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Selecting An Electric Fuel Pump Over Mechanical

3/6/2018

For most, an electric fuel pump can be a choice of form over function, but for others, it may be the best option. I learned this very quickly on my 72 Nova when I found that most aftermarket fuel pumps had fitment issues. I have a more than slightly modified SBC and my OEM style fuel pump that just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Originally, I had purchased an aftermarket fuel pump that had a rotating base to correct for fitment issues. I quickly found that even with its adjustability I didn’t have enough clearance for both fuel lines due to my crossmember position underneath.

After trying several different fittings and various setups I still wasn’t able to get a leak free fuel system. No matter which fitting I started with the hex head of the fitting would hit my engine block when tightened down. If I went with a straight none hex headed fitting, I couldn’t get it tight enough to not leak.

In an effort to correct these issues I purchased Speedway Blue Electric Fuel Pump. Many qualities drew me to this specific pump.

First, it came with a regulator, which meant I wouldn’t need to spend additional money to buy one separately. Second, the output of 110 GPH was exactly what I wanted for my Nova. Third, it was female NPT so getting the Aluminum Socketless Push-On Hose Barb Ends for AN Fittings were a breeze such as part number 47223. Or -8 AN Male to 1/2 Inch NPT Straight Adapter, depending on your application, which could provide a leak-free fuel system. Lastly, I couldn’t pass up how great of a deal it was. That price for a fuel pump and a regulator can’t be beat.

I also picked up some fittings and a Sniper 30 Micron Sintered Bronze Fuel Filter. I used this fuel filter due to the fact that I was using AN fittings and it made installation a breeze.

You will want to mount your fuel pump as close to the fuel tank as possible, and below the bottom of fuel tank. I was lucky and had a cross member right next to my fuel tank and was able to drill two holes and mount the pump using the bracket supplied with the pump. After getting everything installed and wired up I finished off the engine with a Chrome Small Block Chevy Block-Off Plate, to give my engine a nice clean look.

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