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daver clasper
July 7, 2017, 5:15pm Report to Moderator
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Just bought a second hand AC fuel pump for Vitesse.  The thread that hold the top cover bolt/screw into the top alloy body are pretty non existent for about the first 5mm. There looks to be about 4mm of good thread below that.

I thought of using a longer bolt/Screw to pick up on the deeper, ok thread.

So a few questions please

Remove the trace/damaged thread with a small dremel grinding bit and the bolt/screw will pick up into the good thread?.

Run a tap down that will pick up into the good thead? (not much experience of taps/dyes).

Also, anyone know what size tap and bolt/screw I will need for that pump (later Vitesse Mk1 2 Litre).

Any help great please.

Thanks, Dave

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July 7, 2017, 8:37pm Report to Moderator

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Any bolt should engage with at least 1.5 the bolt diameter's worth of thread. Especially in alloy, which should be a coarse thread.    
Is there enough 'meat' in the body to drill and tap for a larger size of bolt?


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You could fill the hole with plastic metal, redrill and retap. Mates have had good results with this.

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July 8, 2017, 8:32am Report to Moderator

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Or see if you can get a time-sert / helicoil for it - not sure on thread size though, sorry.

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July 8, 2017, 11:39am Report to Moderator

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Hello Dave,

is the option there to drill straight through and use a nut and bolt?


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July 8, 2017, 2:31pm Report to Moderator
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Your other option is to send it back to the seller as unfit for purpose!
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if there are threads left at the bottom? take the pump to fasteners merchant.
ask for a bolt to fit it much longer than the old one. and get a nut to fit.
screw bolt in till it bottoms, cut off head of bolt then use the nut and a washer to tighten down
this has worked many times on various things. cheers
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This is the tin-top style pump, yes? As fitted on GT6 Mk3? Which, AFAIK, is not the correct part for a Mk1 Vitesse, although it's compatible.

Anyway, I had the same problem on my GT6 many years ago and did, indeed, fix it simply by fitting a longer bolt. I don't remember the thread details, though.

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daver clasper
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Hi, and thanks.

Will try a longer bolt, as is only low torque to seal the rubber gasket I assume?.

Cheers, Dave
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daver clasper
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Hi, and thanks.

Will try a longer bolt, as is only low torque to seal the rubber gasket I assume?.

Cheers, Dave
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Quoted from daver clasper
Hi, and thanks.

Will try a longer bolt, as is only low torque to seal the rubber gasket I assume?.

Cheers, Dave

cutting the head off the bolt and using a nut saves trying to find an exact size that could strip the few remaining threads.
very low torque, just use a spring or star washer when fitting plus the flat washer underneath
job should be sorted then

cheers, tony.
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Its 1/4"unf    just had to this on a leaky stripped pump, there is a good depth to the
casting hole, , this one needed tapping   to get some reclaimed thread ,lower down the drilling

The idea of stud and nut is a good call  the nut  thread may need some sealer


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daver clasper
August 15, 2017, 4:28pm Report to Moderator
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thanks for all your replies.

Have run a tap down it and seems ok.

there is some old oil/dry gunge in the chamber on the bottom half of F/P under the diaphragm, so removed diaphragm with it's stalk according to Haynes manual.  This has damaged the 2 fibre washers under the cup a bit, which I assume prevent engine oil entering this chamber.

No repair kits show these washers (also the diaphragm and valves seem good, so was hoping not to buy anyway) .

So, please.

Any ideas as an alternative to these washers?

How can I get the that wider flat end of spindle back through those washers safely anyway?.

Would a bit of oil splash back (as most of washers is there) into chamber be the end of the world anyway?.

Any help great please

Cheers, Dave        
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