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Old 07-10-2020, 04:04 PM   #1
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1996 Minnie Winnie gas tank

We are thinking about getting a 1996 Minnie Winnie on a 06/95 E350 Econoline chassis.
It has a 460ci motor that hasn't run in an undetermined number of years.
The gas tank needs replaced and apparently Ford discontinued them.
I have been searching and cant find an exact match to my tank. There is one very similar on Ebay/Amazon that has an extra port on top. It is for '97-'10 Fords.
Does anyone make one specifically for 1996 model year family?
We have never had an RV and are kind of flying blind here.
Any help or point in the right direction would be very much appreciated.
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Old 07-11-2020, 12:08 AM   #2
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What wrong with the existing tank? Leaking? Dirty?
Search for a company in your area like in the link to clean or repair.
https://orozcosautoservice.com/gas-tank-repair/

Or you could do it yourself with this kit.
https://www.eastwood.com/por-15-fuel...kaAmU6EALw_wcB
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There is a place e close to us that will do it for 1200.00. Not expecting that price.
I had thought about doing it myself until I saw how much sludge(?) was in the side of the tank that I can see.
The tank is split in half by a baffle that I cannot get around.
I will see if anyone else can clean it.
It's such a large tank I dont see myself being able to shake it around enough to clean it out very well.

Thanks for the info.
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That $1,200 does seem high. In the link below there's a tank that looks similar to yours but it's pricey.

https://www.carparts.com/search?q=20...e450_fuel_tank
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The one for 1,142 is the one we have been looking at.
Dimensions are the same and it does look exactly the same except for having a third hole in the top.

I will call Ford again to tomorrow to see if they can cross reference this tank to my vehicle.

Maybe cap that third cutout and strap it in?

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Old 07-12-2020, 10:14 AM   #6
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If you're just trying to clean it, and it's too big to move by yourself, why not try attaching some rope or chains to the end brackets and suspending it from a scaffold or tree branch. That will allow you to move it rapidly with some cleaners inside.
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That is how I will have to do it.
I will need to scoop out the majority of junk from inside first.
There is a drain port in the bottom so I can give it a go.
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go to a secluded car was,, place wand inside, thru every hole and spend $20.. You may get alot of the gunk out..

I know a place that has a bunch of ambualnces,, even diesels.. same tank... those should not be as crudy..

I will search my way. alot of shuttle bus have a 32 gall..

I actually have a 95/96 Minnie 29RQ

and a 94 E350 Shuttle bus, converted.. add another $1000 and you can have the bus/RV, would drive it any wear. LOL.
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I appreciate the offer but I dont know where I am going to park this one.

That's what mine is, 95 chassis, 96 model from winnebago.

WF329RQ

Not quite sure what that means yet but we are going through the paperwork.

I am going to start scraping the inside tomorrow.
Then then start really cleaning it.

We arent even sure it runs yet.
Crossing our fingers.

Thanks for the advice and help.
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I actually had a boat that the fuel tank was all gunked up, by the coating they lined the tank with. I just cut a hole in the middle of the top and cleaned it out that way, got a piece of aluminum and some rubber for a gasket and screwed down the aluminum onto the top. It never leaked. It also had a baffle in the middle.
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I appreciate the offer but I dont know where I am going to park this one.

That's what mine is, 95 chassis, 96 model from winnebago.

WF329RQ

Not quite sure what that means yet but we are going through the paperwork.

I am going to start scraping the inside tomorrow.
Then then start really cleaning it.

We arent even sure it runs yet.
Crossing our fingers.

Thanks for the advice and help.
not sure where you are from,, there is one at this wrecking yard.. G & B Auto Parts, Inc. | Floyd, VA 540-745-7401

good luck
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Thank you for all the replies and links.
We found a shop, somewhat local, that will clean and reseal for what seems like a fair price.

Thanks again.

I will continue to lurk and learn.
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For working on the chassis and engine you may be interested in this site. There is a tech section that can help. It's free to join and can ask questions and get help and advice.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forum128/
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Nice!!
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