Fuel system finally finished

posted Jul 17, 2012, 8:19 AM by Bill Thomasson   [ updated Jul 17, 2012, 8:21 AM ]
After getting the valve all placed to my satisfaction I tried to install the lines to the fuel filter.  There was just not enough room to get it all the bends needed the the vertical space I had provided.  A  T fitting has to be placed between the valve and the filter for recirculating the fuel through the pump.  After ordering 3-4 different fittings and trying different pipe bends I finally found a combination that would work. 
First a 90 deg fitting with 1 male and 1 female end.  Attached to a T with a female end and 2 male ends.  This put the pipe too far forward to attach directly to the fuel filter as it needed to be down about 1 inch and over about 1 inch, so I used a spiral tube to attach it.  Even so the filter needed to be moved forward, so there was not enough room for a tube to the pump, so I ordered a female-female junction and attached the pump directly to the filter.  Several of these parts had to be special ordered, which took almost 1 month to get them in (even though they were "in stock".)
From front facing rearward
From lower in tunnel facing rearward
Through access panel.
I am happy enough with how it finaly turned out, but if I were to do it again I would just use the aluminum tube everywhere and skip the bonico fuel lines to the wings.
I really do like that I painted the forward area of the tunnel white as you can see in these photos.  It really makes it much brighter to work in, and should be much easier to spot fuel die if there are any leaks.