[TR] Fuel pump problems

TERRY SMITH terryrs at comcast.net
Fri Aug 18 15:40:39 MDT 2017

Ditto on everything, including the little Facet pump. Pretty cheap from an aircraft supply place that I can find again if necessary.
I originally wanted to go original, so bought the kit and rebuilt the mechanical pump, but I couldn't get it to work right, more likely due to my less than stellar competence at it than anything else. Randall's advice at the time (some dozen years ago now) was to maybe put in an electrical fuel pump AND the mechanical one, so if the mechanical one failed you could switch on the electrical one and get home.

Have fun!
Terry Smith, '59 TR3A
New Hampshire

> On August 18, 2017 at 3:58 PM Randall <tr3driver at ca.rr.com> wrote:
>     Are you even sure the pump is the problem? Could be a restricted fuel line, or a tank venting problem.
>     If it is the pump, my inclination would be to rebuild it. TRF sells a really nice rebuild kit that includes the shaft seal and a brass screen for the sediment bowl. Also a nitrile rubber seal that works much better than the old cork.
>     Near the tank is probably better, but Dads TR 3A had an electric pump mounted fairly high on the inner fender above the stock pump location and it worked fine.
>     I'm fond of the little Facet cubes, but they do tend to be noisy if you just bolt them to sheet metal. Some sort of isolation mount is essential, IMO. Whatever pump you choose, be sure to get the right pressure rating (2 psi IIRC). American carbs take more pressure.
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