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    Default Help--Pickup tubes are too small!!!

    While chasing a fuel starvation issue last weekend, we discovered that the saddle tanks in my TX-19 have very small pickup tubes. (The actual problem was a bad fuel pump, but I still want to put in larger pickup tubes)

    The rubber hose that drops into the tank is fitted to a 1/2 NPT 90 degree fitting that screws into the tank. The rubber hose has a very small internal diameter (maybe 1/8 inch).

    Does anyone know where you can buy these things? I have done all kinds of searching on the internet and have not found much.

    Who makes and sells these types of fuel pickups? Where can I find them?

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    is it possible to just buy a brass fitting the correct size, then solder on the proper length of copper tubing?


    you could always draw from both at the same time, that'd increase volume

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMPATIENT 1 View Post
    is it possible to just buy a brass fitting the correct size, then solder on the proper length of copper tubing?

    This might be our only option, I was trying to see if anyone knew if/where you could buy something to just drop in.


    you could always draw from both at the same time, that'd increase volume
    We plumbed the boat to draw from both tanks at the same time. The i.d. on the current tubes is very small (maybe 1/8 inch, I'm guessing here, but it was very small). I'd feel better and safer (don't want any more fuel starvation issues at 80+ mph) if the pickup tubes were larger.

    The boat ran out of gas at 81.3 and slammed the nose and turned right, not a hard right, but enough to throw me against the side of the seat and cause some pucker factor! We changed the fuel pump out and got 85.9 our of it on a full throttle pass, but I'm still concerned the pickups are too small. We're feeding a 1250 Dominator.

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    I'm lucky enough to live in an area that feed's a lot of off road racers. I went to a shop that makes fuel tanks, and alumi parts for Parker Pumper systems. I had them make me 1/2" pickup tubes and I drilled and installed them in the tanks.

    Those stock pickup tubes are very small.

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    do you want a stainless pickup? are you connecting a -10 hose to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    do you want a stainless pickup? are you connecting a -10 hose to it?
    Hey Outlaw. Yes we are connecting a -10 fitting and hose to it.

    Currently the small rubber tube is somehow attched (some sort of fitting I've never seen before and can't find) to the 1/2 NPT 90 degree fitting that threads into the tank.

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    Rob,

    I am glad to hear you are on the water. Did you get the decals? I think Rex marine has the pick ups.

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    call me if you dont find what you need and I will make you one.

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    What kind of fuel pressure do you have at full throttle?
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    Arin' it out,
    I did this fuel tank project in the Spring. See this thread.

    http://www.performanceboats.com//showthread.php?t=6776

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    I played this game once. The top of my tanks are flat. I noticed that my senders had a rubber type gasket under it, so I called that company and ordered a couple. In one tank I drilled a new hole in the other tank I 86' the sending unit and put it in that hole. Just to be extra safe I covered them with some stuff Outlaw recommended that the use on airplane gas tanks. BTW thanks Paul. TJS'S look nicer than my deal. are your tanks alum or stainless?
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    I played this game once. The top of my tanks are flat. I noticed that my senders had a rubber type gasket under it, so I called that company and ordered a couple. In one tank I drilled a new hole in the other tank I 86' the sending unit and put it in that hole. Just to be extra safe I covered them with some stuff Outlaw recommended that the use on airplane gas tanks. BTW thanks Paul. TJS'S look nicer than my deal. are your tanks alum or stainless?

    H20, My tanks are alum.
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    I had 10an bungs welded in the the bottom rear of my tanks and just eliminated the pickup tubes.
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    I was going to do the gavity feed deal too until every one talked me out of it. Tjs I figured yours were alum. Killer job btw. I was just thinking if his were steel , welding an alum. fitting might be a good trick.
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