Alternative material for gas tank pads
9 years 1 day ago #169
After removing the gas tank from my '76 and sending it out to be restored, I received it back in perfect shape except it was missing 3 of the 4 rubber-like pads that sat on top between the tank and the body to absorb vibration. Fortunately the 4th pad had fallen off in my shop before I sent the tank out and I was able to use it to find a very inexpensive product that is almost a dead-match replacement to the original.
I went to a chain store called Tractor Supply in my area and bought a piece of conveyor belt material used to make up conveyor belts, typically for the farm equipment that uses that sort of thing. It was something like $2.49 a linear foot, is stiff yet flexible, and can be easily cut with a sharp pair of scissors. It was thinner than the original but only by approximately 1/32 of an inch. I suppose Fleet Farm or similar farm supply stores would carry the same stuff.
I stuck it to the tank by using an aeresol can of contact adhesive applied to the pad only. 3M makes a good product, but I'm sure they're are others that will work as well.