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« on: July 17, 2017, 05:40:03 AM »

Just noticed the rubber fuel line that connects to the carb on my 350 is splitting. Not like the 'normal' dry rot like back in the day but an unusual split. Ethanol gas and/or inferior rubber?

Just another thing you want to watch out for on your classic cars.  Glad I caught it in time.

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 05:52:23 AM »

how old is it ?

photo ?


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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 06:16:59 PM »

I'm guessing it was installed when the car was restored in 2010.



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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 06:23:31 PM »

That doesn't look like normal fuel line it looks like that very hard fuel injection line. Does the exterior feel like concrete?

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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 06:39:41 PM »

Replace all rubber lines with ones compatible with today's ethanol based fuel. That 10-15% ethanol can cause major issues with "rubber" hoses

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 07:04:48 PM »

I haven't removed it yet so not sure how stiff it is. I'm thinking it was part of the 'factory correct' fuel line kit for the car since it's has the GAS label. The other lines seem pliable.

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2017, 10:02:39 PM »

That doesn't look like normal fuel line it looks like that very hard fuel injection line. Does the exterior feel like concrete?

Finally got around to replacing it today before I went for a ride and no it's not hard.  Actually very pliable. The good news is the split only went through half way to the cords.

I'll post some pictures shortly.

I have a piece of hose from another car that connects to the sending unit and that is hard as concrete.  Different material? More exposure to ethanol?

Since we are dealing with gasoline, something we should all keep an eye on since we are dealing with different materials today.



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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 07:32:24 AM »

Many products are made off shore, the QC may not be that of American parts.   I have had rubber items fall apart  with time or touch. inspection is necessary.

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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 08:12:16 AM »

Many products are made off shore, the QC may not be that of American parts.   I have had rubber items fall apart  with time or touch. inspection is necessary.

Yes, much more frequent inspection than we are normally used to.  That's why I brought it up. I'd hate for something bad to happen for anyone due to a problem like this.

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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 06:31:46 PM »

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