Viva GT fuel tank & oil cooler
Right so I have fnally got to the point where I should attach the two fuel lines to the tank, after fiddling about with various fittings I am somewhat stopped. I have ordered a 6mm and a 10mm compression fitting so I can fit the PTFE fuel lines directly to the tank without a rubber hose in between. So until they arrive the fuel lines are on hold (again) on and off its been three months work so far to add fuel lines! If these compression fittings don’t work then its tank out and weld on some new fittings (hard work so fittings get tested first).
Therefore I thought I would start on the oil cooler. A position behind the grille was located and some rivnuts placed so I can bolt it all down, then two large holes where drilled into the front panel to allow the oil lines through. Some trim glued in place acting as a grommet and it’s all about right. A quick grille on and rad back in confirms everything fits and doesn’t interfere with each other.
This oil cooler is lower than the lotus original, I cannot fit this under the bonnet as there isn’t a suitable space and when positioned behind the grille its too tall, hence the lower one. I am using AN10 black fitting with Black braided hose, so once the grille is one it’s hidden from view.
I still need to make up a metal plate on the right hand side which bolts to two locating rivnuts and stretches out to the right mounting holes of the oil cooler. Once thats done I can make up the hoses.
I would make up the lines now but I need some additional spanners I don’t have. A 30mm open ended ring spanner to tighten the adapters in the oil take off plate (as I have converted from 5/8th BSP to 5/8th BSP – AN10). I have also ordered a 26mm, a 1″ 1/16th & a 1″ and 1/8th spanner, so I can be sure to get the AN10 fittings done up tight without damaging the black coating. I don’t intend to buy the special AN spanners as they are way overpriced and look flimsy, when eBay supplies good second hand strong spanners cheap.