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Author Topic:   Attn SLEEPY about Accumulator
jnewman44
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 83
posted February 25, 2003 10:20 PM  
You say you have built your own accumulator.What goes into it? And where do you plum it in.
Thanks.

SLEEPY GOMEZ
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted February 25, 2003 10:55 PM  
Hey jnewman, I thought you would never ask. Nothing goes in it. The accumulator is a sealed vertical tank with an outlet in the bottom. On a v-8 Chev there is a pipe plug in the side of the block near the filter. Remove this plug. Use hydraulic hose, blue push on line or steel braid hose to plumb the block to the accumulator. I like push on hose myself. DO NOT PUT A CLAMP ON THIS TYPE HOSE. As oil fills it the air above the oil becomes compressed. If you have 60 psi oil then you will have 60 psi air.When oil press drops air press will pressure oil to the engine. Put an extra quart of oil in the engine. These things work so well and are so cheap I don't understand why more are not used. SLEEPY

jnewman44
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 83
posted February 26, 2003 08:47 AM  
Thanks sounds like very good insurance. I think I will just plum the whole 55gal drum in,never do an oil change all year,LOL. Are the piston types as reliable? And how do they work? Thanks

SLEEPY GOMEZ
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted February 26, 2003 10:13 PM  
The piston type accumulators must be reliable. I see them in bucks up cars. They work the same way, air pressure over oil pressure. The difference is you can lay them down. The piston separates the oil and air same as gravity in a vertical one. To me there is no need for the piston type (more money) unless you have a space problem with the vertical units. SLEEPY

jnewman44
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 83
posted February 26, 2003 10:24 PM  
Thanks SLEEPY its fun talkin' to such a respected guy in the field. I'm a Circle Track mag reader too, I always read what you have to say. Thanks again

merlinmech2
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted February 27, 2003 08:03 PM  
You can also prime the motor before every start with a piston type (because of valve). I make mine too, I just put a ball valve on it. Like sleepy said, beats the price of a new one.

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