[DMCForum] The Village Idiot Returns -- Tank Mod Suggestions Welcome
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[DMCForum] The Village Idiot Returns -- Tank Mod Suggestions Welcome

To put the ending first: I am soliciting suggestions for securing a
plate to my former fuel pump opening. I envision a large circular disc
with a 1/4" tube stuck straight down into my Hervey baffle (filter
screen attached). I just need to hold it in place, and keep crap out
of my tank. Cutting the lip off an old baffle might be easiest...

The story: While road testing my clutch installation, engine suddenly
developed what could charitably be described as an "oil leak". Belts
were slinging it absolutely everywhere. Entire engine compartment was
coated. Dripped from the timing chain cover like the DeLorean Valdez
(didn't leave oil spots on the pavement -- left amazingly large
puddles). My brand new dual exhaust is black from barbequed oil. Has
even been slung out the louver vents all over the exterior (bet I'm
made friends at the stop light left & right).

Checked timing cover bolts -- all were tight. Reseated the lower 8 in
silicone with oversize washers to no effect.

Replaced front oil seal (one advantage of not having a muffler across
the back of your car) to no effect.

Flooded the "valley of death" as an experiment. Sure enough, water ran
into crank case and foamed my oil.

My current block has a hole in it a'la Dave Swingle (who theorizes
this will become an ever increasing problem among PRV's that have
spent majority of their life sitting outdoors).

Since I have a brand spanking new PRV sitting in one corner of the
diesel shop, obvious solution is an engine swap on the eve of Pigeon

Is carbureted A series, so I need 4-6 PSI fuel pressure. Wanted to go
mechanical, but I can't find a pump to fit my block (has a circular
opening to the camshaft, not oblong). Volvo used dual electric pumps
even in the early 1970's, not mechanical. A regulator for my current
CI pump would cost more than a rail mounted low PSI model. So too
would a low PSI pump in the existing boot. I'm looking at generic
industrial pumps, mounted to flat surface, $50 or so.

As stated, a tube will run straight down into the tank, attached to a
new low pressure line to the rear of the car. Will probably put the
pump back there simply because there's more mounting options.

Any suggestions to secure my plate to the tank?

Bill Robertson

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