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  • rusty nut garage
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    I've had several sending unit's professionally repaired and they come back with a float like this. I've tried to solder on the brass floats but with limited success.

    Originally posted by r1lark View Post
    Scott, I used a plastic float that has a hole going thru it lengthwise for the wire. It came from a '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but may other cars use very similar floats. This float did not require an adhesive, just used the small metal washer that was on the Stude float originally, and peened the end of the wire in the vice to retain it. Pictures attached below.
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  • RadioRoy
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    If/when the subject comes up again, epoxy should work.

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  • Scott
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    I think my cork was more or less OK, but it was pretty soaked and it took very little for little bits to come off.

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  • TWChamp
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    I wish I would have saved more of the plastic floats when I worked at the junk yard. I wouldn't worry about the shape being round rather than flat. The wire that sweeps the resistor will be in the same relative position for any given level of gas.

    BTW, I put a cork float in my Model A over 20 years ago, and it's still working fine.

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  • Scott
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    That's interesting. I'm always curious and besides this may not be the last time I do this operation.

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  • dpson
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    It's been a while since I searched the internet but there are vendors that sell cork floats with modern alcohol resistant coatings that look a lot like the original floats for not a lot of money. Try a goggle search.

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  • Scott
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    I got a float an installed it and everything looks good! I had thought about flattening the cylindrical float I got to kind of match the original cork because I think it would make it more accurate on the full side, but I got lazy and left it alone. It will still be close enough to keep me from running our of gas (fingers crossed)!

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  • r1lark
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    Scott, check with a repair shop that regularly change in-tank fuel pumps. They should have a good selection of floats on takeout pumps, most likely free for the taking.

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  • TWChamp
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    If the Studebaker parts houses don't have the plastic float, the Model A uses a nice round float that would work great.
    You could order one from Bert's in Denver. 800-321-1931 Tell Steve Tom sent you.

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  • Scott
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    Thanks, Paul. If I can find that kind of float, that looks like a good solution.

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  • r1lark
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    Scott, I used a plastic float that has a hole going thru it lengthwise for the wire. It came from a '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but may other cars use very similar floats. This float did not require an adhesive, just used the small metal washer that was on the Stude float originally, and peened the end of the wire in the vice to retain it. Pictures attached below.
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  • Scott
    started a topic Fuel System: Gas tank float

    Gas tank float

    I'm pretty sure I'd like to replace the float on my sending unit since it works, but the float looks pretty saturated so I don't know how accurate it would be. I'd like to put in a plastic float, not the brass ones I've seen mentioned. I'm leery of trying to solder it on the wire without overheating the float, plus I don't know if regular electrical solder would even work, etc.

    So if I use a plastic float can anyone recommend a chemical (gasoline) resistant adhesive I could use on the wire after I wrap it around the float?
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