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    Ballpark estimate

    I need to move my diesel transfer tank to my short bed truck but the lower part of the "L" needs to be shortened to fit in front of the wheel wells. Can anyone give me an idea of a ballpark price I should expect to pay? The tank is cleaned out and dry.

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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    If it was me, I'd buy a tank that fits your short box and sell the one you have. (Less the pump and filter of course).

    It was probably just as much time spent building mine than shortening yours.




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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    ^x2 I would check price at least

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    This tank was custom made for my long bed truck. It was built to fit perfectly with my Protech tool box. I just wanted a ballpark idea of what some of you guys would charge to make the end shorter. I don't have many welding/fabrication shops near me so before I load it up and haul it 50 miles, only to find out it will cost me as much as it did to build it, I asked here. Thanks.

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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    I totally understand and sorry I'm not much help. I'm just a retired farmer who putters in his shop.

    I know enough to NOT take on your job but if you were a friend I would gladly help you build a new one.

    I'm certain a few of the pros on this site will be able to answer your question. Good luck.


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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    $250.00-$300.00 is what I would charge.... W. Pa. Area

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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    If the bottom leg length matches the saddle box, I'd just notch the corners to clear the wheel wells. Less cutting, welding, and no chance of hitting a baffle.
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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by Boostinjdm View Post
    If the bottom leg length matches the saddle box, I'd just notch the corners to clear the wheel wells. Less cutting, welding, and no chance of hitting a baffle.
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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    You might be able to cut the wheel wells easier than the tank. There is usually a lot of room extra in a lot of them. Check how much the wheel can come up and the tire can move into the space where the tank would be.. A whole lot less chance of the tank blowing up if all the cutting was done on the wheel wells instead.

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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by mwshaw View Post
    You might be able to cut the wheel wells easier than the tank. There is usually a lot of room extra in a lot of them. Check how much the wheel can come up and the tire can move into the space where the tank would be.. A whole lot less chance of the tank blowing up if all the cutting was done on the wheel wells instead.
    Nice thought but I’d only do that if the truck was a beater. Would
    definitely affect resale unless the OP was gonna keep the truck forever.
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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    What about notching the corners at a 45 to clear the wheelwells? Less welding. I have to TIG it, and I'd be in the range of $100 to $150 IF you cut the tank down and all I have to do is weld.

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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    How about just building an angle iron frame for it to sit in high enough to clear the wheel well.
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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by bent View Post
    What about notching the corners at a 45 to clear the wheelwells? Less welding. I have to TIG it, and I'd be in the range of $100 to $150 IF you cut the tank down and all I have to do is weld.
    That’s what I was going to suggest also. And I agree with the $100-$150 ballpark to weld it up....not a big job but it takes a guy away from other paying work too, so gotta consider that. I like to leak test anything that will hold fuel....3psi air in the tank and spray down the weld area with soapy water to make sure there won’t be any issues. That is almost more work than the welding in this case. Now if you’re like the typical trucker who brings the tank with 5 gallons of fuel in it and the outside covered in grease and grit....that’ll be sure to pi$$ a guy off and cost you extra for cleaning!


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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    I would guess a minimum of $200 at a reputable shop.

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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    How many baffles are in the inside ? Will they need to be reworked also ? I say easy $200.00 .

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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    I'm just a retired farmer who putters in his shop.
    even if so,

    Yours is one of the nicest shops I've ever seen.
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    Re: Ballpark estimate

    Ill do it for learning experience you supply the dynasty and whatever stuff is needed to make the dynasty weld aluminum.
    I would guess shops in the area of idaho im in to be about 300/hr to do a job like this

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