This thread is becoming a bit muddy to me. I think the original concern was replacing the fuel pump push rod. There is one way to economically replace the push rod. That is through the plugged hole under the fuel pump. Those of you who have never had to replace that push rod, you have been lucky so far. The rod will almost never wear beyond use while the car is parked in the driveway. When it fails, it will more likely be while cruising down the highway late Saturday night, or while trying to leave a car show or cruise night as the Chevy guys look on.
Several years ago, I had the same problem removing the plug for the push rod, on a 69 Polara 383. I rounded out the plug, too. The solution for me was to acquire a piece of hex steel and weld it into the wallowed-out hole in the plug. The heat from the welding probably loosened up the plug, then I put a socket and ratchet onto the welded-on hex piece and turned out the plug. No damage to the threads or the block. The push rod was about 3/16 inch shorter than the new one, and that was just enough to render the car inoperable.
I also had the same problem with the rod in my 300H. That time the plug came out easily, though. Both times, I had to be brought home on the hook.
Good luck and best regards,
From: socalcarnut <dickb@...
Sent: Mon, May 31, 2010 12:50 pm
Subject: [Imperial-Club] Re: 67 fuel delivery problem(kind of long)
I read all the other responses, but I don't see an answer to your question #1: Yes, you can change the fuel pump without removing the access plug. Usually, you can push the actuating rod up out of the way of the pump lever by sliding the lever under the rod and then moving the pump body in such a way as to make the rod go back up into it's hole. The other method is to push the rod up with your finger after coating it with some wheel bearing grease, which will make it stick in position long enough to quickly install the pump. I know on your car you have to work with a mirror to see what is going on, but it can be done, I assure you.
I also can say that in many, many of these and other cars with the similar design, I have NEVER had to replace one of those rods because it was worn out.
--- In Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com, "Clay Smith" <imperialman67@...> wrote:
> My 67 has been trying my patience .
> 1) Can a fuel pump be installed with out removing this access plug?
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