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    Posted: 22-August-2014 at 2:21PM
Does anyone know where to find the gas tank for a 72 GTS for a REASONABLE price?
I don't understand why they are 2-3x the price of every other tank I've ever bought.
It kills me to spend $300+ on one.
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it looks like the 72-73 tanks are different than the 74 tanks, wow! they are double the price ($300+) Shocked
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buy a 74 tank and straps and save some $$. plus add fuel capacity.  Do some investigation on this forum and you will see you can use a 74-76 tank.  I found this out the day after i put gas in the new 72 tank i purchased and installed.  had i not already put gas in it, i would have returned the 72 and purchased the 74/up tank.
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The gas tank for the 1972 and 1973 use a different filler neck area than the 1974 - 1976 Torinos.
 
You might be able to re-use your '72 filler neck on the '74-'76 tank.
 
The tank on the 1974 - 1976 are also a different shape, the 1972 and 1973 Gran Torino have a angle to them on the bottom, as it goes to the rear of the car it goes upwards, the 1974 -1976 are big square tanks.
It has been done before though, as stated above.
Below is a picture of a '74-'76 Tank.


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as far as the Rancheros go, for 1974 the vent on the top of the tank is a different style. 1972 style waa a lock ring same as the sender unit but the 74+ tanks use a plastic vent mounted in a rubber grommet
 
sending unit swapped over no problem even with the difference in capacity as noted above. mine went from 22.x to 26 gallon IIRC, just the shape at the rear of the tank was more squared off rather than sloped. I did tweak on the float rod a little to correct for the new bottom of tank to match empty at the sender thang
 
the old straps would've worked with a slight re-shape & longer carriage bolts but I did use the correct new straps
 
filler tube grommet was no change but plan on getting a new one if it hasn't been changed this decade
 
also plan on new filler breather hose & rubber for the vent to metal line if that's still there?
 
I just used a short piece of rubber to a small engine fuel filter to keep bugs & dirt out 
 
probably similar differences in the car version as what I ran into
 
if I ever do it again though it'll look something like this
 
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Both tanks are different and have different fuel sending units as well. Your old sending unit will fit the new tank, but they at a different angle, so you will probably have to tweak it.
 
1972-73 tanks are 22.5 Gallons
1974-76 tanks are 25 Gallons
 
You probably should order a new locking ring and gasket for the sending unit. 
 
If your used filler neck gasket does not get damaged when you remove it, you might be able to re-use it, although many people recommend replacing it if is old and dry rotted, as stated above. You might have to buy new tank mounting straps, because the '74-'76 use longer mounting straps.
 
Or you might be able to bend your old straps and use longer carriage bolts to mount the 74-76 tank with your old straps.


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I bought my fuel tank for $259 + $36 shipping.

Spectre F48A

This is for my 72 Montego. I would guess this would be the same as the Torino



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Originally posted by Montego01 Montego01 wrote:

I bought my fuel tank for $259 + $36 shipping. Spectre F48A
This is for my 72 Montego. I would guess this would be the same as the Torino
 
Yes it is the same as the 1972 Torino.


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I just purchased a new tank for my Gran Torino Sport on Sept. 5th. from Get All Parts for $309.12 which includes tax and shipping. The price is $ 272.55 before the add ons. Hope this helps
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LOCK RING AND GASKET COMES WITH NEW TANK.
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YUP, Newer tank with the straps.
Remember the trunk floors are the same from 72-79.
Your 72 filler tube will work.
Not sure what the issue was with the sending unit.
There was also something about the vents BUT everything is doable.
Look for the tank out of a 76 Elite, it has a 26.4 Gallon tank
 
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Does the 74 tank hang lower than the rear valence of the 72 body style?

I can find the 72 tank but no new straps for it.

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Yes it does.
I bought a really nice used set of straps from someone on this site. Try throwing a wanted ad up for a pair.
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I bought my new tank at Get All Parts,com couple years ago. I checked and they still carry them. Part no.#: TNKF-48A.
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I was going to buy a new tank to modify for an electric fuel pump.   I have straps on the car that aren't in to bad shape.  I thought it would be a safer to replace them with new straps.  I'll just reuse the old ones.   Not sure why you can get them for a 74 but not for a 72.


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Originally posted by BackInBlack BackInBlack wrote:

Does the 74 tank hang lower than the rear valence of the 72 body style?



Subjective of course, but wouldn't the 74-76 tank look kinda.....funny (or awkward) hanging down below the rear valence?
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Originally posted by BackInBlack BackInBlack wrote:

I was going to buy a new tank to modify for an electric fuel pump.  
 
you don't have to do that any more, some genius came up with an idea to put a high performance electric pump into a small auxiliary tank http://www.robbmcperformance.com/products/powersurge.html
 
i thought there were other brands available but IDK what to search under
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Originally posted by changinlatitudes changinlatitudes wrote:

Originally posted by BackInBlack BackInBlack wrote:

Does the 74 tank hang lower than the rear valence of the 72 body style?



Subjective of course, but wouldn't the 74-76 tank look kinda.....funny (or awkward) hanging down below the rear valence?


I would have to agree!
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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

Originally posted by BackInBlack BackInBlack wrote:

I was going to buy a new tank to modify for an electric fuel pump.  
 
you don't have to do that any more, some genius came up with an idea to put a high performance electric pump into a small auxiliary tank http://www.robbmcperformance.com/products/powersurge.html
 
i thought there were other brands available but IDK what to search under


Very interesting...thanks!  Basically a small pressurized gas tank under the hood.   Lots of extra plumbing but still a good option.

I'll have to think about this option.   Space is getting challenging because I've converted to hydroboost brakes with a larger reservoir. 
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Originally posted by yellowsportwagon yellowsportwagon wrote:

Originally posted by changinlatitudes changinlatitudes wrote:

Originally posted by BackInBlack BackInBlack wrote:

Does the 74 tank hang lower than the rear valence of the 72 body style?



Subjective of course, but wouldn't the 74-76 tank look kinda.....funny (or awkward) hanging down below the rear valence?


I would have to agree!


Yeah...i have to agree also.  Ide rather put in a fuel cell if its gonna be seen.  The one advantage to the 74 tank is that it doesn't have that angle in the bottom.  If you use the vent area on top of the tank to drop an electric fuel pump, it will sit flat on the bottom of the 74 tank which is a good thing.   It wont sit flat on the bottom in the 72 tank.  It would take more modifications to use the 72 tank.




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