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Starter dust cap for alloy bellhousing required

PostPost by: 1963Turnerjohn » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:40 pm

I purchased from Dave Bean an aluminum bell housing and they had no domed starter rear dust cover cap to fit ?
The aluminum bellhousing rear dust cover OD hole measures 2.75? dia.

On my old iron Ford bell housing the rear dust cover hole is smaller OD at 2.5?

Can anyone help with a source for the larger dia domed dust cap/cover?

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PostPost by: daves56 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:22 am

I used the metal part of a spin-on oil filter. I found one about the right size, cut it with metal snips and silicone it in place.
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PostPost by: jk952 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:50 pm

I see you are in Michigan somewhere, not sure if near a border area, but Princess auto in Ontario carry a trailer wheel bearing cap (inexpensive) which can be made to fit quite nicely, heavy metal and crowned so fits in chassis (I have used on two trannies) the part itself is stamped in Canada. You could check Harbour Freight ( similar to Princess auto) not sure if they would carry it.
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PostPost by: 1963Turnerjohn » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:05 pm

Hi Jack
Is there a part # for the bearing cap you can provide ? I?ll then try to call them to inquire

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PostPost by: jk952 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:18 pm

I do not have part no., also I missread the dimensions, my appologies. I may be near the store later this week and will have a look for something suitable.
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PostPost by: jk952 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:24 pm

Hi John,
Me again, I was down at the local (30km away :) store, turns out they do have a larger dia one, measures about 2.730, as what I did on the smaller ones, just made 6 saw cuts in the flange part way to enable bending three tabs 1/4 - 3/8 wide out a part material thickness and snap in nicely, (added some rtv).
Since I was staring at it I bought it so will send if you want it - PM me your address, not expensive, plus a bit of mail cost.
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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:56 pm

Don't think my car has ever had one.... Do I need one? :(

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:33 pm

pereirac wrote:Don't think my car has ever had one.... Do I need one? :(

Carl

Snap, neither has my Sprint :?
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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:37 pm

Lotus must have run out on that day! :D
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:48 am

There is one on ebay, finishing tomorrow
Search---lotus parts bell housing starter cover---
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:01 am

pereirac wrote:Don't think my car has ever had one.... Do I need one? :(

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Mine fell out years ago.

I used a CocoCola tin for a long time but that too fell out.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:53 pm

Not needed and saves weight :mrgreen:
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