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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:05 pm

Correct, Mark. On the parts diagram it looks like a cork gasket but it?s unobtanium. Instead, the parts suppliers will send you a length of rubber beading that you are supposed to fit on the lip of the backing plate. Utter nonsense. On my car it fell off the moment I tried to fit the cover.

So I?m going to make a proper cork gasket... if I can find the right material for the right price. I think this gasket is important because it should prevent fuel from dripping onto the distributor in the event of a backfire.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:23 pm

I settled for a bead of RTV silicone.
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:54 pm

Yes, I considered that and may still do it. But I?d like to try for an original solution. Silly, eh?
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:35 pm

But how original is it?
Here the photo I mentioned - on here.

https://images.app.goo.gl/B3TAUBcjhCMgPKga8

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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:59 am

Ah, I didn?t know about the stickers. I mean I knew they existed but not what they said.

Guess I should use sealant then.

Except here you can see the airbox gasket: http://www.lotuselan.net/wiki/EJ_-_Engine_-_Airbox_%2B2

Probably for earlier cars.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:07 pm

Use whatever works :D
The metal side of my air box has been shaved away at some time in the past pethaps to gain clearance over the footwell (sprint) and is generally not that wide.
I'm not sure that cork would stay in place anyway given the width available.
It sounds as if the Hylomar gasket wasn't used on all engine types or models.
One of the posts mentioned a rubber gasket falling out.
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PostPost by: alanr » Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:36 pm

I can't see how Hylomar can work on its own. It is after all just a gasket sealant.
I think what is meant by the label is to use Hylomar on the cork gasket.
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:36 pm

JonB wrote:Correct, Mark. On the parts diagram it looks like a cork gasket but it?s unobtanium. Instead, the parts suppliers will send you a length of rubber beading that you are supposed to fit on the lip of the backing plate. Utter nonsense. On my car it fell off the moment I tried to fit the cover.

So I?m going to make a proper cork gasket... if I can find the right material for the right price. I think this gasket is important because it should prevent fuel from dripping onto the distributor in the event of a backfire.



Try a cork flooring tile.
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PostPost by: alanr » Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:51 pm

SJS Sportscars list the correct cork gasket for the airbox:-
https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and- ... S6001Z.htm
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:19 pm

Nice one Alan. I thought they were unobtanium...
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