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Fuel pump replacement. I have a 1989 firebird. Need to know if there is a easier way to do fuel pump. without having to take everythin off car.

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Yes, there is another way to replace the fuel pump of your firebird. Many other cars, like my 1993 mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, had an access hatch built into the car that you can simply open above the gas tank and fual pump, remove and replace the fuel pump, and close the hatch. I have owned many 82-92 firebirds, and a 1987 GTA I bought, the previous owner had simply cut a hatch right above the location of the fuel pump in the gas tank, peeled the metal back, pulled out and replaced the fuel pump through the hole, and then pushed down the metal and sealed the edges closed. It wasn't real pretty, but it is underneath the back carpet and no one would ever see that repair. So yes, you can replace the fuel pump this way, and I believe you could actually place a hinge on the piece cut out and make a hatch there that looks OK, so you can do the repair again in the future if necessary.
It's a real shame GM did not do this simple thing, put a hinged door above the fuel pump, when they built the cars, like other cars do. If and when I have to replace a fuel pump, I am going to have a hatch put in my firebirds above the fuel pump when the repair is done.

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You need to drop tank, no other way to get at pump.

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