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tom kilner

the things that could be wrong with a lotus

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I'm preparing to take out the engine and finding all those familisr things.

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This started leaking when I disturbed the paint. I thought I would braze it up, butthen i looked inside...186082980_2018-12-1310_59_54.jpg.f2917d397ec962010f4d2253aebee404.jpg

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Then while we're on the cooling system,  the radiator doesn't leak,  but was only held in place by the cooling fan wiring:1276621028_2018-12-1310_59_17.thumb.jpg.e65a333568ed182346a6a9a5471cfc05.jpg

All four corners broken,  although the steel looks like it could clean up. Can I just braze this lot back together? 

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Personally I would put some vinegar inside the coolant tank to see how bad the rot is. I would definitely buy a new radiator.

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Good idea with the vinegar Mike.I'll pour some in tomorrow.

My feelings were the other way round though - new header tank thirty quid and try to save the rad - all the complicated brassy bits of the radiator looked good just need to"fix" the frame... I will pull it apart and see what happens.

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The steel frame lifted off the rad - all four corners look lead soldered and currently broken. I'm cleaning it up , repaint and see if I can resolder with gas, maybe just a blowtorch.573051183_2018-12-1411_03_20.jpg.6ba589edff96c2ca0684a580d0a33893.jpgThe expansion tank looks OK on the outside,  so I think it's perforated.  I could use some sort of tank seal maybe, if I'm going to save it?

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Shouldn't that frame be riveted on the corners? 

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