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    Default Air in fuel lines and sputtering at high and now low speeds

    I posted the other day about sputtering at high speeds (100mph) and received some great suggestions. Thanks
    There seems to be an issue I just discovered, bubbling in the fuel line, I guess it is air. I orginally thought this to be vapor lock as I am in AZ and it is very hot. However the other day I took the car out and it began running poorly in seconds, well before vapor lock should have occured. I have included a photo it seems there may be air in the line and it is causing bubbles and I guess that is causing an inconsistant fuel flow. I am guessing I have a hole in a line or some loose connection that is causing air to be sucked into the fuel lines. Has anyone had an issue like this, or any suggestions. I do not see fuel line for sale for me to replace the current lines. In any case any insight would be appreciated. I guess this could be why the car begins to sputter as the fuel demand increases at the upper mph level.

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    If you run all the lines back to the tank and find no wet spots where gas is leaking out and air would be drawn in, then I'd suspect a crack in the pickup tube in the tank.
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    I have personally seen this issue (sucking air) from loose hose connections on 2 different 240Zs, and have even seen it where there were no wet spots or other external indications. Start by tightening/checking all connections. If that doesn't help, then look into the pickup tube.
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    Thanks. where and what is the pick up tube? sorry for my lack of knowledge. I looked through my manual but did not find anything with that name
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    The pick-up tube is the metal fuel line inside the fuel tank. One end is at the bottom of the tank. The other end comes out the side of the fuel tank near the fuel gauge sending unit. A rubber hose connects this tube to the steel fuel line that runs up to the engine.

    The pick-up tube is steel and can rust or crack causing a leak. When the fuel level gets below this leak air is allowed into the fuel line causing reduced fuel flow and poor performance or in severe cases a non-running condition.

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    oh, well funny thing the car stopped running yesterday and I figured it was the fuel pump. I guess the best test would be to add some gas and see if it begins to run again. Is there a way to fix the pick up tube.

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    A welding shop might be able to remove the old one and weld in a new one.

    I replaced mine by eliminating the fuel gauge sender and making a plate to replace it that has a AN bulkhead fitting on it. On the inside I used an 3/8" aluminum tubing bent such that the free end is at the bottom of the tank near the baffle wall. The outside has the usual AN fitting for the flex line to attach. I sealed the original pickup tube with a rubber cap.

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    Thanks everyone, I just have a few more questions based on some recent issues and discoveries.
    In my attempt to determine if the pick up tube was clogged or perhaps not working properly I disconnected the line from between the gas tank feed to the metal fuel line. When I did this the fuel ran very freely all over the ground, a lot of fuel. Am I correct in assuming that the pick up tube is working correctly as there does not seem to be any shortage in the flow of fuel from it. From there I disconnected the fuel pump line from the fuel rail and cranked the engine. The fuel flowed in spurts which seemed to be in time with the offset at the end of the cam where the fuel pump -pump lever meets the round thing. I am trying to determine why my car keeps stalling which seems to be getting worse.So does the pick up tube and the fuel pump seem to be working correctly.

    Please advise
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