GM Futurliner Gas Tanks
GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of
the United States
Lots of Rust
2012 - 2011
2008 - 2007
2006 - 2005
2004 - 2003
2002 - 2001
In this photo can be seen one of the two 45
gallon gas tanks. They were both in really bad shape and needed to be restored by a
professional shop. Don talked to the young man who actually did the restoration. He said
one of the tanks had a large rip in it about 6" long by 4". It appeared an
object got thrown up from the road. He said that in order to repair this large hole, they
had to cut the tank almost in two to straighten out the metal and weld the hole. The
repair was so good that he had a hard time showing Don where the welding was done.
The insides of both tanks had to be sandblasted. It was discovered
that baffles inside the tanks, used to minimize gasoline from sloshing, were loose. In
order to get at them, rectangle windows were cut in the ends of the tanks so the baffles
could be removed, repaired and welded back in place. After sandblasting, the holes were
then welded back in place, sealing the gas tanks once again. Once all repairs were made
the tanks were given special coatings both inside and out. The repairman stated these were
the heaviest gage tanks that he has ever had to repair.
The two 45
gallon Futurliner gasoline tanks being loaded into Don's truck after being restored
by East End Radiator of Holland, Michigan.
The gas sender
units were "toast." They will have to be another project.
Mayton, Project Director
4521 Majestic Vue, Zeeland, MI 49464
Tryon, Newsletter Editor
2516 Laurelford Ln., Wake Forest, NC 27587
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