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Healeybob Bob Bishop
littleton, CO, USA   USA
I am restoring a 60 bugeye. I have a rebuilt 1275 and a new pump and wire harness. I dont see any wires in the rear for the pump. Where do the pump wires come from?

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ron1961bugeye Ron Anderson
Philomath, OR, USA   USA
Since the original wiring did not include wires for a rear electric pump, your new wiring harness may not have that added feature. If not, you'll need to add a wire to feed power to the electric fuel pump. Connect the fuel pump power to the ignition switch such that when the key is on the pump will operate; when off, the pump is off.


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AN5L8016 Mark Haynes
Nederland, CO, USA   USA
Or put a switch under/on the dash. If you don't label it, it makes for a great theft prevention circuit.
I ran the wires along with the original harness under the passenger's door and along the rear fender, from there, you can run it through where the fuel filler gasket is, or punch a small hole in the axle hump, and using a grommet, run the wire along the fuel line to the pump. If you are running pos ground still, don't forget to isolate the pump body from ground and wire appropriately.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-01-04 08:33 AM by AN5L8016.

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garm Gold Member Garm Beall
Chatsworth, CA, USA   USA
Bob, which pump did you buy?

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Dayton, OH, USA   USA
I did the same job recently and installed an SU that works +/- Ground. Makes the right tick, tick noises. You need a pump < 3 PSI. There is a fairly inexpensive pump < $50 I got at Advance Auto. Its a generic pump marketed under a number of different brands. I did need to replace one of these on a '68 Sprite I had after about 6 months of running.

Use some rubber grommets to help isolate the pump.

New Wiring Harness I have on order includes a switched Run going back to the Pump. A $10 additional item via British Wiring when I ordered.

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