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Old 02-21-2013, 04:27 PM
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Hi all, I had my first go at drag racing last weekend and had a ball. Even managed a couple of respectable times Unfortunately my car died 200 meters from home at the end of the day. On closer inspection in turns out my fuel pump had destroyed itself. One magnet had become unstuck in the electric motor and had been rubbing on the armature. The magnets were in pieces and everything smelled real bad from the heat. The pump was one of Holleys newish hp series pumps rated at 150gph. I could just purchase another one the same and put it back in, but am concerned it might do it again. Was this just a bad pump or are these units not that great? If so then what would be a good pump for me to use that won't cost me a small fortune? My engine is a 408 sbc with AFR 195 heads, decent cam etc etc pumping out around 450 horse's. I pull about 6500rpm and the car should be good for some high 12s on the quarter. Do I need the 150 gph pump or could I run something a bit smaller? I drive this car on the street mostly with wife and kids with me so something quiet is definitely required.

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Why not just use a mechanical pump? They are way more reliable than inlines.
If you are set on the electric pump then use a holley blue or red. One is quieter than the other, can't remember which.
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I'd call holley
1) to see if they'll replace it
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2) they might want to see the failure to see if it was a faulty pump or design..

and where you running a return line? or was it deadheaded.. at the regulator..
as that = death to pumps..
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Good idea about calling holley.
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Have to agree about getting in touch with Holley, I plan to do that. I can't run a mechanical pump as there is simply no room between my engine and the chassie rail. I'm not going to run a Holley blue or red as I've spoken to just too many people that have had issues with them. Done lots of asking and the outcome seems that the little 100gph carter pumps will pump plenty, are super reliable and quiet.
I haven't got a return system but am thinking I about changing it to one.
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ya fuel flowing through the pump cools it, with no return line you are cooking it.. but call holley you never know they might replace it..
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