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Old 05-14-2021, 08:19 PM   #1
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A few months ago I started a thread about replacing my gas gauge float with a champagne cork. I am sad to say, but my A rejected the cork today. I wish I could find a beer cork so I could see if she just wasn't highbrow.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:32 PM   #2
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Stay away from a High Life cork, its the "champagne" of bottled beer.
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I've been running the cork from a bottle of bubbles for years without issue. After skewering it in the wire, I dipped the whole thing in tank sealer. If it is supposed to keep fuel in, I figured it should keep fuel out.
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:31 PM   #4
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Have you tried removing the cork from the bottle before using it as a float.
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Old 05-15-2021, 09:34 AM   #5
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I used the brass float from Mike's. Works good. I recommend it.
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Old 05-15-2021, 10:14 AM   #6
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When launching a newly restored car, break the bottle of champagne on the bumper not the fender. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old 05-15-2021, 06:39 PM   #7
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Personally, I'm curious to know what type of failure it was. Did it get soft and fall off? Or break into a thousand tiny pieces now hopelessly lost in the fuel tank?

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Old 05-15-2021, 06:50 PM   #8
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My float rod rusted off inside the cork. The cork floated around in the tank. Was able to fish it out through the gauge hold. I had a new one on the shelf for about 15 years, "the
complete gauge", and installed it. I also made a gauge like one of the members posted a
few days ago out of a aluminum ruler, just for such as this happening.
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Old 05-15-2021, 07:53 PM   #9
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A better solution is to install a brass float. Reenlee H. Kotas can be found on line.

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Old 05-15-2021, 08:16 PM   #10
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Have you tried removing the cork from the bottle before using it as a float.
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Old 05-16-2021, 04:09 PM   #11
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So, I filled the tank and it still was between 0-1/4; drove home, and the next day the gauge was working. We all have our gremlins, but mine just likes to mess with me.
I guess that the large diameter of the cork got hung up on something. What that could be, I'm not sure.
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