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Old 07-15-2014, 05:11 PM
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Time to drop the fuel tank

I desperately need to do the Hutch mod. I have a late 99 extended cab with a long box. I don't have access to a lift, but I can get the front or back up on jacks. Do I need a lift to drop the tank? Any idea how much the tank weighs if I pump out all the fuel? If I can drop it, do I need 2 people or can it be done with a couple of hydraulic jacks?

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Old 07-15-2014, 05:18 PM
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pulling the bed is an option

you can measure your tank depth and then your lowest point on the truck to ground
that will tell you how high you need to lift the truck if you want the tank all the way out

I have an 8" lift and don't need a jack to get mine out

even a few gallons can make the tank hard to handle but i did mine by myself twice

your truck is older might want to pb blast those bolts a few days a head of time
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:33 PM
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Thanks for the info. The truck has had an extra leaf installed in the rear, so it is a bit higher. I'll do some measuring to see if the tank will slide out. I am going to get a hand transfer pump and pump out as much fuel as I can. Any idea how much it weighs if I can pump out the fuel?
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:14 PM
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I dropped mine completely with a quarter tank of fuel by myself using an atv jack and it made it very simple. Even with a quarter tank it can't weigh much more than 60-75 pounds. Its not that heavy at all but the fuel sloshing around while moving it makes it hard. I emptied it completely and it was very easy to put back in.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:42 PM
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If you live in the rust belt I would not recommend pulling the bed. I live in colorado and have no rust at all so I'm going to pull the bed.
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The tank is plastic and light. Once you drain it you can pull it by hand yourself. IIRC I had to jack one side up a few inches to slide it out but that might have been because of the running boards.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:03 AM
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Make it easier to handle, pump it dry....

I just connected a Booster Pak (12v starter pak) directly to the pump and opened the, yellow, drain lever on the filter housing. With a rubber hose connected to the metal drain tube I just filled a 5gal can.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:18 PM
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I want to thank everyone for all of their input and help on this matter, but I have a couple of additional questions before I jump into this. I have downloaded the instructions from Guzzles site and it seems straight forward. Guzzle indicates to use stainless steel tubing. Why? Wouldn't regular steel line do the job considering that it will be continually immersed in fuel (oil)? It also makes reference to a tool to remove the fuel lines. Any idea what the tool is called? I don't mind spending the money on tools, but I don't want to be in the middle of the job and find out I don't have the right tool.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:59 PM
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The special tool is call a ford fuel line disconnect tool. I know very original. I'm not sure about the stainless tubing tho.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:15 PM
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the fuel line tools are available at any parts store and harbor freight
I leave a set clipped on to my fuel pump just because they are cheap

seems like steel would be fine the only time it would want to rust is if it was below the fuel level or you had water in the fuel i thought i had seen copper as an option but don't quote me LOL
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