Author Topic: Fuel tank straps - 1970 Deville convertible  (Read 488 times)

Offline grantatx

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Re: Fuel tank straps - 1970 Deville convertible
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2018, 12:27:08 PM »
Surprised you got the old screws to work.  I believe the Auto City tanks are all fine screw threads, and OEM was coarse.  I proactively went to HW store and got all new screws before my tank arrived, and they were wrong thread ;)  Chuck

Yup, I was going to go to Home Depot and find some replacements but was under some time pressure to get the tank in before it got dark so just cleaned up the old ones. Luckily they fit. I was really surprised and a little disappointed that new screws didn't come with the sender unit.

Offline grantatx

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Re: Fuel tank straps - 1970 Deville convertible
« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2018, 12:31:45 PM »
FYI no need for POR in the future for the Auto City tanks.  Also, did you use some anti squeal pads or similar on top of tank?  At Home Depot next time you can get the stainless guy wire hook assembly.  Remove the J hook and toss the rest :)

I used another set of straps from a parts car that I had as the Auto City ones were too small for my '66 and they were very thin.   My rusted ones after blasting were so much thicker, I trusted them more.  Chuck

I didn't use any anti-squeak pads on the top of the tank, but I did use them between the straps and bottom of the tank. The straps came with the anti-squeak rubber strips which impressed me. Earlier I purchased a set separately from OPGI as I wasn't expecting a strap kit to include them. So if I do encounter squeaks I can fit them on top too.

Offline grantatx

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Re: Fuel tank straps - 1970 Deville convertible
« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2018, 12:39:22 PM »
Just make your own.  Go to HD and buy the 1/8" x 1"(or whatever the width is) galvanized strap that is long enough.  Use the originals as a guide, bend, cut, drill, and paint - then install.  They will be way better quality for a cost of an hour of your time and $10. 

The 67/68 sure seem different than 69/70 straps to me, as I have replaced them both.  I ordered a set for a 67 and was disappointed by quality and decided to make my own, hence my suggestion.  The originals on the 69/70 seem much better (heavier steel).

Hi Scot, yes, I did consider making some but when I found an aftermarket set for $35 I figured I'd give them a go. They're stainless steel and quite sturdy construction, probably not as sturdy as new OEM would be, but vastly better than the rusty mess the old ones on the car were.

You're correct, the '68 straps are different but not very. They're about an inch shorter on the long section that cradles the bottom of the tank so a little massaging is in order. Also, there are no holes drilled in the ends at the front of the tank, see picture. However the folded over section that hooks in to the body is considerably longer. I debated drilling holes and fitting bolts per '69-'70 but decided against as I can't image any circumstance where the hook would come loose when the tank is bolted tightly in place.

Offline cadillacmike68

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Re: Fuel tank straps - 1970 Deville convertible
« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2018, 05:46:23 PM »
That tank looks good installed.

Couple of questions:

1) did the replacement tank have any baffles in it?  What about the factory tank?
2) did you install a new sending unit or just re-use your old one?

If it's any consolation, my rear end looks the same as yours.  Mike's prolly doesn't 'cause he's busy drinkin' beer makin' his new look again! (see the car show thread)

I just finished a CL now, after two days of helping fence contractors replace a 260' fence around my tiny abode - with a bum leg, and a bum foot. I will be at a show somewhere next weekend though because I just got all the nicks and chips taken out of the paint. I do need to respray the valve covers though. That'll take a day.

 ;)
Regards,
"Cadillac" Mike
Current:
1968 DeVille Convertible
1996 Fleetwood Brougham
2009 STS NorthStar Platinum ed RWD
2011 CTS PRemiun ed Sedan RWD
Past:
2008 CTS Premium ed Sedan AWD
2005 CTS Hi-Feature Sedan RWD
2000 ElDorado ESC Hard Boot Convertible
1995 Fleetwood Brougham
1973 Sedan DeVille
1970 Fleetwood Brougham
1969 DeVille Convertible

Offline chrisntam

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Re: Fuel tank straps - 1970 Deville convertible
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2018, 09:45:24 PM »
CL - Corona Light?

Nothing better than a cold brew after work is complete, time for a tasty beverage, a comfortable chair and some time to reflect on a good day's work.

 8)
1970 Deville Convertible  MTS 507
Dallas, Texas

 

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