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Question from Dennis (1953):
I recently asked anyone for info on getting a strap for my 53 imperial. I was told I could buy the strap material and re-make one. Where do you buy that kind of steel? How about any sources for a new strap? Does anyone sell those?
Dennis I had to make one for my 54 which I'm sure was the same. When I removed the tank for cleaning, one of the mounting bolts twisted off on the strap. Instead of making a new strap, I welded a new bolt on it.
However, you can get a piece of 24 gauge galvanized sheet metal cut at any sheet metal shop toe proper width. All you will have to do then is have the ends welded on. As I remember the back mounting of the strap has a bolt welded to the strap. In the trunk is a DEEP nut with a built in washer. The washer stays inside the trunk floor while the nut part screws over the bolt. Don't have a photo and I've sold my 54's so I can't be sure of the fasteners. These restoration sagas all kind of run together after a while...
I THINK the front is a hook of some type into something mounted on the front part of the trunk floor behind the rear axle.
I'd be VERY surprised if anyone makes reproduces this part. I believe you are going to have to have it made. It should be a simple thing though unless you want it 100% original looking. Remember you can't see the bolt and nut part unless you remove the strap and trunk carpet.
You might consider the strapping material used by industrial shippers to hold heavy metal parts on to wooden skids. This steel strapping is heavy duty stuff, I've used a lot of it over the years to protect machine parts from moving on skids. Find a friendly machine shop.
I saw an ad in Hemmings for a place that handles tanks and straps, Auto City Classic 1-800-828-2212. I have never used these people, just saw the ad.
Go to a store that sells flat steel or flat stock and have them cut off the the size that you need. If you have a vice you can bend the strap and have someone weld the hangers on.
Question from Greg (1955):
What is the best source for replacement gas tank straps for a 55 Imperial?
Reply from Tom:
I searched for some for my 56 a few years ago but wasn't successful. I ended up taking my old one to a local sheet metal/fabrication shop and they made me a set. Beats running around the swap meets and they were probably cheaper too.
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