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PostPost by: tdafforn » Tue May 17, 2005 8:20 am

There have been a couple of Elan vacuum tanks for sale on ebay over the past year or so..
Usually detailed as being for the +2.
Not sure whether they were for people who had failing integral tanks.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Tue May 17, 2005 10:33 am

I believe Spyder chassis's have a seperate vac tank (althought I could be wrong ?)
and these are the ones that come up on ebay or for sale.
I doubt Lotus would supply an after market vac tank given there policy of "replace the chassis" even for a small accident.
If the vac tank were leaking the chances are that it would be due to corrosion, that would mean a chassis replacement and before someone tells me the chassis can be repaired .....I know as I've done it myself.
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PostPost by: tdafforn » Tue May 17, 2005 10:45 am

Now you say its Spyder I remember, one of the tanks on Ebay had Spyder stamped on it!
Doh!
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue May 17, 2005 11:34 am

Spyder chassis have the vacuum tank in the front cross member like Lotus. May be they sold a replacement vacuum tank if the front cross member in the Lotus chassis developed a leak as many did.

My 73 plus 2 came with a small round vacuum tank (not fitted) in the spares I got with the car. It also had the standard front cross member tank so I dont know if this spare tank was original or where it was used.

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