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Old 05-15-2018, 10:45 PM
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Guys..I'm out if ideas... I'm trying to remove the steel fuel pump inlet line, connected to the brass elbow on my 300 HP '65
Whether it's from the top, bottom, or thru the wheel wheel, I cannot get any wrench on the fitting to turn it...
My last resort is to try needle nose locking pliers from the top, I'm just not sure I can get enough torque on it...I have to be missing something... any ideas?
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I wonder if the pump and fuel line could be removed in one piece? (disconnected from the fuel filter) Once the assembly is on the bench, it would be a lot easier to separate the line from the fitting.
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Have you tried a crow's foot?
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If its that tight and difficult to get to and you can't get a "line" wrench on it then that's a problem -- nearly anything else will strip it.

Sometimes its just easier to cut the darn line close to the inlet and get a new one..

You can spend another couple of hours pizzing yourself off wrestling with it or cut the line and move on with the repair...
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Why people want to crank down on fuel lines like there is no tomorrow and distort things so the next poor soul can't get them loose is beyond me...
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I wonder if the pump and fuel line could be removed in one piece? (disconnected from the fuel filter) Once the assembly is on the bench, it would be a lot easier to separate the line from the fitting.
That might be an idea... The steel inlet line is short, maybe 4 inches or so and then there's rubber hose that runs from that to the steel tank line.. although a PITA to remove the fuel pump just to replace a bad line, it may be just worth it.
The car is at my buddy's garage, I'll take a look on Thursday.
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Iím a bit unclear. Is the problem youíre having that the fitting is tight or you donít have room to get a wrench on it. When I put my pump on, I spent a few hours just trying to get the forward bolt lined up and in. Finally took off the lower radiator hose and gave myself the room needed. Minutes later it was bolted on.
I know youíre not trying to install a pump but is something restricting your access to the fitting? Dave
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Have you tried a crow's foot?
Yes. that and a line wrench with a swivelling head.. just not enough straight-on room...
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Iím a bit unclear. Is the problem youíre having that the fitting is tight or you donít have room to get a wrench on it. When I put my pump on, I spent a few hours just trying to get the forward bolt lined up and in. Finally took off the lower radiator hose and gave myself the room needed. Minutes later it was bolted on.
I know youíre not trying to install a pump but is something restricting your access to the fitting? Dave
Don't have room to get a wrench on it...only the 250HP and 300HP SB's have this short steel line attached to an elbow which is attached to the pump.. all the other small blocks use a rubber line
The best advice so far might be to drop the pump, and leave the short line attached to it... not sure if there's enough room, but I think there is...
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Originally Posted by C2 Jeff View Post
Guys..I'm out if ideas... I'm trying to remove the steel fuel pump inlet line, connected to the brass elbow on my 300 HP '65
Is this the line/fitting that you are trying to remove?
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Is this the line/fitting that you are trying to remove?
That's the one! But with mine, the fitting is on the other side of the pump.. left side...
If it was like the picture, I think I could get it off


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I there room to come straight down with vice grips on the vertical?
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That's the one! But with mine, the fitting is on the other side of the pump.. left side...
If it was like the picture, I think I could get it off

This may be a good opportunity to install the correct fuel pump.
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I just ordered one from Long Island Corvette,,,,This one has less than 300 miles on it as it was replaced in NJ by a garage when the running pump died on the way back from a show.
I'm still gonna try to just remove the line..if I have to pull the pump, I'll replace it with the new one.. otherwise , it will sit on a shelf.
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What do you want to accomplish by removing the steel line? Is it leaking?
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What do you want to accomplish by removing the steel line? Is it leaking?
Yes...at the fitting.. and also the steel line was partially crushed, probably by the garage who installed the pump

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