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Gas tank access hole

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Jackson 88K5, Jul 25, 2001.

  1. Jackson 88K5

    Jackson 88K5 1/2 ton status

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    I finally finished this long waited project of gaining access to my gas tank.
    http://home.midmaine.com/~tjackson/access%20hole.jpg
    <a target="_blank" href=http://home.midmaine.com/~tjackson/plate%20side%20view.jpg>http://home.midmaine.com/~tjackson/plate%20side%20view.jpg</a>

    If it breaks, upgade it.
     
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    I was considering doing the same exact thing! It just seems to make sense. Have you noticed any downside?

    John
     
  3. Jackson 88K5

    Jackson 88K5 1/2 ton status

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    After removing the tank three times (one while in the middle of now where) It only makes it all better so I feel that there are no downsides to this project. The metal I used over the hole gives great support and with the rubber seal used I should have no leaking problems. I now carry an extra fuel pump in my middle console and the tools to get in the tank.

    If it breaks, upgade it.
     
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    What kind of pumps are you using that keep burning up? Are you running the truck out of gas? My brother kept burning up pumps (we put an in-tank in his '70), bought an AC Delco from Checkers and no more problems.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
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  5. Jackson 88K5

    Jackson 88K5 1/2 ton status

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    I'm still using the stock one. The two problems I have had was the rubber hose came off after doing some serious bouncing, and the other time the pump locked up but as soon as I took it out and hit 12 volts to it, it works and has been in there for 8 months. This last time I had it apart was to fix the fuel gauge.

    If it breaks, upgade it.
     
  6. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    looks great i am now putting that on my to do list[​IMG]

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    holy crap, your floor doesn't have any rust on it. you sure that's a blzer?
     
  8. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    Wow, that looks great!! You don't have any problems angling the sender assembly out of the tank with that 1+ inch gap between it and the body?? That was what stopped me from doing this to any of my trucks.

    Great job!

    Ratch
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    What did you use to cut the hole? Looks sharp.

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    I did the same thing to my Blazer last year. After having my fuel pump and sending unit crap out 3 times, I got tired of dropping the tank. I came up with the same idea&gt; Great minds think alike. I made my access hatch a little bigger so that I wouldn't have to fight any of the plumbing. Why Chevy didn't think of this I'll never know.

    Whats wrong with big and wide?
     
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    Who you calling an... Oh wait that is access, sorry.

    Good lord. The rod up that man's butt must have a rod up it's butt.
     
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    Sweet! That's a beautiful job you did on that access panel; it looks like it belongs on an aircraft. Kinda reminds me of what I had my head buried in just a few hours ago...

    If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style...
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    Yep. That's the original floor.

    If it breaks, upgade it.
     
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    The unit comes right out with a few angle movements.

    If it breaks, upgade it.
     
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    I used my friend RotoZip tool. I used a whole disk on three sides and bent the metal back and forth until it gave. That's the left side, it came out the best. After using the RotoZip tool I will never buy my own. I thought it was an expiensive tool.

    If it breaks, upgade it.
     

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