I checked those tanks. Mine is completely different, very much like the later units with three pipes (outlet, return and breather) and three wires (pump/sender/earth).
The difference between mine and the later units is how they lock in to the tank. Mine has the lock mechanism designed into the unit and later ones have a lock ring.
I'm hoping to get hold of a later sender unit and see if the 'resistor' is the same, if so it will just be a matter of carefully removing the old resister board by unsoldering it and refitting a 'less worn' board.
I'll probably replace the in tank pump too. One on Ebay for $40 (VDO too) and along with a filter will negate having to remove it for a 'long time' I hope.
But I did make a 'special tool' for removing the unit easily, only took 5 minutes of negotiation!