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Aluminum Mooneyes Tanks - Spin Back In Time

Vintage Fuel Tanks From Mooneyes

Kevin Aguilar
Feb 1, 2008
Photographers: Kevin Aguilar
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Whether you want to add some vintage style or need a new option of fuel storage, Mooneyes has you covered. Owning one of these aluminum Moon tanks will turn your vehicle into a showcase for nostalgia. Back in the day, Dean Moon, founder of Mooneyes, produced these very same tanks to fit the needs of hot-rodders. The tanks are one of the defining custom parts to come from the historic Mooneyes Company and have been a mainstay in classic vehicles ever since.
Today, the tanks are made in the exact same process as the originals. This includes taking rounds of f lat aluminum stock and shaping them to perfectly round cylinders. The method involves spinning the rounds on a lathe and employing the use of special tooling to give them their unique contour. These pieces are then TIG-welded together and cleaned up to a show-winning finish.
They are great for anyone building a classic truck and can be a good accessory for style. With a new generation of builders keeping the old-school style alive, these tanks have become a hot commodity, along with other Mooneyes products. If you are into the retro thing, cruise by the Mooneyes website for even more information on this scene and periodic news updates. Also, if you have the means to visit and are in the SoCal area, we suggest that you stop by the Santa Fe Springs, California-based shop. Who knows? If you ask kindly, they might even give you a tour of the joint.
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Moon Caps

Interestingly, the spinning process can make for several other products. One of those is the Moon disc wheel cover. It involves shaping aluminum on the lathe and finishing it on this custom-made "Sunray" machine.




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The Final Word
We know that most people do not have all the tools or machinery to build one of these tanks, but we thought it was cool to show how they are made. The real kicker is that each and everyone of these tanks is handmade, and it's all done in a small machine shop behind the Mooneyes store front. The tanks vary in price between $250 and $500 for premade versions, although custom orders can be taken for a little extra. However, you cannot order them in a polished finish anymore; they are made from high-grade metal and can be refinished. Whichever way you go, these things are just flat-out cool.

Sources

Mooneyes
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
800-547-5422
www.mooneyesusa.com

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