I think I finally found an advantage to living in California. I have never had any splash back problems with our environmentally friendly, stupid proof fuel nozzles. I guess I better never travel out of state!
it was definitely meant as a solution for those with no equipment or skills to weld, and judging from the responses it worked well. As I recall from our conversations the JB Weld was added as a CYA. He reasoned that if the car was sold and someone jammed a fuel nozzle down and missed the smaller hole in the insert they might dislodge it and he was concerned about possible litigation. There are more lawyers in California than many entire nations.I have to admit I am a little disappointed now that I can see how this "kit" solution works. It is more like a solution for guys who don't have access to or the ability to "do it right" by modifing the tube by cutting it and welding in the aftermarket piece. I'm sure it can work and might last but denting the tube out of round to wedge the piece and then securing it with JB Weld seems a little McGyverish to me.
I'm not sure what equipment was used to "resize" the insert flange but it doesn't look too sophisticated judging by the results. If someone wanted to go this route they can simply grind off the outer lip to size or roll it back as seen below with simple hand tools. Not rocket science. Myself, I'd advise cutting and welding so you can do it right once and forget about it.
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That's a good approach, but you still have to have the equipment or access to someone that does.A much better, yet still fairly easy, approach to this might be to do the dimple thing, and drop the part in but have drilled a couple small holes on opposing sides in line with the insert edge so one could put in a nice tack weld to hold it. Even a bad welder could do that as you can clean it up with a grinder as the welds would be on the outside. For me I would feel better doing this than JB Weld.
Haven't done a thing yet. What free time I can manage, that would usually be spent in the garage, is spent in the car. Unfortunately, the season is going by fast so pretty soon I will be back to melting some metal. It's projects like the fuel filler mod where a TIG can be a really great tool in the arsenal.By the way, how is your TIG welding coming along?
Hey Doug,Ok ... I joined this forum a while ago, have visited a few times since, but don't know if I ever posted anything.
I also never saw all this activity in this thread referencing the thread over at 1969stang.com or myself until TODAY (yes, I'm late to the party).
Terry (Mach1 Driver) provided a link to this thread and as he said his work and other's work posted in THIS thread was the inspiration for my "NO-CUTTING or WELDING" solution for this filler neck insert.
SO YES … I'M THE FILLER NECK INSERT GUY.
I think Doug would agree that it is not the only solution, and the best solution would be the one that best matches your skill level or desire. Doug's approach certainly has it's merits and I applaud him for it. I had already made a modification that works quite well, but I bought one of Doug's kits, because until I learn to TIG I feel its the best way to go.Is this still the best available solution to the problem?