I need to remove my original gas tank from a 73 GT1. can I do this with out removing the engine? I was thinking of using a saber saw and cut out a section of fiberglass from the rear top seat section and pulling it out from inside the car. I would remove the seats as well. The tank leaks with more than 5 gallons of gas and it has some rust in it as well.
I am still on the fence about pulling the engine, thats something I would have to pay someone to do. However taking ten mins. to cut a square hole and pull the tank and clean and patch the leak I could do myself in one afternoon. The fiberglass I cut out will be fiberglassed back in the car with expoxy resin and fiberglass mat cloth ( I used to build surboards in long Island ) and would be covered back up with the original back seat covering. I was just wanting any advise to see if that could even be done before I try it. Mean while i am driving around with less than five gallons of gas at a time. But @ 35 miles a gallon I can go quite a ways on five gallons. I managed to get most all of the rust out of the tank by filling it half way a dozen times with gas and acatone rock the car from side to side and draining it out from the bottom plug and changing out four fuel filters the fuel in now comeing out clear and the car runs perfect. I have pictures of the emerald sparkel green car on my face book page @ doug bailey in Houston it is a perfect car all there with only 12 original miles on the O.D. since it was built in 75 this one is a survivor.
You have a good piont not to hack on a perfect body and it might not even come out that way anyways. So I have decided to follow your advise after watching the how to remove the engine on you tube does not look that diffecult. THANKS !!
I forgot to mention this car has the Bradley air conditioning compresor and lines to the condensor up front. I guess i can leave the compresor on the engine and just disconnect the high and low presure lines?