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Original gas tank color?
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:34:03 AM »
Hi,
        I just wanted to verify that the original factory gas tank on a 72 Runabout was black?  I believe the tank I pulled from mine is original, and it is painted black.  Installing a new Spectra tank and would like to make it look as original as possible.

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Richard

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Re: Original gas tank color?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 08:42:39 AM »
Not sure on a 72 but my 77 was plain zinc plated, no paint.

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Re: Original gas tank color?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 09:19:55 AM »
My 72 has the original tank and it's zinc plated.

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Re: Original gas tank color?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 09:40:41 AM »
My 80 Pinto was zinc plated. Never seen a painted one. Racers sometimes paint them white to reflect heat off the track.
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Re: Original gas tank color?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 03:23:25 PM »
My 72 wagon is zinc plated as well.
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Re: Original gas tank color?
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2017, 06:44:41 AM »
My 74 was plated also.
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Re: Original gas tank color?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2017, 03:18:16 PM »
Thinking this over I bet your car was undercoated. If it was they simply sprayed over the tank also, thus it looks like it was painted black. :)

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Re: Original gas tank color?
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 05:16:32 AM »
Thanks to all the replies, glad I read this before painting the tank today!  Maybe I will just use the rattle can clear coat to protect the tank since I've already cleaned off the oil film or whatever was on it from Spectra.

Richard