I have a 6d Baltimore SS convertible that was extremely original when I purchased it (including original spring ring battery cables , original front and rear springs with tags, original shocks etc) my car had the same bracket as yours and did not have the plastic vent. I believe my original gas tank has the hoses still on it and I will be checking it in the next couple of days.. I will report back as soon as I do. Thanks for the great pics
Very interesting, Rob, that your "extremely original" 6D Baltimore '69 should have been assembled in a different manner than my 71-dated Baltimore '69. Perhaps it is due to engine option, as my '69 L78, of course, was equipped with a single 3/8" tank to fuel pump line, rather than a supply and return line as L35 and L34 cars were equipped with.
My car, although frame off restored when I bought it, still retained much of its original fuel system, suspension, brake and steering equipment. Why these items were not replaced during the restoration is anyone's guess, but I am thinking the restorer wanted to leave in place as many of this low-mile car's original pieces as he could. Some years later, after I took possession of the car, I decided to replace worn and dated original components so that I could safely drive and enjoy the car. Some of these components were in the fuel system, including the tank, sending unit, rear-to-front fuel line and the tank vent hoses. The tank vent hoses, clamps and plastic vent were quite aged and definitely looked original to the car. Given the hoses were hard and cracked I replaced them, even though I was unable to find hose of identical size and wall thickness. I did, however, retain the clamps and the aged, yellowed plastic vent. When disassembling the vent system, I noted there was no foam in the 'outlet' leg, so I cut a piece of foam and stuffed it into that leg. I wish now that I had taken photos of the original set-up, but sadly I did not.