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1935-1956 Ford Fuel Sender Adapter

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Specs
Material Type:
Aluminum
Sold in Quantity:
Each
Overall Thickness:
.38
Inside Diameter:
1.65
Outside Diameter:
3.29
Hardware Included:
Yes
Notes
Adapts the 6-hole pattern from '36-'56 Ford fuel tanks to the aftermarket 5-hole pattern.
1935-1956 Ford Fuel Sender Adapter

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Q & A

What's in the Box

If you have a 1935-1956 Ford car or pickup with a big 6 hole fuel sending unit, how do you put an aftermarket 5 hole sending unit in your tank? Simple. Use this adapter plate. Hardware included.

Notes

  • 5-hole mounting pattern for new style sending unit has one spacing at 1.38" and the remaining four at 1.25"
  • 6-hole spacing going clockwise is 1-9/16", 1-3/16", 1-7/16", 1-3/16", 1-7/16", 1-5/16" for the stock type pattern

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 13 reviewers.
RATING BREAKDOWN
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53f250guy
Verified Purchaser
New York, NY, USA
Product Rating

This product worked exactly as described

January 18, 2014
Used to adapt an older fuel tank to a modern sending unit.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Pat
Verified Purchaser
Show Low, AZ
Product Rating

High quality machined product

September 22, 2012
This product was used to adapt a 6 volt fuel sending unit to a 1931 Cadillac fuel tank.
Pros:
  • Durable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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earp
Verified Purchaser
philadelphia, pa
Product Rating

fit like a glove

June 01, 2012
perfect fit and cost half of what others charge
Pros:
  • Easy To Install
Yes, I recommend this product.
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huckleberry
Verified Purchaser
Yellville, AR
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1935-1956 Ford Fuel Sender Adapter

September 02, 2012
Adapted early Ford to late model sending unit - 6 volt to 12 volt worked perfectly sealing gaskets could be better
Pros:
  • Fit like it should
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Install
Yes, I recommend this product.
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bones
Verified Purchaser
northford ct.
Product Rating

not to happy with it,

January 27, 2012
had to longate holes on speedway sending unit to be able to bolt up to the adapter
Pros:
  • Easy To Install
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Silvas of California
Verified Purchaser
Sacramento CA
Product Rating

Impresive quality

November 21, 2011
I'm impressed with the simplicity and quality of this adapter. It installs quickly and fits nicely.
Pros:
  • Easy To Install
  • Perfect Fit
  • Durable
  • Outstanding machine work
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Charlie Foxtrot
Portland, OR
Product Rating

Works, but quality is iffy.

March 28, 2012
The holes didn't line up very well for my Sunpro sender, I had to enlarge one of the holes on the plate for the sender. The gasket between the adapter and tank didn't fit very well either, the holes were too small and to far towards the outer edge, so they didn't line up very well either.Also, there was still machining debris in most of the holes. Expected a little better for a [$] chunk of aluminum.
Pros:
  • Durable
No, I would not recommend this product.
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joe b.
Verified Purchaser
clayville, ny
Product Rating

fits perfectly, great quality

October 01, 2011
finally able to retrofit sending unit to match aftermarket gauge
Pros:
  • Easy To Install
  • Durable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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L-Dogg
Randolph, MA
Product Rating

Can't beat it.

May 30, 2010
My father needed and adapter for his '50 Ford project car to work with a modern Sun Pro fuel sender. We were going to make our own but I came across this unit. For the cost, time and effort of making one, getting this one just made more sense and we are not disappointed with what we received.
Pros:
  • Quality and Construction
  • Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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mean old jr high teacher
Verified Purchaser
Cincinnati, Ohio
Product Rating

Made upgrading my sending unit a snap.

July 17, 2011
Very useful product, came with seal and bolts for attachment of both adapter and sending unit. [...]
Pros:
  • Easy To Install
  • Durable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Product Q&A

4 questions : 7 answers

1 answers

Does this unit come with mounting screws? I need something like this to adapt a speedway sending unit to a 1947 Lincoln gas tank.

ford84stepside
Berry, AL 35546, USA
May 15, 2014

Does this unit come with mounting screws? I need something like this to adapt a speedway sending unit to a 1947 Lincoln gas tank.

Answers

May 16, 2014
Travisp
Yes the hardware is included in this kit.
2 answers

How thick is the adapter? I'm going to be installing a dolphin fuel gauge sending unit into it (5-bolt style)will the adapter accept it? the application is my wife's 1947 ford truck. I purchased this product last night. Thank you, mark.

motorhead mark
plano,texas
January 10, 2011

How thick is the adapter? I'm going to be installing a dolphin fuel gauge sending unit into it (5-bolt style)will the adapter accept it? the application is my wife's 1947 ford truck. I purchased this product last night. Thank you, mark.

Answers

January 19, 2014
53f250guy
I didn't measure how thick the adapter was but I used it with a Dolphin sending unit on my 1953 F250. You have to install the adapter and then measure the depth of the tank to the top of the adapter. You'll have to adjust the position of the resistor and cut off the bottom of the bracket. The instructions should be in the box with the gauges.
January 13, 2011
Bill
The Ford fuel sender adapter, part number: 458500, adapts from 6 hole Ford pattern to 5 hole aftermarket pattern and has the following measurements: O.D. of adapter plate is 3.28", I.D. of center hole is app. 1-5/8" and is about 1/4" thick. I do not have any information on fitting the dolphin sending unit to this piece.
2 answers

will this adapter work with S W sending unit

sam
colfax ca
September 29, 2011

will this adapter work with S W sending unit

Answers

September 30, 2011
Zach
Speedway part number 458500. This fuel sender adapter should fit any sending unit that has a 5 hole mounting pattern that has one spacing at 1.38" and the remaining four at 1.25". Measure your SW sender to determine if this will work for you.
October 03, 2011
joe b.
yes, if it's a 5 bolt, but note the orientation of holes on the sending unit relative to the adapter plate, as mine needed a right hand swing, but ended up left hand when holes lined up on tank, had to drill new holes in sender plate to correct, otherwise order new sender with opposite swing. this was on a 1948 ford pickup, tank in cab.
2 answers

I must do everthing backward, have a 5 hole tank. Can I flip this over and go that way. Or do you folks have a 6 volt,5 hole sender?

guy smith
fayetteville nc
June 08, 2011

I must do everthing backward, have a 5 hole tank. Can I flip this over and go that way. Or do you folks have a 6 volt,5 hole sender?

Answers

January 19, 2014
53f250guy
Yes, but you would have to flip it over, use nuts to mount the sending unit and drill the 5 hole open to remove the threads.
June 13, 2011
John
This 1935-1956 Ford sender adapter works as followed: The outer larger diameter bolt circle has 6 straight and countersunk holes for attachment to the years listed. Gasket is included and after installation will accept the standard aftermarket 5 hole senders via the 5 threaded holes. To use in reverse you would need to drill through the 5 holes to net a straight hole and then countersink as needed. Then you would need to redrill the 6 hole pattern and tap to match your desired screw size and thread. Currently we do not offer an adapter that works in these guidelines.
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