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Old 11-18-2015, 09:51 AM   #435
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...6&d=1447787326

If you blow that pic up and look closely towards the bottom of the cross member you will see how there is a corner brace laid over the cross member and the frame rail. It has a radius rather than a squared corner.

Its been a while since I installed that damper but the hole diameter wasnt much bigger than the shaft, I think.

The valance is very close to the cross member and I believe I had to cut a small section out to get my hand up there to tghten the nut. Its on the bottom so you would never see what I cut out unless youre under there working. Even with cutting a small piece out I needed to bend the valance a bit to get in there. I think I used a rotary tool to cut it.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:54 AM   #436
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Might be easier to see that brace in post 424, first pic.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:15 AM   #437
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The first picture below is my 74 Argosy.
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The second picture is from an 86 345.
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It actually looks like the Argosy brace is larger (longer) than the later models.

The hole in the frame would need to be large enough to accommodate the shoulder built into the rubber washers used for mounting. That might be the best way to get the required hold diameter.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:55 PM   #438
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Well it is official....the nice shiny new custom made fuel tank is 'junk' according the the local custom tank shop, and can't be safely repaired.

So we are on the hunt for a replacement.....thanks to Brad I have about 6 options to look it later when I get home!
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:57 PM   #439
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Martin, do you know if the fuel tank mounts have been modified?

If it would help I can try and get pictures of mine this evening.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:32 PM   #440
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Just got done dropping my fuel tank. I believe it looks pretty much the same as the Spectra GM29 that I sent you information about. Only difference I see is my tank has a tap for a generator where the Spectra tank doesn't. In your case that shouldn't matter since your generator is a portable unit.
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Below are pictures of the tank mounting brackets that are required to hang the tank from the chassis. Not sure if your's has been modified since you had a custom tank in there.
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There are two of each the frame standoffs, L support arms and straps. If you don't have the parts I'm certain I can get them fabricated. Not sure about the strap but I'm sure something could be worked out for that.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks Brad. Mine appears very similar but for some reason the inlet is slightly more central and points straight up. Not saying a standard one would fit, just a little different.

The mounts do look similar (stand-offs, L brackets, straps) but it looks like the L brackets were fab'ed for this tank.

I'm crazy busy at work this week but hope to get over to the shop on Saturday morning and will get some photos.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:30 AM   #442
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From what I can see looking at this picture of your tank installation it appears the fill door is in the same location as mine and like you said the tank filler neck is sitting farther back and straight up. That would explain the kink in your fill hose. On the original tanks the filler neck is angled and the hose between the tank and the fill door is short and fairly straight.
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A couple of other things I noticed, due to the size of the custom tank you're missing a piece of 1" angle iron that spans the bottom edge of the opening and the curved aluminum plate that covered the tank.

Assuming you go with an OEM style tank with luck your donor 28 will have a curved lower panel long enough to cover the existing tank. The panel is roughly 53" or 54" long.
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I think your are correct about the hose Brad.

The situation with the panel is already 'sorted'....the donor came to the rescue (as it did for the compartment doors on the drivers side.



The panel had a 'scuff' but will be sorted during 'body work and paint'....when we finally get to it.
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Having a donor sure comes in handy doesn't it!
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Looks like Bella is back on the road....details on the tank repair to come!
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Great news! Now , with gas at $1.77 gallon it is a good time to take it out and burn up a tank of fuel. Did that very thing my self last week. Man these things are a blast to drive! Sometimes we spend so much time working on them that we forget why we got into this in the first place.
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Looks like Bella is back on the road....details on the tank repair to come!
we are anxiously sitting on the edge of our chairs waiting to hear about your first test drive. Are you getting her back soon?
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I'm over in the UK for Christmas Peter. We get back late on 30th so hope to go to the shop and get an update on 31st....that's the plan anyway.
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