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Old 01-31-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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'75 TW fresh tank removal 1 man

I tried getting my fresh tank out by myself today. I got all the belly skins off the front. (not for tank removal but for filth removal) I tried the bolts after hours of penetrating oil. They broke anyway!! I got all the sealer loosened and tried prying the plywood forward with a prybar. I got it forward about 4 inches. That's as far as I can get it so far. I've got to use my knoggin to figure this out. Unless there is someone out there that's done this one-man and can share?

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Old 02-01-2011, 05:51 PM   #2
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So I think I might have an idea. If I screw something with a ring attached to it onto the plywood under the tank. Then using my heavy duty chain attached to that ring and the ball on my TV. Pull forward slowly and slide the plywood out onto a piano dolly. I know the trailer jack will be forward of the plywood as I pull so I will use a spotter. I'm replacing the tanks so if they just drop out it will be ok. What do ya think? Risky?

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:01 PM   #3
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Most of the resistance is from the really, really thick plywood rubbing on the really, really rusty frame. Try lifting the plywood up a bit with a floor jack, and roll the floor jack forward. If it won't come out, you can still try your plan B.
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I went lookin for my dolly and I must have loaned it out. Darn if I can remember to who! When all else fails....use your brain. Or just use a chain and your TV. Ha ha

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