Bit of a back story to my question.
I got a 1978 Morris 1000 Mini about xmas time, I am doing up to get back on the road, after sitting for 20 years.
It came with a 5.5 gallon tank, which was just rattling around inside the boot, but it also had a diagonal strap on it, which was loose.
The tank itself, has no 'indent' for a diagonal strap, ie its one of the older ones which had that mount on the boot floor for it to sit on, and then the 2 piece strap on the left hand side of it.
So somewhere along the way, this mini lost its tank it came with.
So I went out looking for a replacement, thinking it must be a long range 7.5 gallon tank it came with, a that has a diagonal strap.
I found one locally, or what I thought was one, but I found it is the same size, 5.5 gallons, but it has a diagonal strap indent on it...
I have never seen or heard of a smaller 5.5 gallon tank with a diagonal strap on it.
Is that normal? Was it for a specific year or region?
I have a '79 1275GT Clubman as my other mini. That has a fat 7.5 gallon tank. Very different to this one I just got. It has more rounded corners, where as the 5.5 and this diagonal strap 5.5 have harder/shaper corners.
Just curious how many tank variations there are, and what a 5.5 with a diagonal strap would have been out of?
I actually found 2 of them, both being sold by different people locally, as the longer range tanks, when clearly they are not - now that I have compared to my 1275GT tank.
Few pics for reference. The one without the diagonal strap indent is the 5.5 that came with this mini. The diagonal strap ones are the 5.5 I brought, thinking it was a 7.5.
The modified tank in my black mini, is a 7.5 gallon tank. It has a Honda fuel pump in it etc as its in my vtec mini, so ignore all that, but you can clearly see its wider on the right half etc.
Anyone have any info?