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#724726 - June 13th 2017 9:41 pm 1978 E150 Van Gas Tank Removal Question  
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Can someone offer any tips on removing the gas tank?

My van suddenly won't start. I replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter. After installing, I realized I forgot to install the gasket! Rookie move.

When I detached the fuel line I expected to see gas dripping out but no gas at all! This tells me the fuel line probably has a clog somewhere.

My plan is to remove the tank and since the fuel line is mostly metal, blow it out with a compressor and drain the fuel tank and look inside. If there is a lot of crud, I will have it relined and have a fresh fuel system. I got underneath with a pan to catch a couple gallons of gas and I could not find a drain plug.

Can anyone tell me how to drain what gas is left in there or do I need to drop the tank with the gas inside?



#724731 - June 14th 2017 12:26 am Re: 1978 E150 Van Gas Tank Removal Question [Re: SteveYangPDX]  
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Got the tank out. No drain. Loosened the straps with a bottle jack holding the tank up. Lowered the tank with 5 gallons onto my chest.

The tank is squeaky clean. Removed 2 rubber hoses that connect metal fuel lines to tank. Some cracks but no blockage. There appears to be no blockage. Have not tried blowing air through metal lines yet. I don't expect to find any blockage.

The odd thing here is that I installed a brand new fuel pump and there is no gas at all in the lines. I wonder if I got a defective fuel pump?

Now that I have the tank out I will replace the sending unit so I don't have to do this again. If I hook everything back up, can I disconnect the fuel line at the carb and if I pump the gas pedal, shouldn't gas come squirting out?

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