FUEL SUPPLY
Diesel World|July 2020
INSTALLING A FASS FUEL SYSTEM ON THE C10, PROJECT CTANE
KEVIN TETZ

FASS Fuel Systems makes some of the best fuel systems out there for pickups and class 8 diesel vehicles, so for our pro-touring 2WD diesel powered C-10 ( Project CTane) sporting a 2016 Nissan Titan XD powertrain, FASS is an obvious choice for a lift pump on our fuel system. The world’s first 5.0 Cummins powered C10 sits on a foundation from Schwartz Performance with their Jig Welded 67-72 C10 G-Machine Chassis that features a fully boxed 2X6 frame, triangulated four-link rear suspension, Modern front suspension design, splined sway bars at both ends, Full float 9 inch Rear end, and 14 Inch Baer Brakes with 6 piston calipers on all four corners.

The Stock 5.0 Cummins was upgraded by CFT Performance with a 5 Blade Mafia Stainless Diesel turbo, so we should see a considerable performance gain over the stock numbers. Nissan reports are in the 310/550 range on a 7000lb truck, and performance is decent on a bone stock Titan. Similar CFT Performance upgrades have netted 600 HP and nearly 1000 Ft/Lbs. at the tires on a stock engine, so considering our C 10 should weigh 4000 lbs. without a driver, we’re anticipating a VERY strong truck. The Porsche 911 GT3RS has a power to weight ratio of 5.9lbs per HP… Ours will be around 6.5 lbs. per HP, and due to the aggressive engine set-back of 25 inches we should be very close to 50/50 weight distribution.

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Fuel delivery starts with a “Ricks Tanks” stainless fuel cell that sits behind the rear suspension, and will feed into the FASS system with a return line from the pump and a second from the engine making sure the Cummins V8 gets all the fuel volume it needs along with necessary filtration. Our FASS (TS D10 125G) 125 Gallon Per Hour Signature Series pump and separator kit is designed for a 94-98 Cummins 5.9 12 valve application but will work perfectly on our common rail 5.0 V8. Our kit has everything you need to plumb into the factory Dodge fuel and electronic system in a few hours with basic hand tools, but our installation is going to be ridiculously simple, with a stripped-down system. Horsepower is an equation, but torque is what you actually FEEL in a high-performance vehicle and we’re itching to get some track time in this one of a kind blend of vintage and modern technology!

The TS D10 125G comes with everything needed to install the system on a factory equipped truck, as well as instructions for connecting wiring and hard fittings. Our application is definitely NOT typical, but it’s important to thoroughly read ALL of the instructions provided regardless of how you’re using this system. Take an inventory of all your hardware and contact FASS if anything is missing before you start.

“CTane” sits on a fully boxed and loaded Schwartz Performance G-Machine chassis for 67-72 C 10 pickups. Schwartz is renowned in the road racing/pro-touring world, so with the extra bracing, heady duty brakes and suspension, and 2X6 frame rails we’ll have no problem handling the added weight of the 5.0 Cummins and Aisin transmission, which came from a salvage 2016 2WD Titan.

Installing the fittings onto the pump assembly is simple, but it’s important to follow FASS instructions. Soft Jaws on the vice will hold the assembly in place where you can access all the ports that need fittings without using the pump body as leverage, and possibly damaging the drawtube.

All the fittings come with thread sealant pre-applied. Don’t use Teflon tape, as it can get forced out of the threads during assembly, or possibly get entered into the fuel delivery system. Notice the “E” on the pump? the ports are all Identified to match the different fittings.

Torque your fittings to 20 FT/LBS, remember these are dissimilar metals and you don’t want to stress the threads.

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