[Healeys] Fuel Pumps (AGAIN!)

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Tue Nov 27 15:44:17 MST 2018

Got a couple suggestions for the Hardi pump:


I'm tempted, but it appears the input and output ports are canted to 
each other, I'm not sure I could twist my copper fuel lines to fit them 
(the SU pumps have parallel ports).  I don't see how the bolt up to the 
existing bracket, either.  Anybody fitted one to a BJ8 with stock 
plumbing?  Photos?


On 11/27/2018 2:59 AM, Michael MacLean wrote:
> Bob,
>      Check out the direct replacement German SU style pumps at British 
> Parts Northwest.  I hear they are very reliable..
> Mike MacLean
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>     On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 12:53 AM, Bob Spidell
>     <bspidell at comcast.net> wrote:
>     I've been using fuel pumps with Dave DuBois' opto-electric mods for
>     years.  Although Dave's work and response is impeccable I've not had
>     consistent success with them, though everything in the design and
>     implementation indicates they should be infallible.  I had 3 'in
>     rotation;' one failed after less than a thousand miles this summer--I
>     changed it out for another DD conversion on the side of the road--and
>     that one has now failed.  It worked fine after installation for over
>     5,000 miles but has sat in my shop for about 5 months, and failed to
>     answer the call today.  I swapped in my last 'spare' and, so far it's
>     working though I've only put about 10 miles on it.  Others have
>     worked
>     for over 10K miles before expiring. Apparently, Dave has health
>     issues
>     so cannot address the problems with these pumps.
>     Although having committed to these solid state conversions I still
>     have
>     plenty of parts to assemble a couple points-driven pumps.  Problem
>     is, I
>     haven't had good luck with them either and, last I checked, the
>     aftermarket points are of suspect quality (Dave concurred with this
>     assessment).  I have studied all aspects of these pumps and done
>     my best
>     to assemble and adjust them, and they aren't abused in
>     service--though
>     some have suffered from getting, er, 'moist' in serious
>     rainstorms--and
>     I just don't understand it (I've 'fixed' a couple in motel rooms).  I
>     know Kees and others have gotten years and thousands of mile off
>     points
>     they don't work reliably for me and, yes, I've used capacitors,
>     transistors, diodes and TVSes for spark suppression, all with the
>     same
>     erratic longevity and reliability.  I do think, at over 5K
>     miles/year on
>     my BJ8 I probably work my car harder than most but still think I
>     should
>     be able to get more from these pumps.  I don't abuse them aside from
>     driving my car fairly frequently and for one long trip of up to 5K
>     miles
>     every year.
>     Still, I will stick with SU pumps because, well, just because.
>     They are
>     the heartbeat of a Healey and the kind that run continuously are
>     annoying.   But, I don't know where to go from here.  I hate to buy
>     another as I probably have enough parts to assemble 4 or 5 with
>     points
>     (if I could find good quality points).  SC Parts was advertising an
>     aftermarket substitute--diaphragm type--but it has weird
>     fittings--I'm
>     not going to cut into my original banjo-fitted pipes--and is for
>     negative ground only.
>     Thanks for listening.
>     Bob
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