rkcarguy wrote:Well I'm still alive, I ended up having to have surgery and a stint put in my kidney tube. "It burns burns burns, the ring of fire" is an understatement!
Ouch! Of course, the real pain will come when you get the medical bills.
Would it be better to have it mounted behind the grille up front where it will get air, or back by the engine closest to the pump, but would be near the exhaust?
The shorter the suction line to the pump the better. Long suction lines are trouble, especially when the oil gets hot. You don't want the pump pulling a partial vacuum on the suction line, as cavitation will set in and cause a major loss of pump efficiency, as well as possible damage to the pump.
Also, I think the pumps fluid intake will be higher than the bottom of the tank, unless I make the tank a shorter height and mount it on legs on the frame? I may sub-frame under the whole locomotive body anyway for more mounting points for it and hose-pipes-accessories, so not a big deal.
As long as the oil level in the tank is at least six inches above the tank's suction port and the pump doesn't have to pull the oil "up hill" you should be okay. Anything less and the pump might suck a "hole" in the oil and draw air.