HEI dist doesn't clear fuel line

Discussion in 'Inquiries' started by Jeff Pulera, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. Jeff Pulera

    Jeff Pulera Well-Known Member

    Just installed the TA HEI last night and being obviously bigger at the base than points distributor, it is hitting the steel fuel line to carb.

    I've tried the stock fuel line as well as Inline Tube replacement which is bent differently.

    On a 1968 Skylark 350-4bbl

    Any suggestions on what works?


  2. johnriv67

    johnriv67 Well-Known Member

    Cut the steel line about where it comes up near the water pump and run it as a rubber line past the HEI and then into the carb. That’s how I’ve run it.

    I have since switched to bendable copper line. Why I didn’t say that earlier, I do not know.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2019

    BUICKRAT Torque Rules!

    I would hesitate to run rubber fuel line near the distributor. Can you bend the line some or make your own line?
  4. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    When in doubt, re route
  5. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  6. Jeff Pulera

    Jeff Pulera Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the ideas and quick responses

    Just installed new cam and lifters and such and was eager to get this running last night but fuel line stopped me in my tracks.

    Bought car with engine partially tore down so havent heard it run at all yet


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  7. B-rock

    B-rock Well-Known Member

    I had the same issue, I just carefully bent the line to clear the distributor. Later on I went ahead and bent my own Stainless 3/8 line.

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