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I have an 86 ranger with dual tanks but the switch is bad anyone know where I can find the witch or what I can do to rig a different one to it
If it is the main switch under the truck you can get it through LMC truck or rock auto maybe even the local auto parts store.

If it is the switch in the dash, might find one at a junk yard out of any truck that has dual tanks. or search google for a Fuel Tank Selector Switch and see if something comes up that you can make work.
 


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I have an 86 ranger with dual tanks but the switch is bad anyone know where I can find the witch or what I can do to rig a different one to it
I've got spares, PM me late in the week after I've had a chance to find them


96Indyram,
The "switch" is in the dash and unique to the ranger.

The valve is under the truck, and on an '86 is the second of three types ford used on dual-tank Rangers
 
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I've got both the dash switch and frame switch off my 83 I'd sell
 

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I've got both the dash switch and frame switch off my 83 I'd sell
As old as this post is im probably grasping at straws.....is this still available
 

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F series trucks had dual tanks also. Should be able to use that info to expand your search for parts. I know my '88 F150 had dual tanks. Switches and selector valves are probably all the same.
 

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96Indyram,
The "switch" is in the dash and unique to the ranger.

The valve is under the truck, and on an '86 is the second of three types ford used on dual-tank Rangers
F series trucks had dual tanks also. Should be able to use that info to expand your search for parts. I know my '88 F150 had dual tanks. Switches and selector valves are probably all the same.
No personal experience but Allan says the switch is specific to the Ranger.
 

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Specific to the ranger only if you're going period correct. I've put in a frame switch/solenoid from a 86 ranger into my 77 f150. I'm sure the opposite is possible.
 

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I'd think you could make an F series selector switch work but it's part of the HVAC controls in the 80-86 trucks. The 87 up trucks have the switch near the gauge cluster IIRC. It is just a switch... but for bolt in parts you want one for a Ranger.

I don't think a selector switch and valve from an '83 would be ideal parts for a '91.... Better off looking for those parts from an '86 up truck.
 

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The tank selector solenoid is controlled by a switched hot wire. The solenoid is open to one tank with power off and the other tank with power on. It's been awhile since I've worked on mine so the details of which solenoid I used are very hazy. I believe I used the original dash switch .
 

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I found a dual tank ranger at the junk yard so I grabbed the whole wiring harness, selector valve, dash switch, fuel lines, rear tank and straps, and rear crossmember. I like the idea of having a dual tank set up but I am wondering if it is more trouble than it is worth. I have read through this post and another so I think I can get it installed but just want to clarify a few things if anyone has done this. I have an 86 super cab BTW and the donor was a 85 single cab long bed.

1. Is the wiring plug and play? It appears so to me. I see a plug in the dash harness for the switch. There is an empty fuse for "Aux tank" in the fuse panel. And the front of the fuel wiring harness looks like it will plug right in to the harness under the hood that comes out of the driver side firewall.
The only issue I see is that there was one plug that I don't have in my truck. The main fuel harness runs along the frame but there were 2 wires that lead into a plug that went up through the center of the floorboard behind the seats (single cab). I plan to go back and trace those wires. I will also post photos later.

2. How can I best bench test the selector valve? It is all sealed up with rivets so is there a noise it makes when changing or can I see a change in something down the inlet or outlet ports? Hate to install everything and have the valve not work.

3a. Has anyone had success patching a gas tank? The tank has 2 screwdriver size holes it because they drain all tanks at the Junkyards. Otherwise it is clean inside and only some surface rust outside. It is steel, appears to be the 11 gal tank I have seen referenced in these discussions. I know you can get the broncoII tanks but they hang pretty low for my liking.
3b. Does the sending unit in the rear tank share parts with the Bronco II for the filter bag and electric pump? I want to replace them while I have it all taken apart.
 

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If tou are willing to lose the spare tire and reroute the exhuast im sure you could find one to mount like a Bronco or Ramcharger
 

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Bronco tank is huge. You can make from scratch or modify any sender that fits the tank you want to work.

The best system parts I have seen are from wild horses....modify the eb stuff they have to work.

Jeff's bronco grave yard had plastic b2 tanks for 155 bux last I checked. Use that and the bronco 2 skid plate and your Golden. 23 gallons is an upgrade worth doing.

Follow Allan's warnings and this is a winner if you run lots of road.
 

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Like I said one that mounts like a Bronco or Ramcharger..... not one from those 2 vehicles
 

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If tou are willing to lose the spare tire and reroute the exhuast im sure you could find one to mount like a Bronco or Ramcharger
I already ditched the spare tire mount cause it was super rusty, and my exhaust is kicked out before the rear axle.
 

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