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    AN line life expectancy?

    Call me a worrier, but I just read an article in a car mag and mentioned that braided steel AN line is only good for "a few" years if used with pump gas, unless it's teflon lined. That's a good chunk of change every few years.
    I normally use Aeroquip line, and the oldest stuff I've got has been full of pump gas for 7 years now, and I've yet to see any hose debris in my carb or filters.
    I'm not about to run unprotected rubber line for my fuel lines, and hard tubing is not always practical. I know alot of you out there use this stuff- any problems over time?



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    The cost differance between stainless braid over rubber vs. stainless braid over teflon is minimal. The teflon fittings flow better than comparable standard AN fittings, and the hose will likely outlast the car. The standard AN fittings have more WOW factor, but don't work as well and are more difficult to assemble than teflon.

    I'm running hardline for most of the runs with teflon flex lines on each end.

    Many find that stainless braid over rubber hoses permeate fuel vapors. Like any rubber product, periodic inspection and replacement is needed.
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    I was under the impression that the hose ends were the same, just the hose itself was differant(?). 90% of the fuel lines on my car are less than 1 year old, so I'm not exactly going to tear it all out yet. When that time comes, though, whose line do you recommend?

    As for assembly, the Aeroquip stuff I've been using is pretty easy- a little lube and it screws right in. Comes apart pretty easy too.

    Any ideas on life expectancy with the stuff I've got? (Their website was pretty vague).

    Thanks. By the way, Carl, great Camaro- very nicely done!

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    The ends are completely different. They are usually forged steel with a zinc plating. Another bonus for teflon is that it has a much smaller outside diameter and higher pressure rating.

    Standard or teflon AN, you cannot go wrong with Aeroquip.

    Due to the many different formulations for fuels manufacturers likely won't give life expectancies. I don't know how long yours will last.
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    I change my Aeroquip fuel lines after 3 years. If I don't the fuel lines leak, and I'm only running 2.5 psi for weber carbs! I've had several hose failures when I went longer than 3 years. I really think 3 was pushing it. I only run race gas, which is probably harder on the lines.

    Oil lines last a LONG time.
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    Well, I wish I would have known earlier- damn.

    Carl- is the steel stuff still 37 degree? I looked around and the teflon lined stuff I saw in mail order catalogs is advertised as power steering and brake line mainly. Is this what you use? I'd really like to run my lines once and pretty much forget about them. (that's what I thought I was doing when I first ran them!)

    David- where do your lines leak from?

    Is it safe to assume that most rubber fuel line (given equal pres. fuel, etc.) will have the same lifespan, or is the braided AN stuff inferior in some way? I'm asking because the article I read (PHR) basically said that the "cheap" socketless line they were using would last alot longer (than braided). Are they wrong or am I missing something?

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    AN spec is 37* only. Yes, it's the brake/PS type.

    I don't know if the socketless vs. stainless braid base material is the same. But, as David pointed out, the more aggressive the formulation, the lower the life of the line.
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    I'm assuming they sell -8 and -10, but all I've found so far is up to
    -6. I guess I'll have to look deeper.
    Thanks again.

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    What does your fuel system consist of, and what are the engine specifications?

    Teflon is not available in -10. -6 and smaller is the most popular. -10 for fuel is monsterous.
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    Man my line on the TA has been on there darned near 15 years and no leaks and an electric pump dead headed. But then there haven't been alot of miles in that time

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    Quote Originally Posted by another69
    Well, I wish I would have known earlier- damn.

    Carl- is the steel stuff still 37 degree? I looked around and the teflon lined stuff I saw in mail order catalogs is advertised as power steering and brake line mainly. Is this what you use? I'd really like to run my lines once and pretty much forget about them. (that's what I thought I was doing when I first ran them!)

    David- where do your lines leak from?

    Is it safe to assume that most rubber fuel line (given equal pres. fuel, etc.) will have the same lifespan, or is the braided AN stuff inferior in some way? I'm asking because the article I read (PHR) basically said that the "cheap" socketless line they were using would last alot longer (than braided). Are they wrong or am I missing something?
    I've had no leaks near the fittings.
    The worst spots are where the hose is curved the most. One was right behind my head where the feed hose bends to connect to the LF carb, the next is where the line makes a loop over the distributor and back to the left hand carbs. I used to use Russell hose, then changed to Aeroquip stuff, all stainless steel braided, no teflon. I need to either find some two layer hose or go to all Teflon.
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    I have been using Aeroquip for many years in the aviation industry. I would only use Mil-Spec hose if you want any life out of them. Should last 10 years easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Pozzi
    One was right behind my head....
    What? No Richard Prior for you eh???
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    Carl- I'm only running pump gas, and a pretty typical 406 SBC with a mechanical pump. I currently run -8 from the tank to the pump, then -6 to the carb. (no regulator, 80gph pump) I will soon upgrade the pump and add a regulator, so I'll probably run -8 from pump to regulator, then -6 to each carb bowl. I think -10 would be ok for the inlet of the mech. pump, but probably wasted money on my motor.

    Anyway, here are the motor specs:
    GM 400 block .030 over, Scat crank + rods
    10.25:1 compression w/ flat top pistons
    Dart pro 1 200cc heads matched to RPM Airgap manifold
    HP750 carb (pro systems)
    Comp XE 284 cam (.507 .510, 240 246 @.050)

    Nothing really wild, I probably don't need a ton of fuel yet, but a solid roller is in the plans soon(the heads will probably limit me), so thats why the pump is changing.

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    Well maybe the switch to full pump gas 2 years ago from a race gas mixture from the old motor,but decided to fire up the TA for the first time in a while and after swapping carb spacers. well the dreaded AN line leakage was TERRIBLE. Dripping out until I released the presure on the line. But hey 20 years isn't bad!

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    Well, my fuel line hose failed today. 2 years of use, less than 2000 miles of driving.

    Russell ss braided stuff. I can't believe it! Made quite the mess too.

    So, I'm changing out all my hose and ends. Where can I get mil-spec stuff?

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    John,

    I would look into teflon lined hose. It is not as bendy as the rubber hose but it will not react with the fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsonsj
    Well, my fuel line hose failed today. 2 years of use, less than 2000 miles of driving.

    Russell ss braided stuff. I can't believe it! Made quite the mess too.

    So, I'm changing out all my hose and ends. Where can I get mil-spec stuff?

    jp
    Aircraft Spruce. I know your familiar with them. Aeroquip medium pressure (303 I think) or Stratoflex (don't remember the equivilent). You will need a mandrel tool to install the ends on. Let me know if I can help.
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    Thanks guys. I've just done a complete inventory of my plumbing setup and I'm going to re-do most of it in hardline. So I need some adapters and such.

    I will still need two hoses, (8AN supply, 6 AN return).

    Mike: do you have the mandrels for assembly? How would I go about spec'ing them so they fit? The 8AN supply has a 45 degree fitting on one end, and a straight on the other. The return line has a 90 degree on one end, and a straight on the other. I guess all I need to supply is the length since clocking won't matter.

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    John if you want the really nice stuff you need to get in contact with Brown and Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS) here in Charlotte they make 90% of the hose used in nasty car and its there own proprietary hose every thing is crimped= very light. In my opinion the best hoses you can get. Its what I plan to put on my car one day.
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