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Gas Tank is from a ??
« on: September 22, 2016, 03:58:10 PM »
I need to know what model/year Ford that the gas tank is from in the photo.  It is on my custom Car powered by a 1977ish Pinto 2.3, 4 cylinder engine.  I know the sender in the fuel tank is bad as I have tried 3 clock gauges, one is new and all don't work.   I need to know to get a new fuel gauge sender if I can locate one.  As you can see it has a 2 stud electrical connection on the tank.

Anyone able to help and know where I can get a new sender!    Thanks in advance.    Fred

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Re: Gas Tank is from a ??
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2016, 08:01:46 PM »
Usualy the senders go bad because the float fills with gas and sinks.  Or, the wire wound resistor get varnished and fails to make electrical contact.  There are generic floats available for replacement though you may have to tweak the wire arm with pliers to secure it.  The resistor can often be cleaned by a prudent application of oven cleaner to remove the varnish.  I've also found it helpful to solder a THIN wire from the wiper arm to the to the internal point it is sending the current to. I do this just to insure a good electrical connection.

I say this because if it is either of these two things you wouldn't have to figure out the mystery, you would just have to fix it.  As with anything associated with the gas tank - DO AT YOUR OWN RISK - and  be wise and careful. But, whether you replace or repair you still pretty much have to do the same process.

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Re: Gas Tank is from a ??
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2016, 08:00:30 AM »
Thanks for the reply.   Cheers!   Fred

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Re: Gas Tank is from a ??
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2016, 10:07:12 AM »
Here's also a link to a site that sells OEM style floats. Shows for a Mustang II but they are the same. I've bought for my Pinto and they work great
http://www.sscenterprises.net/4images/categories.php?cat_id=22
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Re: Gas Tank is from a ??
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 09:23:02 AM »
Thanks, ordered the parts.   

Fred