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454 Rattler 04-02-2013 03:02 PM

Aluminum Fuel Line ?
 
Anyone have a reason that I should NOT use Aliminum fuel line in a Street Rod ?

Bear in mind that this car sits unused for several months over the winter.

THANKS !!


454 RATTLER

killeratrod 04-02-2013 03:22 PM

aluminum just does not compete with stainless , yes it is cheap, but it does not take bends well and after you unwind what you need you just can not make it run a strait line. also when you try to flare it, it does split fast. Spent the extra cash and use stainless. And have a job well done.

35terraplane 04-02-2013 03:52 PM

I don't think you need stainless, besides some of that will split as fast as alum. just plain old steel brake line will work great, you can use a bender on it, it will flare good, and run straight, plus you can get it at any parts store.

Bob

gearheadslife 04-02-2013 04:09 PM

they make a line out of a copper/nickle combo.. thats as easy to work with as alum without the flare splits and ethnol screwing with it..

AGS Company - NiCopp Products


cheaper than s/s and not the p.i.t.a. that s/s is to bend/flare/ and doen't rust

bentwings 04-07-2013 10:10 PM

I used aluminum tubing and AN fittings on my car ans have not had any problems. I have to let it sit over the winter and don't see any problems with that either.

I would be best if you use a flex line on both sides of an electric fuel pump or the pump sound will transmit thru the frame.

Irelands child 04-08-2013 06:23 AM

Aluminum fuel line is fine. There is virtually no pressure, it's fairly corrosion resistant, is very easy to work with and is much less expensive then stainless. While I didn't use it in the current car have on previous with great success. Another and possibly better alternative are the 5/16 and 3/8 inch steel brake/hydraulic lines which you can get in lengths to at least 6 feet or longer rolls. It can be easily bent, double flare fittings used as well. Any auto supply house will have whatever lengths you need

454 Rattler 04-08-2013 07:55 AM

Thanks, guys ! I knew I could count on you.


454 RATTLER

BigMo 04-08-2013 02:55 PM

Used it for years on many a high powered street/strip car and had no problems, however, ya gotta use grommets at every pass-through cause it will vibrate and wear to failure......just sayin

SpiderGearsMan 04-13-2013 06:38 PM

ran nice anodized aluminum before ...no trouble

techinspector1 04-20-2013 12:55 PM

The key to longevity with any fuel line is to secure it so that it cannot flex. Here is an example of an Adel clamp that I might use with 1/2" aluminum line. I'd use one every 12" or so along the frame rail or bottom sheet metal of the car.
Mr Gasket ADEL Hose MOUNT CLAMPS - JCWhitney

NEW INTERIORS 04-20-2013 02:35 PM

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All I ever use is the same clamps as tech posted..I use them on a lot of things, Brake lines,hoses,fuel lines, and so on.. Never had one go bad yet...

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/atta...1&d=1366490036

1930u 04-22-2013 03:57 PM

I like the cushion clamps too and Tractor Supply stocks them in various sizes.

Irelands child 04-23-2013 05:31 AM

I've used some from Home Depot - but there is a caveat to what I use. They have to be stainless and not all from sources like HD or Tractor Supply are. Hopefully it say SS or else find a magnet to check (some SS are mildly magnetic)

Dave W

454 Rattler 04-23-2013 07:05 AM

I went with a steel line and the cushioned clamps this time.

I have used the aluminum line on my 427-L88 Camaro street car/JR stock racer back in the day.

Thank you guys for your replys. It's really nice to know I have someone to lean on when I have questions.


454 RATTLER

35terraplane 05-01-2013 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irelands child (Post 1669494)
I've used some from Home Depot - but there is a caveat to what I use. They have to be stainless and not all from sources like HD or Tractor Supply are. Hopefully it say SS or else find a magnet to check (some SS are mildly magnetic)

Dave W


Dave some s/s is magnetic, none of the 300/ series. There are some 400/ seies is, such as 416 is a little, then some of the oddball stuff that is also.

Bob


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