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Lifting the gas tank

Postby HarveyCub » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:14 pm

Hello all,

I've not had occasion yet to take the hood off my Lo Boy (my first shot at real maintenance will come this spring), but I do want to gain access to behind the dash to look at the lighting circuit. I've read here that one can separately lift the gas tank to assist with this process while not having to take off the entire top. Does anyone have a bit of advice on how to go about this, and even better, perhaps a couple of pictures to share of what it looks like?

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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:17 pm

The factory original hood and fuel tank are a one-piece unit. They both must come off together.
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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby Eugene » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:49 pm

Awkward lift but a one person task. Not heavy but two people make for an easier job. Be sure to drain all the fuel out of the tank first.

As Don states, hood and gas tank are one piece.
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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby HarveyCub » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:28 pm

Thanks, this is good to know. In order to do this then, what else would I need to loosen/remove besides the bolts connecting the dash and the tank? Is there a way to prop things up while lifted so I can work on the circuit while alone?
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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:53 pm

You'll also need to disconnect the gas line at either the carburetor or sediment bowl. There are also several clips that hold the wiring harness against the edge of the tank/hood that need to be pulled down enough to remove the wiring from them. By the time you get all the bolts out to remove it, it will be much easier to work behind the dash with it completely off. If you have a couple of saw horses or 5 gallon buckets, you can set the tank/hood on them.

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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:12 pm

It's also easier to remove/move by yourself if all the gas is drained out.
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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby HarveyCub » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:20 pm

Thanks gents. I'll give it a try.
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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby cub 3 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:12 pm

Don't forget the headlights!!

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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby havoc1482 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:29 pm

This is one of the reasons why I hate doing field repairs on a Cub haha. So hard to snake your hands/tools anywhere because the tank and hood are one piece. And don't even get me started on that non OHV! :lol:
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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby HarveyCub » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:41 pm

Hmm...lights...yeah, probably would have figured that out...

I'm surprised to see my owner's manual doesn't mention anything about removing the hood for any of the maintenance. Would it be fair to say that maintenance activities generally don't require the removal of the hood but some repairs/replacements may? I've only had the Lo Boy for 1/2 a year, so I've not even gotten this far yet.
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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:52 pm

A few other bolts/screws need to be removed from the front, too. These include the screws for "doglegs", grill, and 2 bolts (one on each side) holding the front of the hood to the top of the vertical channels on either side of the radiator.

As mentioned, the wiring harness under the right side of the tank/hood needs to be unclipped from the two (or 3) clips under there.

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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby staninlowerAL » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:54 pm

HarveyCub wrote:Hmm...lights...yeah, probably would have figured that out...

I'm surprised to see my owner's manual doesn't mention anything about removing the hood for any of the maintenance. Would it be fair to say that maintenance activities generally don't require the removal of the hood but some repairs/replacements may? I've only had the Lo Boy for 1/2 a year, so I've not even gotten this far yet.

There are two bolts that attach the clips on each side at the front of the hood to the radiator supports, accessable only be removing the grill screen (minimum) and the two screws on either side above the headlights that hold the doglegs to the hood. Sometimes these can be difficult to remove but otherwise the previous information should have you covered. The screws at the dash/lower side of the tank and grill screen are 1/4 x 20 x 3/4 truss head, top 4 dogleg screws are 10 x 24 x 1 and the radiator support clips bolts are 5/16 x 20 x 1 inch hex head. Service to the fan shaft and gen/regulator or alternator is much easier to do with the hood removed. Liberal use of neversieze is your best friend when reassembly is done. Stan

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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:01 pm

I wanted to add use caution when removing the two small screws holding the bottom doglegs...they are VERY easy to break off and tedious to repair. Recommend LIBERAL use of PB Blaster or Kroil or your choice of penetrating oil, then work them back and forth gently!

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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby bob in CT » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:21 pm

No need to detach the doglegs from the radiator support to remove the hood. Leave them on and save that potential problem for another day.

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Re: Lifting the gas tank

Postby Clownfish » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:49 pm

This link to a video might help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZNOfsQPFGA


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