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A Triumph TR4 Fuel Tank for the 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

A Triumph TR4 Fuel Tank for the 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

It has been a bit of time since my last post. Summer just flew by and now we at the start of October in the weekend of the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. I did manage to attend a few car shows and a couple of automotive swap meets. Even though the weather was great for most of the summer, it seemed that the sky closed in with rain on the major events that I intended to attend. Oh well, there is always next year.

Work on our old Victorian home continues, moving my youngest daughter back home for the summer back in June and then back off to a College 4 hours from home just a few weeks ago. I must say the most taxing part of the summer was with the replacement of our shingles on the roof. The 35 year shingles only lasted 12 years! What’s up with that? The roofers that were contracted for the job this summer presented themselves well to get the contract. The job started off well and over the month of July, yes it took a month to re-roof the house, the job become too much for them. These guys were definitely roofers for a reason as my youngest daughter claimed. These fellows at times looked like a safety commercial on what to do to get hurt, with no respect for their equipment, and no pride in their workmanship during their last week of work. Not only that, I suspect the one fellow was afraid of heights!

As a home custom car builder / hot rodder, there are always so many distractions that seem to interfere with the build of the hot rod. I am more determined now than ever to complete this hot rod, as the completion of the build is so near.

Even though I have not posted anything for a while, work on the 1929 Ford Roadster hot rod has continued. Lately, work on the hot rod has been in the evenings, even if it is for an hour, and on rainy days. It’s amazing what can get completed working this way.
Now the time has come to install the fuel tank. Originally I thought of fabricating a stainless steel tank suitable to my application and hot rod build. Then by accident one day searching around on the internet, I came across a Triumph TR4 fuel tank for sale a few hundred miles from my home. The price was right and shipping was reasonable, so why not? For $100 I now have a fuel tank, chrome quick release filler cap, and rubber grommet for the neck of the fuel filler cap. This sure beats using a very expense sheet of stainless steel and countless hours of fabrication. The idea of mounting the fuel tank behind the seat made a bit of sense, not to mention using the top mounted chrome fuel filler cap also from the Triumph TR4 would look nice. Often, many hot rodders mount the fuel tank in the trunk with the fuel cap access in the trunk. No matter how careful you are when filling the fuel tank, there always seems to be the hint of fuel fumes in the car, something I personally do not like.

One of my goals with the build of the Model A Ford roadster is to optimize the use of space within the hot rod. Having a small fuel tank, one slightly over 11 imperial gallons will not be much of a handicap. Just think of all of the conversions while filling up at a gas station! Besides, my 6 foot 4 inch body would need to be stretched out from the small and tight cockpit of the 1929 Ford roadster hot rod. So, frequent fuel stops will not be a problem for me.

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Installing the fuel tank was one of the more simple things that I have done on the hot rod. Using a bit of 0.75 inch square steel tubing I fabricated a mounting system for the fuel tank. Part of this mounting system is also to provide addition strength to the width of the roadsters body. In some cases, 1928-31 Model A Ford hot rodders use the stock fuel tank in front of the car just behind the firewall. In terms of safety, this might have been okay in the 1930’s when highway speeds were much lower. Just look at how often drivers run stop lights now a days!! Not long ago, that is exactly what happened to a fellow hot rodder, he was t-boned at an intersection by someone running a very red light. His hot rod was totaled in the accident.

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A consideration later on is to use the stock fuel tank on the 1928-31 Model A Ford as a heating duct and installing a small heater radiator and fan in it. A bit of a creature comfort for those cool nights while cruising the open road. Often, many hot rodders cut away the lower part of the stock fuel tank to allow for electrical and brakes. It all boils down to how you wish to build your hot rod.

The 0.75 inch square steel tubing frame has a shape similar to the perimeter of the Triumph TR4 fuel tank. The tank was mounted upwards with about a 4 inch space between the top of the fuel tank and to the underside of the body panel just in front of the trunk lid. The fuel tank also is also parallel to the back of the seat. Once I have more of the car completed I will weld in additional 0.75 inch square tube braces for additional strength for the bottom of the fuel tank frame. The plan is to place the battery on the passenger side of the fuel tank, and the main electrical panel containing the fuses and relays for the hot rod in front of the fuel tank. For this reason I will need to be careful how the final support braces for the fuel will be placed at the bottom of the fuel tank frame.

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As it worked out, the fuel filter fits perfectly underneath the fuel tank with a line going directly to a Holley electric fuel pump and regulator mounted inches away on the frame.
I have included pictures of the battery, electrical panel, location of the fuel filter and electric fuel pump.

Make sure you come back, as I do plan to update the site more frequently with more information on the build of my 1929 Ford Model A roadster hot rod. You can look forward to, mounting the fuel pump, mounting the transmission cooler, the complete wiring of the hot rod which will include keyless starting, machining engine pulleys and brackets, making the rear trunk lid hinges, finding a seat and creating a unique seat hinged mounting system for the seat, fabricating the headers/side pipes and much, much more.

So much to do in a 24 hour day and it’s no wonder time flies!