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  • Emmy41
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    58 W100 in Ohio

    Howdy, I have been following this and other similar forums for two years now. I grew up tinkering with late 60's early 70's muscle cars. I bought my first Dodge truck from a farmer here in Ohio back in the mid 90's, an 85 prospector royal se. I was doing alot of hauling since I was in the antique business. I kept it for about 7 years before giving it to a friend, but never forgot that feeling of driving it and that feeling of power at my command. Last summer I attended the Ron Hackenberger auction in Norwalk OH. There were 750 vehicles that had been hauler from out west during this guy's trucking career. Many of them were old dodge trucks. I have always loved the power giant style and was focussed on a 58 W100 that was a brush truck in Arizona. It had 51k showing on the odometer and the drive line was complete. There was no bed on it, but that was of little concern to me at the time. Like any auction, I had a predetermined limit set in my mind. I had to figure what it would cost me to go to Arizona, buy a truck and have it transported and added that to my limit. I won the auction at the exact limit I had set after a long pause for my final bid to let the guy know if he was just running me up, he might own it. My strategy worked. Here are some pics of the truck when I got it home.

  • Pismopowerwagon
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    I agree, the original tank will be saved if at all possible. Only if it's rusted out will I change it. I had very good luck saving tanks with Red Coat.

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  • Emmy41
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    Hold on now! I didn't opt for a new tank because mine was dirty inside. I did it because the structure of the tank was practically paper thin and there were holes big enough to get four fingers in. If there was a way to save/ clean and repair my original tank, I would have done it.

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  • Pismopowerwagon
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    If my rear tank doesn't look good inside I do the same, thanks.

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  • Emmy41
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    Thanks Pismo!
    Matt, the original straps fit as-is, was even able to get rubber in between the brackets and straps. It was tight, planned on longer bolts if needed, since this tank is actually 2" deeper. But it fit and exceeded my expectations. I checked into a custom made tank @ $600.00, decided to go with this tank for less than two hundred.

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  • Matthew Welcher PWA
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    That tank fits incredibly well in that area and doesn't hang down the way the stock fuel tank does. That is great. Did you make new tank straps and or modify your factory tank straps?

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  • Pismopowerwagon
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    Nice work!! It has come along way Buddy

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  • Emmy41
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    Here are some pics of fuel tank install. I used a Gates 90 fuel hose, and a 1950 Dodge pilothouse filler neck which I happened to have lying around. I ordered a rubber grommet on eBay that will fit perfectly where the filler neck goes thru the bedside.
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  • Emmy41
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    I solved my fuel tank issue last week. I went with a 57' Chevy tank from eBay. It was the closest in dimensions I could find. Plus, it bolted into the original brackets and straps nicely. The plumbing is a bit different but workable. My original tank was way to thin to mess with. I will get some pics of the install posted asap.

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  • Emmy41
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    Here are some before pics I found.....for a little perspective. Been at it for just over a year now.
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  • Emmy41
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    This weekend I finally got to the point of getting my rims finished and tires mounted. It's amazing how much of a difference wheels and tires make!
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  • Pismopowerwagon
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    Those fit nice I will get mine soon

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  • Emmy41
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    IMG_20180803_170206311.jpeg Today I sealed my floorboards with Chassis Saver and installed the shifter boots I finally settled on. A also finished the seat install. IMG_20180803_170311130.jpeg

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  • Emmy41
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    Oops....pics
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  • Emmy41
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    Here are some pics of modifications.....first pic is the notches I had to cut on the side skirt to get the seat down in back, since I didn't want to cut the cross brace in the cab. Second pic is the original mounting tabs, I loosened the bolts and turned them. They fit over the original seat mount rails closely. I am in the process of drilling through from the inside out for new mounting bolts.

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