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Old 02-17-2011, 02:25 PM   #21
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Rick,
Like that site you posted they sure have some good fittings.
Saved them for future reference.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:58 PM   #22
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:09 AM   #23
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Good-bye o-ye' plywood... I bid greeting to thy King's Starboard!

Final mock-up pics. Not totally happy with the hold-downs for the manifolds yet, but these will do for now and they can easily be swapped out when I do find what I like. Besides... I need to get crackin' on getting Skinny Dippin' running so we can a) get boating b) know that what I have spent so much time,effort, and money on... works! c) move on to other projects d) get boating

I am headed over to my dad's house today to round-over the edges and cut a couple of monkey-grip handles into it.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:22 AM   #24
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Gonzo,* Looks good, the only thing I don't like is the blue plastic box for the timer.

Is the timer going to be flush with the Starboard? (so the box is behind it).

If not I think one of those outdoor painted gray (white metal)* boxes would work better as a surface mount.

The timer plate would not hang over the edge of the box.

This is all just cosmetic but it would look better.

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:23 AM   #25
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Not a bad idea, John. I'll consider it. It was just $.99 at ACE, will hold up under the conditions, and matched the other two outlet boxes in the bilge, so I grabbed it. But to answer your question: No, it won't be flush. I want everything to be accessed from the front.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:00 AM   #26
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To replace the manifold holder downers you can get similar clamps in steel.
This is a 120 V pump correct? You should make sure it is on a GFCI circuit.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:03 AM   #27
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Yep... 120v motor and GFCI outlet stands ready
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:39 PM   #28
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What clamps you be using?
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:52 AM   #29
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SS hose clamps.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:56 AM   #30
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Hey... Another question for the veteran plumbing guys. Any tips on final assembly with the thread lock/sealer? Is it one drop on the threads or apply it all the way around the circumference before tightening?

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Old 02-22-2011, 05:43 AM   #31
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

All the way around. I use Permatex #2, but someone else mentioned Rectorseal. I don't remember which number for that one though.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:48 AM   #32
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

I have a tube of Permatex Blue from Auto Zone. (BTW... Rectorseal reco's #7 for use with fuel connections)
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:29 AM   #33
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In production we go halfway and the loctite gets distributed when the fitting is installed.
Leave the first two threads bare as you don't really want the sealer to get into the plumbing, only the threads.

I only say this because we gets lots of valves back to do root cause of failure when our customers install their own fittings and use poor practices, thus getting loctite into the valve. You only need a little bit and it will seal.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:47 AM   #34
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Do O-Ring fitting need thread locker too?
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:15 AM   #35
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Not required but it will keep the thread from ever backing off if used sparingly so as not to interfere with the o ring seal.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:58 PM   #36
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RE: The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Spent yesterday working on the Starboard and figuring out the mounting system.

The 120v motor is a but heavy and makes the rig a but clumbsy to move around, so I put a few handles in the Starboard to help with the chore. It will make it a lot easier to deal with. Went over to my dad's house and put a 1/4" round-over all around the edges and in the handles. Just carrying it around the house feels easier and better

The mounting rig will be a piece of teak with a channel cut into it that will mate up with a piece of u-track mounted to the rear of the starboard. If you wonder why it's not at the bottom edge, it's because the stern thruster hoses come right below this rig and need just a few inches to cut that corner. Once the rig is hug on the u-track, the top will push up onto something that will be a lot like a hood pin for a car. Guide pin thru hole and big clip to hold in place. Get it?

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The Fuel System Upgrade Project: Episode II

Today is final assembly. Using Permatex Blue on all the fittings. It's pretty messy. Took the middle-of-the-road from the advice I got... One was Permatex all the way and one was half... So 3/4 was the best bet. Everything seemed to go together fine.

One possible flaw I foresee is that if there is a break, those short pieces of hose will be tricky to replace, but I sort of have a plan if/when that happens.

Anyway, I still have a couple of things to work out, but all-in-all, I am happy with the results. I'll be taking it down this weekend for it's install.I cross my fingers that all will work out.

Thanks again for all the help!!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:19 AM   #38
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"One possible flaw I foresee is that if there is a break, those short pieces of hose will be tricky to replace, but I sort of have a plane if/when that happens."

By the time that happens perhaps my grandson will be reading this.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:54 AM   #39
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I suppose my point was also for disassembly. But like I said, there ARE workarounds.
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I saw the installed version today. Very impressive.

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