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Old 10-21-2014, 08:38 PM   #161
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I'm using a 55 gallon drum (22.5" diameter) for fresh water and a 33 gallon drum (19" diameter) for grey water. No black water tank as we're doing a compost toilet. I'll be adding level indicator switches and plumbing them through both the bungs and venting through the very top (side) using uniseals. I'll post pics when I get them permanently mounted. Hopefully I can get the parts sandblasted before the truck goes to the galvanizer. I'm also using mobile home straps and tighteners to hang and hold them. The straps are rated at 3400 lbs.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:46 PM   #162
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Been a couple weeks since I last posted. Been busy, just haven't taken time to upload he pics and such. Here are a few.
I sent off some of my brackets to be hot dipped galvanized with some things from the shop i work at. Been getting it ll put back together as well as made the fuel tanks. Had to dry fit them to mark out where the sender and fuel lines will go to line up with the access cutouts in the floor. I'll sure be glad when I can finally get these tanks finished and installed. Been a on time coming but we're getting there.

Welding in the baffles in the tanks.


Fitting the top.


Tank dry fitted into the frame ready to bolt into place.


Frame and tank bolted to the frame (this is the same on both sides).


Rear stabilizer jacks bolted in.




Lookin' down the port side.


Grey water tank strapped in.


Also did some work on the propane drawer but will get pics when I get it finished.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:21 PM   #163
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Good lookin' work! --- and your welding skills are obviously superior to mine. I wouldn't even attempt fuel tanks. BTW...just how much fuel will you have on board when they are all topped off?
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:04 PM   #164
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Hey Tango,
Thanks for the comments. Yea, 12 ga fuel tanks welded with a mig can be a bit tricky. Not too bad though if you get the machine set up right. Just can't hang around too long in one place.

The tanks total capacity allowing for some expansion is 65 gallons each. That would be 130 gallons total with a range of about 1400 miles. Plenty of capacity to take advantage of less expensive fuel stops.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:27 AM   #165
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Roger that --- having extended range can make a huge difference. I am shooting for about 1100 miles on my shorty. Course that will require getting about 25 mpg, but I think I might just pull it off with my little 4BT and double OD tranny.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:04 PM   #166
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Wow, a month flies by fast. I finally got the tanks finished, pressure tested, painted an strapped into the carriages I made for them. It took a while before I was able to get them installed as I discovered I would not be able to access the rails for the basement storage frames once I installed the tanks. I had to go ahead and get the outer frame rails made and installed. I'm using 1-1/2" x 1/8" angle iron to frame the basement storage as well as the place for the skin to attach. I made a few hundred clips at work during lunch breaks and clamped them to the floor hat channels, drilled them and tacked the rail to the clips. I then unbolted them, took them in the shop and welded them proper. Primed them and re-installed.







Tank all strapped in. Was going to use two straps in the beginning but had to abandon one as I had to put the fuel pickup and return and sender where the strap would cross.



Got the fuel tanks bolted to the frame rails and cross members installed.





I also got the main water tank installed.







Can't even see the water tank from in front of the differential.



Next weekend I'll plumb the fuel likes and get the filter mounted. I'm using marine fuel valves (main and return) as well as a fuel water separator I had laying around. The plan is to run 1/2" (I.D.) fuel lines throughout the whole system.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:04 PM   #167
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Your build is looking great, you've got enough galvanized material in there to make it sea worthy.
I would suggest that you get a plug in the left rear maxi brake canister to keep dirt and grime
from filling up the pocket for the release tool if the occasion should ever happen. Keep the
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:46 PM   #168
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Thanks for the reminder on the brakes. I have to do a complete service on them anyhow as well as replace the rear wheel bearing seals and repack the front bearings. If I can find a 4.10:1 differential (I have a 4.78:1 now), I'd like to replace it when I pull the rear axles to do the seals.
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:20 PM   #169
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I envy you guys with the great welding and metal skills...Great Job!!!
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:00 AM   #170
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For the parts you are looking to change I would recommend Fleet Pride. They seem to have a good selection
of parts for the medium duty vehicles and the prices are better than Napa.
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