Viva GT air filter & oil catch tank
This afternoon was again productive, in the post over the last few days I had seen the oil catch tank, some fittings, the airfilter and loads of hydraulic fittings turn up. Todays post is about two of the items, the oil catch tank and the air filter. The rest I will work on another time.
The oil catch tank I am pleasantly surprised at the good quality for the price, when comparing it to some of the brand named ones on the market which are almost £100 more. This had all the fittings as expected its a good finish and mounted up exactly as I planned.
It sits on the passanger side inner wing supported on four spun alloy bobbins, the same as the EDIS unit on the opposite inner wing, so I have some balance aesthetically. I have yet to sort the various hoses for the tank, but I have other jobs to get on with.
Next is the air filter, which has become a small compromise due to space under the bonnet. the original Lotus air box, doesn’t fit as it hits the firewall, and some of the other alternative air-box designs I have looked at, get in the way on things like the alternator or oil filter. In the end I have adopted a simple air filter system and not a pure cold air feed. I have gone for an ITG sausage filter connected to the Lotus backplate solution they provide.
In the above image you can see I have drilled this and added the air temp sensor for the ECU. placing it in the middle of the plate. I have also yet to place the trumpets back in position, as one of the fuel hoses was in the way, and this plate would need to come on and off a few times.
Once slipped on the filter looks neat and tidy, but as said the return fuel line from the fuel rail is now in the way, so that been removed and a longer line made.
An inspection around the filter have also identified that the oil temp sender will need to be relocated as it just touches the filter.
However I am very pleased with how under the bonnet is progressing, the same cannot be said for under the dash. thats another story for another day, but much thinking is required in order to resolve some silly issues and bigger ones like moving the fuse box again!