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Good afternoon all... my buddy has a 65 coupe with a 302 in it and when warming it up in the driveway the other day I noticed he had a gas leak near the inline fuel filter going from the fuel pump to the carburetor. Right as that happened I noticed some gas pudding up on top of the water pump area and I'm guessing the heat from the engine caused it to flame up. I very quickly told him to turn off the ignition, took my shirt off and smothered the flames before any real damage was done. As far as we can tell, the only damage done was to the positive/negative wires going from the dizzy to the coil. But in terms of the leak itself, it looked like it was dripping from the inline fuel filter. It's one of the cheap Autozone glass/metal ones but it has black plastic fittings on the ends that connect into the fuel hoses that are then clamped down with the hose clamps. It's been on the car for probably 10 years or more and am guessing that's the culprit? My immediate thought process was a dissimilar "metals" or "components" type of thing where the plastic ends are screwed into the metal filter and likely that or the plastic eventually got brittle and cracked over the years as, like I said, it's probably been on there 10 years and happened the first time we started it up after the long winter where it's been sitting for months. So, questions... what kind of inline fuel filter should he get? A solid one piece metal filter I'm guessing? He's got a rubber fuel line from the pump to the filter and then the braided stainless steel line from the filter to the carburetor. Are those known to leak at all? Thanks for anyone's input, definitely a scary thought thinking ones car is about to catch fire but like I said, the damage was quite minimal and nothing that replacing a couple wires and likely that inline fuel filter shouldn't fix. Thanks again!