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dual gas tank ranger? is it rare?

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yep the “beater with a heater” is a front-wheel drive, heavy one at that. 3000#. The ranger is about the same weight with no cap /tool box/grille guard. Ranger is a manual, hhr is a auto od.
If I had a mustang Id never manage 20+ mpg, Id have my foot in it too much, driving it like I rented it. lol
Yup. I have an 07 Mustang, and I beat on it pretty hard every time I drive it. LOL!
 


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I dailyed it for years. Was actually my go to for the winter months because it was way better then the F-150 in the snow.
 

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Dual tanks were handy in some vehicles (like the Early Bronco) because the tanks were tiny and they got terrible mileage. 2-300 mile range is plenty for me, most of the time. My F250 and my Chevy at work have 38/36 gallon tanks, the way it should be... I think two smaller 16/17 gallon tanks like my F150 has was a stupid idea.

I eliminated the front tank on my '86 Ranger and I will be eliminating the rear tank on my F150 eventually. I haven't used that one in probably 10 years or better.
 

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Lot easier to drop a 16gallon tank full of gas then a 38gallon tank
 

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-And a little side note on dual tanks......I TRIED to get them to put dual tanks on my '88 GT I ordered. The guy at the dealership where I ordered it was a family friend. He said, idk, but we'll try.... I saw the order form, he put it on there,
but 2-3 weeks later when we were in, he told me they sent the dealership word that they would not put them on a GT. But that would have been rare.......
 

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I used to have an 88 F150 with dual tanks - 19 gal and 18gal. I used to take each tank down to around 3/4 which, if I recall was about 200 miles per tank. When the senders got flaky, I just went by the trip odometer. Did that for years.

The whole thing about “I wouldn’t want to fill up those tanks” doesn’t make sense. If you travel 200 miles per week and have 2 tanks, then you only fill up half as often. It’s the same amount of gas or money per week. That’s determined by how much you drive. Not how much fuel you carry.
 

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yeah, filling a single 40 gallon tank on a 3/4 ton was bad, but only needed to every 3 weeks.
 

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yeah, filling a single 40 gallon tank on a 3/4 ton was bad, but only needed to every 3 weeks.
I had one of those in my 76 Blazer from a Suburban when I was a kid. Funny I never got 3 weeks out of mine. But then cruising on Friday nights and racing the IROC-Z with the HO 305s was fun. I did manage to get 19 mpg once on a road trip to Tucson, but usually got around 8-10.

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Just wanted to add some data to this older post.
The standard tank on a supercab Ranger was reduced in capacity due to the cab overhanging it. I think it was maybe 11 gals. The reserve tank was bigger, maybe 13 gals. (been at least 25 years since I played with an '88 that we added the reserve tank)
The later supercab tank (3rd gen?) is much bigger. My '96 stretches from the drivers seat to the rear axle.
All the first gen diesels were double tanks, both the 2.2, and 2.3 turbo, from '83 to '87.
 

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Just wanted to add some data to this older post.
The standard tank on a supercab Ranger was reduced in capacity due to the cab overhanging it. I think it was maybe 11 gals. The reserve tank was bigger, maybe 13 gals. (been at least 25 years since I played with an '88 that we added the reserve tank)
The later supercab tank (3rd gen?) is much bigger. My '96 stretches from the drivers seat to the rear axle.
All the first gen diesels were double tanks, both the 2.2, and 2.3 turbo, from '83 to '87.
I have a feeling that my 91 super cab has an aftermarket tank because i ran it out of gas and it took 20 gallons to fill it back up.
 

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Regular cab has 17gal tank
Extended cab 19gal tank, yes it will hold about 20gal if bone dry and overfilled
Long bed 19gal tank

Rear tank was 13gal and only came in regular cab models so 30gal capacity, dual tanks were dropped in 1986 or so, extended cabs came out in 1987
Spare tire was carried in the bed in Dual tank Rangers

EVAP system cost killed the Dual tanks, got too expenive to install 2 EVAP systems that passed emissions testing
 

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Regular cab short box 4x4 tanks were 15 gallon.
 

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Regular cab has 17gal tank
Extended cab 19gal tank, yes it will hold about 20gal if bone dry and overfilled
Long bed 19gal tank

Rear tank was 13gal and only came in regular cab models so 30gal capacity, dual tanks were dropped in 1986 or so, extended cabs came out in 1987
Spare tire was carried in the bed in Dual tank Rangers

EVAP system cost killed the Dual tanks, got too expenive to install 2 EVAP systems that passed emissions testing
I have an 86 extended cab with dual tanks.
 

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That would be rare
 

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