Lotus Elan

Fuel Filler Cap Rubber.

PostPost by: john.houston » Tue May 08, 2018 9:28 pm

Hi All
I am putting parts back on my plus 2 and I am having a problem with the big rubber seal that the flip locking cap fits into . Could anyone post a close up of their filler cap showing the rubber if possible .It may be a case that the previous owner fitted the wrong one as it seems to overlap the bodywork.
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Tue May 08, 2018 11:27 pm

it IS supposed to overlap the body and "envelope" the body edge.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Tue May 08, 2018 11:50 pm

Yes - in essence it is a very large grommet.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed May 09, 2018 12:53 am

Wot Ted and Mark said:
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed May 09, 2018 7:41 am

I'm guessing that John's seal is a larger overall diameter and doesn't sit in the recess.
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PostPost by: RichC » Wed May 09, 2018 7:52 am

they are an extremely tight fit ! Some lubrication will be required . You'll think it'll never fit ... but it does eventually 8)
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed May 09, 2018 8:47 am

Softening it in hot water beforehand helps as well.
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PostPost by: john.houston » Wed May 09, 2018 10:44 am

Hi .Thanks for the help and Pics .

Mark you got it spot on-- 'Im guessing that John's seal is a larger overall diameter and doesn't sit in the recess.
It fits in the hole but no matter how I rotate it it overlaps on one edge of the body -the rest being in the recess.Looks awful but as I have found lots of Lotus parts can drive you mad.I guess that when the filler cap goes in it locks moisture out.

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PostPost by: john.houston » Wed May 09, 2018 11:01 am

The Veg picture is how mine fits but the other side of the rubber sits on the bodywork about 30mm of it.
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PostPost by: john.houston » Wed May 09, 2018 5:35 pm

Hi All .
Job done .I was being too fussy .Its all connected and ticked off the list.More questions to come.The picture helped thanks
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