Hi does anyone know where in the uk I can get hold of some strap material and rubber, pref with some overcentre catches as well?? I can cut and weld etc to length. I don't fancy buying a large sheet of stainless just to make a couple of straps, ideas peeps?
Chris, I used a 16 ga. stainless strip approx 2 1/4" wide and folded over each side 1/2"..this made quite a strong srap with a nice rounded edge that would not cut the rubber...the ends are folded again and drilled for a bolt and also an aluminum spacer to spread the load.
You really cant see the rubber under the strap, but it was a self stick foam that I got from Mc Master here in the states...probably available to you locally. The channel rubber is a great choice if you want to use that.
I also top mounted my tanks, but I believe in the straps to allow for flex and expansion/contraction as I think they are a better setup.
One thing I have done on some other setups but not my chassis was to weld a flat strip to the area where the strap pulls on the tank to avoid rub thru...I think it is more of an issue on a tank mounted for instance between frame rails such as a street rod.
The photo aint the best but you get the idea.
Tidy job there Phil, my tank will be sat on plates with the straps over the top of the tank, should allow for some expansion and contraction, had a mind to weld plates especially on the corners where the straps go but may do full width plates as you suggest.
regards Chris http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7333/11734540214_a9b5636758_z.jpg