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Old 01-09-2008, 01:47 AM   #1
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Default fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

Im about to order some fuel line 3/8 for my build and dont really know what material to choose. Chrome, aluminum or stainless???
what are the difference between all of them. The pros and cons of each. Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:04 AM   #2
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

I prefer stainless but you need to make sure you get annealed otherwise you won't bend or flare it, Aluminium is good too.
In the U.K. we have Kunifer which is a Copper/Nickel alloy which is great stuff as it flares/bends easily and is totally rust proof, Not sure if you have it in U.S. though ???
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:07 AM   #3
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

Chrome peels.
Stainless is a pain to bend,flare, and sometimes cut.
Aluminum rules.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:30 AM   #4
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

Aluminum will be the easiest to work with.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:37 AM   #5
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

don't forget copper
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:41 AM   #6
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

I always used copper because it was easiest to work with. Most show rods I've seen use polished stainless.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:50 AM   #7
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

aluminum is the easiest to work with make sure its fastened securely or it will crack from vibration.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:07 AM   #8
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The new fuel blends will attack aluminum.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:20 AM   #9
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

i just go down to Napa and get 3/8" steel fuel lines
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:22 AM   #10
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

How is the car going to be used? Parked in a garage most of the time or sitting on the street? Will it have mirrors under it at the show? Driving in harsh climates regularly?

I think SS on most rods is over kill. Do we really need to spend 300 bucks on brake lines? The good old galvanized steel fuel and brake lines will last 30 years on a daily driver. How long will it last on a garage car? You can polish it. Give it a coat of rattle can clear and it will last beyond our years and still look great.

I'm a cheap skate for sure but I just think all the SS shit is just keeping up with the Jone's or just plain bragging rights. Then we turn around and ask why is our hobby so costly?

I don't care how they do it in California! Haven't heard that one in a while have ya?

I don't like the bulk rolls because I can never get it straight enough for my tastes. I buy the longest straight pieces that the local parts store has (no shipping costs) and use a coupling where necessary. You want a neat job? Make a small off set before entering the coupling and after leaving the coupling to keep the tubing flat against the frame. That gives a professional look to it. It's usually easier to install in shorter segments anyway. Buy a good bender and plan out a nice neat path with as few bends as possible.

To me aluminum is for race cars and is hard to make a clean installation same as the bulk steel. JMHCSO
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:31 AM   #11
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

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i just go down to Napa and get 3/8" steel fuel lines
Yea if it ain't show show car steel is the way to go.

I use some aluminum under the hood but I try real hard not to run alcohol.
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:43 PM   #12
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

I'm afraid that is an old wives tale, If you get the correct stuff it will flare & bend easily.


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Chrome peels.
Stainless is a pain to bend,flare, and sometimes cut.
Aluminum rules.
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:36 AM   #13
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Steel was always good enough for me.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:14 PM   #14
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I'm afraid that is an old wives tale, If you get the correct stuff it will flare & bend easily.
Do you have a brand name? I have used swagelok, Earls ( which bent well enough, but cutting and flaring was a pain due to how thin it is...seemed to want to split at it's internal seam.) Russel (complete junk.) and Aeroquip Stainless tubing.

I'm not old or anyones wife, and I am telling you the tale of what a pain it was for me.

I like the Aluminum because minor changes are easier to make. and it won't rust.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:17 PM   #15
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The new fuel blends will attack aluminum.

Boy, if that's the case, all those cars out there with aluminum heads are in trouble, right? And pistons...whew! We're all screwed!

The new fuel blends attack rubber, Bro.
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Old 01-11-2008, 03:53 AM   #16
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

I use Speedway S/S line, Its whats called annealed which basically means soft, I can bend it round my finger easily and double flares no problem.


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Do you have a brand name? I have used swagelok, Earls ( which bent well enough, but cutting and flaring was a pain due to how thin it is...seemed to want to split at it's internal seam.) Russel (complete junk.) and Aeroquip Stainless tubing.

I'm not old or anyones wife, and I am telling you the tale of what a pain it was for me.

I like the Aluminum because minor changes are easier to make. and it won't rust.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:13 PM   #17
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

What causes gas to eat through the aluminum fuel lines?? Can this happen
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:16 PM   #18
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What causes gas to eat through the aluminum fuel lines?? Can this happen
Its the alcohol, supplements in the gas nowadays that goes after old rubber.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:27 PM   #19
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Default Re: fuel line material?? chrome? aluminum? stainless?

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aluminum is the easiest to work with make sure its fastened securely or it will crack from vibration.
Mikey's right on that. On my helo in the Navy, vibration cracks are always a top priority next to corrosion. Aluminum is a dream to work with and since you don't have two GE T-58's putting out 1200 shaft horsepower, I'd doubt vibration would be much of concern either...lol

But stainless is solid, and copper rocks. Of course, always remember chaffing. If any of them are touching a part of the car, zip or clamp a "sacrificial piece" of rubber hose or something so the line won't rub a hole in itself.

These are the clamps I've used on my cars ever since the Navy. You can get them in ANY size:
And here is a link: http://aircraftspruce.com/search/search.php
(this is ALSO a great place to find lines/hoses...there's a ton of aircraft stuff on my car)



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Old 03-23-2009, 02:51 PM   #20
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i just use the good ole cheep auto parts store gsa line after i have it bent up a little pollishing with a scotchbrite pad and it looks good too !
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