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Greeney in France



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:19 pm    Post subject: Traction Fuel line Reply with quote

My Traction has what feels like a hard rubber fuel line running from engine to fuel tank, it is connected by a metal pipe in the glass topped SEV pump.
It runs under the body through a triangular section which also act as floor strengthener.
the question is; what do you suggest I replace it with metal pipe or are there quality plastic equivalents
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many years ago I took my Spitfire for its MOT, and the tester man sent me away to replace the fuel line, as that was rubber/plastic hose front to back (fitted by the previous owner) and wasn't permitted, so I'd be tempted to go with a metal line of some kind for the main length.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard nylon piping has been used since the 1960's on most British cars (eg Minis/Rovers) for low pressure petrol systems just clipped underneath the floor - in come s in black or white/clear and in 6 or 8 mm diameters. Olives and nuts etc can be got from airline (compressor suppliers as they use it too along with breweries to draught beer dispensers from the barrels/casks

It is very durable although it can be cut with a sharp knife as petrol thieves know.

Alternatively some use copper micro-bore tubing in it varous sizes 8mm being the most useful - all fittings can also be used solder or compression. It can work harden just as with the brake lines - Knunifer do the CuNi alloy which is much harder and almost indestructible
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used a clear nylon for the 2CV and thought of that, but also looked at automec cunifer pipe, the original on the car is just steel and in bad condition. I thought copper would be too soft
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My vote would go for a metal pipe. If you had a fire somewhere would it melt a plastic pipe and add to the blaze?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used this stuff at the recommendation of a mechanic friend.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-16-X-25-FT-CUPRO-NICKEL-KUNIFER-BRAKE-FUEL-PIPE_W0QQitemZ130239254686QQcmdZViewItem

It's very strong and I've used it for brake and fuel system.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm now very wary of rubber pipe it having provided the most difficult to find fault I've ever experienced. A few years ago my Standard 10 started to suffer from lack of fuel. Everything was tried and many hours spent underneath changing pipes etc.' It turned out to be a, new looking, short braided rubber hose. It had formed it's own non-return valve! It didn't leak petrol, but allowed the pump to pull in air. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the Kunifer that I hav egot ro replace the steel pipe on my 1938 Rover 16 - I bought for 2.50 30 years ago!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: traction fuel line Reply with quote

Hi Greeney

Several of my friends have Tractions - I can ask them what they use for Fuel Line if you like... what model and what year is yours ??

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased the one that Dalbuie suggested thank you very much actually the section threaded through the V section was in fair condition and was originally kunifer, That ebay stuff will do the whole lot
Thank you
By the way my Traction is a 1954 11B
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