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waynearny 09-29-2012 08:10 PM

51 F3 Fuel Pump Rebuild; check valve replacement
Everyone: I'm in the process of rebuilding the fuel pump on my '51 F3. I've got all the seals and parts, but I can't get the two check valves out that are in the top lid of the pump. Any suggestions? Thanks. Wayne Arny

rikard 10-01-2012 02:15 PM

Wow the last time I dealt with a rebuildable fuel pump, Elvis was still alive.
On my 55 223 I used a pipe cleaner to dislodge a stuck ball from the fuel pump. On other things a shot of compressed air or copper wire can be used. The copper wire is softer than most metals so it shouldn't gouge or damage machined surfaces.

waynearny 10-02-2012 10:59 AM

Rikard, Thanks! I was able to find the manufacturer of the kit up in Massachusetts. Indeed, they manufacture kits mostly for fuel pumps that were in use long before anyone knew of Elvis! The mechanic there advised me to use brute force to pry the old ones out, as they are a press fit. I'll try that and see how it goes, before I resort to buying a new one, of which there are many out there! Wayne

rikard 10-03-2012 10:03 AM

Small world- I live in Mass.

mikewayne 11-10-2012 03:51 AM

Rebuilding the fuel pump seems to sound a big thing, at least for novices like me. and for updating such a good informative post about it.

waynearny 11-10-2012 09:37 AM

Actually, it wasn't that difficult, just "unknown." The good news about the cars/trucks of the 50s & 60s is that there are usually good manuals available in print or in digital format with a lots of data available on line. And there seem to be lots of parts out there and people reproducing them. (Try finding things/info for a 1910 Hupmobile! Or better yet, the 1922 Velie I had for a while!) In this case, I found the kit on line and ordered it. When it came to installing the two valves, I couldn't get the old one out, so I called the company who sold it to me. In many cases the sales site will have experienced mechanics working there, and they'll have an answer for you. In this case, they didn't know, so they gave me the name and number of the kit manufacturer. They in turn told me how to punch out the old valves and install the new ones! Good luck!

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