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Old October 25th, 2003, 01:52 PM
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replacing fuel tank skid plate...

Has anybody replaced the metal plate that holds up the fuel tank? How did you support the fuel tank and manage the replacement without taking the fuel tank out (he asks hopefully)?
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Old October 25th, 2003, 07:43 PM
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George,
I had a length of flat bar in the garage, maybe 1/8" thin and 1-1/2" wide. I slide it between the tank and the carrier, then used a couple of c-clamps to fasten it to the frame around the tank/carrier. It's not elegant, but it did work. If you have something thicker, I'd use it, because even with a partially filled tank, it sagged a bit. You can get flat bar like that at Lowes/HD.

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Old October 26th, 2003, 01:14 AM
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I used a rachet strap to hold up the tank while i worked on the receiver hitch...

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Old October 26th, 2003, 06:53 PM
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George,
make sure the tank is as close empty as possible. The rear of the tank sticks out a little so i used a support there I also had my buddy use a thin pry to hold the tank on the side while I switch the fuel tank protector.
If you have trouble with the bolts work them up and down and use plenty of penetrant. You dont want to break one of those puppies. Like I did :- (
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Old October 28th, 2003, 11:25 AM
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Gas Tank Skid Plate

DO NOT twist off those bolts. I broke off all but one and had to tap them all out. They are 10mm 1.50 thread I think. I used a tie down strap to hold up the tank and emptied it as much as I could. Did you have luck siphoning. I didn't. Must be a screen in the fill pipe. Watch out for the vent/vacuum hoses attached to the top of the tank. It's heck trying to get them reattached if one of them is disconnected. If they do I recommend getting a length of 3/16" fuel hose and the proper size connector and lengthening the existing vent line to make it easier to reconnect. I hope you have better luck with the install than I did. If you do, ignore the advice.
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Old October 29th, 2003, 11:30 AM
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where does the strap fit?

can you elaborate on where you fit the tie down strap?
thanks to all for the tips so far...
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Old October 29th, 2003, 07:29 PM
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George, for what it's worth, heed the advice on using penetrator fluid on the bolts . I also sheared off 3 or 4 when I was removing mine. Ended up redrilling and retapping.
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Old November 3rd, 2003, 11:03 AM
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word to the wise about fuel tank skid plate

Just finished replacing the plate that supports the NAS D-90 fuel tank (rear mount) and suggest, if you haven't already, poke at this thing with a screw driver. You may be surprised at how rotten it really is...I thought I would be able to just scrape and paint with POR 15...but it literally crumbled as I pulled it out...looked fine from the outside except for a couple of small rusty areas...this little puppy is what holds up your fuel tank by the way...
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Old November 3rd, 2003, 12:56 PM
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George,

Hopefully this is just a "rust belt" thing and those of us who experience snow only at our discretion should have no worries

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Are there aftermaket stainless or aluminum ones available?
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Old November 9th, 2003, 03:53 PM
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Angry Gas tank!

When I was dropping my gas tank yesterday to reinstall my rear bumper one of the "plugs" came off and can not put it back on. It's the one on the left hand side and it has a small hose connected to it. I tried everything with no luck, does anyone has any idea besides dropping the gas tank.

My patient growing really thin with this truck right now as this part should've been done!

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Old November 9th, 2003, 06:00 PM
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yousef-did the black ring gasket around it come out or just the white part? if the black ring came out , take it off and attach that to the gas tank first then lube it with a little grease and push the white thing in. the grease should help a lot but might stil be a little tough
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Old November 9th, 2003, 06:13 PM
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Matt, the black ring came off. Can I do this with tank off or on?

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Old November 9th, 2003, 06:33 PM
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you dont need to totally drop your gas tank but you are going to need to lower it to get your hand in there. i really dont see any way to do it with your tank in place just becuase of the limited space.maybe losen the three bolts on the right side and remove the three on the left might lower it enough,make sure to support your tank so it doesnt fall all the way out!! and your tank may lower enough to the left by doing this.good luck!!! if you were as luck as i was you could just get to it by opening your rear door and pullig back the carpet.some one chopped up the floor to replace the pump i think. didnt notice it till 2 months after i had the truck. but the beds down getting welded up , dropped it off on fri.maybe i should re think that?
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Old November 9th, 2003, 06:38 PM
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I'll do it tomorrow. I'll let you know how it went.

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Old November 12th, 2003, 11:53 AM
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Matt, thank you very much for the helpful info It took me less than 5 minutes to do it where the local dealer wanted $300 to do the job.

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Old November 28th, 2003, 07:43 AM
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Dropping the gas tank

I was going to drop the tank tomorrow, but was wondering if anyone had a recommended method for holding the tank in place while I remove the skid plate holding it? I need to access the bumper bolts on the backside of the crossmember.

Also, how far can I drop the tank before the hoses bind up?

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Old November 28th, 2003, 10:11 AM
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Dave, Did you see this thread?

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Old November 28th, 2003, 10:19 AM
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Wow, CVC, did you lump this in the same thread?

If so, cool moderation..
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