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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:42 am

Great to hear that they solved your problem, not cheap as you say, but I think worth every penny, and simple to install.
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PostPost by: Dieschelan » Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:34 pm

Bigbaldybloke wrote:Great to hear that they solved your problem, not cheap as you say, but I think worth every penny, and simple to install.



With these tank vent valves is neccesary to make other modification? Can you put some pics?

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PostPost by: nwbaxter66 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:31 pm

tough to take photos with enough light.
BUT its pretty simple.

Remove the rear bulkhead piece (it sits on top of the tank usually covered with black vinyl - can't remember the proper name for it.

Working from the boot
Take the existing tubing that is attached to the tank.
With the tank less than 1/2 full - cut the hose about 3 to 4" in from the tank (the tank spigot think is around 1 1/4" long).
(not smart to do this with a full tank of gas!)

Insert one end of the valve in the hose still attached to the tank and clamp, then insert the other end into the tubing that heads up into the roof of the car and clamp that one.
Duplicate on the other side.

Little more complex if the ID of the tubing is materially bigger than the OD of the valve.

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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:54 pm

I did mine when fitting a new alloy tank so a little bit different. My vent pipes are linked side to side and then a vent each side that goes up inside the rear pillar then rather than across the roof, turns down and out into the rear wheel arch as per the original. These valves are installed in the section of vent pipe that goes upwards inside the rear pillar before it turns down to exit in the arch.
Currently away from home but will attach a few pictures when I have decent internet access
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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:26 pm

The vent lines 2 main functions:
1) Allow for small amounts of air to enter or exit the tank due to exanpnsion of fuel, evaporation of fuel, replace consumed fuel with air.
2) Allow a large amount of air to escape during filling so that the tank can be filled to the top. (You need to vent air at the same rate or higher that the fuel pump can fill the tank to avoid air locking the top half of the tank.)

Unless the values flow a lot more air than I expect they do they don't address 2) and you may experience problems filling the tank to full. The common solution for 2) is to route a large vent line from both sides of the tank to the filler neck, after modifying the filler neck with a suitable screw in barp. This setup gives you large flow breather while filling which is sealed after by filler cap. A small breather line, with or without valve, can then be used for 1).
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:35 am

I do have the large vent to the filler pipe, just haven’t included all the details and photos yet.
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