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  • Fuel System: Cork for fuel level sending unit

    I have the original cork for sending unit in fuel tank. The cork looks good, but after years of use does the cork get fuel logged to the point where it doesn't float properly? Should the cork be replaced with a plastic float?

    Don
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    58 Golden Hawk
    DSamborski
    Pillager, MN

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    It may, especially if the alcohol in the gasoline these days eats up the shellac that is on the cork.

    On my '62 GT, I replaced the old cork float with a more modern float that came from the old fuel pump assembly out of my '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Really easy modification, and free. A buddy from church that runs a auto repair place brought me a few more of these style floats for future projects.
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    Paul
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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    • #3
      Thanks ,, Don
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      58 Golden Hawk
      DSamborski
      Pillager, MN

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      • #4
        http://www.gudim.com/ReplacingCorkFloats.html
        Bill Foy
        1000 Islands, Ontario
        1953 Starlight Coupe

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        • #5
          That looks like a winner Bill, Thanks.
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          58 Golden Hawk
          DSamborski
          Pillager, MN

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          • #6
            If you want to keep your cork float, let it dry out and coat with super glue. The glue is not affected by the fuel, corn or otherwise.
            John
            1963 Avanti R2
            Marshall, VA

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            • #7
              Thanks for the super glue tip I went to Ford for the float mentioned in the one tip but here in Canada they wanted 70 bucks for the two an would not split the pack since its a obsolete part now. Does it have to be super glue?

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              • #8
                Here, save yourself a Looney or Two!

                http://www.ebay.com/itm/400962882549...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • #9
                  I'd be visiting a local junk yard and buying the float from any later car, and make it fit the Studebaker rod. Too bad the yard I worked at was shut down by the city. I could have got you all the floats you wanted for free.

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                  • #10
                    Try a wine bottle cork it's free.

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                    • #11
                      I replaced the whole sending unit with a new SW unit that fit the Lark about 10 years ago. Pretty much a plug and play affair. It is adjustable so it can fit any depth tank. I still have the package so if needed I can get some numbers.
                      I did this as the car when I got it had 29,970 miles and sat for many years. It did 26,000 in the first 10 years so the sender was static for too long. I couldn't trust the gauge. After the replacement all is good.

                      Len

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                      • #12
                        C & G still lists them. I bought form them several years ago.

                        http://cgfordparts.com/ufolder/fordp...er=COAZ-9202-B
                        Frank DuVal

                        50 Commander 4 door

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