In mine and many others the pump was OK it was the rubber hose between the pump and the fuel line that went away over the years. On mine you could see through the hose! A new outside pump won't be able to draw. This hose is up high in the tank. Here's mine.
That "thing" next to the pump is all that's left of the hose, now if you pump is bad and this hose is OK, you're in!
I my case the tank opening was to the rear of any plumbing and the pipes were in a protective metal "trough". The galvanized metal in the pic is this trough.