DIY convoluted tube replacement tool ?

Discussion in 'Engine, Fuel and Exhaust' started by massmikey, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. massmikey

    massmikey Member

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    Hi again folks...well after this problem reoccurred a mere 10k miles after the first pinholes were detected in the covo. tube inside the tank, Ive decided to tacke it myself...i bought new clamps for the tube and jokenly said to the parts cointer guy, 'ha, you dont need a special tool for them do you ?' Of course you do...so my question is ...can I just use a set of screw type clamps or will that for some reason not work
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  2. RibEye

    RibEye Junior Member Contributor

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    You can use a set of fence wire cutters. Those are the ones with the cutting edges in the very front, like your front teeth. You might want to take a small file and round the cutting eges just a bit. Get the smallest ones you can find, that will still do the job, and only clamp down tight enough that the clamps don't want to rotate around when you twist on them. Otherwise, you could break the nipple you are clamping to.

    Enjoy,
    Rich P
     
  3. Amish Hawg

    Amish Hawg Active Member Contributor

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    I just played with 4 sets of those clamps on that fuel line..........i have a story on here somewhere about that. I used a set of dull 7" side cutters (dikes)......worked fine.

    While yer there..........maybe swap out that fuel filter? just a thought.
     
  4. maine-e-axe

    maine-e-axe Junior Member

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    RibEye is right on, I call them end cutters or tieing rebar they call them nippers. they work good just don't squeze too tight.
     
  5. deucedog

    deucedog Active Member

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    I bought a small, cheap, pair of end cutters at Harbor Freight to cut the OEM clamps. I then used small screw clamps to replace them. It's been 2 years with no problems.
     
  6. massmikey

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    Ok thanks...If Ive got one tool for sure, its a dull pair of dikes...Id go through them 2 pairs a yr when doing electrical. And A Hawg Ive got the new filter also...was even thinking of the pressure reg also but these tubes will probably wear out in a year or two. This is supposed to be a revised part...the revision was to make it shorter so as not to rub...the price also revised 15 dollars more...go figure... shorter tube, more money...gonna dive in there tomorrow ...thanks everybody
     
  7. 2000classic

    2000classic Active Member

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    If your worried about the new tube wearing thru, there was a post about slicing the old tube from end to end and wrapping it around the new tube as a protector. Just a thought.:s
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The replacement tubes are a bit shorter to eliminate the rubbing.
     
  9. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    Wonder why they didn't do that to begin with ??
     
  10. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Engineers were having too many doughnuts at the time :D