I needed to replace the port seal on my Allied
which is a 1976 model and has SS opening ports. (I don't know the Mfg). After searching the internet
for hours looking for replacement opening port seals
, I referred to this forum and found an excellent suggestion; vacuum hose from the auto parts
It got me thinking. So when the rain finally quit for a while, I took out a port seal which measured 5" x 10" x 3/8 square. I went to O'Reilys and got Gates Belt brand 1/4" ID by 3/8" OD fuel
line in 3' sections.
At first it went in hard, and I was using a pair of pliers to squeeze and push it in. But later I found out how to work with the bias of the FG reinforcement weave. I also learned to roll up and leave it to flatten a while, after which I could pinch it with my hand and install it. The cost was about $2/ft + tax.
To get the ports closed I had to push on them manually and run the dogs
way out to get them over the forks, I then and slowly tightened. I over tightened the first ones, and later found that the rubber was soft enough that a great seal was made quite easily.
O'Reily is the only chain that seemed to carry the thin-wall hose. They have 3/8" and 5/16" OD fuel
lines as well as other sizes. I recommend this as an excellent low-cost solution for older METAL ports