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DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted May 18, 2005 09:10 PM  
Soon will be mounting the boat tank in my car and am not sure where I am going to put the fuel return line. Tank has one outlet and the cap. Car has an external electric fuel pump stock (87 vw jetta). Was thinking of running the return right into the feed before the pump, or drilling into the tank and tapping it for a hose fitting. What do you guys think? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
Zach

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dirttracker98
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 284
posted May 19, 2005 05:49 AM  
why the boat tank & not a fuel cell?or don't the track you plan to run at care about driver safety!

DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted May 19, 2005 11:49 AM  
It's pretty much the essence of grass roots racing, not a lot of rules regarding safety. This is the first year a 5-pt harness and window net are mandated. You don't even need a fire suit, but I think I'll wear one. I've already got a boat tank, and thats what everyone uses and they've never had a problem...it does have to be encased in a steel container still. Besides I'm not made of money to buy a cell. lol
Zach

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way2fast72
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted May 19, 2005 03:09 PM  
Please,do yourself and your family a favor.."BUY A GOOD FUEL CELL"If you have ever seen a friend get burned in a race car and then die several days later in the burn unit,you will realize what I am saying.Not only is it hard on you,but think about your family and friends.Like the old saying goes,if you have a 5.00$ head,put a 5.00$ helmet on it.If you cant afford to race safely,you cant afford to race period......

bigcityracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 431
posted May 19, 2005 07:15 PM  
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Originally posted by DJR22:
Soon will be mounting the boat tank in my car and am not sure where I am going to put the fuel return line. Tank has one outlet and the cap. Car has an external electric fuel pump stock (87 vw jetta). Was thinking of running the return right into the feed before the pump, or drilling into the tank and tapping it for a hose fitting. What do you guys think? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
Zach


I just Tee'd the return line into the main line before the pump. Works fine!

Dunnracing98
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 63
posted May 19, 2005 10:20 PM  
You really need to buy a cell not a boat tank i hit the wall and put my car on it's side and the boat tank didn't even hold the fuel we mounted it with roll cage all around for protection and it didn't even work spend the extra cash and get an 8 gal cell i only put gas in every other week unless i think i need the weight. i thought i would save money too but not worth your life

Terry Dreyer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted May 21, 2005 07:46 AM  
DJR22,

I'm no expert by any means but if your rules don't require a fuel cell then why not use the stock tank in the car?

I agree with these other guys.....spend the $150 bucks & be safe.....its not worth the risk. I know everyone thinks it will never happen to them but I'm sure that's what Way2fast's friend thought also.

Just my opinion...probably not worth too much....

racer50
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted May 23, 2005 07:08 PM  
Spend the money and get a fuel cell. You can pick up used ones for $50. Also get a fire suit at least a sfi5 rating. If you go to Impacts web site and read up on sfi ratings you will see that the sfi3.1 rated suits that you can buy for around $100 will only give you 1 second protection until 2nd degree burns (can you get out of your car in one second) an sfi5 rated suit will give you about 10-11 seconds.

$400-$500 to buy a cell and a sfi5 fire suit wouldn't even come close to paying your deductable if your put in the hospital for burns.

My son was burned when a paint can exploaded and had second degree burns on his arm and neck, it took 2 months to heal and 2 years before he could go out in the sun without telling where he was burnt.

Theres no sense getting hurt doing something you do for fun, if it can be prevented.

DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted May 24, 2005 05:52 PM  
Looks like I won't have to worry about it. Got a letter in the mail today from the track informing me it would not be open this season. Just two weeks from opening night. Thanks for everyones help.

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Festy46
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 59
posted May 25, 2005 05:04 AM  
That's too bad. You would have thought the track would have known sooner that they weren't going to open before everyone built cars.

Check out http://www.chasinracin.com/ to find other tracks in your area. Our "home" track is about an hour tow, but if we want to tow for 2 hours, there are several tracks within that distance. Maybe you can find another track a little farther from home.
Good luck.
John

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