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Old 01-11-2007, 04:08 PM
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Question Draining the fuel tank

'87 Bronco2 2.9l
I need to change the in-tank fuel pump.
I tried siphoning gas from the tank but its really hard to maneuver a hose into it. Is there an easy clean way to drain the gas tank?
Please let me know your ideas. Thanks..
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:37 PM
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What size hose are you using? I normally use a 3/8 fuel line to do my siphoning. I have it hooked up to an old fuel pump. Does a nice quick job. Sometimes a piece of garden hose will work better becuase it's a little stiffer and easier to push down in the tank.

A lot of times I'll skip the siphoning and just place a floor jack under the tank and let it down that way. It helps if there's and extra person to help steady the tank as you lower it.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:13 AM
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A good advice - cut a hatch in the floor right above the tank unit assembly. This will give you instant access to the sending unit without any mess. Did it for mine 88 Bronco when took off the tank for repair. Now I know this was quite wise to do. When I had problems with my B2 recently, I found out that it was the sending unit. Thanks to the hatch it took me 15 min's to repair.
I could take pictures if you want. It looks neat.
As for draining - use a long hose (maybe 1.5-2 meters and 1 inch outer diameter). The trick is to push it inside the tank to the end and plug the hole with yor finger. Then pull out adequate amount of hose from the tank and place it as low as possible and release the finger - the gas will flow itself.

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Old 01-12-2007, 06:24 AM
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Thanks for both you ideas. I really appreciate them.

Madclone if you could take some pics that would be very useful to see.
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Old 01-12-2007, 07:07 AM
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OK. I'll take a couple of shots this weekend
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cutting hole

Ya this is the way I'll go when I finally replace my sender...TR
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To drain gas tanks I use an old VW fuel pump connected to 3/8 line, just make the connection (I use a switch to avoid sparks and shorts) away from the tank. I remove the rubber filler neck hose completely.
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:49 AM
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Sorry for keeping you waiting. Here's the hatch I made.

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