fuel pick-up lines plugged up


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rileysaurus
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fuel pick-up lines plugged up

Postby rileysaurus » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:43 pm



Hey everyone, great news! got my wing running today! She took her first breath in 7 years! so now that shes running, Id like to see her running off her own fuel tank. Like I said, that fuel was 7 years old and my pick-up tubes are plugged solid. I derusted the tank with vinegar and filled it with gas. I ran some mech wire through the tubes but no dice. The reserve tube seems to be getting getting gas because my wire has fuel on it when I pull it out but when I put a siphon on the petcock I get no fuel to come out. Im going to soak the tubes with carb cleaner tonight but dont know if thatll do the trick.



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Re: fuel pick-up lines plugged up

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:36 pm

I would try some seafoam instead of carb cleaner,put in a whole can and let it set for a couple of days. Then flush it out and see if it did the job. Also when you get her cleaned out and put fresh gas in add some seafoam in with the gas it will help clean you fuel system out too. good luck Hal
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Re: fuel pick-up lines plugged up

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:44 pm

Best solution get an old speedo cable put it in a drill and run it into the tube from the petcock end. Or if you work at it the right size wire can be pushed all the way through the tube.
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Re: fuel pick-up lines plugged up

Postby rileysaurus » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:05 am

good ideas guys. Im going to drain the fuel and try to dry the sludge out. I rebuilt the carbs this winter and the stuff in the float bowls looked like baby poo then dried up to dust. I think ill air dry, roto root and then seafoam the whole tank. Triple whammy!

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Re: fuel pick-up lines plugged up

Postby D2D » Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:29 pm

After you drain your tank, take a look inside at your screens and pickup tubes. If you see any rust or sludge build up a real quick fix would be to add 2 bottles of a product called "The Works". It's a bowl cleaner you can find for around $1/bottle in any supermarket laundry aisle.
Mix it with a gallon of water and slosh it around then let it sit for about an hour or two ( depends on condition of your tank). if your pickup screens and tubes are real dirty, let it sit longer. Once you have liquid flowing out through the petcock, dump the mixture out and rinse your tank with a baking soda/water rinse, then blow dry and spray a little wd-40 around the inside. Be sure to keep your gas tank full to prevent it from flash rusting after this proceedure.

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Re: fuel pick-up lines plugged up

Postby rileysaurus » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:09 am

So my tank is squeaky clean now and looking like new. I put 2 quarts of "the works" in there and filled it with water, let it sit for a week and scrubbed the walls of the tank with a toilet bowl brush. That thing looks like new now! Speedo cable worked slick on the pickup tubes too. Primary pickup required an acetone soak before she came loose but it did finally. Thanks for the great tips guys!




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