Wow Brent, that’s quite a truck. I would highly recommend Wayne’s system for that setup, it would be a great fit. He has put thousands of miles on his carb’d 460 Ford farm truck, and it will pull! With the fuel injection and high compression engine you are all set.
Don’t take this the wrong way… I’m really excited for you and want to see you succeed. You have a great opportunity here. I want to bring up a few issues, and hopefully save you some effort.
Have you looked at Wayne’s trucks? They are as clean and unobtrusive as they come. Plus they work better than most others… but that’s another issue, I’m just talking asthetics and practicality. While you do have other options, it will force you to do some needless rearranging and make some compromises. It’s up to you.
Here’s the obvious problems with what you’re proposing. A squat gasifier on the bumper the height of a tailgate will not make much gas, will have very little hopper capacity, and will be uglier than you want to admit. Filtration equipment will also be undersized. Gas connections will have to be flexible in order to pivot. It adds about 2-3 feet to the length of the truck, may interfere with the towing capacity and vehicle handling. Bumper mounts have certainly been done, but not usually on a pickup and certainly not that short. Once you have the gas you need to cool it. Bigger bumper mount or possibly run it to the front of the truck, reduced cooling capacity either way but can be made to work. Run condensate to a separate tank, probably under the truck. Then it’s back to the bumper for filtration and back to the front into the engine.
Now let’s say you put it in the bed against the cab, the usual way. It can sit through the bed directly on the frame, adding about 7" to the capacity. You can make it flush with the cab or taller if you like. Total gasifier height will be around 4-5 feet, hopper capacity good for 40-50 miles. This takes up 2 feet of bed length, leaving lots of room for supplies and fuel. Gasifier is bolted securely to the frame and connections do not move. The unit is camoflaged by a cooling rack extending full height for 2 feet and half-height for the rest of the way. This rack serves for gas cooling and carbon settlement as well as getting the gas to the back of the bed, and down underneath to the condensate tank. After that it goes under the truck back up into the hay filter, mounted in the bed on the left of the gasifier. From there to the engine.
One thing you might consider with all the custom work, is that TBIs and carburetors tend to get sooted up over time with the woodgas, and can be hard to clean. Can you arrange a separate entrance for the woodgas (underneath) or upgrade to MPFI? If so then you’ve got it made.
Another consideration is the plumbing underneath. You will have lots of room with that lift kit but also in rough terrain. The usually recommended PVC pipes may not stand up to abuses on the trail. Just watch where you put them, buy quality pipe and fittings, and maybe use steel pipe for the vulnerable areas.
Hope this helps and again, not criticizing just trying to save you grief in the long run. We want to see that baby burning wood!!