Right hand tank coming out, looks okay from this angle - but the entire bottom has a fiberglass patch from a years ago rust repair.
Yes sir that is decades worth of sediment and rust you are looking at on the bottom drain out. Plus you can now see the fiberglass patch.
Oh dear, yes that is the fuel tank strainer removed and sitting on the ground - caked with muck, yuck!
This is the clogged fuel tank outlet, this connects to the fitting/feed line that goes into the wheel well area.
No need to test this fuel tank level sending unit - it is rusted in position!
It was hard to get a good shot inside the tank, but I can assure you that some of it looks uglier than this!
Technically it is true that anything can be saved - but for me it will be new tanks sending units hoses etc.
Probably there have been older XJ’s scrapped out over the cost of this repair for owners who do not do the work themselves and have to pay shop rates. Its not especially bad in comparison to other intricate repairs I have done - but it is tedious with many hours of labor.