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Truck Bed Doubles As A Fuel Tank
This may be the handiest pickup accessory we've ever seen. It's a first class flatbed that'll carry whatever the truck can handle on top while inside its frame there's room for 260 gal. of fuel.
Built by Ed Mitzimberg, owner-operator of a custom fabricating shop in Garfield, Wash., the fuel-carrying truck bed was designed for refueling tractors and trucks in the field while allowing the refueler to carry needed parts and equipment, too. Once the field work is finished, there's no fuel tank to clear out of the way. The truck is ready for other work.
"The fuel tank can be used for refueling, or it can be hooked directly into the fuel line of the truck. This latter option gives you tremendous range on the road without having to continually stop for gas or diesel fuel," says Mitzimberg.
The fuel flatbed has stake pockets around the sides. The fuel chamber starts inside of the stake area so there's a perimeter of steel around the fuel tank area to provide protection. Inside, Mitzimberg built a series of baffles both to support the frame of the flatbed and to keep the fuel from sloshing. The fuel tank is bigger than it looks at first glance because it drops down in a V shape between the frame of the truck.
The flatbed-gas tank, built for a 3/4-ton pickup, sells for $3,500. Mitzimberg says he could build even more fuel-carrying capacity into a flatbed for a 1-ton pickup.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup Ed's Custom Work, P.O. Box 37 Garfield, Wash. 99130 (ph 509 635-1450).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #2