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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 01, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Well got tired of the almost 4 ft of rubber fuel hose in the car..(Fuel line went out of the fuel pump straight to the battery and up and over the A/C unit...A mess waiting to happen...So decided to replace the holley fuel pump with a new stock pump and the fuel line with a steel line...Here are my questions..I BELIEVE I GOT THE ARM FROM THE FUEL PUMP UNDER THE PUSHROD..What a pain...The car starts and runs well...CAN I ASSUME I GOT IT PLACED CORRECTLY UNDER THE PUSH ROD IF IT RUNS?? ...Also did not have much RTV..I used the little RTV I had and the paper gasket in the kit and torqued every thing down nice and tight..What are the chances it will leak oil???? and last question..When I removed the old holley pump I noticed that the spring on the arm was broken and just bundled up..Hardly any return pressure...Could this have given me problems..pertaining to fuel pressure??Thanks again

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 01, 05:52 PM
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it shouldnt leak, to little silicone is better than a lot, so long as its an even bead i prefer to install most gaskets dry or with brush-on high tack.the broken spring does not have anything to do with fuel pressure.

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OK..you guys may find this strange...But am I correct in believing I got the fuel pump arm under the pushrod correctly..If the car runs...(Lifted the pushrod and inserted the fuel pump arm underneath..At least I believe I got it underneath can't see after the pump is pushed in) Am I correct in assuming if it runs I did it correctly otherwise it wouldn't pump inturn the car would not run....Right????... Thanks

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 01, 01:06 AM
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Ah, one of my favorite topics. You can be assured that if the pushrod were not on the pump arm, the car would not run.

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let me know if this sounds weird.
i am putting together a 327 right now, and i had to tap the pushrod into place and it wasn't about to slide out, so i just stuck the fuel pump on and that was it. am i in trouble if that rod is not sliding free in the bore?
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 05:11 AM
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I don't think you should have to tap it in. Light finger pressure was all I needed. It also wanted to stay put but I finger tightened a long bolt in the front lower hole to make sure it stayed put while I bolted in the pump.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 05:30 AM
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Like Rick D says, in the front of the block there is a threaded hold that goes into the pushrod bore. If there is too long of a bolt in this hole, it will bind the pushrod up. If there is not a bolt in this hole it will leak oil. I'd pull the rod out and make sure it is not "peened" over and that the correct sized bolt is in place.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 01, 04:10 PM
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Also, most factory cams are ground so the fuel pump lobe is on its base circle when the engine is set at #1 TDC, so the pushrod will go all the way in at that position - eliminates the hassle of fighting the pump lever spring against the end of the pushrod while installing the pump.

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