Lotus Elan

After bragging about.......

PostPost by: prezoom » Thu May 18, 2017 4:03 pm

Time will take its toil. I mean, what lasts more than 10 years on a Lotus? Thinking I had solved the dreaded oil cap mist leak, last weekend I found oil seeping from around the cap. Oh, the embarrassment when I opened the hood at a Cars & Coffee. Rummaging through "never throw anything away" bin, I found a piece of wet suit rubber that is a bit thicker than what I had cobbled up previously. Spongier than what it was replacing, making it much harder to twist the cap closed, hopefully it may stop the dreaded leak. Years ago, I had picked up a cut off piece of the material at a dive shop, can't remember why, but it must have been important at the time. Yea, I know, wet suit rubber is not an off the shelf (floor?) item in some areas. But it may help the cars near our coasts and in OZ. A bit of trimming with a pair of scissors and a razor knife, I had a reasonable facsimile of the old gasket. I think/hope it is of the closed cell foam variety. If it works and only lasts 10 years, it will then become my grandson's problem.
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PostPost by: Chancer » Thu May 18, 2017 4:39 pm

If it wasnt closed cell you would have to dump your weight belt (and hope) to return to the surface.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri May 19, 2017 7:25 am

for what it's worth, one can source nitrile foam or rubber of all sorts now - should be a tad more impervious or durable than neoprene to the news compounds one find in fuel or oil these days...
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