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Help! Fuel tank strap bolt came out of flange by Lou and Blue
Started on: 05-21-2015 06:10 PM
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Report this Post05-21-2015 06:10 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou and BlueClick Here to Email Lou and BlueSend a Private Message to Lou and BlueEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
While dropping my fuel tank to swap the pump today, the front strap nut was so tight and wouldn't loosen anymore that it pulled the T-shaped bolt out of the flange. I cannot loosen the nut anymore . The t-shaped bolt is still thought the strap. I don't know if I should cut the t-shaped bolt off with a bolt cutters and look for a replacement T-shaped bolt and nut. Is that available?
I did get the tank out and have yet to tackle the actual fuel pump replacement, but I'm worried about this when I reinstall the tank.

Has anyone had this issue before or know what I can do to the front strap to reinstall my tank?

Thank you.

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Report this Post05-21-2015 06:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou and BlueClick Here to Email Lou and BlueSend a Private Message to Lou and BlueEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Fiero store sells replacement t bolts. I would guess that means they snap in to the welded flange on the body of the car. I will try to get mine apart using heat or some thing and reuse the t bolt.
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Report this Post05-21-2015 08:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for css9450Click Here to Email css9450Send a Private Message to css9450Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Yeah, the "T" shaped part of the bolt just sits in a little "pocket" on the underside of the carbody tunnel. Assuming you haven't damaged the pocket, get new bolts and you'll be golden.

New tank straps are available too.
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Report this Post05-21-2015 08:39 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Neils88Click Here to Email Neils88Send a Private Message to Neils88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I agree...replace them all. They pop in easily.
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Report this Post05-22-2015 11:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou and BlueClick Here to Email Lou and BlueSend a Private Message to Lou and BlueEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I ended up hitting the t bolts wth a wire wheel and it cleaned up the threads nicely. I swapped the pump and replaced the tank today. Thank you everyone.

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Report this Post05-23-2015 03:01 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PatrickClick Here to Email PatrickSend a Private Message to PatrickEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Lou and Blue:

While dropping my fuel tank to swap the pump today, the front strap nut was so tight and wouldn't loosen anymore that it pulled the T-shaped bolt out of the flange. I cannot loosen the nut anymore .


You soaked it with PB Blaster (or equivalent) first, right?
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Report this Post05-23-2015 07:59 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou and BlueClick Here to Email Lou and BlueSend a Private Message to Lou and BlueEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Yea, I used aerokroil on it but what worked best was my drill attachment wire wheel. I got the nut off lickety split after that.
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