Lotus Elan

Plus 2 Fuel cap leaks

PostPost by: theelanman » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:07 am

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PostPost by: theelanman » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:10 am

I actually left a 1~2mm wide lip on the inside at the top too to help me pull it out........
just something to get your fingers under......
the first one I did I made from aluminium and put a couple of small allen bolts in so I could pull it out......
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PostPost by: Rich135 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:29 am

Wow, thanks very much! A friend of mine has a lathe, so I might try knocking it up after dusting off my skills from university days!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:45 pm

I can confirm that the Mazda-bit is easy to do. No results yet though as the car is still inoperative.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:58 pm

At the risk of much clucking, there is an alternative.

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I think the normal fuel inlet looks a bit like a carbuncle on the +2, so I quite like the
leakproof one.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:29 pm

Hear,hear ! The best lines of any classic and you have a carbuncle sat on the rear wing...

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PostPost by: Rich135 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:54 pm

Where does that fuel cap come from Vince? Looks good to me.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:49 pm

Rich135 wrote:Where does that fuel cap come from Vince? Looks good to me.


It pains me greatly to mention it, but it was fitted by Spyder for the previous owner.
Total job (with paint) cost a fairly amazing £445! Including a non leak neck? I assume the car not Wiggy.

Easily available many places as "aircraft style" and / or "flush fitting" although it looks more motorbike style to me. Works well (no leaks) and lockable.

> 2" - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310844272762 (Demon Tweaks)

3" - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360941237482
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PostPost by: Rich135 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:13 pm

Thanks very much Vince. £445, wow, that's a chunk of change!
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:26 pm

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cell-Gas-Cap ... rk:30:pf:0

if you've got your Blue Peter badge , I'm sure you'd make it fit...

£22.38 if you don't mind waiting....from Ping Pong..

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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:59 pm

Rich135 wrote:Thanks very much Vince. £445, wow, that's a chunk of change!


Indeed £25 > £445 is a nice little earner. But at least it works!

If you want any more shots inside the boot just ask.
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PostPost by: Rich135 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:11 pm

vincereynard wrote:
Rich135 wrote:Thanks very much Vince. £445, wow, that's a chunk of change!


Indeed £25 > £445 is a nice little earner. But at least it works!

If you want any more shots inside the boot just ask.

Thanks very much. Dare I ask if they made holes in the fibreglass to take those screws :o
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:24 pm

Rich135 wrote:Thanks very much. Dare I ask if they made holes in the fibreglass to take those screws :o


I'll have a look. My guess is surely they must have!

Meanwhile here's a shot of Toad on West Wycombe hill. Above the Hell Fire Caves!

Spot the lack of carbuncle?

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PostPost by: Rich135 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:31 pm

Yeah that is super slick! Looking great. I had a citroen yellow MGB GT when I was 20 and that shot brings back memories of it.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:19 pm

Here's a shot from underneath. Not much to see really.

It appears to have been quite well done so I imagine Spyder had it done somewhere else.
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I'll have to see if I can move the rubber elbow up a touch and get rid of the kink!
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