Ouch that sucks! I have been broken down at a busy intersection in evening rush hour with trailer before, that is not fun.
The electrical connections for the fuel filter sensor, water in fuel sensor and fuel heater all remain unplugged. You won't get any dash warning lights by leaving these disconnected.
I cut my wires back to the connector pins and shortened up the wires going to the IPR
. The IRP will now be the only thing on that fuel bowl wiring harness.
I did the tightwad mod to my 97 couple of weeks ago, I love it. Deleted 12 O rings and the fuel bowl. Works like a champ, No leaks. Cost was around $90-100 for 3/8" fuel line, spin in filter, base and brass fittings
I love it because I can see my HPOP
, IRP, Fuel pump, and valley its all cleaned up. Plus the removal of the fuel lines you cannot access once the bowl is in place and no more $30 tiny stock fuel filters.
I would not hesitate to do this mod!! Keep your mechanical fuel pump or upgrade to E fuel rail mounted pump, the fuel bowl delete will work either way.
We all it the "tightwad mod" because that's what the original creator dubbed it and it originated on this forum. When I saw it I knew it was a mod for me< iwas hesitant at first and then decided go for it.... and it worked out great. I had fun doing it to, just be careful with your cuts. I did the cutting free hand with a small die grinder, use lots of light so you can see where you are cutting and how deep. A metal cutting band saw would have worked well also.
I have detailed pics and info of how its done to an OBS
in my build thread, in my sig
Tightwad mod starts at post 383