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I opened the trunk and removed the bolts from that panel that is above the gas tank. Is the gas tank connected to this? I tried pulling it up and it wouldn't budge.

As of now I've pulled everything off of the car except the wiring, which I'm still trying to figure out how to do.
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Hello drmrd,
I am a 1970 guy but I am almost certain your tank is bolted in.

I don't think you have straps under the tank.

If I am right and understanding you....You need to
pull the thin board that covers the spare tire. It is possible that their is
a large wing nut that holds the board in place.

What I suggest is:
1. -Remove all stuff from trunk
2. - Look for wingnut or a cap about 3' WIDE.

Unscrew the cap.

3. - Remove the woodlike panel and remove the trunk carpet.

Then you should see the top of the gas tank.

Now along the side of the tank (looking in from the trunk you should see about 12 bolts that hold the tank in place. So that you understand, the nuts are on a lip on the tank but the heads are in the trunk.

Remove the bolts, then the wires and hoses from under the car.
You will also have to remove the filler neck.

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Keep in mind that the tank is set in caulk (body sealer) to keep exhuast fumes and weather out. It will likely be stuck in place some. A floor jack with a piece of plywood to distribute the force will help break it loose, just jack it carefully and watch that you don't collapse the tank.

Here's some pics of the gas tank out with my 68 coupe, Pictures by Renee_237 - Photobucket just go through the pics on the page and the surrounding ones.
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The panel you are describing IS the top of the gas tank. The trunk floor is the top of the tank. Once you remove the bolts, you will have to pry it up a bit as it is caulked in from the factory.
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gas tank removed! putting a jack underneath it did work, had to drain the gas though first, but eventually it lifted out.

I'm working on sanding/cleaning the trunk. It's such a pain in the butt, any tips for removing the paint/sealant/dirt?
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