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Fuel Tank Straps Question

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Buildflycrash, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. Apr 8, 2018
    Buildflycrash

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    Next I’m trying to make some fuel tank hold-down straps. First one I cut by hand with shears. Next one used a cutoff wheel on a grinder. They both bowed pretty bad , the hand cut one is worse.

    I know there are power cutters but I don’t think I would use them that much after this CJ is done.

    How would y’all cut 18ga 1” wide strip? Should I use 2 straps or is one enough?

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  2. Apr 9, 2018
    Mark Wahlster

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    I cut mine on my bandsaw. Here is the finished Fuel tank strap

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    I used 16ga and scratch made the tubular turnbuckle luckily I already had the Left hand tap and die from an earlier project.
     
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    WestCoastPat

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    Nice Work.
     
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    Rick Whitson

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    Do you want some Stainless steel strap, I have a roll of it, will cut some for you, let me know how long you need. It's only 3/4" wide, but it's not going to rust. I think it is for warping insulation on pipes, it is soft and easy to work with.
     
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    Buildflycrash

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    That is really nice. Don’t most straps go front to rear? I think the P.O. had front to rear.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2018
    Buildflycrash

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    Let me see how this works out. I may take you up on that. Thanks.
     
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    PeteL

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    Hammer it (flatways) on the shorter side, against an anvil. That will stretch the metal and straighten it.

    To answer the question, I wouldn't. I'd find some 1" stock.
     
  8. Apr 9, 2018
    Mark Wahlster

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    Could be on a CJ-5 my Jeep is a CJ-2A body so side to side is stock. I used the Original Cleats welded to the Tunnel and Side wall for the anchor points. I could crush the tank and pull the side wall of the tub in with this set up if I was so inclined.
     
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