Cut a fuel line while trying to wrestle the rusted corpse of my tub from the frame. Nice straight cut......now what? Do I have to replace the whole thing or can I patch it with rubber tubing and clamps????
I ran my Jeep when I first got it with about 5 pieces of rubber line spliced in 'cause I couldn't afford to replace them. It may not be the "right" thing to do, but I never had a problem. Just make sure you get all the metal particals out before you reconnect the line, and maybe run it for a bit when you get that far and replace the fuel filter. Good luck.
Go to AutoZone (or whatever your local auto store is) and buy a few feet of rubber gas line. I just got 6 feet for about $2.50 or $5.00 I believe it was. Very cheap. If you decide to patch it with a rubber gas line, put a good 4" overlap on each side of the line to insure you wont have any leakes or worry about the line slipping off.
Obviously the best thing to do is replace it but if you dont have the dough, patch it.
If it's steel line, you could use a compression fitting. You can grab one from an autoparts store and it will be a much better fix. Pretty much permanent. It is definately a better fix. Just try to figure out the right size (but you would have to do that for the rubber hose and clamps). Should run you under $3.
Edit: They are good well over 100# of pressure, so they work fine on fue injected motors as well.
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Rubber will rot in the short run. Sounds like you cut the return line. I would replace them all since you have the body off, brake lines included. Much easier to do it now and the cost of the rolls are very inexpensive. Don't cut corners here.
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My vote is for replacing them with new stainless lines, since you have the tub removed, anyway.
There is a metal option, if your local auto parts store carries them. There's brake line splices, used to join brake lines together, that may work for fuel lines. I can't recommend them in good faith, though.