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  1. Big Mac
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    I'm looking for some ideas... I have a flathead w/2x2's and have decided against the tried-and-true clear red fuel line. I think I'm going to make my own lines w/copper. Since the HAMB typically has people that have already done what I'd like to do, and MUCH better than I could ever do it, I would love to see what you guys have done. Help me get the juices flowin! Who's built their own fuel setup on a flathead w/more than one carb? Thanks.
     
  2. Jimmy Tee
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    Copper lines are Cool, and a much better look than the Clear Red Fuel lines.
    Here is a set-up of a fellow Hamber. I'll be running the same intake when I get mine on the Road so will be replicating this set-up somewhat.

    I live in the over regulated state of Victoria/Australia where Copper Fuel lines are outlawed because they can split at the seam in the event of an Accident.

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  3. Retro Jim
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    I agree The Oz Rat . Copper looks really nice and they bend and form very easily too ! You can also use steel and powder coat them to match the engine color or even spray paint them .
    As for the red plastic lines ...I just can't stand the look of them on an engine ! They just look cheap to me for some reason .
    Just my opinion .

    Retro Jim
     
  4. oldiron73
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    Nice Job on this one.
    Stock heads and paint combo and some extra things look real nice.
     

  5. Jimmy Tee
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    That car is owned by 'greazhonkey' here on the Hamb...... Check out his profile to see more of the car..... Agree with you 'Retro Jim', Red Fuel Lines are too Street Roddish for me.
     
  6. carbking
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    Copper was used as original for 80 years; but yes, it CAN fatigue and crack. Most original copper fuel lines contained a "anti-vibration" coil or loop to reduce the probability of failure. If one uses copper, the loop is a great idea.

    Jon.
     
  7. johnny bondo
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    red fuel lines street rod??

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    1957 edelbrock that was posted here.
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  8. johnny bondo
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    somebody else posted this. love it.
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  9. Jonny69
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    Mine looks most like the one posted by Johnny Bondo except it's got a solder fitting for the T piece rather than a compression fitting.

    And mine isn't shiny. Or as neat.
     
  10. Big Mac
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    Wow, that's real clean. I love it.
     
  11. Automotive Stud
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    Check my profile pics you can see my dual carb setup.
     
  12. JeffreyJames
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    These type are my favorites when it comes to 2x2 intakes. I love doing with out a fuel block to clean things up but really only on a 2x2. This one is perfection.

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  13. zgears
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  14. loudpedal
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    Here's one I've done in the past...

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  15. Bruce Lancaster
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    The easiest possible setup is a very minor variation of the one in J. Bondo's picture...
    Use pre-terminated 1/4" brake line (any length that will supply enough stock) or if you want copper, 1/4" copper wit one end of each piece flared for compression.

    Get one Tee fitting made for the brake lines for dual, two for a triple, and a hatful of Ford nuts, the nuts used on stock fuel lines with little round ferrules.

    Screw a cut-off piece of the brake line into each hole in the Tee using the pre-installed flare and fitting.

    Hold the unwieldy thing up to your carbs, WITH radiator hoses, generator, etc. in place so you don't do anything too stupid. Cut the line that is 90 degrees to other two off at a suitable length to go into rear carb...when you get a good length, deburr and slide on the Ford nut to install it. Bend and cut the forward leg til it reaches the front carb with a suitably aesthetic curve, add Fordnut, run last of the lot to the fuel pump with a third Ford nut.
    Complicate as needed for triple or quad. Requires no flaring (unless you use copper), uses pre-terminated line from the parts store.
     
  16. Pete1
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    This is done with braid lines.
    It would be the same for 2 or 4 carbs.
     

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  17. Big Mac
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    I love that "connecting rod" throttle linkage! CooL!
     
  18. Antny
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    Agreed. They look like brake arms from a motorcycle. Hmmmm, gotta go rumage through my motorcycle bits now.....
     
  19. bloodyjack
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    I used ready made brake line from my local Napa could be copper, they even had the Weatherhead 59X4 1/4" tube to Stromberg 97 fitting in stock

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  20. uncle max
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    Kris - You forgot to mention those carbs used to look like they were brought up from the Titanic...
     
  21. loudpedal
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    That's why I love you Max. You can turn carbs from near junk to jems.
     
  22. Here is a couple of lines I did in steel
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  23. AJofHollywood
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    Who need steel or copper lines, rubber is just as good --cheap & easy. Just like they use to in the 50's --and this one is from the 50's.

    That fuel block is made by EELCO, not a lot of imagination went into that one.
     

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  24. uncle max
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned banjo fittings... Definitely the way to go in some applications.
     
  25. thunderbirdesq
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    Here's mine, weiand fuel block, copper lines, stock early ford compression fittings...

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  26. dmw56
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    There are some good ideas here. But I'm sure there are more out there. More pictures please!
     
  27. Jimmy2car
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    Just steel brake line from NAPA with a small gauge
     

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  28. 40desoto
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    Would like to revive this post by adding this picture and a question-
    What is the best method to keep copper-nickle lines polished and shiny?[​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  29. Petejoe
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    I’ve had those mounted on my 8ba for years.
    Be sure you mount these solidly and don’t connect them to the firewall. They will work harden.

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    I used Mother’s to keep them shiny.
    They stay good for a few months and do it again.
     
  30. Beanscoot
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    Anyone know what this fitting (brass cross) is? It looks like a three way flare with one pipe thread, which I've never seen in the various brass fittings catalogs.

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