Where is the best site to buy a gas tank?

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by 08silverado3500hd, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. 08silverado3500hd

    08silverado3500hd Rockstar 100 Posts

    Need to replace the passenger side gas tank on my 1984 Chevy Scottsdale 3/4 ton pickup. It starting leaking recently and I finally pulled the plastic shroud this weekend. Was hoping I could patch the old tank but it is in worse shape than I originally thought. The rear tank support was so rusted that I broke it while removing the shroud. LMC Truck has the tank for around $120.00 and it looks like they have all the other parts I might need. I have never ordered from LMC before, has anyone purchased a gas tank from them? Looking for any recommendations.

  2. the phantom

    the phantom Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Ive heard of LMC but not familiar with their product.. See if there is a LKQ near you. (lkqcorp.com) Ive gotten new tanks from them before. I think I paid $125 for an old K-5 Blazer I had but I was able to locally pick it up. Not sure on the shipping if you need it shipped. I think it was bare steel so I had to prime and paint it for rust protection but still not a bad price IMO. Also I think the filler neck on some could be seperate or if it comes with it sometime they need to be soldered in. Probably depends on the application so thats another thing to keep in mind.
  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Ive used LMC for many parts, so far all the parts Ive purchased over the years were exact replacements for oem and fit perfectly.
  4. 08silverado3500hd

    08silverado3500hd Rockstar 100 Posts

    Finally ordered a gas tank, brackets, and everything else from LMC. Took less than a week to be delivered. Tank and brackets look identical to OEM with the exception that the tank brackets do not have have the nuts welded to them so it might be a little difficult to get the nuts started on the bolts in the tight space between the tank and the frame. Pulled the old tank on Saturday and undercoated the new tank. Planned on installing the new tank on Sunday but with the cold weather the undercoating was still a little tacky in spots so decided to wait till next weekend. Probably would have been a lot easier if I would have pulled the bed and worked from the top instead of doing everything from underneath.
  5. Gramps43

    Gramps43 Member 1 Year

    Glue the nuts in place like NASCAR does with their lug nuts, also paint all the brackets, maybe the tank too, with a good rust preventative paint and it'll still be good when the truck dies.
  6. 08silverado3500hd

    08silverado3500hd Rockstar 100 Posts

    With the help of the small hands of my nephew last Saturday the new tank is finally installed. Very satisfied with everything I purchased from LMC. Tank itself feels a little lighter than the original tank but everything fit and lined up perfectly. If ordering a tank from LMC note the o-ring and lock for on top of the sending unit comes with the tank (I have an extra one now). Maybe a mistake but just used the old sending unit in the new tank since it had been working without any problems and the float, screen and everything else inside the tank looked as good as new. Not planning on putting the plastic shield back on the new tank. Took the shield off the driver side tank several years ago to patch a leak with some marine putty (which is still holding) and that tank still looks 100% better as far as rusting compared to the passenger side tank I just replaced. IMO the shield just gives a place for dirt and leaves to build up against the tank and start a rust spot. Next step is to get a couple gallons of gas in it and try it out.

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