Infamous for its flaws, the Chevy S-10 has a gas tank that sits lower than the framerails. This means that the first point of contact with any driveway or speed bump is the tank-not a good combo when you drive a lowered or 'bagged truck. Any puncture can spill fuel, and since it's flammable, you could burn down your entire truck.
Years back, we 'bagged this S-10 and knew of the problem once the truck sat on the ground. Since we knew the hazards of breaking a tank, we never dragged the truck anywhere. Of course, it was driven low and laid out every time we parked it. After a few years of laying the truck on the plastic gas tank, a section of the tank became so thin that a simple bump made a hairline crack and out came our fuel.
Immediately, we called up the folks at Devious Customs because we knew they had the solution to our problem. These guys are the innovators behind a shortened aluminum gas tank that bolts right onto your mini-truck. It was designed around the stock placement of the tank and works with the S-10 fuel sender/pump assembly, and filler neck. The tanks are made to order from cut and bent aluminum stock that is then TIG-welded together. Since these are handmade, Devious does have the capability to make custom shapes and sizes to fit your needs.
You can perform this installation in just half a day. That is certainly better than waiting for a replacement tank to be shipped after your tank has already broken. In our case, the tank busted and we had to buy some time until our appointment for the installation. We used a patch kit from Napa Auto Parts to temporarily fix the stock tank until we could get the truck to the shop. Once we got working on it, we hit a little bit of a snag with our KP Components rear suspension. The fix was to fabricate a new mount for the upper link bars. It took us just an hour longer than expected, due to a minor hold-up. In the end, everything was wrapped up in a timely manner, and we were dragging frame on our way home before we knew it.