Are muffler bands avalibile? Only one is still holding I want to keep the original asbestos on if possible
Lang's sells a muffler wrap kit with asbestos substitute and three stainless steel bands for $27.95.
I would have tried to replicate the original band - doesn't look complicated to make?
Maybe an old hardware store might have the bands, but the easy way out is to buy the kit from Langs.
Stainless and galvanized strap in various widths is used by HVAC and plumbing installers, etc.
Don't know if it would be the correct gauge but I would go to my local plumbing/heating supply or hardware store and see if they will sell you a length of galvanized strap in the required width.
Even Home Depot sells galvanized steel strap - see photo below.
You can strip galvanized plating in muriatic acid.
You can also cut your own straps from a piece of sheet metal and then reclaim your original buckles.
Otherwise, metal straps are also used for securing loads on pallets, etc. I would think that a local warehouse or store would be tossing out straps on a daily basis. Find somebody who will give you a length.
Just throwing out some ideas.
Below courtesy of Home Depot:
It it's the correct width, I'd say go for it. I think they are 3/4". They all you need to do is get an old coat hanger and make the loop. The loop was staked in place with a neat riveted over affair. Ward Sherwood made a set for me awhile back, and they are just like original.
Yep. I made 20 or 30 sets just like original straps, and sold them pretty fast. As simple as they are, it takes time to make the loops perfectly and re-create that unique "rivet" connection. It was a one-time project, no plans for any more.