Name That Part: Deartháir's Obsessions Edition

Welcome back to Hooniversity, class is now in session, and it’s time for a quiz.
I know we have a lot of obsessive car-guys in our midst, people who could probably identify a postal delivery vehicle from the Soviet Union with nothing more than a quick glance at the rear-view mirror and a chunk of the A-pillar.
That’s all well and good, but how advanced is your skill level when it comes to identifying tidbits under the hood? Well, it’s time to find out. Can you identify the part in this photo, using only the various clues available on the part itself, and any hints that might be hidden in this article?
Mystery Part 1
I hope you can. The answer will be in the next Name That Part article. That’ll probably be tomorrow… but it depends on how much I have to drink tonight.


  1. It's definitely a whoozit from a 1962 *mumbling*. You need to change those babies every 30,000 miles or so. It's not in the owner's manual service recommendations, but trust me, we see those things go out all the time. Better safe than sorry, right?

    1. That would explain the filter encased in glass which I thought was some sort of tube.

    1. and not so much as a guess, the bolt pattern and arm style screams GM. The six cylinder guess is because of the size and location of the fuel bowl, it would be dangerously close to the exhaust manifold of a V-8.

      1. Yes, and it seems that the arm of the pump that rides on the cam eccentric is broken off(?) as it is very short. As far as the bolt pattern, I think that the same pattern was adopted by Ford and others later on (I may be wrong).

        1. You’re not kidding! I almost bought a 57 two-door post for $600 that was waaaay worse than that one is. I kick myself for not buying that car too, because it came with new quarters, trunk pan, and many other replacement bits. I heard that a chap bought the car, zapped the panels on it, threw it in primer and sold it for $3500…dammit.

      1. A hoon after my own heart, though the old man loves to rib me for it. “Too many doors!” he says.
        Speaking of four doors, I think y’all will get a kick out of the article I’ll have on here tomorrow.

  2. It is absolutely a mid 50’s Chevy fuel pump. A little misleading with that glass filter case, I don’t if that’s stock but I’ve worked on a couple of 55 Chevy pickups that had an inline fuel filter there.

  3. It’s the feeder unit, to get the blinker fluid to the flux capacitor. Rare option, adds like 88hp.
    /has nothing, since everyone else already said fuel pump

  4. Defiantly a mechanical fuel pump. The little arm sticking off the left side is driven by a rod, that I think is attached to the cam. It is not off a mid-70s Chevy small block (the only one I have an intimate familiarity with), but other than that I don’t know. I like the Chevy straight 6 guess based on the car.

  5. We need Mike The Dog in here.
    And no, it’s not a Chevy, that image at the top was posted before I had decided what the part would be. I’d call it intentional misdirection, but you all know I’m not that clever.

      1. You are far too noble. I’d have been jumping straight in there. “Ooh! Ooh! I know, I know!”
        I’m actually quite impressed that within minutes we had identified the part, the usage, the era, and even successfully narrowed it down to the brand, with JeepyJayHawk above. The Car-Foo is strong in our crowd.

  6. Mechanical fuel pump for a postal variant Jeep. I want to say CJ-5 ish, but the exact call out leaves me at this moment. Definitely right hand drive, possibly two wheel drive.

          1. I do reserve the right to be completely f@#king wrong… as I see above I am. Learn something new everyday!

          2. You weren’t that far wrong (even though the Dauntless was a Kaiser motor and AMC didn’t buy Jeep until ~1969). AC made these pumps for a variety of manufacturers, it’s entirely possible that Kaiser used a very similar one.

  7. well obviously its a headlight fluid pump and filter. you can tell from the cylindrical protrusion on the top were the lamp node connects.
    try harder next time mitch Dearthair.

    1. Nope. I know what that looks like since I removed one after it accidentally got filled with elbow grease.

  8. Does it help if I reveal that the clever people who took the photo, took it upside down? I found it amusing, so I left it like that.

      1. ::turns head:: Well, yes, kind of. I’m thinking of the perspective of the photo. The glass thingamawhatsit that holds the fuel filter should be pointing skywards, not footwards.

        1. Negative. The screw that holds the glass bowl on belongs on the bottom. Otherwise, the fuel would spill everywhere immediately upon loosening, instead of acting like it’s gonna stay in the bowl until you get it over a suitable container. You’re going to bump your hand against something on the way out of the engine compartment and spill it anyway, but at least you get the illusion of being able to not spill it. I’d take another pic of mine showing the bowl, but I’d have to jack up the car to get a usable one and I can’t be arsed.

          1. Mike is correct, if for no other logic than the fact that the glass bowl is glass for a reason, i.e. visual inspection of any crap the filter has successfully blocked. The filter inlet and outlet are on the top, with the bowl “hanging” downward to allow gravity to do what it does best.

          2. I will defer to your better judgement. I could have sworn I recalled the glass bit being on top.
            WAIT! I DO! Except that the glass bit was actually on top of the fuel pump, not off to the side like it is on this one. That’s what came stock on my engine. So you’re right, on this one, it does point down, I just needed to look at it a lot closer. And now I need to find a photo of the original fuel pump on mine.

  9. Sweet mother, do YOU know what that is?!?! Whoever took that pic should consider themselves lucky that the photons from the flash didn’t destroy the delicate balance of stability and nuclearity which is common to all flux capacitors. That photographer should consider himself lucky to be alive!

    1. Wow… I had no idea it was so dangerous! Do I need to wear protective gloves when replacing the fuel filter, then? 😉

      1. I’m not sure… I don’t think anyone has ever attempted such a feat.

      1. I might just stick around too. Until there is a post about a complete lunatic, a madman, one who has ALL his bolts loose who is going around setting escorts on fire

    2. Dang it…! You beat me to the Flux Capacitor / Mr. Fusion jokes. My input wouldn’t have been as dire (or as humorous) as yours…

  10. Lousy job, I’d’ve felt real proud o’ meself for knowing guessing it was a fuel pump for an automobile, if I hadn’t been beaten to the punch so many times already.
    But that’s what it is. A fuel pump for an automobile. An AWESOME one. Yeah.

  11. Never really worked on a car before, but I’ll make an educated guess anyways.
    Is it the mythical “Turbo-encabulator”? I see the malleable something somewhat surmounted underneath the somethinged something, that allows the turbo the be encabulated and then some witchcraft happens to make the most hilarious hypnotic video ever.

  12. My 67 Datsun (SSS) has a glass fuel separator almost exactly like that. I’ve seen them on all sorts of early Nissans, usually bypassed because the cork gasket rots and falls out, then starts the whole “My car is on fire, again” drama.

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