A gas tank is a gas tank, right? Well basically, yes. But there are times when you need a gas tank for something a little special or out of the ordinary.
Universal gas tanks are primarily used when you’re building something from scratch, or even building out a kit car.
So the idea of being “universal” is more about what it is being used for rather than meaning that a universal gas tank is going to fit you new Mustang straight from the factory.
But these tanks are awesome for the hot rod builder, or the guy who wants to shred a VW Beetle to the bare bones, add a roll cage and a gas tank that is going to fit somewhere unobtrusively and most of all, be safe. I mean these things are meant to roll over and crash. So safety first.
And the universal gas tanks that are currently on the market take all of these things into consideration.
There are pretty much tanks for any build you’re looking to take on. And they come in all sorts of sizes with the most common being around the 16 gallon mark.
New universal steel fuel tanks can also be used on almost any project using an electronic fuel injection engines as well. They come in galvanized steel or just about any metal you’d need like lightweight aluminum for the “pro” racer and are treated so that any fuel or fuel additives won’t effect the metal.
These tanks also are usually “just the metal”, meaning any sensors, caps, lines, etc… will need to be ordered and added on to the final cost of the tank build. Just something to keep in mind.
Just be sure you have a good idea of the size you need and all of the fitting sizes for the hoses as they are not always standard. Especially if you get into trucks or farming equipment.
So do you need a Universal gas tank? If you’re a regular guy with a new muscle car in your garage, probably not. But if you’re re-doing a nice 67 Chevelle, one of these could be well worth the money.