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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby Yoshi » Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:36 pm

Can always drop the tank and get a new one :)
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby ponycarman » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:14 pm

Ick. How hard is it to drop the tank in an e30?
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby Yoshi » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:23 pm

pull drive shaft, unbolt lines, pull tank. Early models are a pita due to the fuel leveling line at the bottom. It's actually a pretty big PITA lol. I'd only do it if you really really wanted to clean it out or had a new one. I also dropped mine with a 1/4 tank. Still heavy as fuk!
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby ponycarman » Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:10 pm

I don't really want to pull the whole tank. I probaby will just add fresh fuel and try it out. Might change the filter after a while because of the stuff in the tank. What I saw in the tank looked gunky. Flexible not solid stuff. If it wasn't in fuel I would have said it looked like algae lol. Maybe its from the fuel going bad.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby M20_fever » Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:00 pm

Just top it off and run it, change the fuel filter after a couple thousand miles, it will be fine.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby ponycarman » Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:21 pm

Thats what I was thinking. Sounds good to me :)
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:26 pm

That's exactly what I did when I got my car running after it had sat for 4-5 years, fill the tank up, drive, and change fuel filter shortly there-after.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby ponycarman » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:39 pm

I'll give it a shot :). Tank needs more fuel anyways. Probably a good thing it is low. Then I would have had a full tank of bad fuel haha.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby Delanoso » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:19 am

I'm thinking about working on the fuel system on mine next--so you don't recomend trying to do much with the tank? I was thinking about replacing it. Is that a lot of work for no reason?
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby ponycarman » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:40 am

If there is something major wrong with it then I would. But I don't think that is the case with my car. If it isn't broke then I see no reason to try to fix it. I definately didn't want to have to pull the whole tank. But thats just with my car. It may be a different situation for yours. :)
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby Yoshi » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:40 am

I pulled mine because something hit it and it started leaking. I wouldn't mind pulling it to clean it and shove it back in. I hear replacements aren't too expensive though. Really... it's a lot of work just to clean something lol. It's not THAT bad. But when step 1 is "remove drive shaft", I tend to want to shy away from it. I hate taking out the drive shaft.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby blasphemy101 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:20 pm

Yoshi wrote:I pulled mine because something hit it and it started leaking. I wouldn't mind pulling it to clean it and shove it back in. I hear replacements aren't too expensive though. Really... it's a lot of work just to clean something lol. It's not THAT bad. But when step 1 is "remove drive shaft", I tend to want to shy away from it. I hate taking out the drive shaft.



The "remove drive shaft" step only sucks so much because it comes after the "remove exhaust" step.

I went through this not too long ago. That algae looking stuff is paint and rust. I removed the tank to clean it out...only to do it all over and replace it a couple weeks later. Granted, my car sat for 6+ years...a couple of them without the gas cap.

The tank I bought was like $160 shipped from Advance Auto with a coupon.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby blasphemy101 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:21 pm

blasphemy101 wrote:
Yoshi wrote:I pulled mine because something hit it and it started leaking. I wouldn't mind pulling it to clean it and shove it back in. I hear replacements aren't too expensive though. Really... it's a lot of work just to clean something lol. It's not THAT bad. But when step 1 is "remove drive shaft", I tend to want to shy away from it. I hate taking out the drive shaft.


The "remove drive shaft" step only sucks so much because it comes after the "remove exhaust" step. It isn't the hardest thing in the world, if you don't mind being under the car.

I went through this not too long ago. That algae looking stuff is paint and rust. I removed the tank to clean it out...only to do it all over and replace it a couple weeks later. Granted, my car sat for 6+ years...a couple of them without the gas cap.

The tank I bought was like $160 shipped from Advance Auto with a coupon.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby ponycarman » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:48 pm

If I can get away with not pulling it I will. Exhaust isn't a problem because alot is missing back there lol. But still I don't really want to do that unless I really have to.
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Re: ponycarman's 1986 325es build

Postby Ryki » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:00 am

I just did the fuel pump in a Chevy Cavalier, I didn't have to remove the drive shaft but I did have to drop the tank. It wanted me to remove the exhaust but it was welded stuck with that much rust so I cut the heat shield and found out the guy left it a few gallons short of full.... I hate in the tank stuff... looks like the e30 might be more difficult. I'd go with Tony's advice and see how things go.

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