Looking for pictures of pictures/ plans of a cork bobber and wire fuel guage

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  1. Nov 8, 2018 at 7:38 PM #1

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    I'm looking to fabricate one of these for my fuel tank. If you have any good pictures of one that is out of the tank. Simple enough to make, but I'd like to see a few to get ideas after seeing the guts. I couldn't find much poking around. Looks like a Model A float is a pretty common part. They have new modern ones that don't go bad.

    Ideally, A print with some measurements and thicknesses would be great.

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  2. Nov 8, 2018 at 8:28 PM #2

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    Thanks Ron,

    I'd have thought that there would be some sort of bracket that the bobber would travel up and down in to keep it aligned. I assume that it also serves as a vented cap.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2018 at 12:49 AM #4

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    Just order one from Univair with the plastic float.
    My original J-3 cork float like above gets soaked with fuel and sinks.
     
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    The "skinny tube" running up through the center goes through the cap a half-inch or so on the other side, so that 1.5 inches of tube works fine as a guide.

    I haven't examined the cap closely, but am willing to believe it's just the difference between the wire size and the ID of the tube that vents the tank.

    Ron Wanttaja
     
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    The really cool thing about those gauges, is the 90* bend in the top of the wire. When you get low on gas, it points to the nearest airport.;)
     
  9. Nov 9, 2018 at 3:30 AM #9

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    I would trust the cork more than the Cessna gauge's I am used to.
    Or a Ford or Chevy for that matter.

    I have a gauge that is used for a fuel oil drum. But because of the weird shape of the tank it must be used in conjunction with a chart on the wall.

    will
     

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