DO NOT TRADE THIS TRUCK FOR A RANGER! You will really be sorry. I can't think of anything I would want to own less. The twin I-beam front suspension is a disaster for tire wear. The Dodge has a much better and more reliable charging system, ignition system, and engine.
I too have never run across any mention of that screen anywhere except in the manufacturer's service manuals. Haynes and Chiltons just cover basic stuff. Professionals rarely use those books.
If you live in an area where '84 models are still a common sight on the road, any auto parts store is going to have those screens in stock. I put one on my '88 Grand Caravan daily driver a few months ago. That one was in stock, and mine is one of very few left in all of Wisconsin due to the unreasonable over-use of road salt.
You have to remove the pickup assembly from the gas tank. That has the sending unit on it too. The pickup is just a long metal tube that extends down to the bottom of the tank. The screen just slides onto the end of that tube. It's brass-colored, about an inch in diameter and about three inches long. You will likely find a picture of it if you search the auto parts stores web sites.
There's a potential way to cheat too, but you didn't hear this from me. You can remove the gas cap, unbolt the supply line going into the fuel pump, then blow compressed air into that line to blow the screen off the pipe. At that point you'll be relying solely on the fuel filter by the fuel pump to collect any debris, but on Chrysler products those rarely become plugged, even over the life of the vehicle. From what I've heard, this doesn't work all the time, but if you suspect that screen is plugged or collapsing, what do you have to lose by trying it?
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 AT 4:00 AM