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Old 12-08-2009, 05:10 PM   #1
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Question Easiest way to remove a bed?

Hi all -

I've recently purchased a 1990 150 Super Cab. I found out the hard way that I need to replace the gas tank. I need to take the bed off (as far as I know) to get to the tank. The bolts are so rusted under the bed, that I can't budge them. My neighbor suggested I drill them out and just replace them. Anyone have any advice?

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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use a breaker bar with a pipe and snap them off order new ones this is alot less work then drilling them out
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Either drilling them or taking a sawzall or grinder/ small air grinder to take the nut off the bottom and pull them out would be best if you want to save the finish. Just figure you're gonna need new bolts.
I took the bed off of the 97' 350 to put a flatbed on it. I just took the acetylene torch and cut the bolts off and then took a strap and the skid steer and lifted it off.
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I changed the tank on my 97 and didnt have to remove the box (don't know about a 90 though), just unbolted the straps and dropped it out, if it's leaking I personally wouldn't use a grinder under there and make sure the damn thing is close to empty when you go to drop it out. When I installed the new tank I bought 2 cans of gravel guard and painted it, the salt on the roads up here in Canada does a number on under frame items.
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Yea man just drop the tank.
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Either drilling them or taking a sawzall or grinder/ small air grinder to take the nut off the bottom and pull them out would be best if you want to save the finish. Just figure you're gonna need new bolts.
I took the bed off of the 97' 350 to put a flatbed on it. I just took the acetylene torch and cut the bolts off and then took a strap and the skid steer and lifted it off.
Really, using a grinder around a leaking gas tank? Now that's sound advice!!!
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Thanks for all your suggestions, guys!
I'll let you know how I make out. Snowy and rainy here right now so it's temporarily being put on the back-burner.
I need a garage
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hook one end of a chain to the bed and the other to a light pole and drive away fast lol.

but just drop the tank it would be alot less work
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Really, using a grinder around a leaking gas tank? Now that's sound advice!!!
Well if you're taking a tank out I would assume it would be empty and spills would be cleaned up before attempting anything like that. I"ll put a disclaimer on my messages since OHSA is around
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Before you try any of that try drowning the bolts in a combination of WD40 and PB Blaster. Let them sit awhiles. Beat the area around with a hammer and try budging the bolts with a wrench. Repeat the WD40/PB combo again and then should start to budge. Had to do that on my old truck for the rear driveshaft
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