I suspect this question falls in the same group as Marvel Mystery Oil, Water Pumps and 12 volt electrical systems but I wonder, do any of you have inline fuel filters tucked out of sight on your T's?
If your are using the OE gravity set up an inline filter will only cause you trouble. It is not needed because Model Ts use sediment bulbs.
The type with a glass tube, metal ends and a screen element will not restrict flow, but there's already a screen in the sediment bulb. The sediment bulb has the added advantage of removing water, if you're running ethanol free fuel.
When I was able to get the '26 running. I thought a fuel filter was a great idea. It caused nothing but issues. I removed the filter and was able to start finding the other issues that the filter was masking.
Just like Willis said NO!
Remember that the fuel today is much cleaner than back in the day.
No inline filter, regardless of construction, will work.
So, you guys don't have a strong opinion one way or another? Just kidding!
I'm going to clean and coat my tank so a sediment bulb should be sufficient. Freshly purchased fuel is unlikely to be a problem in itself. However, if you have a rusty, gummy tank you might have some contaminants get past the screen that could cause issues.
Tim, an honest answer would be that most guys will tell you they are too restrictive. However, there are also those that will say they use them with no problems and recommend a specific type. You will learn one thing if nothing else on this forum. Eventually you will just do what you want, just so you donít have to read all the experts tell you that you canít.
Dennis...., Amen Brother!
No problems on a 26. I used one for several years until all the rust particles stopped coming out of the fuel tank.
A fuel filter is just a modern piece of ugly crap that detracts from the appearance of the car.
Your Model T survived 101 years without a modern fuel filter. Why add one now?
Before you tear apart your car or start adding crap, I suggest actually starting it up and driving it a few times and having some fun.
I rest my case.
That's some great advice Erik. All too often new T owners have been mislead about Model Ts due to the proliferation of misinformation and nonsense concerning such an old car.
You can have one, as I have, BUT you must get a gravity feed type fuel in-line filter. Sold at mower shops for gravity feed riding mowers. Fittings are the same size as the T's std fuel line. No problems at all.
Hey, hey now.... I'm just collecting information to help make informed decisions. I don't want to upset people. I come from a scientific background and it's just my way of doing things.
When I've sorted thru all the facts, opinions and conjecture on the various questions I've posted, I'll go ahead and do what I think best. The results, good or bad, will be on me.
Tim, an in line filter on a car with a cowl tank should be no problem and will keep debris out of the carb. The tank is high enough to provide plenty of head pressure for fuel flow. I would recommend a filter of all metal construction as the fuel line is near the exhaust system. I don't have any experience with under seat tanks so I'll not comment about those systems.