Good source for hard fuel lines?

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  1. Smokinnjokin

    Smokinnjokin Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen,
    On my 360, I have an edelbrock carb on a performer rpm intake, it has the little l-extension fuel line coming off the carb that terminates to a filter. I'm trying to find a hard line that will thread directly from the end of this filter and run down to my mechanical pump. Where can i find hard lines for a non-OEM setup? I would really love to elimate the rubber line and the ill-fitting hard line I have that terminates by the alternator.
    Andrew
     
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    I made mine. I don't think you are going to find a source for custom setups. Hell, I had a hard enough time just finding a hard line for the big block in both my Runner and Charger that didn't run into the distributor for a Holley carb. I made a hard line from the fuel pump to my Holley on that and on my Power Wagon. Roll of 5/16 fuel line and a cheaper hand bender and you can be dangerous. Give it a try it isn't that bad and you can taylor it to your application.

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    • Smokinnjokin

      Smokinnjokin Well-Known Member

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      That's what I was afraid of, really didn't want to have to buy a tubing cutter, hand bender, and flaring tool that I will likely never use again.
       
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      Hahaha I said the same thing. I have used the hell out of those tools now. I find myself using hard line for other projects where I previously would have cheaped out and went rubber hose. There was one guy who was doing the Holley style dual feed lines for people, but he stopped doing them for awhile now. This is why I said screw it and made my own.
       
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        those are tools you will need if you do any work on older cars
        as they don't even carry older oem brake or fuel lines these days.
         
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        Well I'm in luck, Dad has the flaring tool and good rigid tubing cutter, just need to buy a bender and some hard line.
         
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          Go to Harbor Freight if all you need is an inexpensive bender. They work fine for minimal projects...
          You can never have enough tools...
           
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          Buy it in a 25ft roll or more. It is so cheap and then you have it around I usually buy my stuff from inline tube.
           
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          This maybe an unwanted suggestion but....ditch the plastic fuel filters and get a NAPA Gold.
           
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            Yea it was on there so I could see the fuel that was coming from the tank to see how clean it was when I first fired the new engine. Didn't know the truck that well. That setup is long gone now. I always run the metal ones as standard equipment.
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            Whats wrong with the plastic one? I like to see the fuel moving. Glass would probably be better, but the plastic has worked fine so far. Heat issue?
             
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            I was a SFI tech inspector at our local dragstrip. No plastic! I realize that's for racing but it makes sense on the street also.:thumbsup:
             
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              Their know to leak and cause fires. You may never have a problem but...
               
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                Well I am assembling what I need to make the new line, I have 1/4" tubing and am getting the 6an to 1/4 tubing adapter to plug the edelbrock carb adapter up.

                Im having trouble sourcing the adapter fitting to thread into the fuel pump for 1/4" steel tubing. A 90degree elbow would simplify the bends greatly. Pump is a carter m6866. The fitting is listed as a "5/16 reverse flare". From what I can find, there doesn't seem to be a single fitting to do this. I will need a 5/16 to 1/4 threaded adapter, then thread a tubing adapter on to that. Thoughts?
                 
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                Also try filling tube with sand to help reduce crushing while bending.

                Use hacksaw or cutting wheel as tube cutter work hardens metal as you rotate and tighten which makes flaring more difficult.
                 
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                  Always seemed passable on 5/16 steel.
                  Probably fine for aluminum and copper too.
                  But I broke one of these on 3/8 steel fuel line recently.

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                  So I upgraded to something like this.
                  Not this one, but lots of choices out there for "heavy duty".
                  Wish someone would make a good hobbyist priced beading tool for steel.


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