I had a similar problem years ago in my 90 Chevy Truck, being the cheap person and trying to avoid taking the gas tank down this is what I did.
I cut an access panel on the bed of the truck about 14x14 in. 7" each way from center of the pump, drill a 1" hole at each corner and cut between holes with a hack saw, you can use a saw-sawall use a short blade you have about 6" clearance from the tank to the bed, that will give you plenty room to take the pump out.
Replace the panel by screwing a 1" flat metal strap all around 1/2 inch into the panel so when you put it back it will drop nicely in place, put 4 screws in each corner to fasten to the bed.
I have a bed liner so I don't worry about water leaking if you are just add some rubber around the panel before you put it back.
This will make it much easy to reach the pump next time if need it.
It worked for me and a couple friends like a charm.
Friday, March 14th, 2008 AT 9:45 PM