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I received a used fuel tank for my sprint. When I pulled the sending unit I was surprised to find a radio vacuum tube in place of the original float. Over the years I have come across ham handed and bungled fixes, but this one is just strange. I admire the ingenuity and craftsmanship of whoever thought to do this strange and unexpected repair.
 

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Pretty good job! Are you going to change it or leave it? Better than painted cork, and a unique fix.
 
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I believe I'll display it as a tribute to resourceforness an creative thinking, although it must have operated for an extended period. I haven't seen a vacuum tube in a very long time. Bill P
 

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If you don't want it, I'll take it. Seems like a excellent float. I always liked vacuum tubes, even burned out. Internally they look very purposeful, unlike transistors. Operating, they gave us LIGHT. But, as mentioned, you sure don't want a functioning tube in your fuel tank.
 

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Have you tried running a current through it? That should make the tank light up...
... and the neighborhood like a nuke.. seems like something out of an Ian Fleming novel. The only problem I see putting this on a forum will be the inane questions on the wattage, amperage, and resistance... and lest I forget the accuracy of the gage and whether it cures a bouncing needle... see what i started! uncle
 

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... The only problem I see putting this on a forum will be the inane questions on the wattage, amperage, and resistance... and lest I forget the accuracy of the gage and whether it cures a bouncing needle... see what i started! uncle
Gosh, I was about to ask, Uncle! My own fuel gauge sender threw in the towel some time ago...:wink2:
 
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