The recent topic posed by JPC  "10 MPG. WIYJ A NEW 1915 cc"  https://www.speedsterowners.co...g-wiyj-a-new-1915-cc  brings this question: 

Can the small fuel tank being installed by a few makers of Speedsters be replaced with this larger 12 gal. fuel tank being offered on *eBay. . . without having to make major structural changes to the front trunk?

*Note: I was recently told that this larger tank is similar to the one Vintage Speedsters in Scottsdale, AZ has started using in all their speedsters.

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Long Range Fuel Tank Fits VW Dune buggy 1961-1977 # CPR11320107516-DB

eBay item number: 312012293256   Buy It Now Price: $193.49 with Free shipping

This Fuel Tank increases fuel capacity to a full 12 gallons for those long trips. High capacity fuel tanks will fit all standard Beetles 62-74 and Ghia 62-74 ( Will not fit a Super Beetle ) Please note that this tank has the fuel filler inside in truck compartment so 1968 and later beetles will not be able to use the outside filler. Uses your stock style fuel gauge sending unit. Please note the factory cap will not fit, this Uses part number 211201551 Cap and must be ordered separately. Fits VW Dune buggy 1961-1977 # CPR11320107516-DB

          Fuel tank 12 gal

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I put one in my CMC and it fit fine.  You need to buy their gas cap as it is different than VW one (as noted in ad).  I did NOT have to clearance the inner engine lid liner - hood closes with absolutely no interference. The temp space saver spare will no longer fit. I bought mine from CIP1 but it says it's 12.5 gallon capacity.  

https://www.speedsterowners.co...125-gallon-fuel-tank

I think if I went to a smaller battery or lowered the battery box a couple inches, the CMC recommended size T tire (on a 15" x 4" rim) would fit.  I've also thought of moving the battery in the nose just in front of the passenger's tire (behind the horn grill). 

A 12 gallon gas tank in a car that gets around 20 miles per gallon (your mileage may vary) will have a potential minimum cruising rage of 240 miles.

OK, serious question, how many of you can drive your car for a 240+ mile stretch without needing to stop and take a pi$$? A 10 gallon tank gives me enough cruising range to cover most distances between any potential fuel/rest stops.

Use the call of-nature-measure to determine if you really need a 12 gallon tank and all the time-effort-money to install it (and lose the option of carrying a spare tire).

I'm just saying...

MusbJim posted:

A 12 gallon gas tank in a car that gets around 20 miles per gallon (your mileage may vary) will have a potential minimum cruising rage of 240 miles.

OK, serious question, how many of you can drive your car for a 240+ mile stretch without needing to stop and take a pi$$? A 10 gallon tank gives me enough cruising range to cover most distances between any potential fuel/rest stops.

Use the call of-nature-measure to determine if you really need a 12 gallon tank and all the time-effort-money to install it (and lose the option of carrying a spare tire).

I'm just saying...

I've got a big tank and go 250 mi +/- between fill ups. At 80 mph, that's about 3 hrs. If I were El Guapo, livin' la vida loca on the best coast, I'd cruise up and down the PCH and stop every couple of hours, too. But when I'm Interstaten', I'm just trying to teleport to the next 93 octane oasis, hopefully 250 mi +/- down the road. For this flatlander, everything east of Denver and west of Huntington, WV is just laying down miles.  

I also carry a spare tire. It's a 3" wide-5 AL drag wheel and space saver spare. It nestles nicely down in the nose, over the battery.

It can be done.

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