61-65 ranchero fuel tank.

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61-65 ranchero fuel tank.

Post #1 by Dragonlich1961 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:15 pm

I'm in the research phase of my full, "off" body resto. I'm starting to gather parts if it requires cutting or modifying.
I'm looking parts up on falconparts.com. they list two different tanks for the rancheros/wagons.
A 14 gal for 60-63-64 and 20 gal. 64-65 both use a different sending unit, filler neck, and rubber hose, and straps. Early uses a 2 inch and late uses a 2.5 filler.
My tank is junk and not service able .
They state that in 64 you have to verify what size tank you have in order to get the correct replacement. Usually 6 cyl had the 14 and 8 cyl had the 20. Since both tanks fit a 64. Would a 20 gal tank fit in my 61. Does anybody have the 20 gal tank they can take measurements of to compare to my 14 gal.
Can I take a full system from a 65 (tank, straps, filler pipe, filler hose, sending unit)and place it in my 61.
Thanks chris

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Re: 61-65 ranchero fuel tank.

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:35 pm

Dragonlich1961 wrote:I'm in the research phase of my full, "off" body resto. I'm starting to gather parts if it requires cutting or modifying.
I'm looking parts up on falconparts.com. they list two different tanks for the rancheros/wagons.
A 14 gal for 60-63-64 and 20 gal. 64-65 both use a different sending unit, filler neck, and rubber hose, and straps. Early uses a 2 inch and late uses a 2.5 filler.
My tank is junk and not service able .
They state that in 64 you have to verify what size tank you have in order to get the correct replacement. Usually 6 cyl had the 14 and 8 cyl had the 20. Since both tanks fit a 64. Would a 20 gal tank fit in my 61. Does anybody have the 20 gal tank they can take measurements of to compare to my 14 gal.
Can I take a full system from a 65 (tank, straps, filler pipe, filler hose, sending unit)and place it in my 61.
Thanks chris


There is a good chance that with some amount of effort you could fit the larger fuel tank in your 1961. But you should know up front that using the 1965 parts would probally require some mods to fit. Try to find some good pictures of both types to compare them first. Good luck :nod:
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Re: 61-65 ranchero fuel tank.

Post #3 by hotrodguy » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:51 am

I have a good 62 Ranchero fuel tank just sitting, it measures 6 hi, 33 long and 24 1/2 wide. Hope this helps, it is available if you need it.

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Re: 61-65 ranchero fuel tank.

Post #4 by Dragonlich1961 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:11 pm

I've still got my original tank sitting around, it's not useable but it is still hole. So I can use if for measurements. Just need to compare it to a 65 tank. Modifications don't scare me at all. All modifications will be done before any fuel finds its way into the tank. I don't like fireballs.
I like the idea of being able to handle that extra fuel, while still only sipping on it.
Next challenge is the resistance of the sending unit. Are they the same?

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Re: 61-65 ranchero fuel tank.

Post #5 by StarDiero75 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:32 pm

Dragonlich1961 wrote:I've still got my original tank sitting around, it's not useable but it is still hole. So I can use if for measurements. Just need to compare it to a 65 tank. Modifications don't scare me at all. All modifications will be done before any fuel finds its way into the tank. I don't like fireballs.
I like the idea of being able to handle that extra fuel, while still only sipping on it.
Next challenge is the resistance of the sending unit. Are they the same?

I hate the stock straps for my 65 Ranch. One fatigued when j was going down the road, im lucky it didnt split the tank or spark a fire. But i lost 15 gallons of gas, man j was peeved.

I took some of those metal straps that have the holes predrilled in them (not sure what theyre called), and bent them to make better straps. I had them bend around the frame rail then bolt back together. Then i replaced that stupid j bolt and bent and i bolt just enough to put the new strap thing through it. That tank aint going anywhere now.

Size wise, i have a 14 gallon tank (meant for a falcon though) and i think my 20 gallon is just deeper. Id just make th straps like mine so it never falls out
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