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Total agreement Richard. Nothing is worse that finding a bodge job by a shop or previous owner. Seriously, would you cut a hole in your kitchen floor to run the water line for an ice maker?

Well!
Cut the floor? Surely not!! Waddya take us for?
Not when duct taping said waterline to the baseboards works just fine!:dance:

When it comes to the fuel system however, I am 100% in agreement.
DO not cut a hole. It will take longer in the end, be potential source of fumes later on, and of course there is the very real chance of a spark and an unknown leak in the top of the tank causing an explosion, fire, and one less P-38......(owners are a dime a dozen)
get a floor jack with a 1 ft square of plywood or a transmission jack and lower front of the tank first, remove the hoses, then drop the whole thing onto the jack. the only tricky part is the filler neck, which is tight, but very doable. Roll it out,
Change the pump, and reverse the process to re install.

As for the low cost pump? Yes, that is very cheap......
I suspect Chinese knock off craftsmanship is at play here........It was really frustrating cruising and driving in Oz and trying to source quality parts for boat and Classic......... I was told way too many times "No one wants to pay for quality parts, so we do not carry them" Sad........
Good luck.
 

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We all know that it has been done with out getting blown up and burnt down.
The spirit of this is to avoid unnecessary risk.

Can it be done? Sure.
Should it be done? No, as it is not a difficult job to drop the tank, and while it is down, to clean up and inspect the hoses, pipes, and the rest of the area thus exposed.
Some folks (Aussies and Kiwis especially) LOVE their 125mm side grinder and cutting wheels and some are skilled practitioners as well.
We all have different skill levels and experience. I happen to be very good with a cutoff wheel from 30 years hanging out Down Under.
However, I would never cut into the area above a fuel tank since there are LOTS of sparks, hot slag bits and the very real chance of accidentally cutting into a line..
(I have replaced 3 fuel pumps and had no dramas or issues.)
To each their own.
Be safe!
Cheers.
 
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