The Wrong Sump

Have you ever wanted to clobber your assistant over the head, but thought you might damage the already limited brain cells there? Or were worried about legal repercussions and an expensive law suit? I have. I usually entrust purchases to my intern, but recently an order went haywire in the oddest way. I needed a fuel sump and there are a few kinds, so I didn’t specify too closely and left it up to him to see what we had used before and maybe upgrade it a bit. I then went on my merry way.

Not two days later he turns up with a high quality sump pump alright, but it was designed to pump waterfor the basement, intended to be part of a house. I mean, what! How can you possibly mistake one for the other? Now he is new and not experienced blike, and he did hear me bitch about the soggy basement floor a few times. (I do want to convert the area into a modest theater/entertainment center and could be heard repeatedly bemoaning the current state of the dungeon-like location.)

Nevertheless, use the brains you were born with and ask! Would I really ask someone other than myself to do the dirty work of appraising installation of a home sump pump? No, I would not. The intern’s duties have, in the short time he has been with me, been limited to the dragster and all its many and timely needs. Well I set him straight and he did immediately get on the web to provide me some alternatives.

Fuel sump pumps, in case you did not know, come in kits for a couple hundred pounds. Here’s an example:

XDP Black Anodized Diesel Fuel Tank Sump – No Tank Drop Install XD131

The XDP Fuel Sump is designed to eliminate the typical ¼ tank issues associated with the in-tank draw straws typically used with Air Dog & FASS fuel pumps. Originally designed for better diesel fuel delivery, the XDP Fuel Sump fastens to the bottom of the tank and dramatically increases volume to the fuel pump by allowing you to get every drop of fuel out of the tank.

The XDP Fuel Sump is the only unit on the market to feature a single piece horseshoe shape internal ring allowing for a no tank drop installation. This XDP exclusive feature allows for a faster and simpler installation. (Special attention must be made to ensure all debris is cleaned from the tank after drilling.)


  • No tank drop installation cuts installation time
  • Opening to allow fuel to flow freely into the sump
  • Made from Aircraft grade T6 billet aluminum
  • Precision CNC machining technology for a perfect fit
  • Works great with stock or aftermarket fuel tanks

The XDP Fuel Sump is beneficial to all trucks including stock daily drivers, mild street modifications, drag racing applications, and even sled-pulling.

Well, there you have it. He did his job, and while I might select another option, he is on the right track. I may keep him around yet.