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Old 07-25-2012, 09:08 PM
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1973 Nova fuel line question...

Hey guys I just got a 73 Nova i'm working on and I noticed that there's two lines coming from the fuel tank. One leads to the mechanical fuel pump and the other leads to a spot right beneath the brake booster, but it's not connected to anything. I capped it off for now to spot junk from getting in there but what is that all about, anybody know? The engine is 327, carburated.
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Hey guys I just got a 73 Nova i'm working on and I noticed that there's two lines coming from the fuel tank. One leads to the mechanical fuel pump and the other leads to a spot right beneath the brake booster, but it's not connected to anything. I capped it off for now to spot junk from getting in there but what is that all about, anybody know? The engine is 327, carburated.
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IIRC originally it went to the charcoal evaporation/emissions canister.

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thx man, I guess i dont need it and I can cap it off, I dont see a charcoal evaporation/emissions canister anywhere in the engine bay. I figured it was thrown away quite some time ago. I dont suppose it would affect anything now would it?
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I think those were used before vented gas caps came about. If you have a vented gas cap, you may be ok. The tank has to be vented someway.
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Ah ok, I'm going to go ahead and check the cap and make my determination from there.

Also as far as electrical goes, all I have to hook up is the Alternator, Starter, coil and distributor wires to get it going. The wires are all there and I dont think theres anything else to it with such a simple system. I'm trying to get it rolling today.
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I think those were used before vented gas caps came about. If you have a vented gas cap, you may be ok. The tank has to be vented someway.
That's right, you can see in the last diagram it provides a means for venting the tank. In another car I used a fuel filter, pointing downward in a protected area inside the fender to protect it from water, etc. to serve as a vent because I didn't trust the gas cap alone would have enough flow to keep up w/the fuel flow out of the tank along w/the changes in tank pressure from temperature.
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