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Old June 24th, 2004, 12:10 PM
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Fuel skid pain in butt

Got Dave's stainless fuel skid yesterday and started soaking the bolts that hold the old one in place in oil. Got the two bolts up under the bumper loose with little problem. The four that sit on the bottom are a different story. Won't budge. I did manage to break a socket trying to get them off. So any ideas? I'm soaking them in more oil right now and am going to try again later this afternoon.

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Old June 24th, 2004, 12:19 PM
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This may be a silly question. Did you run your fuel level down as close to empty as possible? A full or even half tank is going to put a lot of weight on those bolts.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 12:26 PM
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it's about half. I have the tank supported by straps.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 01:05 PM
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Do yourself a flavor use PB Blaster it is the best penetrant on the market or Busty. Make sure you get fluid on both sides of the bolt if possible. Also, try an impact driver with a socket & go in both directions that should do it.[ use a big hammer ] At the least break it loose.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 01:08 PM
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Almost used a full can of PB Blaster. Wish I had air tools. Might be a reason to get some.

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Old June 24th, 2004, 01:32 PM
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Tyler, I think Peter is talking about actual IMPACT drivers, you hit it with a hammer and it turns the bolt like 1/8 turn or something. They only cost like $20 and then you only need a matching impact socket. You can always drain your tank like Pete did at Paragon .
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Old June 24th, 2004, 01:41 PM
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Almost used a full can of PB Blaster. Wish I had air tools. Might be a reason to get some.

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Yes it's time to get some air tools. I had the same problem with the bolts and used my impact gun and they came off easy.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 01:52 PM
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I had the same problem with those bolts too. Soaked them for a while with the PB. I broke three off with a long box ended wrench and a ratchet. Although offering more torque to start it turning, those put too much side stress on the bolt on its way out and snapped it off. Don't go there. They need upward pressure - impact driver, impact wrench, etc.

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Old June 24th, 2004, 02:08 PM
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Thanks for posting this. I was about to do it this weekend with hand tools. With no access to air tools, maybe I'll just hand this one over to a friendly/cheap shop I know...
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Old June 24th, 2004, 03:51 PM
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Ok after using an entire can of PB I have managed to get 4 out of the 6 to budge. I'm going to let the stuborn 2 soak untill tomorrow before I try again. If all else fails I'll rip the skid off since its so rusty and stick some wood under it as a temporary fix then get some air tools.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 04:07 PM
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Tyler, try an impact DRIVER. This is not air operated & is struck with a hammer. They are usually used for philips or slotted screws. Pull the end off & place a socket on the end. Spend the doe for one of these u will use it more than you could imagine. They are cheeeep. BUT handy!!! You could also try some eletrical contact cleaner then back to the PB. The electrical cleaner might help it is thiner & will help the penetrant work better.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 04:45 PM
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yeah I broke a few off as well, get yourself a good set of sharp drill bits and some cutting oil, I drilled em out with no problem, used a tap to clean out the treads a bit...
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Old June 24th, 2004, 05:59 PM
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Thanks. I'll probably get the impact driver just incase. I assume I can get them at a Home Depot type place.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 07:54 PM
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Tyler,

You might want to consider cleaning out the holes with a tap before reinstalling the new bolts that came with the skid plate.

The bolts can be a bit of a pain (understatement of the year) I am constantly amazed at how bad stuff rusts on Land Rovers.

Would you mind taking a picture of your stock gas tank skid plate when you get it removed? I have wanted to see what one from the east coast looks like, I know mine was really bad and my 90 was in Texas and Colorado most of its life.

Torrence,

You might get lucky since your truck is from the west coast

Might as well soak the bolts with some WD-40 or PB blaster and see if they are easy to remove. You can take them out one at a time and see how it goes then decide if it is worth paying someone else.

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Old June 24th, 2004, 08:02 PM
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Sure thing Dave. I will say it's not pretty.
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Old June 25th, 2004, 11:53 AM
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Finaly got the damn thing off. Only broke one of the bolts too. Now for the fun part. Putting the new one on. Here are some pictures of my old skid.

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and you're the only girl in town.

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Old June 25th, 2004, 12:44 PM
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Holy cow. That is rot!
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Old June 25th, 2004, 12:53 PM
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What a waste... you could've probably gotten at least another 10 years on that.... LOL
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WOW! Wonder what mine will look like? I'll try and post pics.
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Old June 25th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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I'll be more than happy to ship it up to ya Glenn if you want to add it to your truck
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You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
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and you're the only girl in town.

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