- May 19, 2021
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- Fort Mohave, AZ & So Cal
- My Car
- 73 Grande will undergo three phase build process. Phase 1 is to make roadworthy. Phase 2 is interior/exterior restoration. Phase 3 is ++ performance.
The center port is the vent, the other big port is the one that used to go to the air cleaner. I would imagine that the vent would end up staying as a vent, and that the side that originally went to the air cleaner would now go to the solenoid that goes to the intake manifold. Please remember that this is in fact the fuel tanks ventilation, there is no other vent in a Mustangs fuel tank. The fuel tank has to constantly vent or you will loose fuel pressure and eventually the tank will collapse inward. I have no idea what that canister looks like on the inside, so I can't comment on if you should install it backwards from the way it originally was, and I am certainly no engineer
From what I can tell you should be fine there, at least if you are going to be running the Mach 1 NACA hood with the dual snorkels. I have no idea if the standard flat hood is different in that area, but with the Mach 1 hood you will have a ton of room. On the Mach 1 hood, right after the cowl weatherstrip the hood goes up about 3 inches. Here are some photos:
There shouldn't be much movement on the sway bar in that area, but that strut rod will have some movement. For some reason I don't like to route it between those 2 bars. Wouldn't it be better to route it a little to the back behind the sway bar mount , then up a bit and over the sway bar mount, and then route it forward and out the stock location? Seems to me like you would have no issue there with the fuel line touching, or rubbing on those 2 bars that are there, that are moving and the car moves.Ok, I wanted to post a concept photo with drawn-on modifications to get feedback. Now, I know putting 40psi fuel lines near suspension components must be done with the highest care, so imagine the fuel line as it passes by the active suspension and rotating wheel to have that spiral wound steel cover over it. And it’s all metal lines until you reach the engine compartment; the very minimum of proper Fuel Injection hose is planned.
So, the first pic is the route into the engine compartment on the passenger side (look back in this post and others to understand why), and the existing opening I’m planning on using, with of course a hefty rubber grommet:
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I‘m going to run along the lower frame rail, raised as it crosses the suspension, to clear the maximum travel of the sway bar upper fitting. It will look very similar to the stock line, except it will not route in and out near the shock tower. The next pic shows the engine compartment routing, and where my real question is. I’ve decided to connect the fuel line at the bottom of this stock TBird routing because the other options require long rubber hoses, some on top of the engine, and I’m uncomfortable with that:
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The question I have, IF I route that hose UNDER the sway bar, what/how should I ensure it is protected and shielded? I was thinking of at least a rubber cover over the sway bar? The black line-kinda thing coming through the fender panel is the new metal fuel line. I was going to put a 90 as it passes the frame rail so the hose can meet it straight.
Ok, that’s my plan. Take aim and fire .
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