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Tired of Crappy Electric Fuel Pumps!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 345 DeSoto, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. duke46
    Joined: Jan 13, 2013
    Posts: 11


    I know this is an old thread but just wanted to add something to it that I remember from the 60/70's

    I have run Carter and Holley fuel pumps for years. I am not sure if I remember reading about mounting them near the tank back then and always had them under the hood. I do remember on the instruction on a Carter I think that it would have more pressure if installed with the fittings down. Have any of you ever did that or read it in the instructions?

    The fuel pumps that I have had forever and always worked when I just needed one to start a motor or siphon gas out started quitting within the last few years but they had been in my shop on a shelf from the 80's. After reading the post on here I just wonder if the crappy gas we have with the dag corn in it is why they went bad after all that time?

    I just had a factory rail mount one that came off a late 80's Ranger that I had used for a while on my XJS so I could move it if need be until I bought a proper pump. That was maybe 3 or 4 years ago. I had used it for some testing a few weeks ago and it pushed water at 75 lbs. That is higher than I expected for what it was used on? I made sure it was all dried out and sealed the ends and put it on the shelf. When I wanted to use it the dag thing would not even fire up? Did I kill it with testing with water? That is real hard to believe but just might be the case?

    As many years that I had used the electric pumps on all brands of carbs including factory old style Ford ones I have never had to buy a regulator for one. But in the early 90's my son's fuel pump went out on his 4x4 429 from hell go mudding and have fun truck so he bought a Holley and mounted it under the hood and the thing pushed right past the floats and few days later??? as luck would have it he got the truck home and with out a lot of gas getting on the motor and our friend next door had a spare regulator and we installed it and think set it to maybe 7 lbs? and no more problems. But why did that pump work great for a few days and then raised the pressure or did it hit the floats so hard that they got weak? I never had that problem before on the olders ones. Just maybe he bought a Hi Pro one and didn't know it or they had made a lot of changes from my days when they were made for carbs and with fuel injection being used they increased the pressure of them maybe?

    I can say one thing for sure and that fuel pumps have gone out of sight it looks like now. The $20 fuel pump that the guy said he bought from NAPA back in 2011 seem to be triple the price now.:(

    Well I have learned a lot reading all the post so thanks to all.
  2. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,164


    Maybe that why good stewart-warner 240A pumps bring so much.
  3. Byrd Man
    Joined: Jan 22, 2012
    Posts: 17

    Byrd Man

    Weldon Fuel Pumps... not cheap, but very reliable and made in Oakwood Village, Ohio. I've been satified with my Weldon pump and I have never second guessed it's dependability.
  4. Good Thread . I am running a Carter electric in my 1950 Ford coupe with filter on both sides of the pump. An important issue not mentioned in any of the threads and that is the emergency shut off switch to stop the pump and the flow of gas in case of an emergency If you have a wreck , hit a curb or any event that leaves the motor running and you incapacitated and unable to turn off you ignition switch. Very important to shut off. I put a Ford Mustang emergency shut off switch in the trunk which is located over the fuel pump. If you have a wreck the emergency switch will disable the fuel and lower the chance of a fire. when you are able to clear your mind and are ready to leave ,make sure your ignition sw. is off, then go open the trunk and push the reset button on the pump so the pump is active again as soon as you start your car by using the ignition sw. Also most all electric pumps should be installed near the fuel tank as the pumps work better as pushers rather than puller of fuel. Good luck ,,,, sam
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  5. speedshifter
    Joined: Mar 3, 2008
    Posts: 256


    I use aHolley red pump with Holley pressure regulator. It failed after about 20000 miles. There is a bushing for the upper end of the motor armature underneath the top endplate . There is no way to lube it & it seized after 5 yrs. My cure was to drill a small hole in the center of the endplate & put a drop of oil in that hole aprox every 5000 miles. I covered the hole with tape, or use a sealing product. I really believe the pump is very well designed & built, but has this one shortcoming. Greg
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