Sunday, April 22, 2007

Step 2: Remove the Gas Tank

Description: Removing the gas tank from the front compartment.
Estimated time: 30 minutes to drain the gas, 10 - 15 minutes to pull the tank
Tools Needed: Ratchet Wrench with 10mm and 8mm sockets. One flat-head screwdriver. Also, a 5 gallon gas can and a siphon to drain the tank.
Caveats: When pulling out the tank, lift the passenger side first and keep that side tilted up to prevent gas from coming out of the bottom tubes which are underneath on that side. Best to have less than a quarter of a tank of gas in the tank.

I followed the instructions from the Pelican Parts How-to for removing the gas tank. Here is a link
As noted, I did not go with the fuel pump option and just siphoned the gas out of the car to probably less than a half gallon. I then just followed the basic instructions from Pelican Parts. Any leftover gas in the tank you can then dump into your gas can through the tubes. This was very easy. Charlie came by and helped out, which made it even easier, but it wouldn't have been too much harder by myself.

This might be a common site in the future as "peak oil" approaches and rogue acts of petrol-piracy begin in our dystopian, fossil-fuel depleted world.

Here is a Before/After View

Look at this rotting carcass. Electricity is the future, baby!

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