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I need to replace the gas tank on my '70 Elky. Not looking for anything exotic like stainless, just a good serviceable tank. Does quality differ on the repro's or are they all about the same? Any suggestions on where to buy based on quality/price? (Or conversely, any place to avoid.) I have some points accrued with OPG which I might want to use towards the new tank. Anyone had any experience with their tanks?

Are the tank straps interchangeable between the Elky and the Chevelle in '70? I see straps listed in the various catalogs for '70 Chevelles, but no mention for '70 El Caminos.

Lastly, the tank coming out is no doubt the original along with the sending unit. Any opinions on replacing the sending unit (which works fine) at the same time? There's a big price difference between GM sending units and the repros. Any comments on the repros, pro or con?
 

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I bought a repro. for my 70 El. Gas pours out on right turns.I was told I needed a special cap for the repro. tank. I bought the cap still does the same thing but not as bad.Not sure of brand I got it from American Muscle Parts in Wa. state.Tiawan #*$#@*#
 

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I just bought & installed a new tank for my 68 elky a few weeks ago.

Its mfg'd by Quanta out of Canada. From what I read in posts here, that is the good tank.

I bought it off ebay from a seller named Tamraz. He has a bunch on there.

At the same time I bought the tank, I bought a new GM sending unit ($125) and new GM vented gas cap ($13) from National Parts Depot.

I chose the GM stuff as opposed to the repop because it was availalble! The sending unit said made in USA on it... the gas cap was Heco in Mexico, but still looked nicer than the Autozone parts store ones, so i didn't feel bad about the price.

Everything works great now. Fit was great too.

I already had the straps, So I'm not much help there. I also ordered the "no squeek kit" which contained 2 thin rubber strips to go on top of the tank, and 2 thicker strips to go on the straps. After getting it- i wouldn't bother ordering it again... Get your self a couple old bike innertubes and cut them and you'll have the same thing.

Anyway, Hope some of this helps!

Ben
 

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Since you're in the Chicago area, go to Tamraz and pick up the tank. 10022 South Bode Rd, Plainfield. It's a Spectra Premium tank, made in Canada. Mine was $145.95 plus tax a couple months ago. You'll save a hefty oversize shipping charge, plus you'll be able to inspect the tank on site. Nice quality. Now you can take the money you saved and get the GM sending unit . 630-904-4500
 

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I have a spectra tank also and found the quality good.
I will be getting another soon for my 69 but that one I will get galvanized as the clear coating does not look stock and rust is not an option.
 

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Thanks for the input guys. And thanks for the input on Tamraz, Dave. I talked to them this afternoon. I just didn't have a feel for the quality of their tanks but now a drive down to Plainfield is definitely in the schedule.

I'm still looking for some input on repro sending units. My original seems to be working ok, but if it comes down to replacing it while the tank is down, I don't want to replace it with a piece of junk but I would prefer not to spend the big bucks on the GM if the aftermarket stuff performs just as well.
 

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Not to hijack the thread, but if Quanta is out of Canada could someone post a link. As the only thing I can come up with is http://www.quantaproducts.com/,and this is out of MD.
 

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Thanks Bill.:thumbsup:

So my next question... who is making them in Canada?
Just trying to figure out if it's colse to me and if so I may as well buy one direct if possible.
 

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I bought one of those Canadian tanks and it leaked at the seam. I ended up TIG welding the whole seam together. The filler neck was not at the correct angle either and when I bent it so it would fit properly, it created a leak where they brazed/soldered the neck to the tank. It works fine now but I was a little peeved to have to go through all that with a brand new tank.
 

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For the record. I used a Spectra-Premium tank in my 66SS and it hasnt leaked for 8 years now.

I always mention that if someone has a tank and its not all rusted away. Why not have a radiator shop look at it and see if they can fix it?
 

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i bought a tank from tamraz for my 71 el camino and from day one on turns you get a strong gas smell and a little leaking. i tried everything to stop it but never could. i didn,t know about a special gas cap for this repo tank. i used my oem cap which did not fit right, too much slop. the cap would not tighten down the way it should but fit great on my original tank. NOTHING LIKE ORIGINAL PARTS! before i put car together i am thinking about buying another tank but from WHO?
 
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