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#1 markp

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 07:12 PM

I didn't know this but FYI 88 conquest has access panel in trunk open door there is fuel sensor / also if u take a tin snips and cut the access door just a little bigger the fuel pump is right there no need to take off gas tank at all fuel pump is not in tank it's bolted on top / fuel float sensor is in tank but come,s right out of access door no need to take off tank at all . I think I said that twice. Big time and money saver.





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Posted 08 June 2018 - 07:28 PM

I donít like cutting the floor board.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:36 PM

Cut is small and only if u need to get at fuel pump / I found it easer then taking out gas tank

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:42 PM

Easy to get to. I LIKE IT!

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:50 PM

What I'm saying is door is already  there your just making it a little bigger

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:50 PM

You are a butcher, admit it.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:29 PM

Sure, You can do it that way..... but then you do not have the option of pulling the fuel pickup and checking the condition of pick up filter, or seeing if that 30 yr old tank has any rust or sediment sitting in the bottom of it. Or changing that 30 yr old rubber filler hose that is cracked and leaking. Then you also run the risk of starving that new fuel pump from that clogged pick up filter, cause it was easier to hack up the trunk floor than to take 6 or 8 bolts out, unhook a fuel line and unplug a couple of easy connectors. Or even worse... that pick up filter has deteriorated to the point that it is not working and now you suck all of that rust and sediment up into your brand new fuel pump and wipe it out.

If you do not have the time or money to do it right, you definitely do not have the time and money to do it twice.

Most of the people on here that you see giving advice are experienced with these cars and give our advice based on our mistakes, or things that we have learned by seeing others failures. We have owned these cars for decades or longer and we all already know that there is an access panel in the trunk floor. But we also know the benefits of not just taking the easy way out.

Just drop the tank and do not give unwise advice. Other noobs might actually listen to you and screw up their cars.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:58 PM

Thanks BC. Glad I didn't have to post that.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 10:21 PM

I knew this was coming! It has always been funny to see how people react on this subject. Takes less than 20 min to remove the tank and do it all properly.There is absolutely no reason to use a can opener in the trunk! Lol

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 11:45 AM

Ok I was right and wrong just found this in my car access door for fuel pump is where I said on left side of spare tire and u do have to do a Lille butchering (alittle) how ever I found access door to fuel gauge sensor is right in the middle of trunk where spare tire sits it's gray metal circle looks like a big drain plug hard as hell to pull up it glued on but no, no butchering just pull it off  if u have a lot of time and money pull the tank off I rest my case guys

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 12:20 PM

I don't understand the money or time part.  Replacing the fuel pump or sending unit doesn't happen very often.  Don't butcher the car.
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Posted 09 June 2018 - 03:01 PM

I will send pictures of quote butcher job . I do understand if u want to clean tank change neck , ect. U should pull off tank agreed . In my neck of the wood cost at a gas station to drop tank is $240.00 not a dealer even plus install/ fuel sensor. I don't have a lift to do it my self. So access panel was my best bet I was just changing fuel sensor if u vacumn hole before u remove sensor it's safe in my opinion . Job was completed in 45 minutes no cutting. Just pry off door (cap) 6 little Phillips screws and out it came.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 03:16 PM

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I think that took me about an hour without a lift. Just a jack, jack stands, and a piece of plywood.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 03:31 PM

Guys, he was simply stating you can enlarge the hole.   He was giving a suggestion.  

Every owner is able to do what they want to do and what they feel is necessary.  



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Posted 09 June 2018 - 03:36 PM

Yea we know
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Posted 09 June 2018 - 04:07 PM

View PostPreludedude, on 09 June 2018 - 03:31 PM, said:

Guys, he was simply stating you can enlarge the hole.   He was giving a suggestion.  

Every owner is able to do what they want to do and what they feel is necessary.  

I agree, but when he comes on here and gives bad advice that some other noob might stumble across and take to heart. It needs to be clarified and corrected. If he wants to hack up his floor, that is his business. I just do not allow that advice to go unchecked.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 05:02 PM

Changing the tank is a pain, but being a butcher isn't acceptable

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 05:44 PM

Put another way, if Iím buying a car and I see something like that, hacking something up to ďsave timeĒ, Iím walking away.  No idea what else was sacrificed to the god of time.
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Posted 09 June 2018 - 08:48 PM

View Postscott87star, on 09 June 2018 - 05:44 PM, said:

Put another way, if I'm buying a car and I see something like that, hacking something up to "save time", I'm walking away.  No idea what else was sacrificed to the god of time.

Well said Scott.
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Posted 10 June 2018 - 09:24 AM

Wow access panels were put in car by manufacturer I bet they were there for a reason inlarging existing hole in one panel Mel Gibson wouldn't loose any sleep over , so drop your tank I'll use access panel .




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