Ask your local (usually old-school) auto parts store if you can go in the back and browse through the hose rack. I found all sorts of great hose bits by doing that. Typically, you can find what you need - it'll just be attached to a bunch of stuff you don't, which can be cut-off and discarded (or thrown in the spare parts pile in the corner of the garage).
Hey Andy hows the build going ? I still need to come over to see what mine will look like in the future. Do you still have your rivit spacing tool that came with the kit ? Mine is on vacation somewhere in the garage. I'm waiting for the powder coater now so I can put my footboxes on for good.
Been there done that. Heat up the end in hot hot water, lube up the hose with hose lube (AutoZone has it at the counter in a little packets), slip over the pump and leave it there for a day or two. It's still be a challenge to do while on the car, but easier.
What CCR said. There is no need to strech anything, Go to NAPA, they have a book that shows a ton of different hoses with pics and dimensions. Pick the one that will work in your application. I would do anything to keep from using that SS junk or streching the hose mouth to fit.
Do y'all know why some hoses stretch better than others? Lack of inner braid. It's a low quality hose.
If distorting and breaking the inner braid is what it takes to fit a hose, count me out. There's hundreds of them at the parts store, fitting the CORRECT hose properly the first time isn't that hard. "******* engineering" the wrong hose and getting it to work isn't a recommendation, it's a testimony to the fitter's skill level and expertise.
Don't damage your build with a cheap shortsighted solution. At $15 a gallon and a tow truck fee hours later, you are just setting yourself up for failure. Do it right, you won't mess with it for 75K miles.
Hey, I work a parts store, pay me once or pay me over and over and over and over . . .
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