Removing the Fuel Tank

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Removing the Fuel Tank

Post by Smiler » Sat May 19, 2018 10:10 am

Hello folks,

Been a while but I have been making some slow but steady progress on my SE5.

I am trying to remove the fuel tank.

How do you remove the tank straps?

Everything is disconnected and the front end of the straps are obvious but I cannot see how to get to the rear end of the straps. Are they completely inaccessible with the body fitted?

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Post by scimmy_man » Sat May 19, 2018 10:25 am

just leave the rear end of the straps connected

undo the pipes and filler and PULL


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Post by Geraint SabreGTCse5 » Sat May 19, 2018 10:34 am

two retaining bolts on rear of chassis facing down, which are difficult to get to but not impossible.....

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Post by scimjim » Sat May 19, 2018 10:44 am

Double jointed elbows and arms like a rake handle needed - but with the right socket extensions and U/Js you can get to them between the body and chassis.


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Removing the Fuel Tank

Post by Smiler » Sat May 19, 2018 10:49 am

Ok, ta.

The fronts of the sgtraps won't budge as the hole in them is too close a fit to the stud to allow any angle.

So I take it that the rear is the same as the front in that I have to undo a nut from below?

I think I might blast the area out with a pressure washer first to reduce the amount of dried on mud up there that's going to end up covering me.

Thanks for the help/confirming my fate.

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Post by scimjim » Sat May 19, 2018 1:55 pm

Actually I’ve just looked at a 5 & 5a and it’s tighter than I remember! I think I’d drill a couple of holes in the bodyshell return under the number plate to allow socket access?
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Post by housemartin » Sat May 19, 2018 3:34 pm

I just removed my tank to replace the sender.
By removing the rear wheels you can get to the long bolts holding the front straps.
I took a hacksaw blade to mine an cut the nuts off. Took a little while but a was not confident using the dremil so close to the fuel pipe.
Easy then to lower the front of the tank and slide it out under the rear axle. It was a little tight getting the tank outlet pipe past the suspension arms but here is just enough room. I fitted new stainless bolts with allen key heads so i could hold the bolt solid while I tightened the nuts.
I gave the rear chassis rails a good clean and waxoyl while the tank was out.
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Removing the Fuel Tank

Post by Smiler » Sat May 19, 2018 4:27 pm

Thanks for the replies. Those photos are very useful for locating the bolts. I will try it first but may result to a couple of holes in the lower valance.


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