Jim’s Blog: I Hate Gas Cans

This week, I became the guy I never wanted to be. I ran my ’66 Chevy out of gas in my own driveway.

OK, so I’ve been busy working on another C10 project lately, and I’ve needed the space inside my garage for photo work to support that project. So in and out the ’66 goes — regardless of weather. Or temperature. Or fuel level.

I knew the car was low on gas, and I had planned on running it past the local station for a fill when I had a moment. But that moment never came — at least not soon enough. The sputter and pop, followed by a super lean indication on the Holley Terminator EFI AFR screen, told the tale as I tried to roll it inside for the night. I shut it off and pushed it inside.

No harm, no foul, right? At least it was home when it happened. But here’s the rub: On a 1965 and 1966 B-Body Chevrolet, there’s no good way to get the gas from a gas can into the tank, because the filler neck is tucked up behind the rear license plate. Today’s modern gas cans — at least your typical non-race style versions — hit the bumper when you try to transfer fuel, stopping you from pouring in more than a gallon or so.

So what to do? I’ve mocked up a solution with a transmission funnel and some heater hose, but it takes two people to run, and that’s of no help when I’m by myself. My wife’s not real keen on holding a leaky funnel, either.

What solutions have you GM rear-filler tank owners come up with to fill your cars? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Seen the gas/diesel cans that have an extra spout on the bottom of the can? It is fairly long and it might work for you just like my tractor. More to lift in my case but no tilting to pour.

  2. Ask around the hood and see if anyone has an old school gas can they will give/sell you. Problem solved. All the new “emission controls” included with the new gas cans these days cause more spills (and thus more fumes to escape) then they would ever save gases from escaping into the environment.

  3. I use the exact same method on my 69 Chevelle and 69 Cutlass. I have only had to add gas using this method in my garage similar to your story. Years ago I did run out of gas in my 69 Roadrunner and leaving a car on the streets of Chicago was uncomfortable to say the least. And the Roadrunner has the same location behind the license plate. So about a quarter of the gas ends up on the ground, pants and elsewhere. I guess that is why all gas necks
    are on the side today.

  4. You mentioned best solution with “race style.” Use a 5 gallon translucent unit plus screw-on cap with spout. Attach clear plastic hose to spout, attach smaller diameter of clear hose on end that fits your tank, pour without spilling a drop.