I have made a new tapered plug for my 1927 shutoff valve and lapped it in with Timesaver. Any suggestions on a lubricant I might use on the plug that would be immune to gasoline?
I will probably be flayed alive,but I have rubbed plain old lvory bar soap on them.Sure there is something modern,l just don't know what-yet.
Aviation fuel lube, like EZ-turn. Available from the Model T vendors, or aviation supply sites.
Ted - Use what Mark suggests and it will not leak. And it will be easy to turn.
Yes, use EZ-turn. I tried all kinds of other things I had around the house and shop like soap, etc. Nothing worked or worked for very long. The EZ-Turn is made for this and will not dissolve in fuel. I find I use it much more than I thought on other things around the shop, so it will be money well spent.
My gas valve leaked slightly and I ended up using soap flakes on the valve - problem fixed. This tip came from the forum a few years back.
I've used bar soap - no problems so far.
Ordered some EZ-Turn from Aircraftspruce.
Thanks to all you folks.
Just don't put too much EZ turn on the thing. I made that mistake and my car would not start one Saturday morning when I was supposed to lead a tour. Had to do it in modern iron. Later found out a glob of EZ Turn prevented fuel from flowing into the carburetor.
Aircraft Spruce is a source for a low cost speedometer (about $12 plus shipping)for our Ts. Someone has posted in the past using one.
That'll just measure airspeed. Essential thing to know in an airplane, but kinda useless in a T.
I have a tub of BP rubber grease (for easing seals, hoses and the like into place) and see that the tub says "for use where a petroleum resistant grease is required". It sort of smells a bit lanolin-ish and is quite stringy in texture. Might be just the thing ?
I did the bar soap thing - several times - lasted several weeks but leak kept coming back even after smoothing it out. Gave up and put in a modern ball valve as Royce suggested in some earlier post. Never leaks.
NEVER should you run out of airspeed and altitude at same time
In the old days it was Fels- Naptha soap to resist gasoline, repairs minor leaks also, maybe not with new gas. Dave in Bellingham,WA
Bob Cascisa, Still using your "speedometer"?(Picture posted by Bob in Jul 2015.)