A 26 Gallon Fuel Tank For 500 Miles
As Of: 06 Nov. 2007
Up-date 3 Dec. 06
Up-date 31 Jan. 07
Up-date 26 Apr. 07
Up-date 2 May 07
Before committing to metal, I wanted to made a mock-up for trial fit and to assure that the over-all proportions and look of the tank would be correct. After a couple of failed attempts at cutting/pasting cardboard and poster board... I thought of having an Architectural Foam Trim company, form a mock-up out of a solid block of styrofoam - to my initial specifications.
Lucky for me, the first Architectural Foam Trim company that I called - was most willing to help me with this project, even if it was somewhat out of their normal line of business. I E-mailed them a drawing and the owner of the company dropped the mock-up off at my house the next day! Turned out that he was a "car guy" and most interested in the project. His dream car is the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, also designed by Mr. Brock, so we hit it off at once. Life is good.....
Above Left: After taking careful measurements of the space available, converting that to volume and then converting volume to gallons of gasoline - a mock-up was made of Styrofoam - to check fit and compare with photo's of the original tank. (Below Right Photo).
Above Left: Mock-up shortened by one inch, now more closely matching the height of the original tank. The mock-up was still about 1 1/2" short on total width.
Now with the mock-up fine tuned - it's time to find a company that can build a fuel cell to spec. - and a Fabracator that can match the look of the original aluminum fuel tank.
Above: Rear deck area where fuel cell is to be mounted over tool storage bens. Fuel Pump and Fuel Shut-Off Valve to be mounted in the Left Storage Ben.
Above: 2.5 inch fuel filler neck and 1.25 inch vent line had to be routed between the Roll Bar, and out the side quarter window. So another mockup....