Re: [DML] gas tanks [was Water pump ]
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Re: [DML] gas tanks [was Water pump ]



Chris Murley wrote:

>usndmc wrote:
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>>2 for 2 so far, Andy. I got the water pump out successfully. Maybe
>>you can help with the last thing trying to stand in the way of a
>>Happy New Year. I'm trying to replace my original gas tank. I
>>removed the support plate but gravity did not do the trick bringing
>>it down. It is positively wedged in place. The foam is practically
>>bonded to it. I used a screw driver to try and separate the tank
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>>from the foam where I could. I tried pounding on it from the access
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>>cover from the top with a rubber mallet, to no avail. Next I
>>fashioned a wooden lever and wedged it from the top between the rear
>>part of the tank (skinny part) and the fiberglass body just above
>>and it and tried that lever action repeatedly to dislodge it. All it
>>accomplished was to push the top of the tank in as I pulled. I know
>>there are a hundred reasons not to do this besides the ones I can
>>think of, but the only possible idea I have left is to cut at it
>>with a Dremel from the bottom and hack it up and pull it out in
>>pieces. Anybody had any similar problems? Thanks for any help!
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>>Dave
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>Just out of curiosity, why would you need to replace the gas tank? Does
>it have a hole in it or something? To my knowlege theres nothing that
>goes wrong with the gas tanks themselves. They're fairly tough plastic(
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Hrm. For some strange reason the mod de jeur chose to hack off over half
my reply, so here goes again.

Just out of curiosity, why would you need to replace the gas tank? Does
it have a hole in it or something? To my knowlege theres nothing that
goes wrong with the gas tanks themselves. They're fairly tough plastic(
and fully enclosed by the frame and access panel to boot! So it takes
something major to puncture one.). You also have to remember any stock
the vendors have of theses will be NOS as well.. No one to my knowledge
has ever had a reason to remanufacture these so anything you replaced it
with would be just as old so there's no advantage in doing it if thats
your sole reason. It's just work for no gain. If your doing it because
of debris in the tank, then the pump, pickup and baffle will come out
with the tank in the car.. I think the baffle just requires some bending
to do it, and from there it's just a matter of  getting the last of the
fuel siphoned out and  then cleaning the inside of the tank good.

But to reply to your question.. I seem to recall when I pulled mine  for
the restoration of the car, that for some reason BOTH sides of the foam
was glued, both to the tank and the frame. I ended up having to destroy
most of the foam to get my tank dislodged, and that was even with the
body off where I could access the top.

So my advice to you. If your just wanting to replace the tank because of
age, then your probably best off leaving it alone and in the car. Any of
the tanks you'd get from the vendors would be just as old. If your doing
it for fuel system contamination, then just pull the pump, sender,
baffle, and pickup and clean the tank thoroughly through the access hole.

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Chris
VIN# 03209
http://badger.brazi.net/index.pl/delorean






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