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Old 08-16-2018, 10:17 PM   #1
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I am in the process of replacing the gas tank float in a late 1931 coupe. The gauge, which never leaked a drop, was removed and the assembly consisted of 3 brass rings and no gaskets. The postings on FordBarn are replete with cautions about Neoprene gasket failures and recommendations of only using cork gaskets. Bratton's currently supplies only Neoprene gaskets, so what to do? Also, previous posts recommend a wide variety of sealants for the fuel gauge,everything from maple syrup to Teflon-based thread sealants, so any recommendations on that would be much appreciated. Thanks! .
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:37 AM   #2
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I use the cork gaskets from Snyder's https://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/gas-gauge-gaskets, brass ring, no sealant. I like the brass floats from Reelee Kotas in San Diego, CA.
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:26 AM   #3
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look again if it way not leaking there is a gasket there. and only use cork gaskets or you will be redoing it again later down the road.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:45 AM   #4
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I would recommend using cork gasket.

Also, if you can, keep gas tank under half full. This helps with stale gas, and potential gas gauge weeping.

This was a questionable design when done 90 years ago. All the problems that they were concerned about have or are happening now. Enjoy.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:58 AM   #5
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Cork gasket with the brass rings! But no cork float, buy an unsinkable float! The cork float on my gauge disappeared and now is blocking the outlet sometimes :-( I need to go fishing
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:03 PM   #6
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First time I replaced (with original rebuild) I had no leaks with cork and brass - did not leak for twenty years. When cork float finally went bad, I used neoprene gasket set-up and non-degradable float. No problems for last two years.
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