|Cork Float, tips and tricks
Post Number: 15
|Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012 - 11:02 pm: ||
Shellac is the traditional way to prevent the cork float from becoming saturated with fuel and sinking,causing the carburetor to flood.
With the advent of Ethanol (alcohol) fuel, The old shellac lasts about 10 minutes before it dissolves and sinks.
Pipe glue lasts about 15 minutes before the ethanol dissolves it.
However there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I have discovered that by coating my cork fuel floats with several coats of Super Glue that I can now use any fuel I wish.
It is readily available,cheap and very,very quickly ready for use.
Simply apply it with a shrink-wrapped finger.
It does require fast application with obvious consequences if you are not. :-)
Chester H. Long
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:36 pm: ||
I have a 100 Year Old Gray model "U" single cylinder marine engine with a Krice carburetor that I am restoring. Being frugal, I figured I could make a new carburetor float. I purchased some 3" round laboratory beaker holders. I was able to shape the cork, using a bench grinder and a rotary file in my drill press. I then used a product "sloshing liquid for inside motorcycle gas tanks to prevent rust" to paint the cork three coats. I figured if it is used inside gas tanks it should be GOOD to prevent gas from soaking into cork. This is an experiment and I have no resulting data!
Post Number: 47
|Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 04:58 pm: ||
Another great sealer is West epoxy. Since I do boat work as well, I have it in the shop. Just brush on two thin coats and you are all set. It will also bond together broken parts and cracks at the same time. I use it to coat the wooden gas tanks in the hydroplanes I build so I know it is gasoline safe.