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Old 10-23-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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Well, picked up the winter beater/work truck yesterday. I jumped in and started off, Oh, low on gas, no big deal. I run to the station to fill up. Hmm, 2 tanks. I'll fill the front one. So I put $20 in. And off I go to the DMV to register it. I get out, I smell gas. Look under the truck and I see gas dripping on the ground and a small puddle starting. Dang, tank has a leak. So I drive back home and siphon out the tank and dump it in the rear tank. I flip the switch, looks good. I then need to drive out to Plymouth, about 20 miles or so to give a body work estimate. I make it almost there and I turn off the highway. The truck sputters and dies. Oh oh. Not good. I look it over, try to restart a few times. No good, now I have a dead battery. I call my wife. She'* not happy. I call the guy I'm coming to see and tell him I'm not going to make it. A little later, he shows up to help. By this point I have done some road side diagnostics.

I was able to remove the fuel filter without tools, now there'* a great idea. I flipped on the fuel pump, no gas comes out. WTF. So I crawl under there again and put my hand on the tank. I can feel the fuel pump running in the front tank. I then slide back, the rear fuel pump is not running. So all my gas is in the rear tank, and that pump is not running. Nice. I get a can of gas, put some in the front tank and off I go.

Get home, still dripping. Darn it. So today I figure I better fix it. Pulled it in the shop and up on the ramps.
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I then siphoned all the gas out of the rear tank.
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I undid the tank strap.
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I then added fuel to the front tank until I saw this wet spot starting.
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Siphoned out the gas and cleaned up the area a bit.
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I don't know, did I really need to put it up on ramps?
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Picked up some quicksteel, it'* a epoxy putty, worked really well.
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So I get everything back together, all the time thinking, that was a very small hole for all that gas to leak from. But it was the only wet spot. I also filled the tank again and found no leaks. So I cleaned up the shop and was very happy with myself. Until I drove the truck off the ramps. I moved the ramps out of my way and pulled back in. I could smell gas. Looked under and there'* a puddle and a fairly steady stream of gas running down. So I quick start siphoning the gas again and then drop the strap and pull the tank down. This leak aint getting away this time. Found it.
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Looks like the tank had rubbed up on the frame and rubbed a nice 1 inch gash.

Cleaned it up, patched it, put some rubber padding in there and bolted it all back up. Filled the tank to 3/4 and no leaks. Right now I'm thinking about just buying a new tank, autozone has them for $120. I figure it'* a few hours, no big deal.
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Looks just like my brothers old truck that'* sitting next to the driveway except his is primer gray

Old pic but the only one I have with it in
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Rust!!!
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That'* a veryyyyy common spot on those F150s for rust. I'm not even sure there would be a way to prevent it without completely tearing apart the panel, undercoating the backside, and sealing the trim strip around the wheel well
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I don't believe I've even seen a F150 that old without rust around the rear tires. Most are far worse. Besides, I'm more interested in a sold engine and drive train. I do need to fix something on the front suspension that I didn't notice. There'* a brace behind the front suspension that mounts to the frame. The bracket on the frame is broken and the brace is held in place by a chain. I don't like that. All I need is that bracket and then I remove 1 bolt, and cut out 4 rivets and I bolt in the new one. I just need to figure out the name of it and find one. Might need to visit the salvage yard.
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Hey Dan, why aren't those rear wheels chocked? You trying to kill yourself?
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In gear, parking brake on, and on the ramps it don't roll back.
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Well not to bad hopefully you didnt pay a whole lot for it and looks like it will make a decent winter beater
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dopes it have the straight 6...302 or 351???
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I got it for a grand. Which is not a great, but still a good price around here for a 4x4. And it has a 302
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