Seems to me that I recall one of our members cautioning the group about the
fuel line fitting on the carb. Something about you don't want to tighten and
loosen that fitting too many times because it's made of soft metal (?) and
Any other precautions before I rebuild my Solex carburetor?
> Seems to me that I recall one of our members cautioning the group about
> fuel line fitting on the carb. Something about you don't want to tighten
> loosen that fitting too many times because it's made of soft metal (?) and
> will leak.
It is REAL important not to even TRY using a regular open-ended wrench
(spanner), pliers, vice grips, mole grips or grandma's Sunday-go-to-meeting
teeth when loosening or tightening that brass nut that holds the metal fuel
line in the carburetor. One needs a PROPER fuel line wrench to keep from
rounding out that nut, since its metal has all of the immense tensile
strength of warm silly putty.
A fuel line wrench is like a cross between an open-ended and a closed-end
wrench, with a small gap at its outer reach so that one can slip it over the
fuel line. It's also known as a "flare nut wrench". To see an example, go
to the SnapOn Tools' eCatalog at http://buy.snapon.com/ecat and in the upper
right search box type the part number "RXFS1416B". This should call up a
photo and description of SnapOn's 'Flare Nut, 7/16"-1/2", 6-Point, Price:
$25.75, Stock No: RXFS1416B'. Sure, this would do the trick for an
Amphi...SnapOn is the Rolls Royce of tools, but 25 bucks for a wrench is a
little too rich for most folks' blood. Expect to pay about $5 or less for a
more modestly-priced brand perfectly suitable for occasional use in any auto
parts store. Check the marked down bins, and you might get a whole set for
under 10 bucks.