Fuel pumps are this month’s focus for our Performance Tech section, as these are a crucial component for optimum performance for any car’s gas tank. While there are a few pumps out on the market, only Aeromotive Inc. has stepped to the plate with an easy solution to add an internal fuel pump to your existing fuel tank. In our world, it’s a great way to add the right fuel pump for your EFI system without having to swap out your already customized gas tank.

This hot trend to add EFI engine swaps and aftermarket EFI systems has been around for years and has become more popular than ever as manufacturers come up with easier ways for the average Joe to be able to tackle the job. It’s no secret why either; you can add ridiculous power and do it in such an affordable way that it’s a no-brainer. What makes these conversions so affordable is the ample supply of parts and kits available from the aftermarket. Until now, swapping out the fuel system has been a costly and time-consuming upgrade.

Block mount pumps aren’t an option on today’s engines. Carbureted pumps are not going to work with EFI and the tanks in these cars are not designed for EFI pumps. What do you do? Do you switch to a fuel cell? Do you try to weld in a big sump on your tank? Do you go all out and fabricate a custom tank? While all of these are options that will work, they can be very expensive, require a lot of work, and may not deliver the results you are looking for.

Why is in-tank better? Think about it. When is the last time you saw a vehicle come from the OEM’s that had an externally mounted fuel pump? By putting the pump in the tank, you virtually eliminate hot fuel handling issues like cavitations and vapor lock because the pump is constantly submerged, taking advantage of the column height of fuel on the inlet of the pump. Also, due to the innovative baffle or basket, you can control fuel slosh keeping fuel at the pickup point (the pump) at all times; even with low fuel levels and under extreme driving conditions.

That said, whether you are restoring a muscle car, building a street rod or doing your thing like building a Lowrider, the Phantom fuel system might just be the option for you. Check out how we installed this fuel pump into our stainless steel Cars Inc. Impala gas tank.

<strong>1</strong>. We became ready to start our install of the Aeromotive universal fuel pump.<strong>2</strong>. We started by removing our Cars Inc. new gas tank from our vehicle.<strong>3</strong>. Before doing any cutting or drilling, we wanted to make sure that the gas gauge wasn't going to interfere with the fuel pump.<strong>4</strong>. Once we figured out where we would be drilling, we used a center punch to start off the drilling.<strong>5</strong>. We were ready to start drilling on our stainless steel gas tank.<strong>6</strong>. Using our 3-1/4 hole saw; we drilled into the gas tank. To make sure that you don't burn up your hole saw, cut the hole at the bits' recommended speed; in our case it was at 50RPM.<strong>7</strong>. With the hole cut out, we attached the Aeromotive template and installer.<strong>8</strong>. Using the drill bit provided, Kevin drilled out the mounting holes.<strong>9</strong>. These holes will keep it cleaned out and ready for us to start assembling the fuel pump.<strong>10</strong>. After cleaning the gas tank from debris, we measured the height of the gas tank.<strong>11</strong>. Once you have the measurement from the tank depth, add 1-inch to the measurement, as you will need it to cut the baffle foam.<strong>12</strong>. There are a couple of ways that you can cut the foam. Aeromotive recommends using a bread knife or used hacksaw blade. We had access to a bandsaw, so that's what we used to assure a straight cut.<strong>13</strong>. The inner C-ring was ready to be bolted on.<strong>14</strong>. Having an opening on the ring allowed it go into the tank.<strong>15</strong>. The studs on the inner ring should be sticking out through the drilled-out template.<strong>16</strong>. Once the lower ring is attached, you will need to install the template and mounting tool back onto the tank.<strong>17</strong>. The mounting tool will help the foam baffle to slip in without getting cut from the edge of the gas tank.<strong>18</strong>. Your baffle should be centered to allow the fuel pump to be attached correctly.<strong>19</strong>. The mounting tool should be removed to allow you to install the fuel pump.<strong>20</strong>. This gasket will keep all of the fumes and your gas from spilling out.<strong>21</strong>. You will need to remember the height of the gas tank so you can cut down the pump bracket to the right size.<strong>22</strong>. Here is a look at the fuel pump fully assembled and ready to be installed into the gas tank.<strong>23</strong>. Lining up the holes and the position of the outlets we placed the pump onto the gas tank.<strong>24</strong>. We used two nuts to start bolting down the fuel pump.<strong>25</strong>. Once you have all of the nuts and lock washers on, you will have to remove and add the washers to the first nuts that were used.<strong>26</strong>. The fuel pump was tightened down using a cross pattern and we were then ready to have the gas tank bolted back on.<strong>27</strong>. Our Cars Inc. gas tank was back on, ready to be plumbed and taken out on the road!

Hi Performance Lucas oil Products inc. Tech Tip of the Month

In this August Lowrider Garage “Tip of the month” series we discuss facts about Lucas’ Gear Oil. Changing out the gear oil on your differential is a very important service that usually goes neglected until the rear end blows out or breaks down. You can avoid all of this by changing out your oil as your manufacturer suggest. Today we looked at Lucas’ Synthetic gear oil, which is perfect for those who neglect their rear end on their vehicles.

Lucas Sae 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil

Lucas SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil is a non-foaming, super slick, long lasting lubricant specially designed for heavy duty or high performance applications where other gear lubricants just aren’t good enough.

This lubricant contains a special additive package that cushions gears and resists “squeezing out” under extreme pressure situations where other gear lubricants just aren’t good enough. Lucas Gear oil is also specially designed to stand up to high temperatures without losing its lubricity.

Key Benefits:

  • Heavy duty
  • High performance
  • Stands up to high temperatures

To learn more about this specialized gear oil and other Lucas Oil Products log onto www.lucasoil.com.