We took a walk outside into the Source Interlink Media Tech Center to see what Jason Scudellari, our resident tech master, to find out what he was working on. Previously, Scudellari talked to us about some Billet 1967-1968 Chevrolet Camaro door handles that he installed on the truck. He walked us through the latest portion of the project; a fuel tank that was sitting on the chassis for a 1956 Chevrolet pickup truck project. Scudellari explained to us that the fuel tank was built by fabricator Michael Cowan at Hot Rod City out of San Bernardino, California. Hot Rod City specializes in making tanks and radiators for GM, Ford and Mopar cars and trucks.
This custom tank was tailored for the ’56 and sits on a Fatman chassis that has Weld Racing wheels. When we asked Scudellari what he was going to be using the truck for, he said that it has plans to hit the autocross sometime in the future. Case in point, we chose a Hot Rod City custom tank for a number of reasons. Normally, a factory-style tank sits in the cab and we felt it better to have the tank in the back rear – behind the rear axle - for weight distribution; not to mention it’s safer that way. Unlike a normal fuel tank this one has baffles which prevents the fuel from sloshing around, which is not something you want when taking hard turns.
Our fuel tank came equipped with an Aeromotive electric fuel pump (Part Number: 18688) that delivers plenty of fuel pressure. It is compatible with an EFI and a generic sender that fits with most fuel gauges. Hot Rod City offers the option to use their fuel pump but we decided to stick with Aeromotive because we’re pairing it with Aeromotive lines, fittings, regulator, and filters. The total cost of our tank was just under $1,150 and served as the perfect bang for our buck. If you choose Hot Rod City’s pump it will run you $849.95 and that’s with everything ready to rock.
We wanted to show you some of Cowan’s skill in action so we decided to catch him TIG welding the Chevy’s fuel tank. In the video below, you can see Cowan carefully weld and take his time to make everything look perfect.
We’d like to thank everyone over at Hot Rod City for helping us out and you can catch full tech articles on the ’56 Chevy in upcoming issues of Custom Classic Trucks Magazine.