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    Okay so my D's fuel tank is back in and hooked up. I have freshened up the fuel gauge sender back from the dead. Looking for a suitable float hack that may stave off sender replacement. Any ideas ?? Would a standard wine bottle cork workish as a similar weight. Fuel gauge at best is always a bit of a crap shoot so happy to engineer a substitute even if it requires driver / fuel gauge/ level recalibration if you get my drift.

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    Try using the float from a carby , late model jap carbys have a solid plastic that can be cut and shaped to suit.
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    if the float has a crack in it you could try glueing over it, JB weld is a handy product and cheap to have around. Fuel resistant too. I imagine a real cork might break down and turn to yuk, the 'plastic' corks might be worse.

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    I have had some success with brass tank floats for a Ford Mustang. Use flux to tin the steel. Put the brass tank float into a cup of water to keep the existing solder from melting.
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    Thanks everyone. Old float was well gone. Does anyone know the correct weight of the float. ? That might be a good starting point

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    I would say, as long as it floats (and keeps doing so)... just bend the rod so it says "empty" when you have about ten liters in it...

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    Pretty sure weight of the float is immaterial. What is important is whether it is sufficiently buoyant to lift the arm of the sender when floating on the surface of the gasoline. In the past, folks have used wine corks, (sometimes sealed with fuel-resistant paint), so I suspect it doesn't have to be a very large float.
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    I used Plastic one. I tried to make one with brass but it was too heavy. I think lighter the better.
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    I didn't try to make one out of brass, I just bought one ready-made. It works great and will never get fuel soaked.

    https://www.amazon.com/Brass-Ford-Fu...el+float&psc=1

    Just hit "continue to amazon"
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    Get it while you can!

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    what if you have a VPN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by forumnoreason View Post
    what if you have a VPN?
    Don't know however you will certainly need a delivery agent, because shipping is only allowed to the US.

    With both a VPN and forwarding organization it's likely to become a moot point if it's cheaper to pay the 10% GST.

    However ,doubtless some will still try avoid paying GST, even if it proves a Pyrrhic victory.
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    You don't have to buy one from Amazon. I thought Fords were pretty popular in OZ back in the '70's, so the fuel tank floats might be available locally.
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