Posts Tagged ‘repair’

Replace your fuel pump

May 22, 2009

As I’m catching up on all the little projects I’ve done over my brief ownership of my Lancia Beta, I realized I’ve got things a little out of order – I was having problems with the fuel pump, so decided to replace it. All the jiggling of the metal fuel lines agitated them and caused the leakage mentioned in a prior post. Anyway, on to the replacement of the pump – once I’d realized it needed occasional hitting to get it to run, and since it appeared to be the original pump, I decided to replace it with a modern pump to remove another possible point of failure. Based on recommendations, I got the Carter P60504 from Pep Boys – it’s easily available and more-or-less fits the original mounts, and at $51.99 including a pre-pump filter it fits the criteria of being a budget repair.

Lancia Beta original fuel pump

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Smokey Says, Only You Can Stop Fluid Leaks #2

May 21, 2009

Here’s another installment in this apparently all-too-necessary series, mostly based on experiences with my new-to-me Lancia Beta. While replacing my fuel pump, I noticed a pretty intense fuel smell in my car, and had problems with some oily goop dripping out from under the passenger compartment. I also had issues with the fuel getting to the electric fuel pump, and then from there to the engine. After finishing replacing the pump, I pulled up the carpeting in the car, and guess what, the metal fuel lines run inside the passenger compartment, under the carpet, next to the cotton-fiber-and-tar matting that acts as insulation and sound-proofing material. Apparently the matting had absorbed moisture at some point in in the car’s 30 years, which resulted in rusty fuel lines… or maybe the moisture was in the fuel lines from the long years of storage, since there was a plastic coating around them. In any event, the fuel lines from tank to pump and pump to engine were perforated and leaking as much fuel as they could into the matting.

Lancia Beta stripped interior

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Rebuild your carburetor

May 20, 2009

I know, half of you are saying, “carbu-what?”, and my other reader already did it. Having grown up with fuel-injected cars since about 1989, I myself was not sure what to do with the carburetor, although I knew rebuilding it could help my rough-running situation. My Lancia Beta had sat in a barn or outside for several years, and from working on an old Packard roadster at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum I knew that fuel could turn into a nasty shellack-y mess in cars that are stored long-term without proper prep. To get some basic understanding of how a carb works, I found a page at howstuffworks.com for basics. While they talk about a chainsaw carb, the basic concepts still apply.

Lancia Beta carburetor

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