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I thought it best to replace it like for like & Merlin Motorsport were showing them in stock so I ordered one from them. Meanwhile whilst waiting for it to arrive I got on with tidying up a few bits and pieces. First off was the steering wheel which was looking a bit sad and mouldy, I was going to buy a new leather one (and probably still will at some point) because I'm not really a fan of wood rim wheels but this is a genuine Moto Lita which has a bit of patina to it so I cleaned it up and fitted some nice new stainless steel mounting screws and it's growing on me, it suits the car perfectly.
The bracket holding
up the steering column was very loose so that's now been tightened, the offside headlight
also loose as were all of the nuts on 3 of the wheels and the
fuel pump mounting bolts, so now that I've discovered that
somebody's not been too keen on tightening nuts and bolts I'm going
to have to go over the whole car with a spanner just for peace
of mind to make sure everything is tight. (NB -.I've found
since writing this that the fuel tank bolts, rear shock mount bolts, and the handbrake cable
bracket were also loose)
Carrying on with the fuel system repair after all the bits that were ordered arrived
This is the fuel filter I took out, it's obviously never been checked or changed in a very long time. Due to the amount of crud being in it I decided to remove the fuel tank as well because judging by this it looks like it's going to be quite rusty inside. That turned out to be a wise decision because some really horrible stuff came out of it when it was drained, it's no wonder the pump packed up. It had been overworked trying to pull the fuel through all this muck.
new tank is definitely needed so I'll change
the sender unit as well, might as well while it's out. The
rubber fuel pipe to the filter is also blocked solid, probably
the result of using the latest biofuel brews which can rot old
rubber and cause condensation in the tank which causes rust to
form. The rubber hoses have now been replaced with ethanol resistant