Fuel Tank Mounting Pads and Straps

I’m restoring a 1953 TO-30 that was missing some parts. The Parts Manual lists fuel tank mounting pads and straps. I’ve been unable to find these for sale but can easily fabricate them. The straps seem straight forward but can you tell me what the pads are made of and how thick they are? January 5, 2016.

The pads are strips of rubber, likely oil and gas resistant, approximately 1/8″ thick. A total of 4 strips are used, below and above the lip of the fuel tank. You should be able to locate the material at an industrial supply house.

I’ve seen home made versions made from strips of inner tube, but that required a double thickness to duplicate the original thickness. These inner tube versions work but have a relatively short life given the engine heat and exposure to gasoline.

The metal bars are approximately the same 1/8″ thickness. Both the rubber and metal strips are easy to duplicate. You may also be able to find them at a tractor salvage yard. You might try Nolt’s in Pennsylvania, TIPS in Tennessee, or Pittsburgh Tractor in Texas.