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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have removed the fuel lines

I have removed the fuel lines from one of the fuel distributors to refinish them. I can understand needing to replace the copper sealing washers....but am having a hard time finding a source or a part number for them. In looking at them closely, they look really good with no galls, cuts, or scrapes. The are smooth on the "compression" surfaces. It's hard to believe that they couldn't be re-used. Has anyone done such a thing before, and if so what was the outcome?
 
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Jeff,

copper is compressabl


Jeff,

copper is compressable, once tightened it flatens out, compresses, in order to re-use copper *once* it can sometimes be annealed, the heating up to a cherry red, after that it's compressability (sealing ability) is spent.

Any Porsche or MB or VW parts source will sell them in quantity. Have you tried Pelican Parts?

Regards, JRV
 
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JRV: No I haven't....but

JRV: No I haven't....but will give them a try. There are some foreign car dealers a bit over an hours drive from where I live. I guess if I go there I'd better take a grocerie list and get all the little odds and ends like cloth braided hose and stuff. Oh...and some extra blood as I'm sure some of the parts are pricey. Thanks for the suggestion.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Gents,

Here' a source f


Gents,

Here' a source for the copper seal rings...
http://www.metricmcc.com/
Catalog section 2-D, Page reference 250

These are great folks to deal with...

Also, these guys are great for harware and misc stuff...and fast shipping:

http://www.mcmaster.com/

The braided (cloth covered) hose can be purchased through a Wurth rep (OE supplier), or from most VW/BMW dealers. If you'd like, I can put you directly in contact with a Wurth rep...

Regards,
David
 
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.......(sitting...staring.

.......(sitting...staring.....stunned...)

David: Once again you come through! I don't want to over-use certain gratuitous words, but again I must Thank You. Are you sure you don't wear a cape and have a big "S" on your chest?
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Jeff,

I appreciate the acco


Jeff,

I appreciate the accolades...but, I've been doing this stuff for a long time and, I'm very much like you and Henry, a true car guy. Too many years of soucing parts, I guess. Owning a pretty rare car forces one to be a bit more resourceful...

On a different subject...I thinking of buying a (another) Lotus. The "S" on my chest will then stand for "stupid", but I just love those cars...I know Henry is an "ex-Lotus" guy, HA!

Another source you Gents should be aware of pertains to the large diameter rubber hoses...I never, ever use the OE Ferrari hoses for coolant. I buy only the Gates Green Stripe hose in 3' lenghts...and cutthem to size with their special hose cutter. The Gates hose is cheaper in bulk, lasts longer...and it of much higher quality than OE. It can be tough to find locally, but if you need a source, I can provide that as well.

Regards,
David
 
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David: I would also like to h

David: I would also like to have a Lotus, again.....specifically a '95 S4S, which was my last Lotus. What is your preference? For the SE, or S4s, I have ALL of the manuals (service, parts, electrical). I even have the official scanner, with chips, to "read" these cars.

I just bought some Gates 3' hose sections, in anticipation of replacing some of the water hoses. They are 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" ID. These are Gates Vulco, and where bought at the local Carquest parts store. They stated that they could get the Green Stripe, but that it is VERY stiff. My concern was not being able to tighten the "stiff" hose with mearly a hose clamp. The Vulco seems better quality than the OE hoses. I use a hydraulic hose cutting machine to cut these to size.
 
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Well...

1966 Elan S2...The


Well...

1966 Elan S2...The car is being trailered up from PA, as the clutch is seized to the flywheel. The owner's a friend...and is not sure if the Lotus needs a new "home". I made an offer...and I guess well see what the car is all about. Talk about a PPI!!

I had one of these cars about 10 years ago, and just loved it. I've given thought from time to time about a more contemporary Lotus...I do like the S4S, or the newer V8 turbo cars. IMO, I prefer the feeling of the Lotus chassis.

The Vulco hose is a (slightly) lower grade hose than the Green Stripe. I've been using the Green Strip on my BB for almost 20 years now. No problems with clamps...I'm using the SS Wurth Zebra ones. Sure, they're a little stiff, but with a silicone spray, they slide right on...and never a problem with a cold seep. The hydraulic hose cutter would sure make things alot easier! I've never quite mastered the art of the handheld cutter.

Regards,
David
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
A friend of mine, when I lived

A friend of mine, when I lived in Milwaukee had, I believe, an S2 (it was an Elan converible)......it that the one with the infamous rope seal on the rear crank shaft? He must have changed that 4-6 times before he got it right, and then it would only last several months.

I already have a hydraulic hose cutting machine, for when I make hydraulic hoses for my machinery. It comes with a scalloped blade......REALLY cuts!!!!!!
 
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Just to update: My new fuel i

Just to update: My new fuel injectors and o-rings arrived today...and boy are they pretty! I also followed David Feinberg's advice and contacted www.metricmmc.com and asked for a quote. There are 3 sizes of copper sealing washers on the fuel distributors. I measured each in inches cuz my calipers are old, then converted to metric. I then browsed the on line catalog and found the part numbers of the closest dimensional washers listed. Depending on price (read....cheap!) I may order extra.
 
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