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Flushing the gas line?

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  • Flushing the gas line?

    With my tank off getting cleaned up a little, is there anyway to flush out the fuel line to get any remaining junk out of it? There's not really anything that can force something through the line since it's not connected, is there?



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    quote:Originally posted by Eman

    With my tank off getting cleaned up a little, is there anyway to flush out the fuel line to get any remaining junk out of it? There's not really anything that can force something through the line since it's not connected, is there?



    [img=left]http://www.bulletshots.net/images/stella3.jpg[/img=left]1951 Commander Starlight Coupe (aka "Stella")
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    I'm not a mechanic, but what about using air pressure to blow out any junk in the line. Or, you could just replace the fuel line with new tubing and know all will be well, after all you'll have a "new" fuel tank after it's been treated

    John Clements
    Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
    Lockleys South Australia
    John Clements
    Christchurch, New Zealand

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    • #3
      I second John's suggestion of taking this opportunity to replace the line. If that doesn't suit your goals, you can spray a can or two of carb cleaner or gum cutter through the line and then blow it out with an air hose. You may want to shield the other end with shop rags so you don't splatter your floor or walls.

      Brad
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      33 Rockne 10
      51 Commander Starlight
      53 Commander Starlight
      previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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      • #4
        Just an added safety item or two.... First, DON'T use an electric trouble light of any kind...flash light only Do this outside if at all possible, gas soaks into concrete... the fumes linger, don't risk it. Aerosol sprays such as carb cleaner or even brake cleaner work well for this job, followed by air pressure. Install a inline fuel filter ahead of the fuel pump, to trap any left-overs from the tank cleaning. Pumps are easily stopped up. The old "ounce of prevention" applies here. Hope this helps.
        Dan

        Road Racers turn left AND right.

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