I've been chasing an annoying rattle lately. I came from under the cowl. Was pretty sure it was the gas tank. Had to do a clean out because it was pretty rusty, so I removed the tank. No webbing, no cardboard and no rubber padding on the tank straps. This must be the reason causing the noise I thought.
But with the tank out I could look up under the cowl. Surprise.
Both metal rails that hold the tank had broken off close to the eyelets. Clean like somebody had cut trough with a hacksaw.
Guess its metal fatigue. Looks like its been like that a long time because the break points where not fresh.Boy am I glad i found out, before the tank eventually broke loose. Anyone experienced something similar ?
You'd think Henry would stand by that.
Man, you sure got me thinking. I've been looking for a rattle too, in that area, and just can not find it. I hope it's not like yours!
I wonder how many others are like that, or close to it. They have been around a long time! metal fatigue!
One gallon of gasoline weighs about six pounds. Nine gallons would weigh 54 and the tank weighs, I don't know--let's say six pounds. So, you've got 60 or so pounds suspended from those two narrow straps and bouncing over lousy roads for decades. No wonder the straps crack. Yikes!