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    • #57735
      claf
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      While I try to understand the relationship of the loop in the tach wire to the connection I have another easy question. What Is the easiest sequence to assemble the fuel tank and the connecting pipes ? Again, I didn’t disassemble this car and the workshop manual leaves a lot to be desired. Thanks, Bob

    • #64151
      alpine-64
      Member

      Bob,

      I havent done the tanks personally, and depending on how assembled the car is will make a difference, but i believe the rear cross over pipe can be the real pain along with the joining sections to the saddle tanks. If you do a google search of the SAOCA board for tank removal I think it was Jim Stone who gave a good run down of his process and may have posted some pictures.

    • #64152
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      if i’m removing the tanks i usually remove the trunk springs and then remove the bolts in the wheel well, then remove the bracket at the back. then i loosen the clamps at the tanks and then remove the tank, leaving the hoses on the cross tube. on the right side you need to remove the gas cap and the rubber filler hose to remove the tanks. then loosen the clamps holding the angled tubes and remove them. to remove the cross tube you need to loosen and remove the gas line fitting. then lift it out. we always replace the hose since you need to do some prying if they are the original hoses.

    • #64154

      As the manual usually says, just the reverse of taking it out.
      I lay the cross tube in loosel then the tubing and elbows, followed by the tanks.
      Make sure you have the cross balancing vent tube in beforehand, the tube which connectes both tanks on top.
      The hardest part is to get this vent tube and the filler tube connected and tightened withe the filler cap. Tighten all tubes and connect the fuel line to the pump next.
      Robert

    • #64158
      claf
      Member

      Very interesting Robert. I’m not sure I have a balance tube in the pile of crap that came with the car. What is the approx length of that tube. Is at straight (mostly) and what diameter? Once I know what it looks like then I can check out the piles and boxes. Everything else you mentioned I have identified so I’m mostly good to go. Thanks, Bob

    • #64161

      And replace all the wire hose clamps with lined one’s !

    • #64175

      Hi "CLAF",

      That balancing tube is about 7.5 feet long and about 1/2" in ID, 3/4" OD. If you find the hose piece coneting the fuel lid with the tank, you will see the side port. It is a small side appen metal connector.
      Robert
      PS See if you can obtain a parts book. That will help you tremendously!

    • #64176
      claf
      Member

      Thanks to all the people who responded. I found the balance pipe, it was still in the car but I didn’t recognize it until it was described. I now have all the parts. Is there a way to test the fuel gauge sender before getting all this stuff bolted in ? I have a multi-meter but have no idea what the ohm readings should be between empty and full . Also is the rubber connector on the fuel inlet side available ? Mine "looks" ok but probably should replace it while it’s all apart. Bob

    • #64177
      Jim Stone
      Participant

      I don’t have the answer on how to test the float, but do have a suggestion for you. When you are reassembling everything, put a dab of white paint about 1" from the ends of the connecting points on the tanks and the cross-over tube. (I am just guessing the 1" measurement from memory, but the exact amount should be pretty obvious once you install the tanks, lay the tube in place and hold the connector hoses in place.) The hoses are a bear to get to slide far enough up to seal completely and too thick to be able to feel how much they are over the pipes. That drop of paint will give you a good indication of when enough is enough and prevent leaks.

      Oh, and is this the rubber connectors you are looking for: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Sunbeam- … ccessories? If so, they are readily available from either Sunbeam Specialties or, as in the case of this auction, Classic Sunbeam.

    • #64180
      Jim Stone
      Participant
      quote alpine_64:

      Bob,

      I havent done the tanks personally, and depending on how assembled the car is will make a difference, but i believe the rear cross over pipe can be the real pain along with the joining sections to the saddle tanks. If you do a google search of the SAOCA board for tank removal I think it was Jim Stone who gave a good run down of his process and may have posted some pictures.

      Actually, my discussion was more about the process of cleaning and lining the tanks, although there was some good discussion on the latter. http://www.sunbeamalpine.org/forum/show … php?t=8845 The thread you are probably thinking of is this one: http://www.sunbeamalpine.org/forum/show … php?t=5559 No pictures in either, though. 😀

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