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    I'm having an issue with clearance. Because the ports on the pump are 180* opposite each other, either one won't clear the oil filter base mount or (if I rotate it clear) the other side won't clear the timing cover or block. I can't run a bottom feed adapter without spacing my motor plates too far away from the block, so that's out of the question.

    Has anybody had to deal with this? Any solutions?

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    Some one? makes an adapter that replaces the bottom piece. Fuel into the pump will feed from the bottom. Might check rex, cp, jegs, summit.

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    Sorry, didn't read where you can't use bottom feed.

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    No worries, thanks though. Elelbrock makes it by the way. Won't work for me though.

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    I am just putting out an idea at this point, but i used a Ford Motorsport Filter adapter, this may help buy you some room. The adapter can be clocked into ANY position, so you can point the filter any direction you want. So you could do what I did and have the filter lay on its side and be parallel with the length of the boat rather than vertical.

    I am going to be in the same situation as you very soon, I am just about to put on a Clay Smith mechanical Fuel pump on my 521.

    http://www.jegs.com/i/Ford%20Racing/...0002/-1?CT=999

    Can you post some pics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nick View Post
    I am just putting out an idea at this point, but i used a Ford Motorsport Filter adapter, this may help buy you some room.

    I am going to be in the same situation as you very soon, I am just about to put on a Clay Smith mechanical Fuel pump on my 521.

    http://www.jegs.com/i/Ford%20Racing/...0002/-1?CT=999

    Can you post some pics?
    That's what I use! Just cause it makes changing the filter easier!
    No matter how good she looks , someone is tired of her shit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick View Post
    I am just putting out an idea at this point, but i used a Ford Motorsport Filter adapter, this may help buy you some room. The adapter can be clocked into ANY position, so you can point the filter any direction you want. So you could do what I did and have the filter lay on its side and be parallel with the length of the boat rather than vertical.

    I am going to be in the same situation as you very soon, I am just about to put on a Clay Smith mechanical Fuel pump on my 521.

    http://www.jegs.com/i/Ford%20Racing/...0002/-1?CT=999

    Can you post some pics?
    Thanks. I should have mentioned that in the first post too. I don't think it'll work. I've never posted pics, but lemme give it a try.

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    Hopefully these pictures are okay. With the fitting on there and the fuel pump bolted down, the fitting it hitting the oil filter right at the housing. So, I don't think the 90* oil adapter would help because it would replace the oil filter in that spot and then I would be hitting that.



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    So, can you cut the front motor plate down to fit the bottom feed just cut a nice notch in it, to fit the fitting? Or make the motor mount smaller/ deeper on that side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackriver View Post
    Hopefully these pictures are okay. With the fitting on there and the fuel pump bolted down, the fitting it hitting the oil filter right at the housing. So, I don't think the 90* oil adapter would help because it would replace the oil filter in that spot and then I would be hitting that.



    Wouldn`t a 45 degree fitting work instead of the 90 degree?Then just use a 45 degree hose fitting to make the 90 degree?just a thought!!Those pumps are badass I have 2,one on my boat & one on my 65 chevelle,BUT BBC of coarse.

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    Looks to me like the filter adapter will help. I'm running one on mine. Fuel pump is an Holley, but still looks like there's more clearance with the adapter.

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    Yes, the adapter will give enough clearance to use that pump. I've done it several times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    Looks to me like the filter adapter will help. I'm running one on mine. Fuel pump is an Edelbrock, but still looks like there's more clearance with the adapter.

    Do you have another shot looking at the opposite angle? It might be the Edelbrock pump, but it sure looks like you have a ton of room. More than I could imagine I'd have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneHTP View Post
    Yes, the adapter will give enough clearance to use that pump. I've done it several times.
    Duane HTP

    Ok, thanks. Does that also mean that if you have a Ford, you cannot run a Clay Smith fuel pump without either a 90* oil filter adapter or the Edelbrock bottom feed adapter?

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