I stopped by the junkyard on a whim on a recent Monday morning. I was heading in to work late and decided to check their inventory of 70's trucks in the yard on my phone and saw that they put a 77 F-250 in the yard 2 days earlier. I stopped in, dressed all nice for work to at least take a look at the two 70's trucks in the yard
It turns out the truck they'd put out 2 days before was a 1977 camper special with the aft axle gas tank, shield and filler neck assembly totally intact. I made plans to return back the next afternoon as I knew I was getting off work early.
I went back the next afternoon and was happy to see everything I wanted was still on the truck.
The camper special also had a nice looking A/C and heater control unit with the gas tank switch assembly that I helped myself to:
I pulled out the filler neck, shield and tank, getting them off just before closing time. Here's the camper special tank after I washed off all the dirt and grime:
Here's a shot of the 90's cab and chassis gas tank that I have on the left and the 77 camper special tank and shield on the right before I washed it off.
Front view with the 90's cab and chassis gas tank that I have on the right and the 77 camper special tank and shield on the left.
You can see that the filler neck locations are different. I've found a few other postings with these side by side cab and chassis and super camper tank pictures here on FTE, but there's not many of them around so I thought it would be good to post these up.
The super camper gas tank had 2 holes drilled in it from the junkyard draining the fuel out of the tank as is their standard practice:
The fuel tank was manufactured by Bronson Plastics, based on Bronson, Missouri.
A search online for the company doesn't turn up much in the way of results, mostly obituaries for people who used to work there and have died and one or two other postings looking for info on similar tanks, such as this one for a 1976 Dodge W200 plastic tank https://ramchargercentral.com/vehicle-h ... ir-ideas)/
I set about calling around to find a place that does plastic gas tank welding. It took a couple of days and I talked to a lot of plastics manufacturing and metal welding folks in Southern California, mostly with dead ends, but with some good internet keyword searching skills I ended up finding a welder who could do the job within a mile of the junkyard. I'll get the tank back tomorrow.