Looking for suggestions on battery or siphon systems to fill the cowl gas tank on my '26 Runabout. Holding the gas can is getting difficult.
They make things called gas pumps.
They can be found at places called service stations - that are not really service stations anymore.
You put a plastic card in the slot, press a few buttons and gasoline comes out of a hose.
It is amazing!
OK Try a Multi-Use transfer pump from Harbor Freight - It is only about $7.00
I wouldn't use that multi-Use pump the hoses tend to disconnect without warning not a good thing when messing with flammable liquids. but if you can set the fuel container on something stable higher than the cowl (I have a shelf built for that purpose) this one works and the hoses cannot disconnect
How about something like this? Most I have seen are gravity fed and meant to fill things on the ground. But they are available with hand operated rotary pumps.
Regarding a battery operated pump: Make darn sure the connections are away from the fuel. One spark & well you know.
A gas can is almost as hard to use on a 26-27 as a gas pump in California. In California we have a vacuum device to take the gas fumes from the tank so it doesn't cause air pollution. It is quite difficult to fill a Model T because you have to hold back the vacuum device while you hold the nozzle above the tank. On a modern car you just push the nozzle into the filler neck until the vacuum device is against the filler and it you can pump the gas. With a T, the nozzle will go right into the gas and the automatic shut off operates. So it takes two hands. One to hold the nozzle and the other to push back the vacuum device. This is not so hard with the under seat gas tank, but with the 26-27 or with a Model A, you have to reach up high. If you climb on the fender you might scratch the paint or bend the fender. Last week we were in Arizona and they don't have the vacuum device. Sure was easy to fill the tank.
Anyway, I would recommend that you open the hood and step on the hood sill with one foot and on the running board with the other foot. Maybe a taller person wouldn't have as much trouble and could easily do it from the ground.
Filling with gas jug is fairly easy if your jug isn't full up. These older, pre-lawsuit Blitz jugs without the latest EPA/ flame arrestor spout are nice, two handles make for easy holding with 2 hands.
Normally my 8" wide funnel is in the gas filler hole, that keeps spills away.
Just showing the handles, no pouring. Funnel is used for that. Filled to just 3-4 gal is easy to hold this 5gal jug.
I use a McCuff nozzle donut it pushes back the nozzle vapor return so you don't have to hold it back with your fingers, it stabilizes the nozzle so it's easier to hold and pump, seals the ring, and it prevents drips. It has its own carrying case. I have them in all the Ts and all the motorcycles.
If the larger gas can is too difficult to hold try using the smaller cans that are made for filling string trimmers and chainsaws. It may take several cans but they are lighter and easy to handle.
Sportsmans Guide in Minnesota sell new WWII style gas cans. They also sell a real nozzle for them. They're available in two sizes. The smaller one is very easy to use on a '26
Rural King sells a gas can nozzle replacement kit. They caution you not to use it as a replacement for modern gas can nozzles and only use it on your older damaged gas cans.
I have come to the age and health where 5 gallon cans are no longer a option for me. I bought one of the 30 gallon wheeled units with a manual crank pump as pictured in a post above and love how it works. Should have bought one years ago. Keep checking Amazon and Northern Tool until someone has them on sale and save 35-40 dollars.
These are available in Canada. I suspect something similar is available in the US?
Flo N' Go Home Filling Station, 25L
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/flo-n-go-home-filling-station-25l-0283019p.htm l?utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=AskAndAnswer&utm_co ntent=Default
So, how do you fill that thing in the first place?
I second what Norm Kling posted. I'm tall and it is still a pain. Same problem putting gas in our 1910 2 cylinder REO.
Enjoyed doing the benefit car show at the hospital last week with Norm. If you ever think you have health problems.....doing this really makes you count your blessings.