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Old 01-18-2021, 05:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if somebody is making an reproduction of a 1935 Ford hydrostatic sending unit? Tanks Inc. used to have them but they no longer list it. I've checked Carpenter, Drake and a few more places but no luck. Thanks.
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Old 01-18-2021, 06:56 PM   #2
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Old 01-18-2021, 07:30 PM   #3
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Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts in Oklahoma city lists one in their catalog.
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Old 01-19-2021, 12:50 AM   #4
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No repops that I know of.If you are looking for the whole unit there was an original one advertised on the V8 Club classifieds.Here is his email:route66kix@hotmail.com
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Old 01-19-2021, 01:17 PM   #5
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This is what I'm talking about. What exactly is it? Thanks.
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Old 01-19-2021, 01:23 PM   #6
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It's what's being offered today by various vendors as an after market sending unit for an analog gas gauge....
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Old 01-19-2021, 03:06 PM   #7
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This is what I'm talking about. What exactly is it? Thanks.

In your original post you mentioned a hydrostatic sending unit. What you pictured is for an electric gauge which Ford introduced in 1936.V8 Ford Sales in SC lists them .Here is a link

  • FUEL TANK SENDING UNIT6V & 12V
    • Year1936-1960
    • Item#99A-9275
    • Price$40.00EACH
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    • Wish List Add ToRemove FromView List

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Old 01-19-2021, 04:06 PM   #8
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John, do you have a stock Ford electric fuel gauge? If so let me know. The repo sending units work, but are not that accurate. I may have an original sender that will work for you if you are using a stock Ford electric gauge.

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Old 01-20-2021, 10:56 AM   #9
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Thank you all. I need to put some gas in it and see if it works. I have an extra one still in the box. I will peddle it. Thanks.
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:59 AM   #10
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I have never been good with fuel tank gauges. The guys in my R.G. are still poking me about running out of gas in my '49 Ford on the Rip Van Winkle bridge coming back from a V-8 Club meet in Connecticut, fifteen years ago.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:12 PM   #11
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John, old Ford guys have long memories when it comes to memorable events on tours!
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:24 PM   #12
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Hi Everyone. jkflathead, I hope this isn't too far off topic from your question of does anyone make a '35 hydrostatic sending unit.

Sorry for the longwinded post, feel free to skip!

I don't know how much you drive your car, or if you want it to look factory correct but I have a couple of comments on how I've dealt with the 1935 hydrostatic fuel quantity gauge and 'unspecific' readings. Maybe my comments add to the topic.

I have driven long distances at times. One factor in fuel quantity for me is the tendency of my 35 and my 36 to try to spill fuel onto the fender in specific conditions. These conditions include a left hand turn, and a 3/4-ish-or-more full fuel tank.

I've also seen at least three cars on show fields that were spilling while just sitting there because their tanks had been topped-up and the heat of the day was causing fuel expansion and overflow.

Because of that I'm usually not filling more than about 5/8-ish full, and making more frequent stops. Also the fuller the tank is the more tendency of the filling process to cause burping fuel onto the fender. You might have noticed you need to fill these tanks more slowly than typical pumps flow these days at full blast. I can always get a hundred miles out of a fuel stop, and I've learned to live with this method.

Another factor is the gauge systems which differ between 36 (electric) and 35 (hydrostatic), and adjusting/calibrating their accuracy. This is assuming you can get your system to work at all and I've got doubts about making lasting repairs to hydrostatic units with their fiddly colored fluid.

Both my cars have had work on the senders, which I've found better luck with something from the period, vs. something made in the last twenty years or so.

For my '35, I ended up having a cruddy tank. So I used a '36 tank, an electric sender, and a '36 gauge in the dash (but the filler necks are different, only the '35 neck fits the '35 fender).

Even with a working system, for both my cars, it's not happening getting the gauge to work from top to bottom with any reliable data being delivered. I guess I can pull the sender, bend the float arm, and try repeatedly until I get happy, but after about three times pulling a sender it gets old.

I have ended up being satisfied with calibrating my eye to the gauge in the car, and knowing when I have about 1/4 tank left. I have only been able to do this because I've got thousands of miles on each car.

I've never run my '36 out of fuel, but I've done it more than a couple of times in my '35. The '35's gauge was missing when I got it, so switching up to the incorrect setup ended up being the way to go for me and the driver/beater quality of my '35.

Sorry for the longwinded post.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:26 PM   #13
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An annual tradition in my V-8 regional group is the "Loose Nut" award for just these circumstances. Last night our youngest member won the 2020 version for being unfortunate enough to have the drive shaft exit the pickup he was piloting.
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Old 01-21-2021, 07:12 PM   #14
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In my '33 I mounted a new tank and am using the sending unit as seen in Post #7 above but with a 1949 Ford fuel gauge to utilize the 2" dash opening. It fits without looking too far off from that era.
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:31 AM   #16
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Years ago I posted on this site how to rebuild the
Hydrostatic sending unit. I have done 5 or 6 and
they all worked good. You have to be VERY careful
with the soldering that you don't plug the small
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