Carburetor precautions

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by DAVIS,BRIAN R, Feb 10, 2001.

  1. DAVIS,BRIAN R
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    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
    will leak.

    Sound familiar?

    Any other precautions before I rebuild my Solex carburetor?

    How do you set the proper float level?

    Thx, Brian Davis
    Red '66
     
  2. Bill Connelly
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    > 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
    > 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.

    ~Bilgemaster~
     
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