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Vintage Fuel Logs / Fuel Blocks - Let's see them...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by -Brent-, Feb 13, 2008.

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  2. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,936


    Here are some pictures of my vintage fuel logs. Gary P9300025.JPG P9300026.JPG P9300029.JPG P9300030.JPG P9300032.JPG
  3. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,534

    from WA

    The set up we're putting on my '32 .... Weiand
  4. Hi!
    Joined: Oct 4, 2006
    Posts: 731

    from SoCal

    I have never seen another. From Drake/Offy fame fuel block.

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  5. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,401


    upload_2019-3-9_4-23-10.png similar photo from 1960-62 if there was one...


    We saw plenty of fuel blocks at Lions on those different race cars. But with the teenage bank accounts dictating what we could or could not buy, that set the scene. Most of us had standard factory blocks, but with the multiple carbs being the hot ticket, different fuel blocks were on the market. They were not all something our pocket books would be able to purchase. We had to save for gas and other necessities of being a teenager.

    A hot rod oriented auto shop/metal shop teacher was on our case to produce and set an example. That form of threat, spurred us on to do some different stuff. A floor shifter, stick and auto, plastic radio/shift knobs, machined knobs, lathe turned levers, and even poured, melted, aluminum, multiple fuel blocks became our work. (Or machined ones from aircraft blocks.) A finned one could have easily been made, but we were taught the fine art of sand casting and finishing. The sand cast was easier, but the look of a machined block of aluminum made the results better.

    We could make them at a lower cost than purchased at the speed shops or even Pep Boys. After the teacher told us the easiest way to start and finish the aluminum block project, it was another trip to the Douglas Aircraft Surplus Yard for little blocks of aluminum that we needed. The block line fittings could be purchased at the local auto parts store or at a speed shop. The finished project was clean, shiny, no rough edges and a smooth flow of liquid for the final test. (no leaks, too…)


    Ahhh, those fun classes made high school likable and productive. (and saved us money…) We also learned valuable skills for future endeavors. So, which method was more fun? Sand casting or machining on the mill? The technique in sand casting helped a lot in the college art class when doing sand cast projects. The other students thought it was weird that I knew how to do all of the steps in sand casting. But, on the other hand, the techniques in milling taught patience and minute skills to be used in just about everywhere.

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