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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 10, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for some knowledge

Hey guys, newbie here and need some help.

1st, I pulled the gas tank off (had a hole) and want to replace it. I see alot of people recomend the Spectra from Rock auto, but I wanted to know I some of the other import kits are ok. I have seen some kits for $170. Tank, fittings, pipes, and straps. Should I be concerned about the qaulity? I do plan to paint it with the POR clear paint...saw some pics on here and think it looks good. Don't think I will seal the inside, unless people feel strongly otherwise?

2nd, replacing the fuel sending unit and notice some have a second line for vent. I think from the reading that this is only for fuel injected...? Don't think I need that yet.

3rd, I dropped the steering wheel to get my gauges out to clean and now the steering gear box is leaking like a siv. My manual said to remove upper and lower mast jacket. Don't know what those are, but was able to loosen steering column and get the gauges out. The leak is where the shaft entered the gear box...Is this a common place for a seal to start leaking? Do I have to replace the whole gear box if it springs a leak?

I know this is a lot of stuff, but trying to get it road worthy.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 10, 07:27 PM
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Don't cheap out on the fuel tank, if you have to paint it to keep it from rusting on the out side that means its rusting on the inside get the better fuel tank, if you want to cheap out on something skip the $300 radio

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Get the sending unit with the vent. You can always plug it for present use and use it for future use.

First Gen tanks were not not vented, no cannisters for vapors. Tanks have a gas cap venting one way, in, no out.

When you do get your set-up, hook up the sending unit to the body harness and add a temporary ground wire from the s/unit chassis to the body and check fuel gauge movement before installing the tank. Better to work on it than drop the tank again. Run the body tan wire on the top of the tank in the groove and duct tape it in place. You don't want to pinch it.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 10, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, thanks guys! Good info on checking the sending unit and capping the vent till I need it. Does that mean you guys think the spectra tank for $120 is that much better or you talking about the $400 one. Ha,ha. That is a little out of my price range right now. I am hoping it is galvanized? I will buy the other connecting parts from the other places.
Do you guys recommend a certain fuel sending unit, because the one's I looked at were about $45 and the one on rock auto was about $75 and they didn't offer one with a vent for the 68 but the 69 one did? I think I will go with spectra on what I can.

If I put on a new gas cap, do I need to worry about it not being vented?

Thanks again!
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The new cap has to vent into the tank, not out from the tank.
If the cap vents out, raw gas will come out the cap under heavy acceleration.
RockAuto does have good parts.

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What about a stainless steel tank? Then you never have to worry about painting it, inside or out. That sounds expensive though, huh? But actually, Classic Industries has stock style stainless first gen tanks for $240.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 10, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Will go looks at them some more and spend the extra money. Don't like to waste money, but will spend the money when people tell me it's worth it.
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