Re: Fuel Pump also
It seems that the fuel pumps only fail when the tanks are full, but you only need it to be about half empty to remove the pump. Also, I've never had to completely lower the tank, just loosen it a little on the pass side to run the vent lines.
That's the "roll over" valve, but it makes it impossible to siphon the tank. I wouldn't try to remove the filler.
This is dangerous, so be as careful as possible, but here is how I have changed the last two fuel pumps with almost full tanks. Raise the vehicle, of course, then loosen the lower bolts on the round pump mount just enough for the fuel to start to drip. Catch the fuel in an oil drain pan, emptying when necessary. It takes all day when you get near half, at a very slow drip rate. I DID THIS OUTSIDE WITH A FAN RUNNING A SAFE DISTANCE AWAY TO PREVENT GAS FUMES FROM BUILDING UP. BE VERY CAREFUL.
We "cruise" about twice a year, but wouldn't be able to afford it without the info I will forward to you in a PM. I also enjoy the themed cruises. The ones you went on sound like fun. NASCAR also has one, but it's usually expensive.