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Yesterday 08:24 PM
idrivejunk Tough break on that chew toy fuel line No fun anywhere in that!
Yesterday 08:00 PM
Too Many Projects I got my son's Malibu done last weekend and drove it to a detailing shop Monday. I've always smelled gas while it was in my shop and looked around but never saw anything leaking. Tuesday on the way back, I put 9 gallons of gas in it and parked it in the shop. A couple hours later I went back out and there was a puddle of gas under the tank... I could see it was coming from the top and after reading about leaking fuel pump o-rings, resigned myself to removing the tank today to see what I could do about that. It was NOT fun getting the gas back out. It used to be, I would depressurize the system and then remove the line at the filter, stick a hose on the line and install the fuse and pump the gas into a container. NOT this car, there is NO inline filter...the only filter is in the tank. Even after, supposedly" relieving the pressure, I got a gas bath when I released the connector from the tank line to frame line. Once I got cleaned up from that and found a hose big enough to go over the connector and into the gas can, I re-installed the fuse and hit the key. The pump would run for a couple seconds and shut off because there is a sensor that detects the line pressure and if it doesn't, shuts off the pump for safety. I turned the key on and off over 2 HUNDRED times to get 8 gallons of gas out...
After the usual fight with strap bolts that aren't very accessible, and dropping the exhaust, I got the tank on the floor and there it was....a rodent nest on top of the tank and a chew hole thru the fuel line right in a bend...

I looked on-line for a repair method, rather than spending $500+ for a new fuel pump with attached line and came up with this little jewel from O'Reillys for $14..

First thing I had to do was heat the tube and get a 90 bend. NOT easy, it wanted to kink and I had to hold the thing bent and squeezed to prevent kinking while it was DANGED HOT. You can see my finger prints in the soft areas... I was wishing I had a set of bending springs for brake lines today...

I had to cut the nipple down on the short run to keep it on track but I got it together and it doesn't leak. The car starts much faster now too, as it doesn't bleed off the pressure in the fuel line while sitting.

Yesterday 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by whinny View Post
Spose you'll get back to us in 3 months,lol, lotta work there man.

Later gator
i dread every day i have to look at that pile o parts

Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Somebody say Grand Prix?!? Oh... dangit theres always asterisks in GP sentences. Its a lot of work just to have FWD junk when done, ain't it?
yup , im also doing heads on a gran am gt , motor was overeved and pulled all the rocker studs out , 12 helicoils later and the heads are ready to go back on , when i finally find the time to work on it anyways
Yesterday 07:41 PM
Originally Posted by Project89 View Post
the motor for a gran prix , really ****ty job

Somebody say Grand Prix?!? Oh... dangit theres always asterisks in GP sentences. Its a lot of work just to have FWD junk when done, ain't it?
Yesterday 07:01 PM
whinny Spose you'll get back to us in 3 months,lol, lotta work there man.

Later gator
Yesterday 07:00 PM
496CHEVY3100 Bought a 16 ton hydraulic tube bender today,will bend 1in up to 4in in 1/2 inch increments. also bought a 20 t0n Air over hydraulic jack so I can operate it up to 6 ft away..

Now I will have to learn where to mark the tube to get the bend in the right place to make the correct width:confused,
Yesterday 06:11 PM
Project89 and what has been my own hell the last few days ( gm 2.4 twin cam engine ) had to drop the cradle out of an alero , so i could get the trans for another alero , and the head off the motor for a gran prix , really ****ty job

08-23-2016 10:28 PM
MARTINSR I went with Nick to a local show tonight. Ran into a few old friends and met up with Steve and his grandson, is that little guy cute or what!

Check out the 26 Chevy, spoke with that guy a bunch, very cool car! The narrowed VW is interesting to say the least. I have a photo of this car, the last time I saw it at the Fremont Drag Strip at a Volkswagen Nationals event 30 years ago.

08-23-2016 07:53 PM
John long I had a really good day today.........Excited to get it back home and in the basement.


08-23-2016 06:27 PM
idrivejunk Almost forgetted... that stuff on the 33 fenders I was so curious about....

Fellow bodyman walks up and says "Z-Chrome". I did a search, scratched my chin and went hmmm. You can wipe or spray it. Very interesting.
08-23-2016 05:39 PM
idrivejunk I'll just drop a couple pics here then put some more on the body forum thread about this shortly. Pretty much ignored all the advice I had been given.

Flipped that patch over and the backside looked like this:

So I scraped, sanded, and wiped converter on-

...and sanded again. Look closely-

Wanna see it from the top? Pics over yonder, shortly:
08-23-2016 11:36 AM
MARTINSR Good story there BB, funny stuff.

When I chopped the top on my truck as a kid I cut plexiglass for the quarter windows. To shape them I put them in the oven then, laying in the original glass.

But I was brilliant remember, so I knew that it would be too tight a bend if it was bent to fit the inside, so I put a pack of matches (no matches in it) laying in the bottom of the glass so the plexiglass would stop bending before going to the bottom.

The pack of matches height was perfect after much calculations with the radius of the curve, thickness of the glass, thickness of the plexiglass, amount shortened, the spelling of supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus and other mathematical equations.

It worked perfectly except that the glass was a little too soft and the pack of matches put dents in the plexiglass! They stayed as I had been given the plexiglass and had no idea where you could even buy any.

Wish I had photos of that.

08-23-2016 10:28 AM
boothboy Quick side story concerning sand and hidden "cat nuggets"

Years ago while I was keeping us all safe from communism for Uncle Sam, my college going, married buddy was rebuilding a WWll Airplane (should have been studying and doing marriage stuff if you ask me!).
One day he and his buddy, a guy named Jim Lasley, (some of you old guys have seen Lasley before. Remember the guy who flew the plane through the barn for the old TV show "You Asked For It"? That was Lasley.)
Anyhow back to our story. Jim and my friend Barry were heating a bucket of sand in the stove to use to bend some plexiglass for the plane. After a while they came back into Jim's house to retrieve the sand only to discover a horribly foul smell and a large bilious Green Cloud. Apparently one should not overcook cat turds.

Now to the funny part.

A while later after Jim had opened every window and door to rid the house of the stomach turning stench, Jim's wife returns home.
Upon entering the house she sniffs the air and exclaims with glee in her voice, "Something smells good! What are we having for dinner?"

It would seem that cooking was not one of Jim's wife's specialities.

08-23-2016 06:57 AM
deadbodyman A contour template goes from right to left the full width of the roof and fits tight to the contour. As you slide it back and forth it'll tell you if the patch is flattening or too proud by either showing a gap or rocking as it goes over the patch. Making one is fairly ez and well worth the time ,all you need is a compass (for drawing circles) and a band saw or a jig saw. You basicly set a piece of wood on the roof and slide the compass over the roof drawing the roofs profile onto the wood (scribing), then cut out the line and test fit,it should be very close, then you sand the wood until the wood fits tight to the roof. Now you have an exact profile of the roof. set your patch in the hole and shim it up until its flush with the roof in a few spots,put your shims between the patch and the flange. Put one tack in the middle ,one in front and one in back to hold the patch in place. grind the tack flush so the template will slide back and forth. check the contour as you tack and grind.
If you take the flange out you'll need to make a brace or two for support but I think I'd leave the flange in to save some money on labor.
This is a sure way to not have a flat spot or a big lump when your done and it'll need hardly any filler.
08-23-2016 06:22 AM
Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
I can offer a trick to make the job less frustrating right from the get go. Have you ever made or used a contour template?
We have one but it's only about a foot long and is busted. I have often used cardboard and bent rods to check as I go.
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