Tank you in advance

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 08:26
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Hello All,
Still modifying my "io". (Vehicle details will just confuse some so just go with the "custom" description please).
The next "must have" item is a sub fuel tank. The factory tank is only 56 litres so range is way too limited.
I have no option other than to have one custom made. There is NOTHING off the shelf that will fit. I have tried that option so please believe me.
Do you know of any place in or around Adelaide that can custom make a sub tank?
Archived thread 52334 suggests a place called RPM Fuel Tanks but I can't find a listing for them anywhere.
Big O 4X4 can make one but the guys "I've got some projects on the go, maybe call past late March" response didn't fill me with a lot of confidence to think that I'd secured a place in the queue. Didn't even offer to take my details to call me when he was free.

Please, please, please help.
Thanks in advance.... Fab.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 10:38

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 10:38
A good place to start would be your local sheet metal worker. If unsuccessful there then try Long Ranger tanks. They are not cheap but they give a guarantee.

The Long Ranger site.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 11:47

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 11:47
Thanks Bruce.
A lot of steel fab places are willing to make one up if I provide them with a CAD file. I'm good but not THAT good.

The Long Ranger got a call from me. They didn't know the model car, obviously didn't make one and without the car or a CAD, weren't interested either.

Thanks anyway Bruce.

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 13:06

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 13:06
Geez Fab, those guys must be the young tech head variety if they can't make one without a cad drawing. These blokes would be stuffed without a computer. It must be a fairly big operation if they need cad drawings.

See if there are any other small sheeties in your area, there must be some one who can read a simple drawing.
If it is a fairly straight forward shape draw up a rough drawing and put some measurements on it and try another mob. They can't all be that tech minded.

The local bloke I use abused my brother one time and told him his drawings are too complicated for him to understand. The brother gets carried away sometimes.LOL.

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Follow Up By: bigden - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 14:08

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 14:08
I know its Victoria bit "brown davis" make a range of long rang tanks , maybe they have something off the shelf for you
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Follow Up By: Member-George (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 14:18

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 14:18
Have you tried "Opposite Lock" in Adelaide
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 14:41

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 14:41
Bruce, they are ALL "young tech-heads" out there these days!
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:13

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:13
Allan B
I think the CAD file is so the robot can make it. We don't have many tradesmen much at all now who can actually make something.

The days of making a cardboard template or plastic bag of expanding foam is way out of their league.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:24

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:24
I'm hearing you Allan, I hear you.
Probably more so because we are classed as dinosaurs I suppose. LOL

As my older brother used to say " my computer resembles a pencil, doesn't require power to run and never needs rebooting unless I press too hard on the led. LOL

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Follow Up By: MactrolPod - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:31

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:31
A few years back I wanted a extra fuel tank custom made to fit in the tub of my ute, so it could be removed when not needed.
Our local sheet metal fabricators that do a lot of high end marine work would not do it because of compliance issues.
As it was a 1 off it had to be destruction tested to be certified to carry fuel in a vehicle.
So we put $25.00 plastic Gerry cans in the back and we were on our way.
Seems over the top but it's what happened.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 18:23

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 18:23
Hello and thanks to all the above.
I tried Brown Davis...definitely no off the shelf units and the volume (1 off) didn't warrant the effort from them.
I tried Opposite Lock.... they're pretty good but could help me with this one.
You've got to believe me that by the time I post on here, it's because I've spent 2 weeks on the phone and many late nights on Google.
A guy at work suggested a place Zagari Engineering that is pretty close to me too. I went there this afternoon and the guy took some pics, some quick measurements and did a rough sketch. He was going to draft (yes draft not CAD) one up for me to look at.
These guys do a lot of custom stuff for the race and street roder crowd and carry a ADR complience cert. A bit pricier than I would have liked based on a rough quote, but he was genuienly interested in doing the job not just the $$$. That's good enough for me. Quality comes at a cost and these guys have a huge reputation.

www.zagariengineering.com.au
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:44

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 15:44
Keep in mind any auxiliary fuel tank will now require engineer certification.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 18:28

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 18:28
Thanks John and Regina.... as above response. I found a mob that can ADR certify the modification.
I also work in the industry so that's by far the least of my worries.
Thanks... a good reminder to those not in the know.
Fab.
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 00:08

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 00:08
Sorry I didn't explain fully. Certification is required on mountings, fuel lines as well. Basically the whole installation.

Good luck.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 16:45

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 16:45
You might also like to read this Exploroz archieve discussion on fuel tanks if you haven't done so already.Discussion on Fuel Tanks
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 18:29

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 18:29
Thanks Patrol ...... I'll do it right now.
Fab.
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