Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: St. Petersburg Florida
Hmm, you can get the tanks out without cutting but if you want to cut, well have at it. The easiest way is to do the tanks while the engine is out. That is why I recommend to anyone who is pulling the engine to do the tanks. Either replace or repair them, but there is never a better time than engine-out time. You can also lower the engine and remove a lot of the stuff on the top and get the tanks out that way as well. This is not, for me, a desirable path but it is possible to do it that way and many on the forum have used that technique. I, however, would dread pulling and reinstalling the cam towers with the engine in situ as the Brits like to say. One other option (and I have done it this way once) is to cut up and collapse the tank while it is in the car and then remove it piecemeal. But this is only viable if you plan on replacing them and consider them beyond repair or you just don't want to repair them. Of course if you're not very careful they could explode :-). When I did it this way I filled them with a lot of water and extinguisher foam when I used that approach. And they were tanks coming our of a car that had sat for years without any fuel in them so I felt pretty confidant that I would not kill myself and blow up the shop.
1989 Esprit Turbo