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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-09-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Looking for a gas tank for a 1971 Impala

I am restoring a 1971 Impala Convertible and need a gas tank. I thought I could get the original cleaned out but the bottom has about a half inch of varnish build up and the top and sides have a lot of rust scale. I have looked everywhere for a new tank it it looks like no one offers new tanks. I have looked at Classic Industries, Impala Bob's, Ebay, Rock Auto, and Auto City Classics all with no luck. They have tanks for every other year Impala and tanks for 1971 Impala wagon, but none for regular 1971 Impala. Anyone know where to find one, or have any leads on a good used tank, or know if a tank from another year can be made to work? We have wondered if a 73 tank would work, but is possibly slightly different due to the change to unleaded fuel.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-10-2014, 10:40 PM
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Yeah, '71 and '72 Tanks are by themselves and no one is offering new ones yet. The best bet right now is to try to find a good used one.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-11-2014, 09:28 AM
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Yeah, '71 and '72 Tanks are by themselves and no one is offering new ones yet. The best bet right now is to try to find a good used one.

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This is because 1971 was the first year of the new model that ran through 1976, and in 1973 the factory was obligated by federal law to install five mph safety bumpers that would save the insurance industry money. After all you get what you pay for in politics.

With only a two year spread and so few cars needing tanks the demand is too low to justify tooling up to make the tanks you want.

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