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Moving a Ranchero Gas Tank Filler by Mike Schnur

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Moving a Ranchero Gas Tank Filler by Mike Schnur

Post #1 by jamyers » Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:22 am

Mike Schnur moved the filler on his '65 Ranchero into the inside of the bed, complete with a filler door. Very nice installation, and solves the fuel filling and dribbling issue.

He graciously consented to my posting his information here - Thanks, Mike!!!

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"I cut the Mazda (I believe it was an '83 GLC
hatchback) fuel door recess out of the car at the junkyard using a hammer
and a sharp chisel. Mazda sheetmetal isn't very thick, so that was actually
easy to do. I took the whole filler tube to the tank, but only used a
portion of it. I wanted to install the filler in the removable access panel
below where it is, but that would have provided too much of an angle for
the filler tube going into the tank; so it's best to mount it as high as
you can, as I did.

I traced the Mazda door on the Ranchero bed and cut it out with a hole saw
and a Sawzall. Trimmed it to shape with a die grinder stone. I mounted the
Mazda recess behind the Ranchero sheetmetal, and attached it with four
screws - mainly because I didn't want to damage the paint by welding. If it
was on a car that was to be painted afterward, I would just tack-weld the
four corners. So to clarify, the outside surface of the Mazda recess is
mounted to the inside surface of the Ranchero bed wall.

I had to space the Mazda door out 1/8 inch or so to make it flush with the
Ranchero sheet metal, but this was in the range of adjustment of the Mazda
door hinge. I gutted the tumblers from the Mazda fuel door lock that
originally required the ignition key to open, and now the Ford key will
open it. I had a piece of appropriately sized exhaust tubing bent to the
shape of the Ranchero rubber fill tube, and installed it to the tank with a
two inch piece of new filler tube rubber hose from NAPA. I then cut the
Mazda steel filler tube down, and attached it to the new steel tube with
another piece of rubber filler tube.

That's pretty much it. You can stick the pump nozzle into the new filler
neck, and floor it until the tank is full, and it will cancel before an
overflow. There are a few angles where it will cancel prematurely, but you
learn to hold it just right for a quick fill. Overflows are rare, and go
into the bed - I didn't install a drain tube though I perhaps should have.
The few times it has happened, it was just a small amount of gas and was
easy to soak up with one station-supplied paper towel. So it really hasn't
been a problem.

Note that there are several other cars that can be the donor for the fuel
filler parts, I used this one because it looked close to what I needed.
Look for a recess that is made from steel - most '80s Fords have a plastic
recess that's too big and hard to adapt, (tried one of those first) and you
want a recess that points the filler neck down rather than straight in, so
the angle can be adapted easily."

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There are two pictures, but I don't have a site to put them on, and don't think it'd be cool to hotlink from here to them over on TFFN.net, but here is the link to the thread over there where I was able to post them.

http://tffn.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=40108#40108

Off to the wrecking yards! :D
Thanks again, Mike!
Last edited by jamyers on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Post #2 by Nathan289 » Wed Aug 24, 2005 2:08 am

There is a guy around here in Spokane with a ranchero with a Subaru gas neck and filler door in the side of his ranchero.
Its even got the cable to pop the door open inside the truck.
Wish I grabbed pictures of it when I was at the car show.
Next time i see it I will snap some fotos
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Post #3 by LaGrasta » Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:00 am

Wow, what a great install! It looks stock. The rounded door really matches the tail light access panel. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.
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Post #4 by dwood » Wed Aug 24, 2005 8:13 pm

The whole truck is done extremely nice.

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Post #5 by Falcon62 » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:38 pm

FWIW, the contributor's name is Mike Schnur, and I'm sure he's pleased we are enjoying his modification here at FordSix. 8)
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Post #6 by jamyers » Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:13 pm

Falcon62 wrote:FWIW, the contributor's name is Mike Schnur, ...
GAAA!!! Many apologies for the mis-spelling! edit edit edit... :oops:
James - '62 Ranchero (200cid), '71 LeSabre (464cid)

The ONLY safety device we need is a 6" sharpened steel spike bolted to the center of the steering wheel of EVERY vehicle.
Emergency Rooms and Funeral Homes will be busy for a week or so, then I predict a dramatic drop in vehicle accidents.

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Post #7 by Falcon62 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:02 am

Hehehe, no problem. I've been a long time regular at TFFN, longer than I've been with FordSix IIRC. IMO, TFFN is the place for Falcon info, and to me it's like FordSix but for Falcons.

BTW, there's a ton of tech at TFFN, so if you've got a Falcon, and are looking for Falcon specific info, you should check it out. 8)
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Re: Moving a Ranchero Gas Tank Filler by Mike Schnur

Post #8 by Hahnster » Mon May 08, 2017 12:25 am

Does anyone have a picture of Mike schnur'a relocated gas filler on his '65 ranchero? The link in the post is no longer active. I have a '65 and would like to do the same thing.

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Re: Moving a Ranchero Gas Tank Filler by Mike Schnur

Post #9 by hotrodguy » Sat May 13, 2017 10:43 am

I have a 65 Rancher and we pulled the tank and relocated the filler neck to come up just above the tank with a trap door cut into the bed. Works really well , old cap was affixed to the original twist lock. I can get a full 20 gallons of fuel and not spill a drop and a clean fender. Not cheap to do but well worth it. Randy

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