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Old 04-06-2017, 11:07 PM
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Re: How to replace the gas tank, the easy way with pics!

Originally Posted by Connie View Post

Here is the sub-frame ready to go back into the car. I sprayed some paint on it to try and slow down future rusting; maybe it'll help. I also cleaned up and greased the strut mounting flanges on the knuckle as well as the shocks themselves. This makes lining the shocks up with the knuckles a lot easier. I applied grease to the body to sub-frame bushings as well. Few minutes of prep before jamming it back in saves a lot of fighting with the shocks.

As you can see, lots of room to reconnect everything while lifting the sub-frame back in. The fuel lines are supposed to go under the evap hose; they are on top in this pic. I noticed right after I took this picture and put them the right way before lifting any further.

After hooking all of the hoses back up, keep lifting until the strut bolts can be reinstalled.

After the strut bolts are back in and tight, lift until you can reinstall the large body-to-frame bolts through the brackets. Once these are in, get the jack out of the way and put the 8 smaller bracket bolts back in and tighten everything up.

That's as far as I got last night, only had an hour or so to mess with it, but the worst is over. Should be able to finish up in another hour or two this evening when I get home.

Here's how it sits at the moment.
WOW, you sure made that look easy. I can't wait until my shoulder heals up so I can get this done myself. Thanks for the write up and pics, as they're a big help. I like the tips about taking the lines off at the pump, versus the rusty frame, and not removing the sway bar. Unfortunately for me, I've got drum brakes on the rear of my sedan, so that means I'll probably have to try and not snap the brake lines when I seperate them as I can't just pull and hang the calipers. I'll have to pull the drums and figure out how to get the cables unattached from the backing plates, but other than those couple of things it should be a similar job. I'll let you know what I run into, and if I remember to I'll post some pics of the difference between the V6 sub and the I4 subframes (disc versus drum too).
Thanks again for doing the DIY for the tank swap. Sorry to hear you had to do it so many times.
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