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Hit a snag with the fuel filler hose...
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Posted by DavidDavid [Email] (more from DavidDavid) on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:08:29 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: How are you making out David?, Clarence Donath, Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:07:57
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Hi Clarence, thanks for asking. Yes the jar experiment is a good idea. I might do that, but I feel fairly confident with this hose. I think I could also test the integrity by pulling up the truck carpeting and wiggling the top of the fuel pump to see how "loose" it feels. With the old rubber hose in place, how much it wiggled made it obvious that something was wrong. Or just keep the tank less than half-full so the fuel isn't high enough to reach the mount.

I saw one of the original Saab fuel pump removal tools on ebay in the last week or two.

Originally, my fuel pump mount was very stuck, but I got it out and managed to bend only one tab slightly by tapping on each tab in succession with moderate force -- just keep moving around the circle. It took a really long time, but patience paid off.

The Snag: After I had re-installed the fuel pump I went to pour two gallons of gas into the filler hole and it came pouring out near my feet -- the filler hose had dry rotted in the bottom area where it's exposed to the elements. From my searching the bulletin boards it seems like a common issue. So I've spent the last few weeks trying things and waiting for more parts to arrive. My filler hose is approximately 1-7/8" ID (this is a 1976 2-door sedan) and even a Goodyear filler hose advertised as "highly flexible" cannot make the necessary s-bends (I spent hours wrestling with that b@stard.) So I just received a 3" long, 1-7/8"OD aluminum joiner pipe from Summit Racing and a few large t-bolt clamps and I'm going to try to splice in a piece of the new hose for the bottom portion and re-use the upper 3/4 of the original filler hose. Fingers crossed this works, I'll be working on it this week. If anybody has any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them!

Thanks,
David

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