Fireproofing your Kombi... a must read for all Kombi owners.

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by Schmoburger, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    So, Kieran. What's the correct diameter fuel line?

    A friend at work today gave me several metres of new fuel line, as I told him I intend to replace the lines on my Kombi.

    I don't know where it was made. All it has stamped on it is:

    DIN 73379 - B - 7.5X12.5 09/00 119569

    Reckon I could use this?

    Baz
     
  2. Schmoburger

    Schmoburger Active Member

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    Kombi's use 5mm hose and 7mm hose dependingupon where it is to be used... from memory it is 5mm between the carbs and the fuel pump and 7mm between the tank and the pump... I can't remember the sequence exactly tho so hold tight and I will check it out tomorrow when she's up on the hoist at TAFE. :)

    Those numbers seem to indicate 7.5mm fuel hose manufactured in September 2000, so it should be fine size-wise for part of the run providing it is proper fuel hose, however the age of itwould make me uncomfortable... in the AViation industry the maximum shelf life of rubber hose is 4 years before it must be discarded.

    CHeers!
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2007
  3. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    Well, I suppose Janie's unlikely to fall out of the sky but I don't think I'll chance it.

    Might as well buy the right stuff.

    Baz
     
  4. Schmoburger

    Schmoburger Active Member

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    Had a squiz under the Kombi today... hose from the tank outlet to filter is 5mm inner diameter, hose from filter to pump inlet is 7mm inner diameter, and hoses from pump outlet to T-section and T-section to each carb are 5mm inner diameter. :)

    CHeers!
     
  5. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    My old 1800 had 7mm tank to pump (1800s didn't have a filter).
    Outlet from pump to everything else 5.5mm.
     
  6. You can buy high temp fuel line but it is more expensive than just the normal rubber fuel line. It has an extra woven insert in it. I replace mine(even the high temp stuff) about every 18 months or so. My bus was efi but now has twin dellorto's on it and am running a holley red pump with a fuel filter before the pump, a glass bowl water trap after the pump, then to the the left carb then in the fuel line to the right carb I have an inline glass fuel filter. Sounds like overkill I know but apart from fires being cause by ill maintained fuel lines the other culprit is blocked jets causing backfires and setting air cleaners on fire.I have personally seen 3 kombi's suffer this fate in the last 4 odd years. Again it comes down to maintainence whether it be fuel lines perished, fuel filters full of crap or fuel tanks full of crud you need to be vigilant on your maintainence no matter what.

    Or you could end up with one big BBQ....
     
  7. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've just done the fuel filler hose, vapour system and fuel filter (man was there some crap in the old one) + checked all the fuel hoses.
     
  8. kombiboys

    kombiboys New Member

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    fuel lines

    can you please tell me where I can buy the right fuel line , size , how much is needed & how many clamps are needed ? thank-you .
     
  9. Schmoburger

    Schmoburger Active Member

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    You can get the correct fuel line from just about any place that sells items for European cars... Any reputable Volkswagen, Volvo or Mercedes-Benz specialist should stock the correct size and grade of hose. :)

    You will need a clamp for EVERY connection, so assuming twin carburetters and one inline fuel filter, you will need 10 clamps of a suitable size... as for the ammount of hose needed, I will have to do a bit of a suss out cos I cant remember off the top of my head exactly how much is needed... about 2m of the 5mm hose and 1m of the 7mm hose should be sufficient. :cool:
     
  10. kombiboys

    kombiboys New Member

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    I changed my fuel lines and clamps today as per above thread . There were cracked lines not braided . one was leaking . seems like I got to just in time , good advice thanks
     
  11. dlomas

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    Fire Suppression Systems

    I spotted on another kombi forum, an engine bay automatic fire extinguisher system... though under a different name here in Australia, its called Firetrace.
    Its consists of a bottle and an activation/delivery tube that you could fit to the underside of the engine bay ceiling.
    So for KC's out there that cant do enough to protect their precious, you may want to look at this system too.


    http://www.firesys.com.au/automatic fire suppression systems.htm


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  12. Doc

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    Just posted them for a quote, thanks dlomas
     
  13. raven

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    Can you let me know doc when you have a quote?....thanks...kel
     
  14. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    Absolutely Miss Celia
     
  15. Michael

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    Same here too Doc, would appreciate it. Have a good one. Michael
     
  16. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    So far no word back except that it is available.
     
  17. dlomas

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    Firetrace Quote

    After a lengthy discussion with a sales rep from Wormald Australia $2500+ pro installation $900. Bottles are made in Germany, filled in Asia with CO2 gas.

    might be cheaper to find a dealer in U.S.A. and get a few SHIPPED over.
    $200U.S. is the price, originally why I posted the idea.
     
  18. Schmoburger

    Schmoburger Active Member

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    Hey didnt notice this before... great idea but yeh, bloody expensive! That said, being CO2 it should be very effective and importantly MESS FREE! :cool:

    For tthe latter reason i'm thinking of hoiking my dry-powder extinguisher (the one that thieves didnt steal) and replacing it with a 7KG CO2 jobby. Still very seriously considering the idea too of making a manually operated in-compartment extinguisher for use with engine bay fires comprising a standard large capacity CO2 extinguisher (or even a cylinder) with the hose extended to the eenginee bay where it would split in two directions and dishcharge on both sides of the engine bay... or even melting tube atached to a permanantly open cylinder might work (similar to the Wormald system above but cheaper)...
     
  19. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    Schneaux (as in christmas "let it schneaux, let it schneaux, let it schneaux,)
    I think I have one ordered and its due in early January, UK distributor and perhaps a third to half the price. Haven't said anything just in case it doesn't turn up.
     
  20. Schmoburger

    Schmoburger Active Member

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    Ahaaa... I wait in anxious anticipation Doc! that would still be a little on the expensive side but within reach of most with a bit of frugality I think. :cool:
     

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