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Headlamp vacuum pods

PostPost by: sclemow » Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:16 pm

Hi

I've started restoring my '65 S2 and found that I have two offside vacuum pods, rather than one of each. It's been connected with an extra t-piece.

I'm looking at possibilities :
1. I could fit it back in this way and fabricate a bracket to go to the inner wing from the other mounting point.
2. I could trade/source the other pod (the one with two connections)
3. I could convert it to failsafe.

I was wondering how available non-failsafe vacuum pods are?
I haven't found any new ones, and as yet haven't seen any secondhand ones.

Is converting to failsafe pods possible and what is involved?

Does anyone have any other possible suggestions?
I'd rather not convert them to motors.

Thanks in advance.

Simon
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:01 pm

sclemow wrote:I was wondering how available non-failsafe vacuum pods are?
I haven't found any new ones, and as yet haven't seen any secondhand ones.

Simon


Matty's used to stock them, I remember them hanging from their storage shelves...
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:12 pm

Hi Simon,
Have you tried Sue Miller, Kelvedon Lotus or SJ Sports cars ? They all list the non-failsafe vacuum pods.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:42 am

Could you drill a hole in the Pod and use a"Rivnut" to add the second outlet.
Then put a Bolt with a hole drilled up it's centre.
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PostPost by: sclemow » Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:48 am

I've found them on Kelvedon's site now. I'm not sure how I missed them before. I should search more thoroughly before asking.

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PostPost by: skelteanema » Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:08 am

They have them at SJSportscars as well. They call them a vacuum cylinder rather than pod.

https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and- ... /SJ506.htm

https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and- ... /SJ509.htm
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:32 am

sclemow wrote:Hi

I've started restoring my '65 S2 and found that I have two offside vacuum pods, rather than one of each. It's been connected with an extra t-piece.

I'm looking at possibilities :
1. I could fit it back in this way and fabricate a bracket to go to the inner wing from the other mounting point.
2. I could trade/source the other pod (the one with two connections)
3. I could convert it to failsafe.

I was wondering how available non-failsafe vacuum pods are?
I haven't found any new ones, and as yet haven't seen any secondhand ones.

Is converting to failsafe pods possible and what is involved?

Does anyone have any other possible suggestions?
I'd rather not convert them to motors.

Thanks in advance.

Simon

For that price take option 1 and make a stainless bracket
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