fuel line in Gas Tank


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poffutt
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fuel line in Gas Tank

Postby poffutt » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:19 am



I have cleaned my tank but broke off my steam on the petcock valve. Before I broke it off I was blowing into it to check for clear passage of the line in the tank. I could not blow threw it. Yes the petcock was open, I even tried it closed. I stuck a gutair string in it and it made it all the way to about the end of the tube and stopped.

My question. Is the line clogged or is there a one way valve in the line?



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Re: fuel line in Gas Tank

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:14 pm

I'd first remove the valve from the tank.Now if the tank is full it will run out the hole,or should.

The valve can be dissassembled by drilling out the rivits,but I don't recomend that unless you have a new rubber kit to replace it with.You should be able to check if it's pluged in the valve or the tank and work from there.

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Re: fuel line in Gas Tank

Postby poffutt » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:40 pm

Virgilmobile, I am not sure what you are talking about. I have removed the petcock valve and It is not clogged. The tank has about two gallons in it and nothing is comming out of the petcock hole. Like I said, I put a guitar string down the hole and it comes to a blockage before it comes out in the tank where that big screen is attached. I am starting to think I have a clog.

Any ideas on how to get it unclogged. I just spent $150 on this tank to clean the rust out of it. I would hate to have to buy a new tank because of a clogged line.

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Re: fuel line in Gas Tank

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:26 pm

Oh my.I thought you hadn't pulled the valve off yet.Sorry about the confusion.
I don't think that 2 gallons of gas will reach the level of the valve to drain out.
By your description,the pickup tube is in fact plugged.
I can't see the innards like you have,but one way to clear a plugged line is like this....
Let's assume that the pipe is rusted shut.
Now it's slow,but use a braided guitar string ,old spedo cable,any multi-strand wire,even picture frame hanging wire.Steel not copper.
The idea is to fray the end so it acts like a miniature wire brush.spray some WD40 down the plugged pipe and run the wire down till it stops then twist.Hopefully with a bit of work it will grind the plug out.You will have to blow or flush it out a few times.




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