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Just found one of the tank straps dangling - rust as usual.

I need to fix it but can't for a week or so. The problem is, having a quarter tank of petrol in it, should I not drive it or is it safe to use for local trips. I always thought tanks were bolted to the body with the straps as extra support but now I'm not so sure.......

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I thought they were bolted too. and the straps for emergency.

Ahh dont worry, whats the worst that could happen?

Driving around with flames licking the boot could be quite cool.
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If two straps support a full tank then one strap should be OK for less than half the weight but of course the load is off centre so don't push it - no more than a quarter should be Ok I'd say.

The old suds used two straps and that was it. Mine didn't rust through but the jubilee clip thing on the bottom of the petrol hose did - at less than two years old - and the car drained an entire tank onto a hotels tarmac car park.....I was not popular.
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Rather than spending loads of time chasing new ones and a pocket full of cash on them when you find some - I suggest nipping to the DIY place, such as B&Q, get a couple of steel strip bars and bend/drill to fit. They'll last longer than the car.... Worked for me...
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Yes, the straps hold the tank on, since it's plastic. Metal tanks can be bolted directly but the polypropelene jobs can't support their weight.

It should be okay for local trips and a light tank load .. but on the other hand if one has rusted through, the other can't be far behind.. at the same time you're asking it to do more work and with potentially extra leverage on it since the other strap isn't there any more..

It'll end in tears... or a red fireball explosion..

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Thanks guys.

I think i'm going to be a wimp and leave it parked til I can fix it
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