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    Ever drop a gas tank on a 95 chevy van?

    HI
    I am new to the board, love vans, but as you can see my van is newer but still over 25 yrs old, I think the insurance company calls than an antique car (van).
    Just paid a mechanic to fix a rear engine seal, a new steering box,hydroboost, and fluid change in the trans and other related bit and pieces. Thought I'd be free for a while. No, one cold morning I had a no start that screamed something was missing, and no smell of fuel. So I hit the tank and perfect start. I've had a few hicups and I am sure that I am dealing with fuel pump change.
    The delco pump cost $66 delivered from Rock. Now I gotta drain the the tank, I'm driving it close to dry and got a harbor freight pump to finish it.
    As far as I can tell I can lower the tank. I just wonder how long the hoses are? I don't want to break the connection to the tank. How much clearance can you expect from frame to tank, Thanks Leonard

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    I know the hoses are not long enough to just lower the tank, not sure of the connections,
    if you google the process you will find several utube videos of what you will need to do to
    remove the tank and the fuel pump
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    OK

    I've looked a few utubes, I'll have to go back and look again. Just saying, the ones I have
    seen are made by shade tree mechanics and its easy to leave the hose part out.
    Thats the only part of the whole job that puts me in the what if area.

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    if i remember correctly they have a quick disconnect fitting that you just squease the tabs and the
    line will slide off with a little persuasion.
    gm changed the fittings right around the year of your van, the newer ones are quick connect the older ones
    are bolt togeather
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    ok i just checked, the year of your van has bolted togeather connections, and the pump is available
    seperate, meaning you will not have to buy the sender assembly, the pump alone is reasonable priced
    the sender assy is pricey, u b lucky
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    Got the pump

    I was told get a Delco pump and not a knock off. I checked Rock auto and it was not listed, I found the delco part number and put it into rock auto and there it was. $49.. I was concerned that the plastic holder might be brittle or what ever, but that assembly with pump was $249.
    So I bought the pump only and some colored quick release clips.
    I was quoted $600 to $700 to change the pump at a repair place I frequent.

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    It's not too bad, I used a transmission jack for stability, but a regular floor jack and a 16" square piece of plywood will work. Drop the tank slowly, and use a small mirror to look above the tank to see the lines. Once you get it low enough to reach the lines, they should come apart fairly easy with a squirt of PB blaster.
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    finally did it and ramblings

    Yes I finally had got the job done, Yeah!!! cricket sounds... I had to take apart the old pump and the commutator had darkness on a few segments. I was surprised that the gas flows thru the pump motor past the magnets, carbon brushes and cools the motor. I've alway read that you shouldn't run under a quarter tank. But I disagree, if the motor is pumping gas its getting cooled, the worst case would be no gas and motor spinning with no fluid.

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    I just had to...

    "Ever drop a gas tank on a 95 chevy van?"

    No but Id bet it makes a lot of noise...
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    Cool

    I only use A/C Delco fuel pumps in my late model GM trucks & vans...
    Because the this is consider3ed a high pressure system.every thing is mated together with fuild style connections .
    An inexpensive set of fluid connection wrenches are a good investment.
    Both of my original GM fuel pumps went around 150,000 miles before they died.
    I also had to put a new pump in the red shorty I had here.
    The floor jack and plywood trick can make dropping the bulky tank even easier
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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