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Old 12-25-2011, 09:50 AM
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Electric Fuel PUMP location

I have been tracking down sources of intermittant shutdown after running
several hours for a couple of years. This past season I only had one
partial stumbling which was cured by using the priming bulb.

Things I have done last season include: This is on a Tartan 34 Classic sloop
removing extra downward loop in fuel line. Replacing all filters sealing connections and tightiening clamps
Replaced elect. fuel pump of another brand with Facet.
Replaced water separator and polishing fuel filter, coil and swapped Indigo for Moyer supplied ignition
. Also cleaned tank, checked vents etc.

Immediate shutdowns were non existence after the above. Believe that
was ignition related.

The fuel pump and and water separator are mounted slightly above
the head on a wall. The fuel tank is located on the carb side of the engine
and at the same level.

I am thinking that it might be wise to relocate the facet pump directly
on the engine as opposed to the firewall this would help gravity and keep
the pump lower compared to the tank.

I have a couple of questions

First, what do others think of this relocation. I think it can't help but
be a improvement.

Second what does the engine mounting bracket look like? I know
I have a mounting kit, but not sure what it looks like

Merry christmas/ Happy Holidays

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Old 12-25-2011, 10:00 AM
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Hello Art - I have never used a Facet but I do have electric fuel pumps, always mounted below the fuel tank. I don't know if the Facet is self priming but I wouldn't count on it. Regards, Hanley
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:41 AM
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Thanks Hanley
You are confirming my thoughts
Best wishes

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Hi Art,

My electric fuel pump is mounted on the bulkhead directly adjacent to the carb. My fuel line (all metal) comes from the tank (stb top side of things) and there is a fuel shut off in the line where it exits the tank. It then runs straight across the underside of the cockpit floor to the port side of the prt lazarette. Then, at the aft aspect of the prt lazarette, turns and runs along the wood trim of the lazarette liner. Fuel filter / separator is there in the lazarette area for easy access (mine is all metal). Just aft of the fuel separator is the second fuel shut off valve. The line then continues for about 2 feet and turns down the bulkhead and heads toward the engine. The last foot before it reaches the pump is rubber and after the pump to the carb is rubber. The pump is about the level of the bottom of the tank...but I'd have to double check that for you. The pump is at the same level as the carb. I've never had a problem with prime...even after draining the separator.

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My tank, filter/separator and carb are all at approximately the same level, give or take. My filter is a cartridge type so replacement assures me of a bone dry filter that needs purging. The Facet primes the system just fine, never an issue.

Art, I can't be certain but my gut tells me the relocation of your pump will not make much of a difference but then again it won't hurt either. No risk in trying.
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prior boats 1987 Westsail 32, 1970 Catalina 22
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