The finished piece
ready to have the wiring finished and start
making some power. I'll admit this isn't
what I would normally consider a "Stocker," but
I don't make the rules -- I just explore
Fuel and ignition systems
by Jay Roeder
everyone and welcome back! This issue will
cover the selection and installation of the
fuel and ignition systems, along with some
much anticipated track results!
Last issue I covered the selection and rather
detailed installation of the camshaft and assorted
valvetrain components. Part of my story was
to emphasize the point that I do not want to
overkill anything about this project and only
use the products that will, in the words of
Larry the cable guy, “Get ‘er done!” Luckily
for us, the parts that “get ‘er
done” don’t necessarily have to
be unattractive anymore.
Here is the Aeromotive
SS series fuel pump and 2-port regulator.
Flowing 150 gph at 8 psi, this is one
heck of a good “street-strip” combo.
And yeah, it looks cool too!
First off, let’s cover the fuel system.
For the fuel pump and regulator I went to Aeromotive
and talked to Kyle Fickler. I told him what
I was building and the expected horsepower
level I hoped to attain and also that I do
not want to overkill the system. Kyle recommended
the Aeromotive SS series pump and 2-port regulator.
The SS stands for Street/Strip but is rather
misleading. The pump flows 150 gph at 8 psi
and only draws 4 amps. Those are some pretty
amazing numbers for a “street” pump!
Kyle informed me that he even has some Competition
Eliminator cars running this pump and those
guys don’t mess around!
The regulator is a 2-port diaphragm design
with 3/8” pipe threads, or -06 is also
available, so plumbing it was a cinch. As the
picture shows, both of these parts are REAL
nice to look at. The main bodies are carved
from billet aluminum, not cast like the old
trusty blue pump we all have used, and the
best part of it all is the price is very competitive
with “ Ol’ Blue.” The Aeromotive
pump and regulator are very nice pieces and,
as you will find later in the article, they
work very well too.
A close-up of
the Aeromotive 2-port regulator and the
Ashcroft pressure gauge. I fed the Demon
carb with the single -08 line on the
right and installed my fuel check valve
on the left. The check valve is simply
a radiator drain petcock and it works
For the remainder of the fuel system I used
the stock Ford fuel tank and made my own pickup
tube from 3/8” steel brake line. The
picture shows the rather odd shape of the tube
as it has to be made this way in order to fit
within the factory sump area. I don’t
like the way the leading end has to face towards
the front of the car and I think I have a solution
on the way from Aeromotive. More on this next
From the new pickup tube I used a -08 braided
hose and fittings from Aeroquip and plumbed
it to my inline filter from Barry Grant, which
I have coupled to the Aeromotive pump. The
line exits the pump and after about 18 inches
more of -08 braided it couples with a 1/2” aluminum
fuel line that I bought in a 25-foot coil and
carefully routed towards the front of the vehicle.
One thing I paid extra attention to was making
sure I routed the aluminum line away from any
moving parts or sharp edges. Also, I fastened
the line every foot or so with rubber-clad
aluminum clamps to prevent chafing.