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Sprint Airbox Question

PostPost by: pereirac » Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:59 pm

The airbox on my Sprint uses a cork gasket to seal between the two halves. The gasket looks just like a cam cover gasket for an A series BL engine? Does anybody know if it is? I need one but don't have a local Lotus dealer...

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PostPost by: cliveyboy » Tue Jul 13, 2004 6:38 am

I guess you do not have a sticker the same as on my Sprint which sits on the airbox and states to use sealent to join the two halves. I always thought a gasket would be a good idea though.
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PostPost by: john-c-elan+2 » Tue Jul 13, 2004 1:21 pm

Hi there chaps, SJ Sportscars in Devon used to sell (2 yrs ago) a cork gasket for this job - wud be worth checking to see if still available. Right tho it does look like a probable bmc rocer box gasket. jc
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Jul 13, 2004 1:33 pm

I"ve got a rubber gasket between the halves on mine. It looks like a miniature boot gasket with a 'forked' side and a bulb side. The forked side fits on the trunking half of the airbox. Holds up well.
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PostPost by: dmreeceuk » Tue Jul 13, 2004 2:14 pm

I just use a strip of rubber edging cut to length on the removable half available from standard auto suppliers. Dont like the idea of bits of silicone sealant getting in the engine!
I did consider stickon draught excluder!
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PostPost by: pereirac » Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:15 am

I have an old cork gasket but it has shrunk over the years.... I think the earlier Elans with a rubber 'boot type' seal as their airbox is a different design. The trunking side of my airbox is fibreglass with a wide lip which fits into the metal carb side of the airbox
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PostPost by: pereirac » Sat Jul 17, 2004 9:48 pm

Sorted the problem by using a strip of thin sticky backed draught excluder :-)

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sun Jul 18, 2004 4:25 pm

I tried that and the petrol (gas) turned the rubber into "mush" :( best results were with some thin felt but later got the cork gasket from SJ Sportscars, have'nt fitted it yet........more pressing jobs to think about.

Clive,
I have not seen this sticker about sealant, I must have a look at yours.
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