[DMCForum] Re: Fuel system updates - help!! long long long...
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[DMCForum] Re: Fuel system updates - help!! long long long...

Don't beat yourself too bad.  You're going the extra mile to find out
what's going on yourself and that speaks volumes. 

As for cleaning your tank, I am a voice of expierence.  Frankly, it
really sucks.  Pump out the remaning fuel and get an entire roll of
paper towels.  Put some chemical gloves on, stick your arm in the
tank and start cleaning up.  When they go in white and come out
white, you're done.  Make sure to count the paper towels going in and
coming out.  You don't want to leave any in there.

The baffle needs to be buckled a little bit to remove it.  John
Hervey's is the same way.

Personally, I've been using my original baffle with no issues.  Some
others in my local club have SpecialT's in there's and they have no
issues either.  If you feel you don't need to spend the money after
you inspect the original baffle, then you will probably be just fine.


> Okay - an update on the fuel system inspection...
> I removed the lines and pump assembly.  The hoses need replacing
> although they are not shot yet.  I found traces of dirt and gunk in
> the tank as well as on the filter screen.  I'm thinking that the
> pump did indeed get dirt in it.  the filter screen had a small hole
> in it indicating that it might have let larger pieces of dirt
> through.  All the parts seem in decent shape for the age and usage
> the car had but I think I may want to replace most hoses and rubber
> parts.  A slightly stupid thing I found was that the tank had very
> little gas in it.  I find that hard to believe becasue I topped off
> the tank about 80 miles before this happened.  I'm hopping that the
> pump didn't shut off prematurely and most of this was caused by me
> running out of gas!!!!  My float is not working so this may be a
> realistic cause.  So I'm feeling a bit stupid about that.
> Regardless... the system does look like it needs some work so
> nothing lost with this.  Big quesiton though - The original baffle
> setup looks to be in decent condition (besides problems I already
> mentioned) and I was going to try and preserve the original
> configuration. But, how would one go about taking the damn thing
> for cleaing, repair, etc??  the 'cup' doesn't fit through the
> In a case that I do go for the SpecialT update kit one would need
> get htis out right?  This is probably sounding very stupid to some
> of you but I had to ask.
> Next question - can I clean out the tank from any dirt with a rag
> somehting?  And once again, trying to preserve the original system,
> can I still get the cheaper SPeacialTAuto 957 pump and install it
> the original components?  Or should I just forgo the whole original
> deal and get the SpecialTAuto baffle kit for ease of install?  Is
> houston's setup equally good or better at a few buck more?
> thanks!!

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