It's too cold here to spend any significant amount of time outside right now.
When the rear end was up just a little yesterday I smelled fuel and I knew the hose was probably leaking due to the tilt of the car.
Today, as I raised the rear end as high as I could with the trolley jacks (first the small one because the larger one wouldn't fit under the differential with even a 3/4" block of wood), the fuel started really dropping again. I'm assuming the braid-cloth-covered fuel hose is cracked to bits underneath that braided cloth, and as soon as fuel hits that, it leaks out. I'm letting it drip into a gas can at the current moment.
Next I think I need to get the front end in the air so I can get under the whole car, front-to-back. I will probably want to get under the car for the fuel pump stuff later anyway. For now, I will let the gas drip. I'm not used to this 37 degree F weather.
I have not gotten under the car to investigate how far I need to go with the metal lines, but I think there's a split under the driver door in the rocker where the fuel lines are connected with rubber hose. So I guess first steps will be:
- drain tank and remove all rubber.
- drop tank and inspect it.
- blow out the metal lines with compressed air.
- replace fuel pump with new the one I received with the white sedan parts.
- replace hoses from fuel pump to carbs (if practical).
- run rubber hose to the new fuel pump and from a gas can to make sure the fuel pump is working and the car will run.
- reassemble as it should be with new rubber and clamps and a verified tank.
Now that I have that I have the car up and inside the garage, I can begin to care for it. Scrape away that rust, clean the underside of the car, etc. Need to find out what I got here. I have already noticed a few dents in some bright work, like the tail light trim and one piece under the trunk. It's good to have a parts car and a local w114 enthusiast to help out.
More to come when things warm up a bit.