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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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First off, I have no data to back this up...
However, common sense makes me think that you could install the excursion tank, using whatever mounting means you need to fab up to mount it, with the factory sending unit for that tank, and then both electricly, and fuel line wise, "t" into the wiring and fuel lines with a selector for each tank... as the dual tank on my dad's '82 chevy was, the dash fuel gauge read for which ever tank you were set on, hit the switch, it changed over to the other tank, and the gauge would move to the correct level for the tank selected... I'm sure there are relays out there with a 12v coil to alow the electrical part of the issue to be solved, and the mechanical valve/switch can't be too hard eather. Allied Electronic is a company I use for stuff like this for my electrical contracting company... phone 866-433-5722, check out the web site too....alliedelec.com , this one could be made to work, you would need one for each wire involved going to the sending unit: Omron Electronic Components G8JN-1C7T-DC12.
Good luck with your project, it's a great idea, with both tanks, and based on our fuel mileage, you should get about 700+ miles before needing to fill up... over 400 is easy in our Ex, and 300 can happen in my red truck, a super cab short bed. I like your idea, I may copy it, as I also don't carry a spare under the bed. (or at all for that matter... lucky I guess!)
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