GAS Tank straps not fitting???'s

dickeymoore

Dragway Regular
Mar 19, 2007
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I removed the gas tank from my 1987 Cutlass 442 and installed a new sending unit and now when I try to put the tank back up the straps are not reaching the holes where the bolts go through can anyone tell me what the problem could be or can I use some kind if HEAVY DUTY zip tie or something to connect to the gas tank straps or what?THANKS :? :? :? :( :(
 

lilbowtie

Pro Stocker
Oct 5, 2004
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Canton Mi.
If you took it off it has to go back on - make sure your lines and the new unit are clear and you get it wiggled in there right.
 

jsiler

Dragway Regular
Nov 6, 2009
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Dayton, OH
Try using longer bolts to get them started,once you get the straps started just run the longer bolts up as far as you can.
 

t5montecarlo

MalibuRacing Junkie
Oct 21, 2007
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garage-scene.com
The straps hook on one end and bolt on the other. Hook the one end on first, then bolt the other end on. It will be a struggle to get the bolt reach, but you will eventually be able to start the bolt. It has been more than 10 years since I did one.
 

melloelky

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Jul 1, 2009
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i couldn't get mine to go up high enough so i did the same thing,i used longer bolts to draw the straps where they belong and replaced them one at a time when they were in place with shorter ones.
 

81rustabu

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Apr 16, 2011
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pinckney,MI
Just did this to my bu acouple of weeks ago to install nitrous bottle brackets. Couldnt get the straps back up there. Turns out there was a 2x4 on top of the tank we where using to prevent the drill bit from hitting the tank. took it out and bam it fits again.