank

ratrod Not the best picture in the world, but you can see how the tank is mounted on the angle at the bottom and bolted onto the chassis rail at the top. Rubber strips were glued to the frame to help with the vibration.

fuel pump Fuel pump mounted under the passenger seat.

Had a couple of days off this week so more progress on the Rat was made. Fuel tank is now fully welded in, fuel pump, filter and fuel lines installed. Most of the fuel pipe was 8mm copper, wanted to use tube and not hose as most would be concealed under the floor, wanted to eliminate any leaks. Turned out to be a bit tricky as there wasnt a straight run, still only took a day to complete…..

ratrod ratrodThrough the gearbox tunnel.

ratrod And through the bulkhead to the carb.

Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, will change them later.

Well that’s the fuel tank, pump and feed pipe done……….

On to plan “B” , didn’t like the look of the shiny stainless steel tank, so out it came and covered it in the stuff they make sacks from (hessian), not sure if that’s how you spell it, spell check said it’s ok. While it was out the fuel filler neck was installed, what a bastard that turned out to be. Had to cut a load of sheet metal from the inner wing resulting in the outer wing splitting in two. Any way the end product came out good, the outer wing welded up to match the rest of the welding.Tank will be left out for a while as it will make it easier to fit the fans and the shroud etc.

Tank tank

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tank cobb web

To be continued……………….

Tank now fitted, fuel system all done.

tank tank

Fuel level is on the clear tube in the middle of the tank.

Thats another part sorted……

 

 

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