PACrewCab wrote:Look at that death gas tank outside of the frame rail! Make that thing disappear!
I'm not really all that worried about outside the frame tanks or in cab tanks IF they're installed correctly. They aren't the best idea, but working in the towing/recovery business for a long time I've seen a lot of wrecked trucks. The only out of frame tanks I've seen any real problem with are either poorly installed aftermarket tanks and mostly the factory GM trucks. The GM trucks the issue wasn't the fact that the tanks were outside the frame rail but that the front corner of the bed punctures the tank in an accident. I've seen tanks nearly crushed flat and not leak much if any. And every medium and heavy duty truck has outside the frame tanks for the last 100 years, both gas and diesel.
To each their own, I just don't think they're as bad as old Ralphy and his book make them out to be!
PCPACrewCab wrote:That gas tank is quite frightening! It is connected with a valve that is located right beside the front seat. That thing will be gone asap!
The valve may, or may not, have been factory. The electric valve to switch the tanks didn't start until 74 or 75. My mostly all original 73 Camper Special has the factory manual valve on the floor by the seat, switch just changes the gauge reading. Your extra tank is obviously not a factory second tank, but the valve may be, does the heater controls have a switch on the right side for switching the gauge?
PCPACrewCab wrote:Now that I have gotten the picture uploading squared away(I hope) I can begin this thread. I have been looking for one of these crew cabs for a long time (no year specific) and just happen to find two only 8 miles from my house. Stopped in and talked to the guy and am now the new owner of a 4x4 and 2x4 crew cab. Both of the trucks are 1974's and the one that I am going to be resotring hasn't been inspected since 1995. Here are the pictures of my truck with a few things done to them but not much.
A LOT of sheetmetal work to be done, but it's a cool projet! If the roof/drip rails are fairly solid it's a keeper for SURE!