It wasn't until watching my white '69 Camaro go up in flames during the '93 One Lap of America at Michigan International Speedway that I realized the importance of correctly plumbing a car. Caused by a failed high-pressure fuel line connection, that event showed me that saving a few bucks on a cheaper hose wasn't a smart decision. Fortunately, no one was injured and I learned an important lesson about using the best part for the job.
When I rebuilt the car, I went to my local aircraft supply hose dealer and purchased the "right" stuff. As I walked out the door with my small bag of fittings and a short piece of hose, I was about $100 lighter in the wallet. But, I had literally been playing with fire and needed to fix the problem. The lesson was that AN hose can be very functional, durable, and aesthetically pleasing if installed correctly.
When you first start looking at all the plumbing options, keep in mind the goal of the project in terms of efficiency and restriction. I recommend studying the catalogs for the applications and sizes, as most are very good at recommending usage and offering tips on how to assemble their various products. In some cases, AN fittings and line will be overkill, but I think it's better to be better safe than sorry.
Installing hose, like many hot rodding projects, is time-intensive and will require some finesse. However, once you get the hang of it, the results look outstanding and the parts will perform for years. Part of the reason I enjoy installing AN hose is because the results are immediate. It's also one of the last things that that need to be completed before the car runs.Follow along as we show you how to "make" this stuff for yourself.