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Re: Smelly boot

Post by StewbieC » Fri May 11, 2018 8:00 pm

peterc wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 2:11 pm
I can visualise that the hose with it’s heavy duty spiral re enforcing could be an issue despite using bolt operated band clamps.
Stewbie could you advise a make of the sealant please. Autofactors are a bit thin of the ground here and I doubt Mr Halfords can help.
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Hi Peter, I use the Brake and pipe sealant from Frosts restoration costs 11.50 and lasts for years. There are similar versions on EBay that are slightly cheaper, but you'll have to confirm with the seller that they are petrol resistant.
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Re: Smelly boot

Post by peterc » Sat May 12, 2018 6:40 pm

Thanks Stewbie. I’ll investigate accordingly.
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Re: Smelly boot

Post by kaiserbilly1 » Wed May 16, 2018 3:50 pm

I'd be interested to know how you get on Peter, my boot has always had the petrol smell !!

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Re: Smelly boot

Post by Homewood » Wed May 16, 2018 9:50 pm

Peter simply if it was fine before it must be a hose that has deteriorated. Mine always smelled until I replaced fuel filler hose and removed the flanges joint through the fibreglass by connected a aluminium pipe from filler cap through to rubber filler neck.

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Re: Smelly boot

Post by peterc » Sun May 20, 2018 8:05 pm

I am inclined to agree with you so I am currently waiting on a price from BGC for a new set of hoses and valve to improve the existing set up. It will be peace of mind if nothing else. When I removed the petrol pump from the boot I re used the hoses previously supplied so the routing was not the best.
It will now mean a sub plate cover added to the existing tank cover to suit the new hose positions but heh it will then be easier to fit.
Looking forward to their reply and getting them fitted.
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Re: Smelly boot

Post by DavidP » Tue May 22, 2018 6:10 pm

I would also be interested to know how you get on as my boot has always stunk...
Not that i dislike it..

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Re: Smelly boot

Post by peterc » Tue May 22, 2018 8:57 pm

Hoses now on order so due soon.
More than happy to advise the outcome.
I will keep the boot closed for a few days and then have a sniff to see if it is OK.
If smell continues then next move is to investigate the filler neck flexible.
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Re: Smelly boot

Post by peterc » Thu May 24, 2018 6:55 pm

Just another thought.
Who bothered to polish the face of the tapped bush on the tank before fitting the banjo connection.
I have just fitted the new hoses and noticed that the copper washer that was bolted to the boss was not a totally a uniform colour. This could possibly indicate a seepage albeit its taken 10-15 years to materialise.
I would have checked the boss for being clean and smooth but perhaps the paint should have been polished off. It is now because the boss looked dirty.
They do say check the simple things first.
Testing begins.
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Re: Smelly boot

Post by peterc » Tue May 29, 2018 7:44 pm

Initial results are that the boot still smells.
New hoses fitted and every joint assembled with blue hylomar which says that it’s suitably resistant to fuels.
I wouldn’t normally use any sealant on banjo couplings but thought that in the circumstances sealant might be the answer.
I would have willingly followed Stewbie’s advice to use PTFE sealant but Fosters were out of stock.

So I’m not sure of the next step bearing in mind that there is only around 1.5 gallons in the tank and the car has not moved an inch suggests that it has got to be a low level joint that’s not perfect. I did use new copper washers on the tank outlet.
At least I’m getting better at syphoning out the fuel !
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Re: Smelly boot

Post by peterc » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:46 pm

Progress report.
Boot has been closed for three weeks now and the smell is definitely no where near as bad as it had been like in a shorter period of time.
Still think that there is room for further improvement. Discovered that the Europa supplied fuel filler hose has an external re enforcing rib. Due to the short/ tight fitment I think that there is the possibility that the bolt action clamps don’t clamp 100%.
So I now intend to locate/fit some non reinforced fuel hose as a precaution.

Advice to others would be to check the banjo fitment to the lower tank boss if you didn’t ensure that it was nicely flat/ polished when you first installed the lower hose.
I am also happy to admit that it is most likely that I had squashed one of the hoses too much when fitting/removing the tanks’ Ali shield as the boot had been without much smell for a long time.
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