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Old 09-23-2020, 08:20 AM
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Default Fuel filter bowl gasket blues - 1957 Chieftain

So, after sitting for a while (months, not years), the fuel filter bowl gasket started leaking on my '57 started spewing fuel. I swapped the filter and rubber ring for a new one (Wix). It leaked worse! I wound up taking the filter housing off the carb and set/seated the gasket and bowl on housing while it was off the car. This solved the problem but only briefly. I drove the car less than a mile due to some transmission issues (see other thread on fluid change).

I let the car sit a few weeks, and when I restarted it, fuel was spewing from the bowl/housing again.

Is there a better gasket for the fuel filter bowl? Delete it and go to a metal inline filter?

Suggestions welcome. It's these simple silly problems that are maddening. At least it didn't happen while driving, or for sure the car would have burned.

Thanks,

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Old 09-24-2020, 01:20 PM
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Do you have a pic of the assembly? If it is like mine I make my own out of cork gasket material. You can sometimes find one at a farm supply store.

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Old 09-24-2020, 06:02 PM
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Yes, Farm supply or you can "Cut one".
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Old 09-08-2021, 11:35 AM
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Hey guys - can't believe it's almost a year since I posted this question.

I did solve the mystery of the fuel filter bowl leak. The casting actually distorted over the last 64 years to the point that the mating surface for the glass bowl and gasket was no longer flat. similar to the distortion to the air horn on the carb that I found when I got the car. Solution will be a new/reproduction filter assembly.

Just thought I would post up a resolution to this in case anyone else comes across this issue.

Cheers,

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Old 09-17-2021, 04:45 PM
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In my search for a replacement fuel filter housing, I am finding reproductions with 1/8"(!) fitting ports. WTH? Mine has 1/4" lines with 1/4" MPT ports and fittings.

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