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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 00, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Need some help here. Bought a new oil pressure guage line from local parts store and it leaked. Went to a plumbing shop to get a different ferrul for the compression nut (I took the guage with me), looked like it was gonna work, but when I fired the car up, it too leaked all over the floor. (Good thing I don't have the carpet in yet!!!) Has anyone ever had this problem? If so, how did you fix it? The line is copper and goes to the console oil pressure guage. Thanks in advance.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 00, 06:22 AM
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Had the same problem with the guage in my 69', it was a real pain too. Eventually, I got the leak to slow to a trickle, but the final fix was a little shot of silicone around the fitting. It hasn't leaked in several months. Don't overtighten the fitting to the guage, sometimes that causes the plastic hose to crimp, and then leak. Just get it snug, and put a little shot of silicone around it, and let it dry completely. Then see if it will hold! Good luck......KZ http://www.geocities.com/kz1000ltd
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 00, 06:58 AM
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If the ferrul is seated properly (gotta push on the line to keep it seated) when you tighten the nut it should seal properly. Don't over tighten it and fire it up and check for leaks. If it is still leaking snug it until it stops...

I haven't replaced my nylon with the copper kit I got but have had the nylon on and off a few times with the same ferrul and no problems so far... Hope the copper is the same!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 00, 10:29 AM
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I would cut a little off the end that leaks and try again with a new ferrel. It can be frustrating. Also, Autometer makes a steel braided line kit that is pre-assembled so all you do in screw it onto your gauge and the block.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 00, 05:50 PM
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Lou M,
I know exactly how you feel. I had the very same thing happen when I first cranked my 69 Z after complete rebuild/restoration. I used the "copper" oil line, and before I knew it, pumped 2 quarts of oil in the pass side floorboard in 30 minutes! I had to re-tighten the he!! out of the fitting on the guage to get the ferrel to compress and seal the copper line. Just snug won't do. Get it tight.
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