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Old 06-17-2019, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Fuel pump stand with small pinholes usable?

My fuel pump stand has some pitting and a few tiny pin holes in the steel tube that goes down into the intake. It was lightly media blasted. The metal is still solid, but will the small holes be a problem? Could it lead to excessive smoke out of the breather? Should I just start looking for another in better shape?

Application is a 221 in a '40.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:22 AM   #2
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Fill them with solder to ease your worries.
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JB weld is an amazing product for filling small holes like that. I've patched gas tanks with it.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:51 AM   #4
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JB weld is an amazing product for filling small holes like that. I've patched gas tanks with it.
I thought about that, but didn't know how it would hold up to the heat inside the engine.
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I thought about that, but didn't know how it would hold up to the heat inside the engine.
Solder will.
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Old 06-17-2019, 09:22 AM   #6
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JB will hold up fine too in engine temperatures. Solder might not stick on pot metal unless you have the right rod. JB will be a permanent repair. Make sure you clean it, especially in the holes. Pack it in, then smooth the surface. It will be fine.

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That's an odd spot to rust since it's usually covered in blowby. I'd just look for a better one, that should be easy enough to come by a better one.
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I think I saw one on the shelf yesterday that I don't need. If interested, send me the particulars, and if it's the right one, it's yours for shipping. It should fit in a small flat rate box for $7.60 (if you're in the U.S.).
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Old 06-17-2019, 09:30 AM   #9
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JB will hold up fine too in engine temperatures. Solder might not stick on pot metal unless you have the right rod. JB will be a permanent repair. Make sure you clean it, especially in the holes. Pack it in, then smooth the surface. It will be fine.

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Since when is a "steel tube" pot metal?
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:53 AM   #10
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I think I saw one on the shelf yesterday that I don't need. If interested, send me the particulars, and if it's the right one, it's yours for shipping. It should fit in a small flat rate box for $7.60 (if you're in the U.S.).
That would be fantastic! It's right at 4 3/4 from the base where it bolts to the intake to the top of the tube where the breather goes. Looks like the one in the link below.

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If nobody closer gives you one I have several, you can certainly have one. PM me if need be.
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I just measured mine and it is about 3" from the base to the top, so it won't work. Sorry. Too bad; it looks NOS. After looking at it, I don'r see why you just couldn't replace the steel tube with a piece of the proper size. It looks like it's just lightly pressed in.
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I just looked at the picture you supplied and I think maybe mine might be the right one after all. Like I said, it appears to be NOS (or maybe a repop) and the top large sheet metal tube is not installed on mine. Measure the pot metal part of yours and if it's 3", we may have a winner. I don't know how much effort it would take to remove the top large tube from yours, but it might be worth trying.

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Old 06-18-2019, 08:29 AM   #14
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I just looked at the picture you supplied and I think maybe mine might be the right one after all. Like I said, it appears to be NOS (or maybe a repop) and he top large sheet metal tube is not installed on mine. Measure the pot metal part of yours and if it's 3", we may have a winner. I don't know how much effort it would take to remove the top large tube from yours, but it might be worth trying.
Thanks, i'll measure it today when I get home from work.
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That's an odd spot to rust since it's usually covered in blowby.
Probably not from rust. More likely from a porous casting of pot metal.
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My fuel pump stand has some pitting and a few tiny pin holes in the steel tube that goes down into the intake. It was lightly media blasted. The metal is still solid, but will the small holes be a problem? Could it lead to excessive smoke out of the breather? Should I just start looking for another in better shape?

Application is a 221 in a '40.
A direct quote from the original post.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:30 PM   #17
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Here's what I have. Oh, by the way, after I looked at it, I don't think it will fit in a "Small Flat Rate Box". Better plan on over $10 for shipping.
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:11 AM   #18
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Here's what I have. Oh, by the way, after I looked at it, I don't think it will fit in a "Small Flat Rate Box". Better plan on over $10 for shipping.
Yeah, that's the one. I measured just the cast part and it's right around 3 inches tall. I think between the two I could make one good one. I'll send you a private message.

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