Solution to a stuffed fuel pump on the Canning stock route

Submitted: Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 03:48
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saw this excellent fix for a blown diaphram in the fuel pump of a petrol 60 series cruiser on our recent trip. Gravity feed from the roofrack mounted jerry through the bonnet (complete with rubber grommet for the hole) and into the carby . Excellent. the same group had also welded the offroad hitch back onto one of the trailers with three batteries and It looked like a professional workshop job. They were certainly getting out there and giving it a red hot go
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 06:21

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 06:21
Imagine trying to do that with a more modern fuel injected vehicle. Bob.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 19:38

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 19:38
You could still use that idea with a Gu Patrol 4.2 TDI patrol if you ripped a hole in your fuel tank.. Michael.
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Reply By: member-PradoMad - Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 07:51

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 07:51
Love your profile picture!
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick T2 - Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 14:38

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 14:38
thanks PradoMad
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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 11:07

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 11:07
A friend of mine used the same technique in 1967 when crossing the Nullaboor, only the vehicle was a ex police Studebaker with Chev V8
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Reply By: splits - Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 20:05

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 20:05
Nick

My wife and I tried that trick back in the mid 1970s while driving a Holden powered Bedford van that had developed a fuel blockage between the pump and the tank. The only difference was we used the fuel tank off a trail bike that was tied down in the back. We redirected the steel fuel pipe from the carby to the pump so it stuck up through the hinged engine cover inside the van. It was then a simple matter to push the short rubber line from the bike tank over the end of the pipe then turn on the little tap under the tank and drive off with her balancing it on top of the engine cover.

The funny part came when we stopped at a service station to refuel. When the young attendent ran up to the window to serve us I said hang on a second then turned off the tap, pulled the rubber hose off the pipe, passed the bike tank out through the window to him and said fill it up please! I wish I had a photo of the look on his face.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick T2 - Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 14:40

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 14:40
$1.25 in fuel the look
Priceless
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 22:09

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 22:09
I had to do a very similair trick to a VK HDT Commodore many, many years ago. Ended up tying a 5L can to the roof via the sunroof and syphoning the tank to top up the can every ~20kms. But I hadn't realised that the casing had cracked on the fuel pump (mechanical rocker off the motor on 5L V8) and so it was leaking oil at the rate of 2l oil every time I topped up the 5L can. Got to Geralton on my own fuel but had to flag down cars for oil !!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Nick T2 - Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 14:45

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 14:45
Do you remember that TV show on ABC called the Bush Mechanics they had a story on a stuffed fuel tank where they used the windscreen washer bottle for a fuel tank and hit the washer button every time the float chamber in the carby ran dry. Thats thinking.

Cheers Nick T2
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Reply By: Axle - Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 18:31

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 18:31
My inlaws did that set up with a EH Holden on the way to Birdsville, only the M/Inlaw had a Gallon tin between her legs and a hose to the fuel pump, they had ruptured a fuel tank but managed to save some fuel and get a bit in some plastic containers they had, the funny side of that experiience was the ol girl was going to light a smoke, ol fella near had a bloody fit and grabbed it before she sent them to mars ...lol.

Cheers Axle.
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