I wound up working on the motor for awhile, and now ready to move forward with the fuel system. After further inspection of the seams (as suggested by Helmerrock), Iím going to replace the fuel tank. Iím looking at the Ames catalog, and need to decide between galvanized vs stainless steel, and paper vs standard insulation.
How long should stainless steel hold up itís appearance? Iíd be driving a couple days a week in sunny southern California weather. I wouldnít want to mess around painting a stainless steel tank because of the required prep. I would only consider stainless steel if it lasted a lot longer than galvanized while retaining it's look.
If I were to go with a galvanized tank, I probably wouldnít paint it to keep it stock.
I think black would look much better than both stainless steel and galvanized, and would obviously prefer to paint it while new, instead of after the fact.
I believe the paper insulation has the sticky back and is what came stock. I think the standard insulation is thicker rubber, but doesnít adhere to the tank. I read that the rubber insulation might squeak a bit. Are there any advantages one way or the other.
I can reuse the existing tank straps. I read that galvanized straps were used as replacements, but weren't what came stock. I have to replace transmission cooler lines, and will probably go with stainless steel. I may just replace the fuel lines as well.
At this point, I'm leaning towards staying stock, but I welcome any and all recommendations. I guess I'm just wondering if I shouldn't buy a tank from Summit Racing or Jegs. The tank and transmission cooler lines both have extra shipping charges from Ames because of the shape etc...
I'm sure there are a ton of aftermarket performance options out there, but I won't worry about those until I can afford to build my 455. Hopefully, I get less indecisive as this project continues.