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I have a 86 Toyota 4x4 carb 22R. I need to remove the gas tank and want to know the simplest way to do it. Thank you!
 

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6 bolts for the skid plate, and 6 more for the fuel tank, 3 fuel lines, and one electrical connector. Dont forget to remove the 3 bolts that hold in the fuel filler tube.
 

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Pretty much covers it. 12 bolts total, all 12mm head, so they're most likely all break thanks to mean ol' Mr Rust. Unhook the hoses first, pull off the skidplate, then put a floor jack under the tank to hold it up while you take all the bolts out.

This is a lot easier to do with the bed out of the way, which is easier to remove than you'd think. Seriously, you can take the 4 pass side bolts out, loosen the other side, then just lift up that side and toss a block of wood under it to keep it tilted up.

Had my tank down 3 times now in the last 2 years.
 

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They are also most likely to break off in the horseshoe crossmember, where you can't just use a nut and bolt to reattach, use lots of PB Blaster...
 

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since i've got a 4runner, will the tank be easily droppable if i cover that access panel?? just wondering cuz that's where my amp rack for my stereo is going. thanks for the tidbit of info
 

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Grabber, how did you shield the gas tank when you welded the hangers <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Wrench:
<STRONG>Grabber, how did you shield the gas tank when you welded the hangers <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Just make sure you have no leaks, and the tank skid plate is on, shouldnt have a prob. If you feel safer put some pieces of plate around the area your welding. I wouldnt use cardboard, it will catch on fire. <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I use a piece of tin that I slide up between the frame and tank when welding/cutting in that area, so it doesn't "remove" itself along with me. If you still want to remove it, there is a drain plug on the bottom of the tank if you don't want to run it empty, just remove the skid pan and you'll see it. Also, an empty tank is more explosive than a full one.
 
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