This morning, I received a message from a VW friend showing me the new inlet brass tube to his vintage 28 Pict German Solex carburetor.
As many of you know, the brass inlet tube simply is pressed into the port of the carburetor. With time, this tube can loosen, fall out and be the cause of a devastating fire in the engine compartment.
In the past, I have staked around the tube, which does, indeed, help to prevent its loosening. Some use J-B Weld or some other epoxy to fix the tube into place.
Tim Robson of Yelm, Washington, who is a Solex carburetor specialist, can remove, tap the port and install a “barbed” inlet tube which never will loosen or fall out.
For those who worry that this tube might spoil the vintage look, let me say that the woven hose, when installed, covers the tube so that it is not visible. I recommend this repair. You don’t want to end up like this.