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iceman
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1961 gas tank

Post #1 by iceman » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:43 am

I was getting redy to purchace a new gas tank for my 1961 asedan and I would like to have a largwer tank. I saw that the 60-61 tank number is different than the 62-65/65 mustang tank which are 16 gal. I was wondering if the later tank will fit or if i need to stick to the oe tank. has anyone tried to use the later tank?

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Re: 1961 gas tank

Post #2 by oldgrezmonke » Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:02 pm

You are not limited to the Mustang tank . As far as I can tell , there is one company making most of the gas tanks sold in the U.S. - Spectra . Do a net search for their F28B tank . Many Falcon vendors and others sell this tank . It is designed to fit the Falcon fuel inlet and vent better than the Mustang . It is 16 gallons , extends down a little lower and straight down on the exhaust side . It requires the purchase of a matching sending unit . I replaced the tank in my 63 1/2 with one of these purchased from a online only parts company called Rock Auto - rockauto.com - lots of parts at good prices but do a net search for best price and be sure to check shipping and handling also . The stock size muffler [about 5 1/2" round] will fit O.K. but if you have the common 6 1/2" round muffler , you will have to do some exhaust work [ask me how I know] . The fuel nipple on the sending was a little oversize but the hose wiggled on with a little wrist action . The fuel filler and vent dropped right in place .The bolt holes matched up in mine though a few had to be enlarged a bit . The worst part was that almost all those punched-in threads in the floor stripped so I drilled them all off and bought some hardware store bolts , close fit washers and lock nuts - Not going anywhere . It's been there some time now , no problems .
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Re: 1961 gas tank

Post #3 by 1bad6t » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:49 pm

I was wondering if the later tank will fit or if i need to stick to the oe tank. has anyone tried to use the later tank?

http://www.1bad6t.com/tank.html
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Re: 1961 gas tank

Post #4 by oldgrezmonke » Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:03 pm

There's a difference in the '61 tank from the later production ? The filler on the one I used came in from the passenger side as did my original and like the picture of 1bad6t's new tank .
Iceman , if your fuel filler is located as 1bad6t's old tank was , it looks like the F28A [Mustang] might be the better fit - all the other specifications and dimensions are the same but the filler tube is more centered . Looks like either one will need a new hole in the trunk mat .
First car - 1961 Falcon Deluxe 4door , had 1968-73
Present - 1963 1/2 Falcon 4door base model , since 2009 ,
frequent driver , work in progress
Yes I like 4doors
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Former A.S.E. certified mechanic
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