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“No Rust” Aluminum Fuel Tanks
A casual conversation about the shortage of fuel tanks with someone from the local fuel company inspired David Lambright to get into the business of manufacturing aluminum fuel tanks.
Lambright, owner of Dalam Welding, fabricates a variety of items and has a roll machine he uses to make pontoons. He decided to test the fuel tank market.
“We made a couple of fuel tanks, set them out and people bought them right away,” Lambright said, noting he had made tanks in the past for a short time out of steel but quit because they rusted easily. When he started advertising the aluminum tanks, orders came in, and he’s been shipping them all over the country.
With aluminum, there’s no rust, and they are lighter weight for shipping. He works with independent truckers to deliver the tanks from his Indiana business to different regions, and shipping costs vary from $250 to $600.
Lambright’s skilled welders pressure test each tank twice and will install the hose assembly if requested. The tank can be set on concrete blocks or a slab. Or it can be installed on a 5-ft. tall tank stand for fuel gravity flow. The stand must be secured to something solid, so it won’t blow over.
Currently, Dalam Welding offers three sizes of fuel tanks from 150 to 500 gals., and costs $1,555 to $2,495 plus $230 for hose assembly, plus shipping. The 300 gal. is the most popular size, Lambright says. His largest tank end diameter is 38 in., and he hopes to offer 48-in. dia. tanks in the future.
“We’ll make custom sizes,” he adds. “We can also have them powder-coated.”
High fuel prices have created a demand for the tanks.
“One customer bought two tanks and said he was going to ‘load up’ when fuel costs went down,” Lambright says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dalam Welding, 7655 S 200 W, Topeka, Ind. 46571 (ph 260-593-0168, dalammarine@ibyfax.com).

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