The fuel tank was new from Mr. Shaffer. I decided to powder coat it for extra durability. It came out looking great for a part that is not seen. The original sediment bowl was lost, so a new Briggs-Stratton model 690612 was easily obtained.
The support straps were made from some spare stainless that I had lying about in the scrap bin. To keep the neck from banging up the hole in the hood, I stripped some wire and used the insulation to protect the hole, by splitting it with a razor blade and fit that to the edge of the hole. Using some silicone lubricant, the neck slid nicely into the hole. Some inner tube rubber made a nice cushion for the fuel tank.
The body is looking rather finished at this point. Considering how poor the tractor looked when it rolled into the workshop, its a ten-footer overall. Not a show winner, but a restoration staying within a reasonable budget.
Hopefully the next post will involve some progress with the engine.