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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:04 am

The "T" for the vacuum take off on Chassis was perished/rotten.
I replaced it with a brass "T" from Webcon for Carbs and joined with 3 pieces of rubber Fuel Hose.
So this should not be rotted by Fuel. I put small "Ty-wraps" to be sure Vacuum tight.
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PostPost by: persiflage » Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:57 pm

The old bad fuel was drained from the tank a while ago, any engine running being accomplished by using a small aux supply. So today thought it was time to look at the fuel tank, fitted new in the '90s

I was expecting rust but look what came out :o .... Not the brush!
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It's a foul smelling fine brown non magnetic powder, the pile measures 5x5x3 inches at the high point. The baffles in the tank are proving a problem in removing the last small amount I can still hear. A cursory visual inspection has revealed much less rust than expected but an inch crusty and slightly sticky tide line left by the bad fuel.
Has anyone got any simple proven methods for cleaning?
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PostPost by: Barney » Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:13 pm

persiflage wrote:. A cursory visual inspection has revealed much less rust than expected but an inch crusty and slightly sticky tide line left by the bad fuel.
Has anyone got any simple proven methods for cleaning?



I've heard of steaming it by part-filling it with water and setting a fire or a gas ring under it.
I haven't tried it myself so don't know the practicality, safety or any down sides, just ensure it's clear of any petrol. . . .
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PostPost by: John Larkin » Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:49 pm

Hi persiflage,
I used POR15 Marine Clean to clean an Elan petrol tank recently, and I'm pleased with the results. I've put a link below.
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https://www.holden.co.uk/p/por_15_clean ... us_gallon_
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PostPost by: baileyman » Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:19 am

Today, a red letter day, as 26/4996 gets her inspection, aka, "MOT". Which occasion merited an adventurous drive over numerous two-lanes. The baffle under the oil filler is working great. The cobbled together vent collector, too. Though less auspicious is the rear main seal. And the semi-helical box, not sure that will do either. Hopefully enough confidence will develop before next Wednesday to make the long secondary road trip to Tiny's in Ayer for a little head wagging. John
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:13 pm

Interesting Bailey man, I own 26 4995 and that too was medici blue. Looks stunning.
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PostPost by: baileyman » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:50 pm

Oh Peter I don't want to leave any misimpression. This car was originally, I think, BRG, but it is very dark when I scrape on the old shell, which was pretty well knackered. The new shell is 26R medium weight with alu trusses. It is now Medici Blue as copied from an original door owned by Gary Anderson, who incidentally has 26/4997. The steel subframe was one foot in the grave, so that was replaced. Now that it is legally on the road, every day is trying to find and solve niggling issues, horns, fan, fuel gauge, handbrake light, boot ground loom, the list goes on...

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:43 pm

Sorry but
With the Subframe changed and a new Body it sounds a bit like "Trigger's Broom"
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:58 pm

Sounds just like my car to be honest. We managed to save the boot, doors, light pods, engine, gearbox and diff but other than that, it's a new car. We are doing it to early 26R spec so it will look like a normal Elan but will have lovely, unvented 26R wheels , 26R chassis, 150 BHP engine and a straight cut gearbox. Will be brilliant (and still medici blue).
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:56 pm

baileyman wrote:... Gary Anderson, who incidentally has 26/4997....

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How is Gary doing, John? He was a mine of information but I understand his frustration.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:59 pm

Peter, where did you source the unvented 26r wheels from? I’ve been trying to find them for years, closest I found was a run made in Japan but I’ve never had a reply to many enquires.
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PostPost by: persiflage » Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:19 am

John Larkin wrote:Hi persiflage,
I used POR15 Marine Clean to clean an Elan petrol tank recently, and I'm pleased with the results. I've put a link below.
John Larkin.

https://www.holden.co.uk/p/por_15_clean ... us_gallon_



Hi John,
Thanks for your prompt response to my question.
I've had a look at the Holden link and have another question for you.
Did you use just the cleaner or did you complete the procedure as shown in the video?
I ended up using the few pints of old bad fuel I still had to flush out the remains of the powder and the house still stinks despite doors and windows left wide open.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:34 am

Vaughan, we were very lucky in that they were thrown in with the car. We told the seller what we intended to do with it and he said that he had some originals that we could have so we had them... They have now been crack-tested and painted and I am awaiting photographs. Should be very nice.
Have you tired Kelvedon? they had some made a while ago.
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PostPost by: John Larkin » Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:40 am

persiflage wrote:
John Larkin wrote:Hi persiflage,
I used POR15 Marine Clean to clean an Elan petrol tank recently, and I'm pleased with the results. I've put a link below.
John Larkin.

https://www.holden.co.uk/p/por_15_clean ... us_gallon_



Hi John,
Thanks for your prompt response to my question.
I've had a look at the Holden link and have another question for you.
Did you use just the cleaner or did you complete the procedure as shown in the video?
I ended up using the few pints of old bad fuel I still had to flush out the remains of the powder and the house still stinks despite doors and windows left wide open.
Paul.


We (a pal and I) followed the full POR15 process to the letter, and as shown on the Holden video. We are pleased with the results, but we have not put petrol in the tank yet as we await a new drain plug and sealing washer. Make sure that you leave the drain plug and the six screws for the sender unit in place when you apply the final surface finish paint to the interior of the tank so that you don't gum up their screw threads.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:22 am

Thanks Peter, you were very lucky indeed, I’ll send Kelvedon an email.
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