In this post, we will show you the step-by-step process that we took to restore our 1963 Corvette Fuel Tank and Filler Neck.
Here we cleaned and plated some of the fuel tank components and installed the fuel tank on the chassis.
Here is the original fuel tank filler neck.
This is the original fuel tank sender/pick up tube assembly.
Here is the original sender after bead blasting and zinc plating.
Here is the filler neck after bead blasting, zinc plating, and tumbling.
The sending unit installed in the tank.
At the factory, the fuel tank was installed with “anti-squeak” tar paper strips inserted between the tank and frame. We order a new set of these from Paragon, but the ones they sent us (in the rear of the picture) were twice as wide and half as thick as the originals (front of picture).
We found some sheet rock cardboard shims that we had on hand at the shop that were the same width and thickness as the original strips.
We painted the cardboard strips to look like tar paper.
Here you can see where the strips went on the original tank.
When installing the new fuel tank, we found that the fuel tank strap hardware didn’t quite match what the original hardware looked like, but we were able to alter it and get it to look like original.
Here is the filler neck assembly with the boot installed on the tank.
Here is the tank fully installed on the chassis.