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Why were no aftermarket Fiero gas tanks available? by gtjeff
Started on: 10-06-2014 07:16 PM
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Report this Post10-06-2014 07:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for gtjeffSend a Private Message to gtjeffEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I know the Fiero gas tank had a unique design due to its location in the center tunnel. Does anyone have the answer why no company (to my knowledge) ever offered aftermarket Fiero gas tanks?

Considering that almost 370k Fiero's were sold, this does seem odd.

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Report this Post10-06-2014 07:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for CsjagClick Here to Email CsjagSend a Private Message to CsjagEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I think its because the tank was only used for the Fiero whereas other tanks fit multiple vehicles with production number in the millions sometimes, plus the fact that the Fiero is not as much of a collectible car as something like a 55 to 57 Chevy.
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Report this Post10-06-2014 09:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Joesfiero on here made custom tanks and they were awesome. You can email or PM him:


//www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/056168.html
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Report this Post10-06-2014 09:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for gtjeffSend a Private Message to gtjeffEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks, I saw the thead about the tanks offered here online. As someone who had to replace a rusted tank, it's good someone is giving people an option if you cant find a rust free southern tank, like I did. I was really asking about aftermarket manufacturers not offering the tank when the car was a few years old.

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Originally posted by gtjeff:

Thanks, I saw the thead about the tanks offered here online. As someone who had to replace a rusted tank, it's good someone is giving people an option if you cant find a rust free southern tank, like I did. I was really asking about aftermarket manufacturers not offering the tank when the car was a few years old.



Car manufacturers are required to supply spare parts for 10 years so OEM tanks were available until 1998. After that demand for new tanks would have been zero as the supply in the junk yards was at it's peak. The only cars that attract a huge aftermarket are those that are still popular over 10 years after they were discontinued. Which does not include the Fiero.

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Report this Post10-06-2014 10:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Rsvl-RiderSend a Private Message to Rsvl-RiderEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by jscott1:

After that demand for new tanks would have been zero as the supply in the junk yards was at it's peak.



I've seen seven or eight Fieros at various Pick n Pull yards. Every one had a big hole punched in the bottom of the gas tank. Their way of quickly and efficiently draining the tank. These tanks are disappearing fast.

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Report this Post10-07-2014 03:08 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jscott1Send a Private Message to jscott1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Rsvl-Rider:


These tanks are disappearing fast.


And so is the demand. Chances are no manufacturer is going to reproduce them...ever.
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Originally posted by IMSA GT:

Joesfiero on here made custom tanks and they were awesome. You can email or PM him:


//www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/056168.html


Wow nice..
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Report this Post10-07-2014 04:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PaulJKSend a Private Message to PaulJKEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I think Joesfiero's tanks are also larger capacity (13 gallons ?) and can be had with a better sender ....
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Report this Post10-07-2014 07:23 AM Click Here to See the Profile for hyperv6Send a Private Message to hyperv6Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Tanks will be made if there is a need. Right now they are just really going bad and if the demand grows someone will make them.
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Report this Post10-07-2014 11:47 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Rsvl-RiderSend a Private Message to Rsvl-RiderEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by jscott1:


And so is the demand. Chances are no manufacturer is going to reproduce them...ever.


I didn't say they would be. I was making the point that even many junk yards can no longer be considered a source of supply, and are actually reducing the number that are available every time a car enters their supply line. It's not a matter of natural attrition but is a practice of actual depletion. That cuts down the availability of existing supply dramatically. If I had been shopping for a replacement gas tank at these yards I would have been 0 for 8.

My hats off to the ones that have the skill, capability and desire to engineer and manufacture these parts on a small scale for the benefit of the hobbyist community.
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Originally posted by Rsvl-Rider:

I've seen seven or eight Fieros at various Pick n Pull yards. Every one had a big hole punched in the bottom of the gas tank.


That's how they do it here also (I've been checking them for years "just in case").

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Report this Post10-07-2014 03:26 PM Click Here to See the Profile for CsjagClick Here to Email CsjagSend a Private Message to CsjagEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Those tanks with a hole in them can actually be fixed. the radiator shop I use to clean and seal my gas tanks is able to weld a patch on them and then clean and seal them for about $150
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Originally posted by Csjag:

Those tanks with a hole in them can actually be fixed. the radiator shop I use to clean and seal my gas tanks is able to weld a patch on them and then clean and seal them for about $150


The problem is the plastic baffles inside, as the coating for sealing the tank doesn't seem to like sticking to the plastic baffle (and can come loose).

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Whatever my shop uses does stick well to the plastic, both my tanks have been coated and I've had no problems
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Originally posted by Rsvl-Rider:


I didn't say they would be. I was making the point that even many junk yards can no longer be considered a source of supply,


My point wasn't that the junk yard was ever a good source of supply... my point was to answer the OP's question that reproduction parts only appear on cars still popular over 10 years after they were discontinued. By 1998 Fieros had already declined significantly in popularity, Many many people have parts to sell. I have been buying Fiero parts for 13 years and never once got anything from a junk yard. I got an entire Fiero for less than $1 and it had a perfect tank and sender in it.
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