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03-08-2008, 11:56 AM
I Didnt know where else to write this other than this forum:
I was standing outside the local barbershop and saw a late 80's ranger pull up with 2 gas caps, 1 in front and 1 in back of the wheel. Whats up with this? I never knew rangers had two tanks??
03-08-2008, 10:04 PM
It was an option on some '80s trucks. I don't know much about it beyond that though.
03-09-2008, 12:52 AM
yep, anouther one of fords offer it for 2 years in the 80's options.so 20 years later everyone can say hey i just got to have that.knew of a 88 extra cab that had the dual tanks.
I think THINK the rear tank is 12 gallons.
03-09-2008, 10:00 AM
thats exactly what im thinking, especially with my long commute, two tanks would be awesome. Thanks for the info guys.
03-09-2008, 11:13 AM
I had a 84 and it had 2 tanks on it.
03-09-2008, 11:19 AM
yeah, the second tank goes where the spare is on most trucks. its actually 13 gal if i remember. i have heard that the wiring is there, just not the switches and hardware, because ford used the same basic harness for every truck.
03-09-2008, 08:55 PM
So where would the spare mount?
03-09-2008, 09:44 PM
inside of the bed
03-09-2008, 10:31 PM
I bought one of the "in the spare well" auxilliary tanks. When I saw that the filler neck would just stick thru a grommeted hole in the bed's sidewall, I decided not to install it. I went with a marine polytank inside my tool box and a transfer pump on a timer.
03-10-2008, 09:03 AM
The one on mine was a tank. It had the switch to change the tank from front to back and the whole 9 yards.
03-10-2008, 08:16 PM
my spare will be a 33" anyway, so it will have to go in the bed, so if i wanted an auxilary tank, do you think i could mount the aux. tank where they went and route the filler hose to come up through the inside of the bed? Anyone have suggestions. I drive from Baltimore MD to either DC or Virginia everyday depending on where the job is. 2 tanks would save me a lot of stopping time. As far as switching over, I assume you need to splice in extra fuel lines and a switch to get the aux. fuel pump hot?
03-11-2008, 09:48 AM
anyone know if you can still buy the rear tank
03-11-2008, 05:44 PM
03-11-2008, 06:37 PM
My '86 has a rear tank only, as the suspension is where the front tank was. I found a replacement sender and straps but, not the tank. Mine is rusted.
It also has a spare tire mount in the left front corner of the box.
03-12-2008, 12:34 AM
my plan is to install a divorced 205 in my 86 xtra cab as a doubler. i might have to take piece out of the stock tank to make room for the 205
10-30-2010, 07:43 PM
10-30-2010, 09:53 PM
ok. in my 1st gen truck i put a second tank in the bed. it's an aluminum tank out of a boat. 48x20x8 inches tall. fits perfectly right behind the cab. i have the filler coming out of my topper as i didn't want to cut into my truck bed. gas line goes into a marine 3 way manual valve. i fill the aux tank, use it til it goes empty, then switch to the original tank for the gas gauge. gives me about 42 gallons/800+ miles between fill-ups. works very well and the tank was $50 in excellent condition. i like it!
10-30-2010, 10:02 PM
and whats it cost to fill up
10-30-2010, 11:35 PM
that's the best part. plan my trips so i put just enough gas in to get me where i know gas is considerably cheaper and then fill it up there. drive from Duluth, Mn. to just over the Iowa border with just enough gas to get me there (about 10-12 gallons). fill up completely in Iowa where the gas is usually 15-20 cents cheaper per gallon, thanks to their lower state taxes. gets me all the rest of the way to Indiana, and almost all the way back to Iowa. i completely fill up again in Iowa.
also gives you enough gas that you can afford to pick and choose where and when to fill up, and plenty to drive thru the night until more stations open back up in the morning.
and costs about the same as my old chevy suburban with the big gas tank. but my ranger is way more fun to drive!
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