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engine swaps and other performance upgrades, plus "factory" and Costello V8s

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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Fuel pump died. Pretty sure i know why.
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 08, 2016 06:36PM

Question is how did the strainer get so torn up?
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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Fuel pump died. Pretty sure i know why.
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: August 08, 2016 09:34PM

Alcohol in the gas? Plastic doesn't like it very much.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2636 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Fuel pump died. Pretty sure i know why.
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 08, 2016 11:04PM

We do have ethanol in the gas here. I don't recall if it's E10 or E15. I'd be surprised though if that caused the problem. I've only got 4yrs & 14k miles on my car -- way too many production cars running the same fuel pump/strainer (Walbro 255) getting way more years & miles. I'm thinking it was either defective from the start, maybe damaged during installation, or possibly some debris in the tank got it. I am now carying a spare pump & strainer; if it happens again, I'll flush the tank out to see if there's any debris that could be tearing it.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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05/14/2010 03:06AM

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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Fuel pump died. Pretty sure i know why.
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: August 09, 2016 01:40PM

I'll bet that's a Chinese walbro.
There are lots of them floating around.
The Chinese plastics are garbage and go brittle and break up just like yours did.
Make sure that yours has made in USA on every part. Including the strainer.

Cheers
Fred


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2636 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Fuel pump died. Pretty sure i know why.
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 09, 2016 11:00PM

Interesting Fred. I just dug the strainer out of the trash; no markings on it at all.


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