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1/2" ID clear fuel line

Hi bro's,

I'm looking for 1/2" ID fuel line for my rod. I have an old beer keg for a gas tank and I've set it up to have a clear fuel line vertical to the tank showing the amount of fuel in the tank. I need 1/2" ID clear so I can see it! I'm checking the usual auto parts places and no luck. Any help?
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clear lines are not a good idea if you plan to go to the track someday?
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What Vinnie said, NHRA has a rule about flexible neoprene fuel lines and where they can be installed, I was called on it for my GO tri-power setup years ago at Carlsbad Raceway. Back then on the carb was OK, not from the motor to the chassis. Basically, it it can be ruptured, pulled, stressed, etc., while the vehicle is being driven, not allowed.
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I think a series of threaded sight glasses superior to the system you propose, much safer and accomplishes the same thing. All you need are a series of welded on threaded bungs to your tank, three would be all you need...one at 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 full.

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Beer barrel fuel level indicator ? I would go for the 10" one from the link posted from 4 Jaw Chuck...
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I agree with the others that it's not a real good idea, but to answer your question, here is some 5/8" x 3/8" line......
6' Lot of 10 Clear Tubing Plastic Tygon Fuel 5 8OD 3 8ID Unused Line Vehicles | eBay
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Also check Home Depot and Lowes, they have a large selection of tubing, in small take home or huge 'by the foot' rolls.
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Also check Home Depot and Lowes, they have a large selection of tubing, in small take home or huge 'by the foot' rolls.
Needs to be compatible with fuel.
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How about using a marine or motor cycle gas cap with built in guage?
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certified ?

Is any of the clear lines certified for Fuel? I had some clear about 50 years ago, engine heat softened it , and it started leaking and I had a fire, even though I used worm drive clamps.
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Needs to be compatible with fuel.
I agree. When I used hardware store tubing it was in the '60's, without any problems, either I got lucky with appropriate tubing or no ethanol was my savior.
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Thanks man,

No plan to go to the track. I got an answer that using sight glass in 3 places on the tank, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 would work good and safe too.

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In that case heat won't be an issue, just compatibility like Richard said if you're still talking soft hose.
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That's an awesome idea! The only problem is I've got a 2" pipe thread for the intake and cap. I'm not sure I could find a compatible cap, but maybe I could modify it some how.
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I think it would be good since it's not near the engine "heat", I just can't find any online!
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