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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 00, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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i'm using an autometer oil pressure gauge. i have heard that if you run the nylon tubing form the gauge to the fitting in the block, you won't be able to run your car at the local drag strip. new rule does away with the nylon tubing. does anyone see a problem with using 1/4 aluminum tubing ?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 00, 02:53 AM
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I think the best and safest way to go is to use stainless steel braided tubing.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 00, 05:39 PM
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FWIW,unless you are running a VERY fast car,say,down in the 10's or lower,I have yet to see any of the tech guys check on things like that.It seems like the faster you get the more picky they are for you to stick to the NHRA rules.This makes sense of coarse though.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 00, 03:26 AM
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I've heard guys have problems with the nylon line. I never have. Think many problems are due to people not routing properly and not using rubber grommets on firewall. I use stainless sheath from Russell on mine. No prob in tech. ( so far)

But the use of copper or alum tube is ok. Folks that use solid tube always recommend a pigtail before entering the firewall ( pigtail like you see on brake lines ). It seems to help dampen engine noise and vibrations through the firewall.

When I do it again, I'll just use the stainless braided line as suggested.

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 00, 01:15 PM
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I bought the $60+ AutoMeter braided stainless line 9 years ago. It's still hangin in there and looks every bit of $60 purdy. Ask yourself "Are Ya Feelin Lucky?". Is it not worth that much to not get a hot oil bath inside the car, or lose an engine for a cheap oil line? Just my .02 cents worth.
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My '69 had the orig (I think it was orig) black nylon in it when I got it. If you run it right you'll never have problems with it!

Depending on the tech crew you may want to replace it with oneof the products mentioned...
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 00, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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thanks,
i may just go the safe route and use a steel braided line kit.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 00, 08:41 AM
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I'm going to be hooking up an Autometer oil pressure gauge also, and after reading this post, I think I'll do something different than the nylon hose.

What do you guys think about using a more durable rubber hose like Earl's Super Stock hose with press on AN fittings?


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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 00, 09:52 AM
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I used the new style hose with press on fittings on my fuel system. It works great and the fittings are a real bear to put on and take off. In fact, the only way I have been able to take a fitting off is by cutting the hose. I don't believe they make a small enough diameter hose for this particular application though. I would stick to the steel braided stuff.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 00, 10:08 AM
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Earls makes the Super Stock hose down to -4 AN which is the same size as the steel braided stuff. Comes in black, blue or red. It runs about $2.50 a foot versus $5.50 for braided. I have no experience working with the stuff but was glad to hear you say the connectors stay on when on.

I'm using Aeroquip blue hose between the hardline and the pump. And I'm giving the Earls Super Stock hose a try for my 5/8 (-10) and 3/4 (-12) heater hoses.

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I was always told that the reglular oil line was fine. Its the fuel line they don't want inside the car. Most of the cars we run used the nylon line and nothing is ever said. These cars compete NHRA/IHRA.



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