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Old 08-06-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Smile Radiator hose for a Pace Arrow.

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I have a 1999 Pace Arrow with a Ford F-53 Chassis and a V-10 Ford engine. My problem I just ordered and installed a new external pressure tank that works with the radiator. It is pressurized with a 16 pound cap. It has a small hose (5/16", I think) that feeds the top of the radiator. When I went to install it the hose that came with the tank is about 1 foot short. I need at least 3 foot to make it work. I have talked with the Ford dealer that ordered it for me and was told Ford no longer supplies that hose. I talked with a major auto store and was told they did not have anything that would work. The old hose has a couple places that look like the age of it might not last long and we are preparing to go on the road for at least 6 months.

It was suggested that maybe I could substitute fuel line. I believe that the fuel line might work with the antifreeze but don't have a comfort zone about it being good with the 16 pound pressure cap. If any of you can give me your feedback on this I would surly appreciate it.

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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How about cutting the hose and putting something like a brake line in to make of the difference in length.

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Most all fuel line is rated for at least 50 lbs. That's for hose that is designed for the 'low pressure' side of a fuel supply system. It is designed to withstand gasoline and alcohol, I don't think antifreeze would harm it. Put it on and then put a short piece in a jar of antifreeze. If it dissolves it on your trip, you'll know to start looking for a different hose.

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I have a couple folks that are suggesting that I substitute fuel line.
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