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Old 07-26-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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Hi, I need to replace the fuel pump does anyone know if I can cut a hole from the top of the car to get to the pump and not have to remove the gas tank. I only need the car to run for a few more months. Tow truck driver said he did it on a camero. Was just hoping it would work on my car.

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The opening on the firebird/camaro tank is in a funky enough position I don't see how anyone could cut the hole in the proper place, and even then the tank is at an angle and if memory serves the exahust has to be dropped and the heat shield removed...

Have the tank dropped, its not horribly bad on the bonneville... I did mine on my own and would do it again if needed

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Don't know about cutting. My father in law had mentioned doing that if he ever needed to. UI actually just got my car back today form getting a fuel pump replaced and it cost me $277. Can't complain, I only have like $800 into the car so that $277 wasn't a big deal.
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Thats a pretty good price for a fuel pump replacement

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This is what Boosty poted about the fuel pump swap:
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...My soon to fail fuel pump was swapped out. Took about 45 minutes at my buddies shop.

Put it up, disconnected the lines, hoses from filler neck and straps. Pulled the tank out by hand, then I carried it over to the spot of floor where opened it up and swapped the pump.

Carried by myself. ..that big heavy awkward tank you say. Yeah..it weighted maybe 15 lbs.

Filled up 2 miles down the road. Capacity of tank is 18 gallons, took 17.46 gallons. That'* the way to swap a pump...
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ight=fuel+pump

It'* recommended that you go ahead and buy replacement straps to make the removal easier. And of course, empty the tank as much as possible before removal.

I've not done it yet, but all those I've seen here that have done it say that it'* not a bad job.
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Thanks guys, I can get a used one here in canada for $100 straps are $60. It very easy to do repairs if you have the car up in the air but it is a lot harder if your on your back. Looks like I will have to drop the tank , I need to find some ramps.
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I feel your pain. I don't have access to a lift either. Find a friend with ramps and buy the beer, lol.
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Thanks guys, I can get a used one here in canada for $100 straps are $60. It very easy to do repairs if you have the car up in the air but it is a lot harder if your on your back. Looks like I will have to drop the tank , I need to find some ramps.
$60 for straps!!!! I paid $19 for mine. Dropping the tank on your back isn't that bad. Just have a floor jack to make things a little easier.
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If you have access to a transmission jack, get it! It makes raising and lowering the tank a piece of cake. It was a lifesaver when I dropped my tank.

And, speaking from experience, back the car up onto the ramps. The incline of the ramp will get in the way of you try to drive the back wheels onto the flat of the ramps.
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I was gonna do it myself, but no lift and heard it was a pain without one.
All in all, I am not complaining. But the next few repairs I am gonna attempt myself (with some help)
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