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Post by Oldschool454 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:31 pm

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Post by Oldschool454 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:32 pm

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Post by Oldschool454 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:34 pm

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Post by Oldschool454 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:35 pm

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Post by Oldschool454 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:40 pm

Just used the original tank straps and rebent them to hold the cell on the bottom. Used aluminum straps up top and bent them same way.
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Post by Oldschool454 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:42 pm

Used the original strap mount spots and drilled hole through to insert rod that the straps hang from.
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Re: Fuel cell install

Post by bracketchev1221 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:32 am

The front and bottom of tank should be shielded to prevent puncture from road debris.
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Post by Oldschool454 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:02 am

Good thought! I do eventually plan on making a belly pan for it so it will serve a dual purpose for that I suppose.
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Post by bracketchev1221 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:26 am

A belly pan would work. Even in my drag car, any plastic fuel cell that protrudes through the floor needs to be covered. I had to have a cover just over the sump when that stuck below the tank floor
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Post by Oldschool454 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:47 pm

So I suppose if I ever took it to a track they would frown upon that? lol But yeah I never really gave that any thought. thanks for the heads up.
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Post by BBMALIBU on Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:23 pm

You did a really nice job.

I was just wondering why you didn't just add a sump to the factory tank.
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:58 pm

I was wondering that myself.  Not the best pic but,

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Post by Oldschool454 on Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:42 pm

BBMALIBU wrote:You did a really nice job.

I was just wondering why you didn't just add a sump to the factory tank.
My factory tank had a hole rust through it. And the price for the fuel cell was half the cost of the factory tank. Plus, being that I wanted to build a race/nascar inspired Laguna I just thought it was fitting.
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Post by Oldschool454 on Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:43 pm

Joe73 wrote:I was wondering that myself.  Not the best pic but,

I do like that look as well. very clean and well done!
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Post by chevellelaguna on Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:17 pm

Nice job! Looks great, I should have done that before I fixed the trunk floor!
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Post by jerry46765 on Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:07 pm

That is nice installation and overall a nice looking car.

You do realize with a bottom feeding tank, you will have the entire fuel volume (head) of the tank on your fuel line, so if you have a line leak, it will attempt to drain the whole tank (fire hazard). The reason an OEM installs a top drawing tank is the contents need to be pulled from it, rather than letting gravity attempt to do it (with a bottom feed).

FYI. It looks good.
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Post by Oldschool454 on Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:29 am

jerry46765 wrote:That is nice installation and overall a nice looking car.  

You do realize with a bottom feeding tank, you will have the entire fuel volume (head) of the tank on your fuel line, so if you have a line leak, it will attempt to drain the whole tank (fire hazard).  The reason an OEM installs a top drawing tank is the contents need to be pulled from it, rather than letting gravity attempt to do it (with a bottom feed).  

FYI.  It looks good.  
Thanks, I guess I never really thought about it too much. But yeah that makes sense. I have paid some more attention to the underside of the car since these pics were taken. Not the best looking in these pics, but hey, it gets driven frequently. I'll have to put some updated pics up sometime. I had plans to do a lot more this summer but with the acquisition of my dad's green 76 Laguna my bank account is in the red. lol So I'm just gonna have to enjoy driving both of them as they are now for a while. Which is fine with me. Smile
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Post by BBMALIBU on Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:15 pm

jerry46765 wrote:That is nice installation and overall a nice looking car.  

You do realize with a bottom feeding tank, you will have the entire fuel volume (head) of the tank on your fuel line, so if you have a line leak, it will attempt to drain the whole tank (fire hazard).  The reason an OEM installs a top drawing tank is the contents need to be pulled from it, rather than letting gravity attempt to do it (with a bottom feed).  

FYI.  It looks good.  

I was also thinking about safety, in the event of an accident.  
Since the car is driven frequently, what will happen to the fuel cell if someone rear-ends the car?
Since it is between the floor/trunk panel, could it slice open (or in half)?

I am pretty sure that the fuel cell set-up was not meant for a daily driven car.

Not trying to be a downer, just don't want someone to get hurt if it can be avoided.
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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:52 pm

Actually if it was a true fuel cell with a rubber bladder inside, it would actually be very crash worthy (better than OEM) but it's a plastic tank not uncommon in today's production cars.

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