'94 Firebird LT1 into '78 Camaro project back on

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  1. supwicha

    supwicha Veteran Member

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    Just to confirm, the '95 caprice backup/nuetral safety will mount to the '78 column if the square tabs are removed? My local autozone has the switch for $17. Thanks,

    Garrett

     
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    Yup. As I mentioned I didnt realize the tabs came out.

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    By your estimations, can the tabs be removed while the column is installed, or will it require removal?

    Regards.

     
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    They just snap in. Once the screw and switch are remove, just slight wiggling is
    all that seemed to be required. I should have looked at my extra column closer
    and would have seen they came out. Hind-sight is always 20/20.;)

    Tom
     
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    So the oil leak is still elusive in the '99 SS, My wife mentions to me in passing
    "I smelled gas at the back of the '78 Camaro last time I drove it". "Did you look
    under it". "No." sigh.

    This weekend, while trying to help with the yard sale .. I saw the bottom of
    the tank was wet with gas and so I pulled it into the garage. I cleaned it
    down, and relieved the fuel pressure assuming that the leak was in the high
    pressure hose. The smell of gas didn't go away, and continued to wet the
    bottom of the tank, not actually dripping to the floor. It sat over night, smell
    still not gone, I jacked the car up and crawled underneath. Turns out the
    tank has a hole in the bottom on the edge of a small dent. I have had pretty
    major fuel tank dents in Studebakers that didn't leak, this is just amazing.

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    If I didn't have bad luck, I would have no luck at all.

    Tom
     
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    That totally sucks. . .

    Isn’t that the new spectra tank? I thought it would hold up much better. How did it get smacked anyway? Hopefully you can repair it without too much trouble.

     
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    Yes it is a Spectra tank, have no idea what hit it or how, I'm just lucky I guess.

    Tom
     
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    Brought the tank into the radiator shop that soldered up my Avanti fuel tank. The
    cost was 50 dollars. Took him two days. I found that the filler neck was leaking
    as well, and he found two more leaks when pressure testing it at the EVAP nipples
    on the passenger side. Its back in and the car starts. I need to go get fuel so it
    has enough to make it to the gas station. I added one gallon.

    While he had the filler neck off, he took out the dent on the top of the tank that
    was a result of being pinched on the drivers side mount. I since fixed that issue
    but I could not pop out the tank. He did, and that changed the height if the fuel
    pump sock to the floor of the tank.

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    He silver soldered the crack first and then regular repair soldered over the silver
    to protect it. He also silver soldered the neck in 4 places and sealed over also.

    Tom
     
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    Quick question for you: in light of your tank troubles, do you recommend this tank? I have been debating for months on which approach I'll take. Granted, they now have a tank specific to my year which looks to be a direct fit.
     
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    As I mentioned, I don't think I would trust the stock fuel pump. AC Delco is the
    way to go in my opinion. Apparently they had a bad run of pumps, but that was
    a few years ago now, and like you said, they have the 1975-1981 tank available
    now. I think it might still be a little cheaper to use the 1973 EVAP and mod, but
    its not worth the extra hassle when there is a bolt in one.

    I would recommend it, cautiously. Just don't dent it! :mad:

    Not sure why it pinched and cracked! I beat the tar out of it in difference areas
    to clear the exhaust and none of those areas cracked. So bizarre.

    Tom
     

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