February 06, 2017
The Best Available
So you want to replace the front to rear fuel lines on your EFI Fox body? Good luck. After an exhaustive search it seems there are two companies making these lines: Classic Tube and Fine Lines. I initially purchased a set of rebadged Classic Tube lines from LMR. The bends were outright wrong in places, and they did not fit well. I then purchased a set of Fine Lines from American Muscle. The bends were pretty much spot on, but the return line had no female spring lock fitting on the end of the rubber hose for the engine side. Assuming this was a mistake I returned the lines and received a replacement set with the exact same problem. I contacted American Muscle, they said it was an issue with their supplier and that they were going to have their entire stock changed out. I sent my second set back for a refund. Being impatient I ordered a set of lines directly from Classic Tube, only to find the exact same lines I'd previously bought from LMR in the box when it arrived. I promptly sent those back without taking them out of the box. I checked American Muscle's website and the lines were out of stock for a while, then finally back in stock, so I ordered another set assuming I was seeing the effect of their stock being changed out. Guess what? Still no fitting on the return side. You can't find that fitting anywhere, other than to cut it off your old lines, or scavenge one from a junkyard. Ron Morrison used to sell them, but he said the company that made them no longer makes them. This leads me to believe that Fine Lines can't find a supplier for them either, and I'm assuming Classic Tube, which doesn't have this problem, must be making their own or have a lot still in stock. The other issue I see is that the flexible sections of the lines are supposed to be Nylon tubing. I have some concerns over how the rubber hose will fair over time. If it gets cracked and starts to fail what are your options? Its not easily replaced, and I wouldn't really want to secure more rubber line to the hard sections with regular clamps. In summation, American Muscle gets a 5 for customer service, but the product gets a 3 because it isn't really an exact replacement due to the use of rubber hose, and the missing fitting leaves the end user with a problem they now have to solve. So, as the title says: these are the best available, but if your OEM lines are still in good shape they are a better choice. Oh, and forget about replacement clamps for these; they don't exist. I'll have a week in fabricating new ones from stainless when I'm done, but I couldn't throw rusty old clamps on new stainless lines.