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Vacuum unit

PostPost by: Sidcoupe » Tue Sep 05, 2023 1:42 pm

Wonder if anyone can help any ideas where to try for supplies of a vacuum unit tried a few but no luck hoping somebody has an idea where to get one
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Sep 05, 2023 2:34 pm

Headlight vacuum canister, fail safe or not?
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Tue Sep 05, 2023 2:44 pm

Try "Classic Team Lotus" as they are listed on their site.
https://www.parts.classicteamlotus.co.u ... -256-p.asp
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PostPost by: Sidcoupe » Tue Sep 05, 2023 3:24 pm

Tried them it is one in the pic I need but they have said they are like hens teeth
SJ have said possibly 3 month before back in stock
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PostPost by: USA64 » Tue Sep 05, 2023 4:10 pm

Sort of coals to Newcastle but RDEnt has them listed.
https://www.rdent.com/
We are supposed to be having fun, are we not?
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PostPost by: reb53 » Wed Sep 06, 2023 6:35 am

Why do you actually need one ?
Are you missing one, or has one of yours failed in some way ?
I recall one of mine failing due to a hole in the internal rubber diaphragm.
I pulled it apart and super glued a patch over the hole.
Still ok many years later.

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PostPost by: Sidcoupe » Wed Sep 06, 2023 7:48 am

I’ve just bought the car the outer unit has got got thick sealer round it and the diaphragm is burst Iwill see if I can take it apart
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PostPost by: reb53 » Wed Sep 06, 2023 7:58 am

The sealer was probably a previous owner’s hopeful attempt at fixing it.
In my case I vaguely remember uncrimping the two halves with a pair of pliers, gluing the patch, then reversing the uncrimping with the same pair of pliers.
You’ll have to forgive my memory, it was about 35 years ago !
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PostPost by: Sidcoupe » Wed Sep 06, 2023 11:36 am

I’ve dismantled the unit looks like it’s been apart and welded before and diaphragm is cracked
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