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Jim,

Yes, the hoses are a weak link. If you want to keep everything looking original then I would replace them every couple of years, depending on use. It is not totally the hose but the hose connections to the fittings. Most failures of hoses are not in the middle of the hose but are at the connections. Use only the “pinch-bolt” type clamp of the correct size and not the “worm-screw” type. Most are size 12.
A difficult issue with your E is there may be several hose-pipe assemblies that probably are not replaceable. To replace the hoses you might find someone who can swage a “bump” near the pipe end, like the hose banjo fittings at the mechanical pump and fuel filter.
Your best bet is to carefully document and save all the original hoses, fittings, pipe assemblies and hardware. Get the necessary pieces (new and used) and convert to -6 SS hoses. Don’t forget the -2 cold start plumbing.

Aeroquip and others make a protective insulating “Fire Sleeve” that loosely goes over hoses. That is useful in the hot area between the tunnel and fuel filter unit.

Does your E still have the fuel pump under the rear? If so, this might be an opportunity to put it in front like ’69-’70 mounted on the cross member. You should be able to find all the original mounting and hardware used. Buy a new pump and clean the pick-up screen in the tank while you are there.

Who has experience (good or bad) with the plastic fuel pipes in the tunnel?

Remember, a fire takes three things; a fuel leak, a spark, and lots of air. Without care a 911 can provide all of these in abundance.

This thread brings up another issue. How many have a fire extinguisher system? Even a hand extinguisher? What if the owner of this nice 911 had a 10# Halon system? There might not have been such a disaster.

Best,
Grady
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