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72 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2014 Performance & Hotrod Business: Explain the basics of how Jiffy-tite connectors work. Duane LaFleur: The Jiffy-tite quick-connect fluid fittings are a plug and socket that need no tools to make the connection. You simply pull back on the collar of the socket, insert the plug into the socket and the connection is made. PHB: What keeps the connections from coming apart? DL: We have a "ball detent" located in the plug body, which allows the stain- less steel ball bearings from the socket to sit into. Once the connection is made properly, the collar will lock into position and the connection is secure. We have done testing on our connections and these will exceed 2,000 psi and still not come apart. We rate our products up to 200 psi when using them in your applications. PHB: How much force is needed to break the seal (compared to AN or SAE)? DL: The seals will not break on a Jiffy-tite connector. Unlike stan- dard AN or SAE-type connectors that are threaded together, Jiffy-tite connectors are 100-percent sealed while connected. PHB: How much flexibility do the connections have before leaking? DL: Jiffy-tite uses a face seal rather than an O-ring-style seal. When you make the connection on a Jiffy-tite quick-con- nect fitting, the face of the plug seals against the face seal inside the socket. When you compress the seal inside the socket, the con- nection is made and you will have a leak-proof seal. The tolerance on a Jiffy-tite connector is tight, so the flexibility would come from the hose and not the connectors. PHB: What materials are used to make the seal? DL: Jiffy-tite offers three different types of seals for various types of fluids: Fluorocarbon (FKM), Nitrile (NBR) and Ethylene Propylene (EPDM). These three seals are com- patible with most fuel, water, oils and transmission fluids on the market today. PHB: How reliable are the connections compared to threaded connectors? DL: Unlike thread-together-style fittings that can strip, cross-thread, be over-tight- ened or even forgotten to tighten, Jiffy-tite connectors connect in seconds using no tools and are either connected or they are not. You will never have to sec- ond-guess yourself on making the connection properly. PHB: What advantages do these connectors have in a street rod? DL: Once Jiffy-tite connectors are connected, you will never need to use tools, so your connectors will always look like new. Also, when using the valved quick-con- nect fittings, you will not have to worry about fluid leaking when you disconnect them. The valves will stop the flow of fluid when you take them apart so your street rod will stay looking pristine. PHB: Explain the components of Jiffy-tite's carburetor kits. DL: Jiffy-tite offers carburetor kits for most brands of carburetors on the market today. Our kits consist of two washers, two plugs that thread into the carburetor bowls and two sockets to go onto your fuel lines. The sock- ets are available in straight, 45- and 90-degree elbows. Our sockets are available in the standard black and gold, or you can order them in all-black if you prefer. The kits come with valves in them so that when you disconnect the socket from the plug you will not lose fluid from the fuel line or out of the fuel bowl. It makes working on carburetors safer and easier. PHB: How is the carburetor kit used in racing? DL: Jiffy-tite's quick-connect fittings are ideal for the racing indus- try. These connectors can replace just about any connector on your race vehicle, no matter what form of racing you do. Our connectors make working on or changing things on your race vehicle faster, safer and easier. The only area we do not recommend using our connectors is brake systems. This is due to the extreme high pressures that brake systems see during racing. Oth- erwise, Jiffy-tite quick-connect fittings, either valved or non-valved, will make working on your race cars much easier. As we like to call it at Jiffy Lafluer -tite, "plumbing simplified". HOTROD CARBURETOR SECRETS Making Connections O ne of the most important things to think about when servicing, rebuilding, replacing or upgrading a carburetor (or any fuel system component, really) is to make sure every connection in the fuel supply line is tight, secure and has absolutely no chance of leaking. While threaded connectors have been around for years and are still the prevailing method for most applications, we asked Jiffy-tite's Duane LaFleur to explain how today's "quick-connect" fittings stack up. PHBMAYp58-91.indd 72 4/2/14 1:59 PM

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