As some may have seen my first initial thread I asked for opinions on AN fittings and line and you all were gracious to provide input. After some deliberation and research I did end up going with Racetronix for fittings and PTFE hose and "The Stop Shop" for my NICOPP hard line sections.
The purpose of this thread is to document my journey of creating a better routed fuel line system and to optimize routing and combat heat and potential of vapor lock issues I was having, mainly to have a Carb system that will sustain prolonged heat and consistent fuel needs during my first Hot Rod Power tour this year.
As typical when doing a major upgrade my intent is to maximize potential future application, hence being able to eventually go EFI with little to no effort when the time comes.
After a lot of YouTube-ing and reading online (here too) I determined the bets course was installing a fuel pressure regulator with return, larger return line than supply, and a " cool carb" cooling plate for under the carb (I have no room for a spacer).
As I'm predicting this to be very successful as it's been proven many times before I thought I would share my install and upgrades with others here in case they could find benefit in it in any fashion.
I can provide my extensive lost of parts involved if it becomes truly desired. I can estimate at current prices my investment thus far is approaching the $7-800 mark. (For those that need context from my past thread I was trying to get the most value in product of fittings and hose without spending outrageous money... obviously this is a substantial investment for optimal improvement). Having said that this same concept of improve CAN OBVUOUSLY be done MUCH cheaper with different products, line, fittings, OEM parts, etc. All in all this is my one car that I intend on keeping for a VERY long time and I like performance parts that make sense. I'm not going full on RACE but I do understand the benefits can be had for the application.
So let me start here...
First couple weeks included the mounting of the pressure regulator and the under the engine bay line routing which included new fittings for the mechanical fuel pump, new EARLs adjustable fuel log and return style pressure regulator. These a routed with intention to stay away and provide distance from main heat sources, Head, Lower coolant hose, headers and heater hoses.
Shoutout to @novabob64
for the idea and concept of taking the lines through bulkheads on the inner fender and back from the inner wheel well to run directly down the side (more to come)
So please feel free to follow along and support with comments or insights if you have done something similar and have had success or challenges the same.