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  • Fuel System: 63 Champ 259 AC fuel pump rebuild options

    I bought the Champ over a year ago after it had been sitting for 30 years. Original 259, runs pretty well. The AC 4227 fuel pump gave up the ghost recently. The tag says 24227, it has the laminated actuator rod, a bronze looking pivot pin that is staked on one end and does leak. My question are: is this a knock off of the Carter, and are rebuild kits available for the AC? If so is it worth rebuilding? I can handle a small leak/weeping. I do not have a Carter core to rebuild. Does anyone know what kit works on this unit? I looked at the now-and-then website and the CK-129 kit is listed for my truck, but is for the Carter.
    My backup plan is an electric fuel pump and cover plate. Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20210321_124124052~2.jpg Views:	0 Size:	78.3 KB ID:	1886355Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20210321_124140324.jpg Views:	0 Size:	51.6 KB ID:	1886356Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20210321_124336229~2.jpg Views:	0 Size:	67.8 KB ID:	1886357

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    It MAY be a Airtex Copy of an AC (GM) produced Pump, or the real thing an AC, not likely but it doesn't matter, they are both Junk and not even close to a Real Carter made, Carter in USA.

    Click image for larger version  Name:	OEM Carter1.JPG Views:	0 Size:	71.3 KB ID:	1886362< Newer Lark Type "Carter" Click image for larger version  Name:	Carter Fuel Pump V-8.jpg Views:	0 Size:	74.4 KB ID:	1886363<Earlier & Hawk "Carter".
    They Both have a Steel "U" Channel Actuator Lever, do not leak Oil and last 20 + Years and have available repair Kits for Ethanol Fuel.

    If you can't I.D. them from all the Rounded corners of the Top Casting, you can always read the Name "Carter" Proudly cast into it.

    Of course these OEM Type need to be Salvaged from Old Engines or Cars or Old stashes of loose Used Parts.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 03-21-2021, 02:05 PM.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Thanks Rich. Until I find another hen's tooth (will probably need Ross steering gear work) I'm back to a gravity tank.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by PNW_63_Champ View Post
        I bought the Champ over a year ago after it had been sitting for 30 years. Original 259, runs pretty well. The AC 4227 fuel pump gave up the ghost recently. The tag says 24227, it has the laminated actuator rod, a bronze looking pivot pin that is staked on one end and does leak. My question are: is this a knock off of the Carter, and are rebuild kits available for the AC? If so is it worth rebuilding? I can handle a small leak/weeping. I do not have a Carter core to rebuild. Does anyone know what kit works on this unit? I looked at the now-and-then website and the CK-129 kit is listed for my truck, but is for the Carter.
        My backup plan is an electric fuel pump and cover plate. Click image for larger version Name:	IMG_20210321_124124052~2.jpg Views:	0 Size:	78.3 KB ID:	1886355Click image for larger version Name:	IMG_20210321_124140324.jpg Views:	0 Size:	51.6 KB ID:	1886356Click image for larger version Name:	IMG_20210321_124336229~2.jpg Views:	0 Size:	67.8 KB ID:	1886357

        I have a similar "no name" pump that has 4227 stamped on the edge of the mounting flange and it is rebuildable as I got a kit from Dave T-Bow a couple of years ago. Previously this pump was on my Power Hawk years ago judging from the wear of the overspray from detailing the engine compartment. I also believe that this kit, "Fpa 230" is good to go with today's lousy fuels..

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        • #5
          I contacted Dave today and will get one of his rebuilt Carter's. The AC is still worth $25 as a core to him. I'm going to take the plunge and get a rebuilt distributor at the same time.

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