Fuel pipe

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I need to re­place the fuel pipe on my TR7. I bought some 8mm pipe from a lo­cal plum­ber’s merchant – is this OK to use? The pipe was orig­i­nally fit­ted in two sec­tions, so I have repli­cated this, us­ing an 8mm com­pres­sion fit­ting to join the two halves. Orig­i­nally it was fit­ted us­ing a brake pipe fit­ting with flared ends to the pipe – this is no doubt stronger, but as my car has only a low-pres­sure carb fuel sys­tem, I thought this would be OK. There doesn’t seem to be any leaks.

Martin Mars­land

I'm as­sum­ing you are re­fer­ring to 8mm cop­per pipe, as op­posed to a ny­lon/plas­tic al­ter­na­tive. If this is the case, it will be per­fectly ac­cept­able to use as a re­place­ment for the fuel pipe and the low pres­sure will be ad­e­quately con­tained us­ing the com­pres­sion fit­tings. You need to en­sure that the new pipe is se­cured firmly to pre­vent vi­bra­tion frac­tures that might oc­cur oth­er­wise.

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