Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby 378S2 » Mon 14.09.2020, 08:32

david924s wrote:I would think twice about "throwing in a can of RadWeld" heard some nasty tales about what else that stuff will block up as well as the leak.


Hi David - I guess that's my question, is there a definitive downside to RadWeld in these cars? If others have used it with no ill-effects then it is an excellent way to block the small leaks but I don't want to set myself up for an expensive bill later; nor do I want to spend a fortune chasing a small leak.
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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby 378S2 » Wed 16.09.2020, 15:17

david924s wrote:I would think twice about "throwing in a can of RadWeld" heard some nasty tales about what else that stuff will block up as well as the leak.


Just to say thank you for saving myself from myself David and others. I was sufficiently worried about the radweld option that I dug around till I found the leak was the radiator itself and I now have a new one on order from SJS. Not a cheap fix by the time it gets posted to AUS but with summer on its way here I’m sure other corrosion leaks would have found their way in. New recirculating pump on its way too.

Thanks folks.
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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby david924s » Thu 17.09.2020, 09:03

If the radiator is leaking a little now it would probably have only got worse, so unless you could get it repaired locally a new one is probably the best option, I think on this forum there are various posts about replacing the radiator with a none standard one (not specifically for Elan) so you may be able to find a more local supplier of one that is both cheaper (delivery costs) and quicker.
Seems people have used Coolex (UK) company with good results, not sure if they have an international outlet but may be cheaper and quicker than some other places £120 for the M100 one they specify for racing https://www.coolexperts.co.uk/product/l ... e-quality/
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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby 378S2 » Thu 17.09.2020, 09:22

Thanks David, actually last night moments after I paid SJS I did find one made specifically for the M100 on eBay for less cash and the postage was cheaper too. But hey, next time I will pause and see if I can get it cheaper.

You are right by the way, the leak is coming from the plastic-aluminium join on the right hand side but I have also now seen weeping on the left hand side, so it is clearly ready for retirement after 25 years on the job.
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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby david924s » Thu 17.09.2020, 13:34

I know exactly what you mean I have a garage filled with impulse/emergency buys for the Elan that if I had waited or researched a little more I could have got for less money or indeed in many cases worked out I didn't need it.
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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby Fredjohn » Thu 17.09.2020, 14:19

LEC is a great info resource.

It pays to search on here before doing anything. Pretty much everything has been done and recorded on here somewhere.

eg Just do a search for "radiator" and Coolex comes up, who seemingly has a good price and plenty of recommendations.
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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby Rambo » Thu 17.09.2020, 18:06

Totally agree John.

And Coolex is the way to go for radiators etc.....
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Re: Bubble bubble toil and trouble?

Postby 378S2 » Fri 18.09.2020, 00:45

Thank you Gents, next time. For this one I will have to take comfort knowing that sandwiched between the condenser and the turbo, in a place so well hidden it has its own security classification, is the radiator which Harrods would sell!
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