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1992 Ford F-150 - Project Fiery Redhead, Part 5

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1992 Ford F-150 - Project Fiery Redhead, Part 5
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Project Fiery Redhead - Part 1
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 2
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 3
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 4
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 5
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 6
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 7
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 8
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 9
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 10

Leaky fuel tanks are not only smelly and messy, they're also dangerous. This is why when both of the tanks in our 12-year-old F-150 began to emit the telltale odor of gasoline, we acted quickly to replace them. A quick inspection of the tanks confirmed that age, combined with a steady diet of salty Midwest winter roads, had caused them to corrode until the walls and seams were so thin that gasoline could seep through them. Not good for us, not good for the trail.

We contacted MTS Company in Dubuque, Iowa about its replacement polyethylene tanks for our '92 F-150. We chose polyethylene for a number of reasons (see sidebar), including the fact that they'll never rust. MTS has been producing polyethylene tanks since 1989 and they offer a variety of tanks for a number of different light trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. Our pair cost less than $300, so they're one of the most inexpensive mods we've done to the Redhead thus far. Our tanks were delivered in a couple of days, and each tank came complete with fuel pump lock ring and O-ring. MTS also offers straps and sending units for many applications as well.

The guys at Attitude Performance, project Fiery Redhead's official buildup shop, were only too happy to remove our rusty old tanks and replace them with the new MTS Company tanks. We're guessing it had something to do with the noxious fumes filling the shop. The swap took less than an hour per tank and solved a major problem. The following photos show the removal and reinstallation of the rear tank. Front tank removal and reinstallation is similar, so the steps won't be much different.

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The lowdown on polyethylene

If you're hesitant about installing a non-metal fuel tank in your rig, don't be. Over 70 percent of new trucks and SUVs come standard with some sort of plastic fuel tank. Clearly, the main benefit to a plastic tank is that there's no chance of rust scale inside or out. Worried about strength? This is where MTS Company's tanks excel. Its one-piece tanks are made of high-density cross-linking polyethylene.

This cross-linking process makes them 35 times stronger than non-cross-linked polyethylene. They won't crack, even at 150 degrees below zero, and the plastic offers a memory which enables them to bounce back after an impact. They weigh less than a comparable steel tank, they're UV-stabilized and the walls of MTS tanks are 1/4-inch thick, where most metal tanks are 1/8-inch thick.

Gettin' hitched

The stock trailer hitch on our F-150 was in the same rusty condition as the fuel tanks. The entire center of the hitch frame was gone and this made it useless. Since we had the rear fuel tank out of the vehicle, we saw a great opportunity to swap in a new hitch. We opted for a hot new unit from Mean Green Industries. It's manufactured from stainless steel, so we'll never have to worry about rust again-at least in this area. The class 3/4 unit is handmade in the USA and is designed to mount to the stock frame using the factory holes. Applications are available for most domestic and imported light trucks and SUVs. The hitch comes complete with Grade 8 mounting bolts, square-hole lock plates and instructions.

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Project Fiery Redhead - Part 1
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 2
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 3
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 4
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 5
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 6
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 7
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 8
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 9
Project Fiery Redhead - Part 10

Sources

Attitude Performance
Arlington Heights, IL
847-593-0505
www.attitudeperformance.com
MG Industries
www.mean-green.com
MTS Company, L.C.
Dubuque, IA 52001

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