Good job, Pete. I use Vicegrips with a section of rubber tubing on each jaw to clamp fuel hoses. Gives you plenty of leverage for a stiff hose.MOSTLY done - that 'nice' socket I bought came in, and the bottom had been beat on so badly the male 3/4 drive won't fit, even after some filing.
It might have been OK, I have an old 5/8" drive adapter I probably could've made work, BUT - the sidewall of the socket is too thick and was hitting on the lip that holds the big rubber grommet on.
I could've maybe ground it down (or tapped it onto the strainer!) but it would've been a lot of grinding (or possible damage) and I said heck with it. I bought a 46mm crowfoot (Sunex 97446) off Amazon for $18 and will report back.
Everything else to that point is done and ready to go. A couple comments:
You need FOUR electrical connection grommets 123-997-1681 not the 2 I bought Fortunately mine are fine and are being reused, as are the rubber mounts the whole shebang bolts to.
I have hose clampoff tools, that work like pliers, not the screw pinchoffs shown on the posted diagram. The main fuel line from the tank ('Fuel tank to Damper cage' 126-470-16-75) is so stiff they wouldn't close it all the way, and even with the pinch type I wonder if it would've worked.
So my idea of clamping off the line, cutting it below the clamp, and filling drain pans on rotation while dumping the full one into my big gas can didn't work, as I couldn't close the hole off completely. FORTUNATELY, I had a larger storage tote with no cracks handy and enough room under the car to get it under there. Otherwise I might've ended up with a few gallons of gas on my garage floor, not ideal! - I'd plan on not being able to control this flow if I ever do this again.
Otherwise removing the whole unit and working on it on the bench is nice. The fat copper washer that comes with the new check valves goes between the valve and fuel pump.
The fuel filter was already missing the insulating spacer a0000910182 so must have been changed at one point. I wrapped good quality duct tape twice around the new filter at the contact area and feel fine with it. The fuel pump insulating spacers were in good condition and so were reused.
Everything else went pretty well, I can't think of anything that stood out.
Hopefully completed tonight!
I " wave" my copper washers also prior mounting. The wave slightly reduces the inner diameter with the positive effect that the washer doesn't fall off so easily when you are in a tight spot and are bending backwards to try to fiddle in the bolt plus washers.
The other thing on bending the washer is to feel if they are still soft enough to be compressed and actually seal off. If not then heat em up until the are cherry red, dump em in a cup of water and they are ready for re-use again.
Super interesting, thanks guys! I'll heat and wave them
A note on safety. As I get older I've become must more likely to use safety gear. I had attempted to use my full face shield while looking for the source of the gas spray but it was too dirty from grinding work so I set it aside instead of stopping and cleaning it. If I didn't wear glasses I would've been gassed in the eyes. Just FYI.
Probably the only safety gizmo I would use is to avoid smoking while searching for a fuel leak