Fuel lift pump (?)

Submitted: Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 20:42
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I am looking to spare my back from having to lift my 20L jerry can of fuel to refuel. I seem to remember a month or so ago about a product that is/was around that did away with the lifting of a full container. Does anyone know of such a gadget?.....silverback
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 20:46

Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 20:46
A Tanami Pump is what you need if you're transferring from an old-style steel jerry can.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 20:48

Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 20:48
Thread number 31505 is one of the ones that talked about this invention. You need an air compressor to do the pumping.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 21:03

Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 21:03
Or just your spare tyre.

I inflate the spare to 55 psi and can empty 3 jerry cans of fuel before I need to re-inflate.

Sadly they are not made any more but if you suck up to Willem, he may give you the details on making your own.

I must insure mine. It is priceless in saving my back and stopping the fuel from splashing over the Reeboks from those stupid gooseneck funnels that insist on flipping sideways when you try to pour petrol into them.

I don't even need to remove the jerrys from the A-frame on the camper.

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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 21:37

Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 21:37
Thanks Bill/Roachie, they are plastic containers. have been thinking of something like a bilge pump 12V..... or a spare fuel cap with permanent fuel hose and air valve....with all the gadgets on the market I'm amazed if there is no such product...silverback
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Follow Up By: wigger - Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 22:55

Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 22:55
Willem gave me advice on how to make up a pump. My cans were sceptre 23l plastic with comparable dimensions to Willow j/cans.
Get a tubeless valve fitting and take out the core so that you have an unobstructed fitting . Get a 100mm legth of 4mm pipe (I can't remember the exact diameter but the valve fitting has got to be a tight fit onto the pipe. The rubber end goes on to the pipe and the threaded end can be hooked up to an old tyre pump. This is the bit that pressurizes the j/can.
Get a 550mm length of the same diameter pipe(or whatever length gets to the botttom of your type of J/ can).
Cut out a 28mm metal disc and drill two holes through it (same diameter as bits of pipe. Braze these into place. Use the threaded fitting that comes with the j/can to secure the disc tight I used a rubber washer to ensure air tightness.
Fit a bit of hose over the end of the 550mm pipe and stick it in your tank . Give the old tyre pump a few prods and siphon effect takes over. If you measure the pickup pipe carefully , you can get it to touch the bottom and get virtually all the fuel out.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roscoe ET (QLD) - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 18:34

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 18:34
David,

I don't know whether you're an ebay shopper but if you're specifically after a 12v pump there's a 12v marine fuel pump, 12l/pm suitable for cars and boats. Looks fairly robust, you should have no trouble locating it, just do a search for "electric fuel pump" it's heading is 12 VOLT MARINE FUEL PUMP,12L/PM CARS AND BOATS.

If you're not in to ebay I'd say someone like Whitworths or Bias Marine would have one. Thats' ebay.com.au to not the worldwide one.
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Reply By: Member - Agroe (WA) - Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 22:54

Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 22:54
David, I use a facet style electric fuel pump with inlet hose long enough to reach the bottom of the jerry can. The outlet hose is as long as you need to reach the filler. The main bonus i like is if you need to do a fuel filter on the side of the road you can prime the fuel system easily. just pop it in before the filter. If you have lift pump problems etc just plumb it in to get your self going. I use it all the time in a workshop situation. Will work on petrol or diesel . Wire up a few metres of twin core & alligator clips Agroe
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY (VIC) - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 12:38

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 12:38
Gday
Either use your kids or your wife to do the lifting. Why do you think I take Little Wes with me.

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Reply By: Von Helga - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 13:46

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 13:46
I had the same thought a few years back and got my self 10lt Jerry cans.
I carry fuel, coolant, oil in them and water in 10 lt plastic ones and it stops the wife telling me they are too heavy to carry.
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Reply By: Von Helga - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 13:46

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 13:46
I had the same thought a few years back and got my self 10lt Jerry cans.
I carry fuel, coolant, oil in them and water in 10 lt plastic ones and it stops the wife telling me they are too heavy to carry.
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