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High pressure fuel line
Robert Camp Offline
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#1
What do you do when you need to replace the pressurized fuel line from the tank pump to the engine well? The lines are discontinued by Ford and local yards will not sell used fuel line. This the hard plastic coated line used for feed and return, runs under the passenger side. Is there an aftermarket line that you can add the fitting to?
Any advice appreciated.

'86 5 spd TurboCoupe
Robert Camp
'86 Medium Regatta Blue TC, 5-speed, original owner.
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THUNDERPINTO Offline
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#2
The tube ends are availible at most parts stores then use the proper size tubing to bend up what lines you need , take your time it is not that bad a job as long as you can get the car up high enuf . Make sure the unions are good quality. A GOOD bending tool make a neat job and they are cheap.
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Robert Camp Offline
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#3
I don't think we're talking the same thing. These are long (seem to be hard plastic outside) lines that run from the engine well all the way to the pump in the tank under the trunk. I think it has to be snaked thru some areas. A solid line would be impossible to manage. Thanks though. I was hoping someone knew of a replacement material and fittings.
Robert Camp
'86 Medium Regatta Blue TC, 5-speed, original owner.
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THUNDERPINTO Offline
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#4
there is high pressure rubber hose made for injection also with good clamp your good to go,
2 87 TC's one is a Watkins Glen
88 TC no engine or interior,a no rust project
66 mustang coupe,71 triumph spit
52 Dodge powerwagon(s)
79 TC powered Pinto
99 Harley Roadking
73 750 Norton Commando Combat
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Jeff K Offline
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#5
I cant believe that Ford doesnt sell high pressure fuel line. There are millions of Fords on the road that use the same line. I do believe, however, that Ford doesnt sell the lines with the fittings on the ends that are the correct length, etc. Just get some bulk line, and make your own lines.
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Chuck W Offline
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#6
You can buy the bulk plastic line. Try the parts houses. I know I have seen it available. You will need to make your own lines though.

One trick for the plastic stuff and getting the ends in which has worked for me MUCH better than the boiling water nonsense has been to make use of the "vise" or holder from my line flaring kit. I use it to hold the line leaving no more than 3/8" exposed. Then stick the fitting in as far as you can by hand. Then give it a whack with a rubber or deadblow hammer. Expose a little more line and repeat until the fitting is completely inserted in the line. Takes all of about 1 minute.

Mine on the '83 has all been replaced with AL line and braided ends (at the tank and engine). Not a fan of the plastic stuff myself.
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rairbird Offline
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#7
Quote:Originally posted by Chuck W:
Mine on the '83 has all been replaced with AL line and braided ends (at the tank and engine). Not a fan of the plastic stuff myself.
Chuck, how do you connect to the fuel rail?
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Robert Camp Offline
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#8
Chuck,
I agree, I'm not a fan of the plastic stuff, but how do you get appropriate fittings for all the slip fittings on the car. Fuel pump, filter, .....

If you're using braided then what fittings do you use to attach to everything in the fuel system?

Excuse me, but I'm not sure what you mean by AL line. Aluminum? If so, what do you use for all the slip fittings? A more detailed explanation of all the fittings and attachment methods would be most appreciated.
Thanks
Robert Camp
'86 Medium Regatta Blue TC, 5-speed, original owner.
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DonH Offline
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#9
You really have to go to a good parts store and talk to them about what you need to do and what kind of connections you have to make. A NAPA store should either have or can get any possible combination of lines and fittings. Do you really have to replace the whole line or can you splice in a section? Seeing what is available will allow you to decide on how you're going to do it.
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Martin Offline
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#10
Head down to your closest Hydraulic and or Pnematics supply shop. Tell them your dealing with Gas and pressure. THey have lengths of Thermo plastic tube (polyethelyen if I remember correctly) and the simplest slip on fittings that are rated to 250 plus PSI! Bit much for our cars pressure, but the wall thickness helps prevent dings, scrapes and the like from poking a hole in it! THe fittings slip over the outside of the tube, and lock on solid, do not leak, and a simple pull on the head, they come apart again, if you require. The ends come in all the standard pipe sizes, so that where you have to adapt to the car connections. And they also come in different colours for those into making things look good under the chassis!
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