The submitter wrote: “I ad to remove the truck bed to replace the fuel pump and sending unit, I didn’t have enough help or a hoist so we used a tree and a come along”
WTF, I would have done that and I’m not white trash. Some of my family is though. I just do what I have to get it fixed, but properly, lol. That idea is actually pretty good as long as you do it safely.
pretty sure you do not have to remove the bed to put in new fuel pump!I know it is on top of the tank but it is much easier to just drop the tank!
At least there are no toilets and bathtubs in the front yard, unlike the hillbilly family portrayed in the “White Trash Fat Lady” series aired on overseas television.
Yea I just dropped the tank but it still wasn’t what I’d call easy
Yeh, pulling 8 bolts, a quick connect wiring harness and lifting the bed was way easier than trying to drop the tank, But there was only 2 of us and the bed was a bit heavy. This is the 3rd time I have done this to a Chevy truck, and dropping a tank full of gas is by far the hardest way to do it. On the other hand the alternative was to sawzaw a hole in the bed.
I have done this 4 different times on four different trucks, and done 6 fuel pumps in cars, only two of the cars had the access panel,the other 4 tanks had to be dropped. The first truck I did, I pulled the tank (never again), one of the trucks was a K-5 blazer, I sawzalled an access panel, and the other trucks (and from now on out) I ALWAYS pulled the bed, it is so much easier. If your in a garage with a lift and tank jacks and all the “right” tools, then yes, drop the tank, but if your just the average joe…pull the bed…EVERYTIME, pull the bed. This is in NO WAY a “redneck repair”..this is just common sence for anybody that either chooses to, or is finacially bound to work on there own vehicles. Although I commend the submitter’s ability to solve a problem, I would have to say that this picture doesn’t belong here, no matter what you consider yourself, this isnt a redneck repair
jeramy: its way easier to take the 6 or 8 bolts off for the bed then to drain and drop a large awkward fuel tank.
I hate how newer vehicles are engineered..why don’t someone write those bone heads and tell the to use external pumps… NAH they did that crap so you would bring it back in and they’d make money!
The shade tree mechanic lives!
yeah i guess dropping the tank is hard! but …..I guess if you can lift the bed off it would be much easier to replace the pump.as long as you are really careful not to screw up the bedside or paint….unless you have a piece of crap truck!
the redneck engeneering was using 2 2X6s and come alonging the bed up in a tree, not the fact that I pulled the bed off to do the job. This is my pic I submitted btw. I have no garage but a good tree in the front yard
and the bed was super easy to lift off with ut scratching, if there had been more than 2 of us we would have just picked it up and sat it on the ground. no scratches no dents. and it made it really easy to wash out the frame rails. I just wish I had been able to paint the frame when it was off
On my Silverado, I googled the best way to change out the fuel pump and I found out that I could remove 6 bolts underneath the bed and loosen two on the opposite side and tilt the truck bed up on the fuel pump side and prop it up with a jack stand on the frame. It raised the bed high enough to replace the fuel pump and worked like a charm. I was finished in less than an hour. With a full tank of gas, there was no way I was going to spend time draining the tank and dropping it down.
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