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Old 03-05-2018, 11:23 PM   #1
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Anyone know what size tank my 40' 04 Thomas MPV-EF has?
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It all depends upon what size was spe'c'ed when the bus was built.

It could be anywhere from as small as less than 40 gallons to as much as 160 gallons.

There should be a builders plate somewhere on the tank or inside the fuel fill door that will have the size.

On a Thomas Type 'D' FE of that vintage the tank should be between the frame rails behind the rear axle.

You might be able to get a build sheet from Thomas using the VIN, the body number, and/or the chassis number. All of which are on the builder's tag above the right side windshield.

The build sheet will have all of the parts and pieces listed as to what was used to build that bus. It is very similar to the Line Setting Ticket used by IHC/Navistar/IC over the years.

I am not even going to attempt a guess because I have seen all sorts of different sized fuel tanks.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:42 AM   #3
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Anyone know what size tank my 40' 04 Thomas MPV-EF has?
The MVP had a 60 gallon standard tank and a 100 gallon option.

Mine has the 100 gallon.
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Simple enough to measure and calculate if in doubt.
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Simple enough to measure and calculate if in doubt.
While I'm in Ga and the bus in Ok.? Trying to figure my ride home and far I'll get between stops. Looks like only one if it's 60 or larger.
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Then it might be hard to figger without a build sheet. The tank size was very often an option. Big for country routes, smaller for city.
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Then it might be hard to figger without a build sheet. The tank size was very often an option. Big for country routes, smaller for city.
I suppose I can ask the school bus shop, I'm sure they would know.
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I suppose I can ask the school bus shop, I'm sure they would know.
Base your calculations on 60 gallons, and if you have 100 gallons it's just easier.
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Base your calculations on 60 gallons, and if you have 100 gallons it's just easier.
100 gallons gets me home without refueling, I'm good with that.
926 miles at 9mpg should work if there's more than 50 miles in the tank when I pick it up.
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100 gallons gets me home without refueling, I'm good with that.
926 miles at 9mpg should work if there's more than 50 miles in the tank when I pick it up.
You would be smart not to let the gauge fall below 1/4.

I made 2 x $100 fuel stops, both at regular gas stations, both easy although I was anxious the first time.

Clue: Work out which inside window the fuel filler is below. Makes it easy.
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