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Icon6 Removing the Bed - tip

OK - So - I'm now at the point where I can remove the bed on my '92 Ranger... The goal is to get at the top of the fuel tank and replace the tank seal and float... maybe the pump also. The gas gauge doesn't work and when I fill it up to the top I get some spill over on the ground.

Anyway, removing the bed bolts was not uneventful... The factory it seems puts blue loctite on them and 15 years of sitting there allow for enough rust to make it no fun... I got the first 5 bolts out but on one, the fastner nut that clips over the frame broke and was rusted... There is not much room under the truck in the area under the front of the bed on the passenger side... The exhaust is in the way and there is a cross member cramping things. The solution was to drill the head of the bolt out from the top. You'll need a good carbide drill bit and since the hole was a little off center I ended up taking a 3" die grinder to remove the head... the bolt just fell to the concrete and I was done... It was a real PITA.... but some good tools saved the day. Now I can detatch the fuel filler pipe and lift the bed up and back to get at the tank...
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why didn't you just remove the 2 strap bolts and simply lower the tank?


i cant figure out why people would do more work then they have to.
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my straps and bolts holding the tank on are rusted beyond repair i would have to cut them off to drop the tank thats why i took off my bed. plus i had my bed off in 15 min.. tank would have tanken far more work...
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uh not that i like arguing with you zach (i really dont) but if the straps are that bad why not just cut them off and replace them?


<note to self, if seeing zachs truck in westland do not tailgate for fear of running over his gas tank when it falls out.
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didnt feel like it.. there not gonna fall off just i knew the bed was gonna be easier..
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new tank straps can be bad also, we had a 2005 500 limited and shortly after buying it got a recall for possiable gas tank straps breaking and the tank falling onto the exhaust.

for me having a hoist and a torch is the way to go. plus i dont think a customer would like seeing there bed removed.

i always just wire brush the threads and spray them with PB blaster, then aply a little heat and 90% of the time they come apart with no problems, then using a trans jack i lower the tank enough to unhook any lines and plugs and its out.
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i would have to grind off the bolts the heads are like non existant.. dont feel like it lol.. yes in your case working on a customers car they wouldnt like it but when its in my driveway and i can have it off in a matter of min why the hell not...

plus have to be careful with ranger tanks torching the strap we have plastic tanks
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you ought to see me change gas filters on older chevys !!!!!

the torch is my best friend lol
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its mine also BWAHAHA lol god love the cutting torch

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