Getting it running Part 3: Fuel
The car clearly had a good builder once it’s life. A builder who cared about how fuel was going to get delivered to the engine and keeping the car competitive within the ITA rules. This allowed us to inherit a 22 gallon Fuel-Safe fuel cell with custom rear firewall, fuel pumps and filters. Unfortunately, the pumps were of no use for us. A typical carb setup only requires anywhere from 4 to 7psi of fuel pressure and lower consumption than a fuel injection setup. We also had to address the awful appearance of the trunk. Covered in pink and dirt. Had to go.
The fuel cell was pulled, cleaned and we found a good bit of debris (probably an old fuel feed line) in the tank but the foam in the bladder still looks good. Repainted the trunk and polished the bulkhead. The last order of business was outfit a fuel return fitting as the carb setup again didn’t require this as our new EFI setup would. We were able to rummage around and locate the correct fittings and barbs to accommodate this. We opted to use regular over the counter 5/16″ fuel line for the return system to keep cost down and we didn’t have the rest of the fittings to make it possible otherwise.
We also tossed the stock fuel pump from the donor car into the mix as again, we’re trying to keep an eye on costs. We’ll most likely end up having to replace this pump as it already is showing signs of failure.
In one of photos you’ll see what looks like dirt in a fuel line. That was the cell vent in which wasps had decided to build a home. This is why it pays to check EVERYTHING when you are bringing a car back to life that spent too much time outside (or anywhere really). This would not have kept the car from running, but could have been a potential safety hazard down the road for sure…