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Old 08-05-2019, 12:34 PM   #1
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Any helpful advice for changing out the gas gauge float on a '29 Coupe ? Been 50 years last time I had done this ! Thanks !
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:52 PM   #2
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Yeah, Don't light a match.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:02 PM   #3
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Buy or borrow a gas gauge tool as it makes the job of getting the gauge out much easier. I had no problem with my '29, Drain the tank down and disconnect the battery. Be sure you have new gaskets/brass rings available. Take your time. If you have it, look at Les Andrews red book for help.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:14 PM   #4
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Any helpful advice for changing out the gas gauge float on a '29 Coupe ? Been 50 years last time I had done this ! Thanks !
I changed all the gaskets recently in a 1929 Tudor. I am a newbie and was my first job on my newly acquired model A.

Basically I ordered 2 sets of cork gaskets. One was a full kit, with the glass included and new floater (non cork).

At the same time I got the correct tools. I used the old star aluminum wrench. It worked for me. There is a new design that is square.

Drived the car till gas level was way below of the gas gauged.

Then I followed what it is said in the technical book.

Replaced gaskets and brass ring exactly in the same position I was taking the old ones.

The car has the original glass with a magnifier in the middle to see numbers biggers. I left that one. Also has the new style floater. I didn't know what I will find. So at the end was just gaskets replacement.

Then attached it in the same way I took it out. There is a video in YouTube on how to install it.

I have not seen any gas leak since I did it (3 months).

I had neoprene and cork gasket. But most of the people use cork, so I followed them.

I was afraid of doing it wrong as I have 0 mechanical knowledge.

At the end, it was very easy.

I hope this helps
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On this thread you have a scheme of the full gauge parts.

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...auge+schematic
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Yeah, Don't light a match.
Yeah, I'm still chuckling and it was 20 minutes ago I read your sound advice. Do hope Steve complies.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:46 PM   #7
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Thanks fellas - much appreciate the advice ! Went over to the "dark side" (Model T's) near 40 years ago but I do have friends with A's - changing out the sunken cork float for a new guy.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:59 PM   #8
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DISCONNECT the battery first...........................FWIW.............. JMO.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:34 PM   #9
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I recently bought the gas gauge removal tools that Bert's makes. Laser cut steel, and they fit perfectly. Well worth the extra 4 bucks.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:59 PM   #10
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It's an easy job. Some clown had used a pipe wrench or screw driver on mine in the past and I found four brass washers along with two large cork gaskets and others. It was like clowns getting out of a clown car. Wow,,,how bad the gaskets and pieces smelled from that shit corn gas. I soldered the new float on using the washer that was on the old float. I got the kit from Snyders as well as the steel wrench set. It was here before I signed out of Snyders website, they're unbelievably fast on shipping. Got my paint today from brodak manufacturing to repaint the indicator as its gas proof.


It's an easy job with the right tools but my tank was dry before I started.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:28 PM   #11
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Suggestion:

Replace the float with a brass one made by:

Reenlee H. kotas
858-278-8178
San Diego

They are well made and very reasonable in price.

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Old 08-06-2019, 09:51 AM   #12
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Got 'er done - thanks Guys !
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