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I have read extensively here on this subject and I am seeking input from those who can provide helpful information. I have also followed several links in the forum to videos on youtube concerning the different methods used to replace the fuel pump on my truck. Here is a short description on what I plan to do. Any and all input from others is appreciated.

I have ordered an AC Delco MU1614 fuel pump on EBAY, delivery next week. I have also purchased a fuel pressure regulator, and a new fuel filter (Delco) from OReilly's.

I am really looking for reccomendations on the bed removal method(s) for replacement of the pump versus dropping the tank. I have used my transmission jack-and before that a floor jack-for this job on other vehicles. I have read here and watched video of a couple of people removing the truck bed to gain access to the tank. I do not have a way to lift the bed other than by hand, and am inclined to try the tip-the -bed method.

Has anyone tried using an engine hoist to lift the bed, and if so, what were your experiences?

I would appreciate your input> Thanks in advance.
 

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Ive seen people on here tip the bed... I didnt want to risk it so I had some guys help me... stepsides are fragile.... wasn't looking to bust a fender

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Hey dj, sounds like a rig. I do have a rope that will work. yessir GM, I am leaning on just getting a couple of guys to help me set it off on sawhorses. I was wondering about a portable engine hoist, I have one with a long lift arm that I used to take out my jetboat motor years ago. However it is in storage 300 miles from here. I could rent one if I was confident it would work. THANKS!
 

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Or even the rafters of your garage, you could just lift it up enough to pull the truck out and put the new pump in and the back it back up under the bed and bolt it back on.

on second thought, does it even drive? guess i really didnt think that through.
 

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Thanks DJ. I also am thinking a straight-up lift off is better than a tip-up. My Garage rafters are not exposed and I would have to rent or buy a Chain Fall anyway to do that. I may check in to that at Harbor Freight.!

Yes truck is running still, probably not much longer.
 

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I like my method. 4 straps hooked to the rings in the corners of the bed. 1 engine lifter. 1 3" ring. I hook the 4 straps to the ring on the lift. Pump up the lift take off the bed. I used this to take beds off of all the truck I had. 1 guy can do the job.
 

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if your bed/truck is rough pull the bed by hand, w/ 3 buddies(one of your at each corner)... if your truck is in nice shape, drop the tank. i changed mine last winter in the driveway alone by dropping the tank, two jacks and 2 jack stands are all you need. you can pump all the fuel out by jumping the fuel pump at the relay box under the hood. the hardest part is getting the fuel filler hose on and off. everyone i know that pulled the bed at home ends up at least putting one ding/scratch in it, usually more.
 

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Shooter that is the method I was wondering if anyone had used. If I can find a long arm engine hoist to rent I might try your way. I have a good hoist in storage, but it will take $150 in gas to get it back here.

Good dpoint 93, my car is a little rough but I don't want to make it any worse. I'll tape off the corners if I use the top off method. I have everything I need to get it out by dropping the tank-EXCEPT I wasn't really looking forward to another job like this from on my back looking up if you know what I mean.

Thanks again guys.
 

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Yessir, I did it on my garage floor twice in 12 months -2years ago now, on my 01 suburban. Like the folks here say, use the real OEM brand replacement items. I did the last one immediately prior to a knee replacement surgery-NO fun.
 

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two guys can lift a shortbox off and walk it backward. Set it on some saw horses. I did the job a while ago on my 98 with just one other person. I definitely suggest this opposed to dropping the tank.
 

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Thankx all for the suggestions. I think I will locate a long arm portable engine hoist to rent and make up a four strap harness and lift from the four corner tie down loops. If Ican protect the bed and cab while I am lifting/lowering, this sounds like it should work.
 

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BA, did you have enough room to get to everything ok? Doing it by tipping up would do away with any problems of initial alignment of the bed when setting it back on the chassis. I am not a small person, but the youtube vid I watched on tipping the bed looked like I might have some "elbow room" challenges.!

Still looked like it would be easier to reach the electrical and fuel line connections than by getting under and getting it ready to drop the tank.
 

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From personnel experience, I am a poor ............ no lifts at my house to raise the bed off .Truck broke down on road and had to rely on some emergency mechanics out of state 1100 away from home that used substandard parts,they did get a pump in my truck and did pay out my ... for it. Got home ordered an AC Delco .ran as much fuel out of fuel tank as I could unit jacked my truck up on jacks as high as I could, till close to or empty)put a piece of plywood on a floor jack,disconnected fuel lines and wiring took the 2 straps loose holding the tank and lowered away, rooled out where I could get to all of it and oh cleaned inside and outside of tank ,installed new pump ,put on jack rooled under truck reinstalled straps, hoses and and electrical connections.When I turned on the start key you could not here the pump at all,that is what u call quality. with the floor jack worked for me and yes a new fuel filter while your down there
 

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That is great AC. Glad it worked out for you. GOOD that you got the tank cleaned out, I couldnt do that by just tipping up thw bed. If you are keeping the truck you wll will be glad you boughr an OEM replacement pump.
 
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