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« on: September 12, 2008, 11:08:18 AM »

Does anyone know a good place to have an AC fuel pump rebuilt?  I have purchased 2 different rebuilt pumps through Rick's, and both of them have looked horrible.  The casting on the first one actually had through holes in it.  The casting on the second one had a lot of porosity and just looked bad for a 'show quality' pump.  I can only assume that these are Goat Hill Classic pumps, since the part number on the box starts with "GHC".

I would like to have my original AC logo pump rebuilt, or find a source for a nice looking rebuilt unit.
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2008, 11:28:33 AM »

The original crimped-bottom pumps were never designed to be rebuilt; I wouldn't put a rebuilt crimped pump on my car, for safety reasons.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2008, 04:51:04 PM »

The original crimped-bottom pumps were never designed to be rebuilt; I wouldn't put a rebuilt crimped pump on my car, for safety reasons.

What do you think of these units being sold by Heartbeat City? I was considering purchasing one but now have reservations after considering your post.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=270282003391
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 04:19:50 PM »

The original crimped-bottom pumps were never designed to be rebuilt; I wouldn't put a rebuilt crimped pump on my car, for safety reasons.
John, I don't see any inherent danger other than the possibility of leakage. Is that the safety concern? If so, I would think close monitoring wouldn't be too big a burden especially if the car is not driven too much, like mine.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 04:57:44 PM »

Leaking fuel is most definitely a safety concern.

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 10:48:52 AM »

Leaking fuel is most definitely a safety concern.

Jimmy V.

Let me rephrase that, Its either gonna to leak or its not, just as a new pump could, and can be easily monitored. JMO. Personally, I'm running an aftermarket Carter on my car.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 12:08:24 PM »

The guy who rebuilds the non-rebuildable pumps (Goat Hill Classics) doesn't have the same kind of tooling to crimp the bottom of the pumps that AC used originally; I wouldn't risk the fuel leakage on my car.
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 03:19:18 PM »

Is there a source for Rebuild Kits for the 'screwed on base' AC pump?  like a 4460 unit?
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 03:28:29 PM »

The guy who rebuilds the non-rebuildable pumps (Goat Hill Classics) doesn't have the same kind of tooling to crimp the bottom of the pumps that AC used originally; I wouldn't risk the fuel leakage on my car.
I was under the impression Goathill uses new parts with onlt the used aluminum body recycled.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2008, 01:33:50 AM »

My first one leaked that I got from him, but he took care of it.  I had it on until I rebuilt the engine and it worked fine.  When it gets to the point where I put it back on, I won't be driving it that much.
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2008, 04:53:25 PM »

The original crimped-bottom pumps were never designed to be rebuilt; I wouldn't put a rebuilt crimped pump on my car, for safety reasons.

I totally agree with John on this.  Kind of like splicing in an aftermarket fuel filter into the hardline between the fuel pump and the carb with rubber line and clamps.  Not the best approach.  You don't want a fuel leak, regardless of how small.
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2014, 10:51:40 PM »

My name is Fred Ballard and I DO restore these crimp together type of fuel pumps. I am NOT in any way now or ever have been related to Goat Hill Classics. I am currently working on my seventeenth restoration run and I am actively gathering pumps for my eighteenth run which will begin very soon. I have done over 800 of these so far. I generally only do 2 or 3 runs per year based on customer needs. I need a minimum number of pumps to do a run and I am near that now.

The restoration is $220 plus $20 return shipping in the lower 48 states. This service needs to be prepaid and a personal or company check is the preferred method of payment. The pumps are disassembled, cleaned, replated and rebuilt with diaphragms and valves compatible with current ethanol laced fuels. If you are planning to send yours in, please email me and enclose contact and shipping information with the pump. The service takes about one month from the time that I begin the disassembly process.

I seem to be the only one in the world currently doing these pumps. If you Google "crimped fuel pump rebuild" my name is the only one that comes up. My specialty has been Ford pumps but I have done a fair number of GM and Chrysler pumps as well.

Here is a link to a Ford one that I did that was on Ebay recently. This will give you some idea of the quality of my work.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/111335656619?ssPageName=STRK:MEUNSOLD:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1562.l2649

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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2014, 09:03:02 AM »

Thanks for the information Fred. While the CRG doesn't normally allow for sale and wanted ads, since your post is a "service" and something a lot of folks are looking for, we'll keep this one around. However, I've removed your other two posts since they're duplicates.

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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2014, 09:17:39 AM »

My original pump is in a box on a shelf in my Camaro's garage.   That is where it is going to stay.   Leaking fuel leaking fuel  is something I don't even want to think about on my car.

Jim
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2014, 09:21:11 AM »

A leaking fuel pump;  I mean.      JIM   :-)
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