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Customer: Jason Marruffo

Lives in: Albany Oregon

Vehicle: 1964 Impala

How long have you owned this vehicle?
Since 1996 - for 14 years.

Where did you get this vehicle? What is the story behind the vehicle?
I bought this car from a guy in Junction city for $1000.

What condition nbsp;was it in when you got it?
The car was in 3 different colors, no upholstery and just springs & stuffing, lug nuts were missing.........Continue Reading 

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Stephen Kassis

With the alcohol that has been added to most of our gasoline, fuel pumps are often the first part on the engine to suffer. Alcohol attacks the old style rubber diaphragm materials that were not alcohol resistant. This can cause fuel pump failure. If you have purchased a New Old Stock (NOS) fuel pump, it is recommended that the diaphragm is replaced before attempting to use it.

Another problem is that the new alcohol gas tends to break down faster than non-alcohol gas. This can cause problems due to the gummy substance that is formed when the fuel breaks down. It can plug fuel lines, fuel pumps and carburetors. In addition, it can cause intake & exhaust valves to stick, causing bent pushrods and other problems.

Fortunately, fuel pumps on early Chevrolet 6-cylinders are easy to rebuild. If the fuel pump fails to pump fuel, it does not mean that the pump is bad. The first thing necessary is to make sure that there is fuel is getting to the fuel pump. Is there fuel in the tank? Sometimes the fuel gauge may not read properly or there is something plugging the fuel line. The pump may be fine but cannot pump fuel because fuel is not getting to the pump.

It is also possible that the camshaft fuel pump lobe is worn to the point the fuel pump lever will not operate properly. This is a more serious problem and could require replacing the camshaft. To test the fuel pump, remove the front fuel line that goes to the carburetor. Remove the two bolts that hold the fuel pump to the block. This will allow the fuel pump to be removed from the block and pumped manually. If no fuel will pump manually, remove the fuel pump from tank feed line.  
If there is a good amount of fuel in the tank, fuel should gravity feed from the tank to the fuel pump connection when the line is lowered below the level of the tank. If no fuel will flow with this test, remove the gas cap and have someone listen a few feet away from the opening while pressurizing the fuel line with compressed air in short bursts. CAUTION: fuel may gush out of the filler neck when doing this test. Keep everyone a few feet away from the opening. If air bubbles are heard when sending compressed air back through the line, then there may have been some foreign matter that is in the tank plugging the fuel outlet. Recheck for gravity feed of fuel.

If the fuel line is clear then further testing of the fuel pump is necessary. Place the inlet side of the pump into a pan of water and manually operate the pump lever. If water is not pumped out with this manual method, it will indicate that the pump should be rebuilt.

Original fuel pumps on Chevrolets were made by AC. Somewhere on the pump should have raised "AC" cast into it. If your pump has no markings on it or it has "BC" or other brand names, original fuel pump kits may not have the parts required to rebuild it. If you have an AC pump, obtain a fuel pump rebuilding kit. It should contain: New valves, alcohol resistant diaphragm, cam springs, cam cover gasket, glass bowl gasket and fuel pump to block gasket. Other parts may be included, but these are the minimum that should 
be in the kit

Drain off any gas remaining in the fuel pump. Remove the glass bowl & wire bail that holds it in place. Remove the 6 screws that hold the top and bottom parts of the pump together. Separate the top and bottom halves. The top half should hold the valves. On early pumps (1929-1936) these valves are inside of a brass hex fitting. Remove the fittings carefully as there is a fine spring inside each one. Remove the hex shaped flat Bakelite valves.

On 1937 and later fuel pumps, self-contained valves replace the earlier design. These valves are removed by removing the valve retainer and screws.

The lower half of the pump differs in design depending on the year of the pump. Early pumps (1929-1933) have a diaphragm that is held with a simple nut, flat washer & lock washer. These are easily removed. From 1934 and later, the diaphragm is fixed onto a shaft. This type of diaphragm must be replaced as a unit.

Drive the lever arm pivot pin out sideways. CAUTION: Some pump housings have a tapered pin and must be driven out the large end or damage to the housing may result. Once the pump has been completely disassembled, clean all the parts in solvent.

With all parts clean and ready for assembly, start with the lower half of the pump. Inspect the lever arm for damage or wear. If worn, a new arm should be installed. Install the new diaphragm making sure that the holes in the diaphragm match up to the lower housing holes. Install a new gasket on the pivot shaft cover (early pumps only) and install new shaft springs at the same time..............................Continue Reading


1929-33 Fuel Pump Diaphram.......$5.00 ea

1914-1960 Carburetor & Fuel Pump Fitting....$2.50

Glass Bowl Gas Filter Assembly......$27.50 ea

"AC" Glass Bowl Gas Filter Assembly.....$29.50 ea

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Chevrolet Trivia Answer
1912 - Trucks with GMC logos were first shown to the public at the New York Auto Show. Actually they were Rapid and Reliance trucks with the GMC brand applied. By 1913, all were GMC brand.

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