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MG TD TF 1500 - fuel line
|I am about to install a new copper fuel line (purchased from Moss) to replace the PO's rubber line. I have seen the numerous posts on how the line runs from the pump down into the engine compartment; however, have no idea how the line goes from that view, along the frame and then up to the tank. Does anyone have some pics to post? Appreciate any advice that may be out there.|
|Dave - The ridged line runs from the tank to the pump. There is a flexible line running from the pump to the rear carb and from the rear carb to the front carb. See attached picture. Cheers - Dave
|...If you think about that copper fuel line running from the tank to the fuel pump...makes you wonder about how they installed it on the assembly line... Wonder if it was bent pre installation, or as it was being installed...? Suppose they had a jig and pre bent it!|
In the engine section of my website, under engine> engine start with coolant, there is a picture of the very end of the line, positioned for the eventual gas tank installation. There is a picture in tub and wings> floors, of it passing along to the rear.
After it comes down the a-tower, it literally just follows the lower portion of the chassis rail in clips, under the forward and rear structural crossmember tubes, along the axle tube arch and exits as shown.
There is a small 'hump' formed into the line for expansion contraction at about the axle tube arch.
Hope this helps,
|Here is another photo that shows the fuel line going along the lower chassis inner lip and the clips.|
|Thanks. I am indeed speaking of the line from the tank to the pump. If I am right, it heads out of the tank and then to the right rail in a gentle bend, along the frame rail (attached with clips), to the front of the tower, up and to the pump as shown in David's picture. If anyone has more pics of the lower part of the car it would be great. Otherwise, it is probably obvious. Sure wish I had done this with the body off. Thanks again.|
|I looked through some photos that I had which also included the line. |
Here is a shot during assembly that show the rear of the car and the line. The "gentle bend" also serves somewhat as a trap.
|And here is a shot which shows the line coming up from the chassis at the front and to the fuel pump.|
|Thanks for the pics. Now the challenge of doing this with the vehicle fully assembled.|
Way back in 1984, I installed a new one piece copper fuel line from the tank to the pump in one piece,,, with the car fully assembled,,,, If you find this task difficult to accomplish in one piece, you could always splice two pieces together somewhere under the car out of sight with fittings from your local hardware store. Doing this would make it a bit easier in the future if part of the fuel line gets damaged and has to be replaced,,
I forgot to add>>>>
I had to put in a splice fitting when I damaged the end of the pipe as I was changing out the fuel pump. As I was undoing the fitting at the fuel pump, the fuel pipe twisted, and had to be replaced.
|It has proved relatively easy. Slid the line along the frame starting in the back with a bend over the axle, made up the tank end and then bent the other end up and to the pump all by hand. Only had to remove the left radiator brace at the front end.|
Thanks to all for the advice.
A couple of questions on the Moss fuel pipe you purchased.
What is the dia., copper or steel and did it come as a roll or straight length?
I ask as I have made enquiries with a supplier in Sydney (some 3500km and 4days freight away), but he is only able to supply as a straight pipe and the cost of freight is more than the pipe.
I have also found freight cost from US is similar to that from Sydney
8mm Copper pipe will do the job, go to your local plumbing wholesaler or major hardware chain outlet, if you dont have access to a tube bender you can anneal the sections where bends are required and providing care is exercised make the bends as required. The wholesaler will be purchasing in bulk lots so freight costs will be spread over many pipe lengths.
|I used a commersial copper on my TF. It works very well. PJ|
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