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Old 08-26-2006, 06:42 PM
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Default Sight gauge innerds

Like the Velocity, I believe the Cozy uses sight gauges in the strake baggage area as a indication of fuel level. What, if anything, is safe to place inside this little tube to make the reading easier (instead of just the fuel itself). My first thought is cork as I know it used to be used as fuel floats in old cars. I would prefer to have it brightly colored. What could be used for color? Of course, I don't want something that will disentigrate over time and find its way into the fuel system. I have not used the Adkins (?) aftermarket gauges. Your thoughts are appreciated. TIA.

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Old 08-27-2006, 12:40 AM
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Vance Atkinson has a set of balls .....

.... you can use for this. They're red, and specially designed for the purpose. He also sells a LED light kit. Fairly inexpensive IIRC.
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Old 08-27-2006, 07:52 AM
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WARNING!!!
I would think again about installing vances gauges. The material used for the white flat piece is affected by auto fuel in some planes. Mine and Al Gietzen's were affected. the plastic swelled up and the little holles were closed. Vance knows about it. if I was building again, I would try to solve somehow this problem
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Old 08-27-2006, 12:27 PM
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Thanks for the warning, I have heard of a problem with Vances Gages. I am NOT using them. I am using the stock arraingment provided by Velocity. I just need some kind of little ball to place inside the provided tube in order to see the fuel level better.

John, is there a website to "get balls"?

Any other suggestions?

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Old 08-27-2006, 01:45 PM
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Chris,
Smallparts.com has 1/8" polypropylene balls. Only in white though. I would guess that they will float in fuel, didn't take time time to look up the density...I know they do float on water.
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Old 08-27-2006, 01:57 PM
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Thanks, I forgot about that site.

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How necessary are the sight guages these days? It seems like they are causing more problems than they are worth.
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Old 08-27-2006, 05:59 PM
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How necessary are the sight guages these days? It seems like they are causing more problems than they are worth.
Donno, but mine are the low tech one that come with my kit. Just two elbow connections and a clearish fuel tube.

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The material used for the white flat piece is affected by auto fuel in some planes. Mine and Al Gietzen's were affected. the plastic swelled up and the little holles were closed.
So why not just drill the holes slightly larger before installing the plastic peice?
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Old 08-27-2006, 07:31 PM
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So why not just drill the holes slightly larger before installing the plastic peice?
That was the fix for me, but I went a bit further. From 2 pop rivets I pulled the stems, and used the rivet as a flanged bushing and pressed them in the small holes with some Crazy Glue. This will prevent the holes from shrinking.
But still I'm nervous that this plastic softening process is progressive and can turn the back plate into mush?
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is there a website to "get balls"?
Yes, but I'm not posting the link here. Seriously, I don't know Vance Atkinson's web site address. Maybe a google would find him.

Yes, Marble, I think sight gauges are well worth the "trouble". No signs of problems with mine, except that one of my balls dropped. Just sank to the bottom and stayed there.
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one of my balls dropped.
Today you are a man.

As y'all know, I can't really help myself when it comes to smart aleck remarks....but John tends to help the matter along quite a bit.......kindered spirits I suppose.

I need to measure my actuall diameter of the tubing and will probabley order form tinyparts.com. They are really cheap....like 50 for a couple of bucks...shipping will likely cost more.

I can easily have a dark background for the white balls. Do y'all have any suggestions on a way to color them? I wouldn't mind bright glo-orange to make them stand out. (and yes, I really resisted the urge to make more sar's in that paragraph)

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Vance's website is:

http://home.comcast.net/~nostromo56/

I order the lighted short gauges - didn't know about the 'problem'.

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I need to measure my actuall diameter of the tubing and will probabley order form tinyparts.com. They are really cheap....like 50 for a couple of bucks...shipping will likely cost more.


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Chris, make sure they float in gasoline. I made one myself from foam and plastic coated it. Instaled it without testing, assuming it will float. It stayed on the bottom of the gauge
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:54 PM
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Thinking aloud...

How about using balls from a car battery tester (hydrometer). They stand up to being used in sulfuric acid... The specific gravity of fuel is less than battery acid, I assume they'll float? They come colored, don't know if this is a coating or part of the plastic...
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