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Thread: 1950 EL Gas Tank Crossover Line

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    Default 1950 EL Gas Tank Crossover Line

    Are all aftermarket gas lines bend to fit ? Or, does anyone make replacement lines that installs without any trouble ? I'm trying to button up this bike and the line that I bought a few years ago from Deluxe H-D Restorations doesn't want to go on. At the same time, I bought a pair of Peek manifold seals that just dropped on with NO interference. I tried to do a bubble test and I didn't need the soapy water. As soon as I put a little air to it, you could here the air leaking. The same happened after I tried to tighten the nuts further. This is with an N.O.S. intake. Luckily I found an N.O.S. ( or close ) pair of seals in one of my boxes. Back to the original question. I have a nice, new paint job on the tanks and don't want to bugger them up.
    Craig

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    I doubt you will find anything that fits right off, even NOS factory lines aren't a perfect fit due to variances in tank mounting. All the more reason why a "COMPLETE" dry build is important. Fit first, paint later.
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    If your cross over line is cad plated, you should be able to work it to fit. If it's chrome, it probably won't work. At worst, you could bend your own line from copper tubing, and use the fittings from the reproduction. This is the stuff that comes up when you build a bike; but you really have to take your hat off to the original manufacturer that built thousands of motorcycles and spare parts that did fit. In defense of aftermarket; they take their best guess at decades old Harleys that have been horribly messed with.
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    Robbie; I bought this bike from the family of the original owner. It was a daily rider. It was pretty much original, except for the headlight, front tins, and wheels. I think he or a family member took it to a "shop" for something and was talked into putting shiny stuff on it including a chrome crossover line. I didn't think that the crossover line would be a problem. I put a repop line on my ULH over 20 years ago and it just needed a little tweak.

    Eric; It's cad plated. The U-bend is in the wrong place. I'm going to work with it.
    Craig

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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    I. At worst, you could bend your own line from copper tubing, and use the fittings from the reproduction. .
    In most states it is illegal to use copper for a fuel line. Vibration causes it to break.
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    Are you sure you weren't sent one for a Knucklehead? Bend would be wrong.
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    In most states it is illegal to use copper for a fuel line. Vibration causes it to break.
    That may be the case, Chris; but properly brazed, or soldered fittings on copper tubing are very durable. I've seen half-assed steel fuel lines fail and I attribute that to the fabricator. This conversation could quickly go way beyond my knowledge of metallurgy so I'll bail out now
    Eric Smith
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    I routinely cut up "Twist-Worthy" brake lines, Folks!

    Always easy to form, a breeze to soft-solder, and looked the way they should.

    Probably extinct, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubone View Post
    Are you sure you weren't sent one for a Knucklehead? Bend would be wrong.
    Robbie; This is what I have and it doesn't look like a Knucklehead line.CIMG1459.JPGCIMG1460.JPG
    Craig

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    The cross-over lines I've bought from Old Dude have the strain relief circle more in the center, and that is what you see in the H-D Spare Parts book.
    Eric Smith
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