I had to pull the front tank on my 1985 to replace the fill hose. I checked the pickup tube and found that it was in small pieces on the botom of the tank. I was wondering if anyone knows how far past the metal portion of the pickup tube that the plastic part extended. I want to fashon a new pickup tube and If someone knows the length it would save me alot of time. Thanks for your help.
1985 F-250 HD 6.9 Stock Diesel 150K Miles
T19 & 4.10 Gears 2WD
Single Cab With Koenig Tool Bed
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A straight piece if fuel hose attached to the fuel pickup line with a 45* cut at the bottom will be sufficient to stop the hose from sucking itself to the bottom of the tank. A screen is not really required since you have the main filter to do that.
Note.... the operation of the original pickup was to pull fuel through the screen, should it get blocked then the little valve above it would open and unscreened fuel would be sucked into the lines anyway.
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During my clutch and fuel selector valve install in March, I pulled the bed to have more room to mess with the senders (both were a little off). When I pulled the new front sender (only 600 miles on the thing) the shower-head pickup was off the sender and floating on the bottom of the tank! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] Not only that, but the little vavle on the side was out of the shower-head deal and also floating around the bottom of the tank. It would not stay in it little hole anymore. I don't know if the diesel changed the rubber in some way, but the pickup and it's valve are now useless. Pretty disheartening considering the thing was brand new. I ditched the crappy shower-head and it's failed vavle and replaced it with a short length of fuel line as Pete described above. Both my tanks now have this mod to the senders.
Nice idea Ford had, but it doesn't work. Use the fuel line with a small hose clamp and a slash cut or V cut.
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