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Old 03-16-2008, 11:37 PM   #31
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welp he was wrong. I switched the wires and now it reads super empty. the sending unit is essentially a variable resistor right? what is the resistance range? I can calculate the added resistance from extending the wires and see if its significant.

back to the build, I got my bed on and my fuel filler hose is coming out of my bed. schools back in session so I won't get to work on it till next sat. night. at that time I'll fab a little box to mount the filler hose and take progress pics.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:06 PM   #32
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I've got a pump/sender I just checked...

The sender is a simple wirewound variable resistor, with one end at ground.

With the float arm all the way down, it read something like 5-10Ω, with the arm up, it was around 200Ω.

So my thinking is... if the gauge always pegs full, the sender wire is not connected at all, or the resistor is bad (open circuit). If the gauge is stuck on empty, then it's grounded out (or wires reversed).

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Old 03-17-2008, 11:53 PM   #33
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yeah that helps a lot, thanks junkie. that tells me that there's no way the added resistance in the extended wires would cause it to stop working completely. an added 10ft (5ft per wire) of 18ga wire only adds ~.075ohms resistance. that wouldn't even affect the reading. if I pull my bed off I'll check the plug to make sure everythings good.
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:49 AM   #34
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got a little more done. my g/f took all these pics so we got some sweet action shots ha.

here's my current fuel filler hose location


so tonight I made a box to rigid mount the hose to.

top plate


cutting sides


side one welded up


welding up side two


box complete


slung some paint to keep the rust down and called it a night


haven't got it welded into my bed yet but the hard work's done. next weekend the cases go in.
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:19 AM   #35
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welp I was drivin home thursday night and my truck sputtered and died. all the fuel lines were attached and no leaks were evident. I left it in a guys driveway overnight and friday morning I went out there. put a bottle of HEET in it in case there was some moisture in the tank and towed it home. still wouldn't start. swapped in a new fuel filter and got it to fire but had a super erratic idle and eventually died. needless to say I didn't get to put the cases in this weekend, instead I got to play mechanic.

I went ahead and bought a fuel pressure guage so I could see if my fuel pump was still good. hooked it up on the shrader at the fuel rail and it read 0psi. great. so I took the fuel line off the tank and turned the key. gas came out but not nearly fast enough to be at 40psi. so I pull the pump out of the tank and one of the hoses slipped off somehow. sucks but kinda nice since it was an easy free fix. I went ahead and flared the tube, slipped the hose back on and tightened the clamp as tight as it would go. the only good part was since I had the pump out again I could get some better pics of how I shortened it. I also got some pics of the box that will house the filler hose so you guys can see how it fits.




its a decent fit, good enough to weld up I hope




tomorrow I'll go down and put the bed back on and weld the box to the bed so the tank swap will be completely done. maybe I'll get to the cases next week *crosses fingers*
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Looking good man, nice fab work.
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Too much hassle to put a fuel door on the outside of the bed?
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Too much hassle to put a fuel door on the outside of the bed?





damn i wish i could put my fuel access there......but having to unload shit to tank up all the time would be a pisser.



couldnt you hear the pump running and spewing?
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thanks loanranger

junkie-I would've loved to have my fuel door on the outside, but I wasn't up to all the body work. it wouldn't have been pretty, I'm stick welding sheet metal here lol

walter-the pump did sound a little funny but nothing that really stood out. when I pulled the pump out the return line was off and after I got it out the feed line hose came off. I guess the feed clamp was just loose so it wouldn't hold the pressure. kinda wierd the clamp was loose but it's tight now so its all good

well I got everything back together and the box welded into my bed. sorry no 'raw' post welding pics. you're lucky you're seeing these. before its all done I'm gonna bondo in some nice radius' and herculine the bed. talk about booger welds omg. this was one of the most frustrating things I've had to do in my life. I needed to use 1/16in rod so it would melt at 40amps but it wasn't filling enough so I stepped up to 3/32in and it was all I could do to hold an arc. any hotter and it'd burn right through. I need a damn mig


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well thats pretty damn good for the conditions and tools used. better then i....i would have used the alternator and cut rod for fill and 2 passed with the 1/16....and not done that well.
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