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Old 12-31-2010, 11:41 AM
sche47 sche47 is offline
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Default GAS Tank Straps

I have a 97 ranger standard box with a 2.3 V6. I bought the truck and it has rachet straps holding up the gas tank. I ordered replacement straps but they don't fit any slot in the frame and don't seem to fit.

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:05 AM
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I have to laugh, I bought a 95 in October and it has a ratchet strap holding the back side of the gas tank up. I thought the jerkoff I bought it from was the only one "brilliant" enough to pull that stunt. I check it often, while I decide how to proceed.

Besides that he was too dumb or lazy to fix the brake cables, he cut them, he also just pulled the bulbs from the domelight instead of replacing the door latch switch, (when the switch fails the dome light stays on.) had the clutch slave cylinder bled and filled so it would last 75 miles, then drain again, not allowing it to go into gear, so it failed the second day I had it. Not a single light in the dash worked, I replaced 6 bulbs there. and numerous other stuff....it's a pretty decent lil truck now, except the strap! I wanted to go back to his house and beat him to a pulp....

I have read to gain access to the fuel tank it is best to remove the bed, 6 Torx bolts (in the bed) and undo the taillights and other wires. It lifts right off.

Then you could get at the tank to work on the straps or even fab your own. This might beat working from under the truck on your back.

Good luck.

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Old 01-08-2011, 04:29 PM
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Unbelieveable! We have to have bought our trucks from the same person. My brake cable was cut as well as the tank straps. I bought 2 generic straps at Autozone and put them on as a support to the rachet straps.

At least the morons that sold you your truck didn't cut the filler neck and patch it with a piece of radiator hose...like the did mine. The inside hose was also cut so the neck just filled up with gas and wouldn't allow gas into the tank. Since I did take my bed off the truck, I replace that as well...which was ductaped to the tank itself. Like I said, unbeliveable, I didn't pay much for the truck and didn't get much in return.
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:15 AM
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Could you share with me the gas tank straps you got at AutoZone?

The oem ones are like $200, I've been trying to think of a strapping/banding material I could put on it that would hold.

Was the truck bed bolts rusted or any problem with them?

Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:33 AM
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Default Re: GAS Tank Straps

Go to any furnace/ sheet metal shop and ask for a couple of strips. They're apt to give 'em to you.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:19 PM
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I have a 97 ranger standard box with a 2.3 V6.
the 2.3l is a four cylinder, figured id let ya know before someone else does in a rude way.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:52 AM
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Thanks Botta,

I realized the straps at AZ do fit, they don't have the tail-end strap that goes over the end of the tank like the picture I saw.

Jake, Who cares it is immaterial to the question and discussion.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:30 PM
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Mike, I just got the generic ones that are a strap with hole every 1/2 or so. I cut up a rubber hose and put a strip under each strap on the corners of the tank. By the way, I grew up in eastern Iowa. What part of the state u from?
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:39 AM
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I grew up in Cedar Rapids, live in the Des Moines area now.

I was looking for a universal strapping to use, but decided to use what all the auto parts stores list for it, thou I didn't think it would work.

I was totally confused because a pic that I saw showed a strap going around the tank but also one going over the end. I bought the ones listed for it and it was a bear to get hooked in the triangular hole, then no matter what we did we couldn't get the bolt started. So I bought a longer bolt, put a nut on it after it came out of the clip on top and cut the extra length off. With the Nut on there the bed will have to be removed to get that bolt out next time, it won't be by me!

Take care.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:15 PM
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I have read to gain access to the fuel tank it is best to remove the bed, 6 Torx bolts (in the bed) and undo the taillights and other wires. It lifts right off.

Then you could get at the tank to work on the straps or even fab your own. This might beat working from under the truck on your back.

Good luck.
This advice is well taken! I'm about to try and find out how bad my tank is and I think I'm going to follow your advice to take the bed off, especially seeing as how I'm probably going to have to go to the junkyard and buy a tank. I think mine is pretty bad condition - when I fill it about 3/4's of a tank, it leaks out from underneath the truck and will hold no more.

I am also suspicious because of my lack of initiative in taking care of this matter for over 2 years, the rusted matter from the tank is mixing with my fuel and has clogged my fuel injectors. I changed out the fuel filter and found metal shavings along with a black mixture that poured out of my old fuel filter.

This is what I get for being lazy. Of course it is a '94 with 175,000 so the truck has done well, but I wish I would have treated it better.

While I'm at it, anybody with some cheap ideas for taking care of clogged fuel injectors. They're like $60 a pop from autozone! Any cheaper alternative would be great!
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:09 AM
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This advice is well taken! I'm about to try and find out how bad my tank is and I think I'm going to follow your advice to take the bed off, especially seeing as how I'm probably going to have to go to the junkyard and buy a tank. I think mine is pretty bad condition - when I fill it about 3/4's of a tank, it leaks out from underneath the truck and will hold no more.

I am also suspicious because of my lack of initiative in taking care of this matter for over 2 years, the rusted matter from the tank is mixing with my fuel and has clogged my fuel injectors. I changed out the fuel filter and found metal shavings along with a black mixture that poured out of my old fuel filter.

This is what I get for being lazy. Of course it is a '94 with 175,000 so the truck has done well, but I wish I would have treated it better.

While I'm at it, anybody with some cheap ideas for taking care of clogged fuel injectors. They're like $60 a pop from autozone! Any cheaper alternative would be great!

Make sure you use lots of PB Blaster or your favorite lubricant. Spray the threads from the bottom side a few times over the course of a day or two. If you can loosen the bolts a little then spray and let sit then loosen some more.

Also my tank is plastic, so no rust is inside it. Not sure about yours.
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