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    Gas Tank Question

    I finally got off my but and ordered gas tank straps. When I got my van the tank was not installed and the straps that were with it were home-made (and incorrect). I made my own set a few years ago, but knew they weren't exact either.

    My 1st question is:
    Should the tank firmly rest up-against the curved saddles above it (that are located underneath the floor) and is there supposed to be any rubber or anti friction material between the tank and saddles?

    2nd:
    Does anybody have an extra J-bolt?.....I have one that is stripped and I don't like the idea of using a regular "hardware store" replacement

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    It should sit firmly against the body. There should be something as an isolator between the four points of contact on the body, and the gas tank. We used strips of rubber pad on those points. There should also be something lining the contact between the gas tank and the straps. I don't remember what we used on mine, but I recently did the tank on Amie's son's van and used bicycle inner tube.

    Mac may have an extra J-bolt. I don't think I have one.
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    I made some out of Long Carriage bolts
    Cut off head, heated up end and bent the J in it
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    i saw a leather belt used between the tank and the mounts
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    Just getting to that myself...
    It looks like there are rubber spacers between the tank and the body.
    Kinda hard to see in there.

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    That bicycle tube thing is what I had planned.
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    Thank you for all the replies. After partially dropping the tank just to have a good look around, I realized I should get some POR15 to treat underneath the floor above tank. I also have conveniently forgot that I used a (remedial) hunk of radiator hose for the bottom filler neck connection. I believe stock hose was 1-3/8' diameter & 10 to 12" long correct? And where to get a hunk?? I can't find my wishlist with that info

    Thanks Again
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    Yea Seem like you find that when you drop the tank.
    Yes the filler hose is 1 3/8. I found it at O'Reilly's They had to order some(,I took all they got 3 or 4ft)
    you could also replace the 1/2 in vent hose,& all the clamps. Hope this helps
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    http://www.classicpartsusa.com/produ..._and_Fuel_Item

    Here are the real pads. I did not use them, I used some rubber I had laying around as well. But they may be better material to withstand oil/gas.
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    Gas Tank Question

    FWIW - 1st Gen parts books do not show any pads...
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    Fuel Tank Hook

    "Does anybody have an extra J-bolt?.....I have one that is stripped and I don't like the idea of using a regular "hardware store" replacement"

    If you have not procured one yet - maybe a truck at the yard; here is same fitment:

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    Thanks for all the replies. I gotta hunk of fuel filler hose coming from O'Reillys... and this was sent to me by a very cool member here @ VCVC

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