Writing in for my son, who is just a shade tree mechanic needing a little advice. I tried to help him, today replace a leaking fuel tank on his Celica (2000 GTS). The old tank came out, without breaking bolts on the two, tank-straps. We got a pretty good, used tank from a reputable used parts yard, here in town. The tank fit back in just fine, but he cannot seem to get the two, strap bolts to thread backing into the body. The gap between the bolt and the body is so great, that you cannot pick-up any threads to get it started.
We even tried some slightly longer bolts, but, still could not catch some threads to get it started. We have tried supporting the gas tank on a floor jack and a piece of wood, without any luck. We do not have a hoist, but, are just using ramps, which make matters even more difficult.
I was wondering if, maybe, he should loosen the second bolt on each tank strap. This is the bolt on the forward end (toward front end of car) of the tank strap. He only loosened the bolt closest to the rear end of the car and folded tank strap down, to remove tank.
With the back seat removed, looking down into the tank opening where the fuel pump is installed, the tank seems to be well-centered in the opening and there are no hoses or wires pinched by the tank.
It was getting to the point of some tools almost being launched about the driveway; and, he gave-up, for today.
How about trying to loosen the bolt on the other end of the tank strap (toward the front of car) and getting some more play, maybe? Really afraid of breaking these. I have Kroil which we use for penetrating-oil.
As always, thanks so much for any information you can pass along to a very frustrated son!