Drop the tank or lift the bed, dropping the tank is easier IMO. Bed bolts are usually really rusty and during the removal process the you will mess up the square lock flange in the bed.
The rheostat, arm float and pick up tube are all one.
The filter sock is bonded to the end of the pick up tube with some kind of material that is fuel resistant.
77&79 F250 Rich & Penny
77 351M auto, a/c, add a leaf 33x12.50's
78 (79 headlights) 460 4 spd, 4", a/c and 35's
79 351M 4spd 6" Skyjacker Edelbrock-Holley-Hedman 35's
99 Ranger 4x4, 98 Expedition 4x4, 73 Bronco Hillbilly-Bug
71 Bronco 302 35" Boggers 5.58 gears spool/locker