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3/4" fuel hose?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Birdman, May 18, 2004.

  1. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2003
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    Hi Everyone,
    I'm replacing some hoses in the 308 since I have the airbox off for the carb tweak. I'm wondering about those 3/4" "breather" hoses that connect the crankcase to the airbox and the cylinder heads. Since there is exhaust and fuel type stuff in those, I'm thinking that I need to use something that is safe for fuel, but nobody local has any 3/4" fuel line and they don't know where to get it. Anyone have any advice on the type of line to use and where to get it? One guy told me just to use heater hose, but I think that would be a mistake. Thoughts?

    Thanks

    Birdman
     
  2. 4re gt4

    4re gt4 Formula 3

    Apr 23, 2002
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    Someone had put heater hose on my car and, yes, they do puff up and get soft.

    However, I've had absolutely no problem getting 3/4" fuel hose. Just call around to parts houses. The last that I bought was made by Gates.

    If 'regular' parts houses don't seem to have it, try those catering toward big trucks. Also available is 3/4" hydraulic hose, which is stiffer and overkill.
     
  3. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

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    Hmmm. I have called 6 auto parts places and none have it nor know of anyplace that has it. I searched Froogle and saw that marine places seem to carry it. I called my local marine place and they don't have it. I guess I'm going to have to order it from an on-line marine place!
     
  4. 4re gt4

    4re gt4 Formula 3

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    BTW, just for grins, look up the price of these hoses on owners.ferrari.com. Little 3" pieces are something like $40!!

    I'll be glad to send you some if you have trouble locating it.
     
  5. don_xvi

    don_xvi F1 Rookie

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    Heck, it's just PCV. No pressure, no vacuum. You could probably go to Home Depot and get something in 3/4" that's clear and would let you see your PCV vapors flow! LOL
    I wouldn't sweat the heater hose too much. Heck, the stuff on my car made it just about impossible to squeeze that PCV tube in between the valve covers! But then again, that's not what I'm planning to use when I replace it.......
     
  6. Mark 328

    Mark 328 Formula Junior

    Nov 6, 2003
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    Birdman:
    McMaster Carr has this type of hose (Nitrile rubber) --go to http://www.mcmaster.com/ and search for fuel hose. The catalog says they only ship in 3' lengths, but they have shipped in shorter lengths. Their service is excellent and quick.
    They also have heavy duty, large Dia. fuel hose at boat supply places like West Marine etc.
    Good Luck,
    Mark
     
  7. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

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    Thanks Mark! Funny, I just looked it up on McMaster Carr about an hour ago and saw they had it. They have everything!! The only thing I hate about them is the prices are high and the shipping costs are a mystery until you place the order. On the other hand, they have it. I think they are the best bet, thanks.

    Birdman
     
  8. Gianluca

    Gianluca Formula Junior

    May 6, 2003
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    I am surprised you find their price high. They seem pretty reasonable to me.
    There are no surprises about the shipping. Usually 7-8 bucks sometimes a bit more depending on what you buy. If you order now, you may get it tomorrow or the day after at the latest.
     
  9. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

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    What I mean about their shipping is that they do not quote it in your order. You don't find out what you paid for shipping until you get the order in the mail. The first couple times this is unnerving until you realize that their shipping is reasonable. I'm just surprised that with such a complicated and thorough website, they can't quote shipping costs when you place the order.

    Birdman
     
  10. Gianluca

    Gianluca Formula Junior

    May 6, 2003
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    You do have a point.
    I guess that the merchandise can come from a variety of warehouses as well as the manufacture. That may make it impractical to quote on their site. Just a guess, however.
     

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