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Old 06-29-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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DIY L99 Catch Can -- Using Stainless Steel Thermos

Well, having watch several folks build a 'DIY' catch can, I took a little bit different way.

I'm using a Stainless Steel Thermos from Crate N Barrel and various parts from Lowes and Autozone to build my own.

The parts are:

3/8 x 4 ft fuel hose (not injector hose) $6.00 from AutoZone
2 PCV grommets 42058 from AutoZone ($6.50 for both)

2 1/2 Elbows (Brass) from Lowes ($3.50 for both)
1 6" x 1 1/4" Stanley Angle Bracket from Lowes ($4.00)
1 H# 884633 Rubber Grommet for Angle Bracket from Lowes ($1.00)
1 1/4 x 5 ft Hot/Cold PVC water tube from Lowes ($2.00)

1 Copper Scotch Scour Pads from Target ($2.00)

1 Stainless Steel Thermos from Crate N Barrel ($12.00) (this has a screw on top with seal).
This can with-hold temps to 270 degrees. It also really holds a SEAL!

So, for about $37 I was able to create my own catch can.

Now, this is not a 'show car' so it served my purpose -- I wanted something simple.

So, here are the steps I took:

First, I measured 1/4 inch from the sided and, using the PCV grommets, measure a 'pilot hole' point:



I then drilled the pilot with a 1/8" bit and then drilled the hole larger using 11/32 bit. Once that was drilled,
I opened and cleaned out the hole until the grommet fit nice and snug:



Once that was done, I put in the first elbow:



Once I confirmed that worked, I did the second one and then I test fitted the cap:



Next, I drilled out the outer end of the bracket for the 'bracket' grommet. I used the 11/32 drill for this also (noticed I used the stock grommet metal washer from stock airbox):



Once I did that, I used the 3" x 3" rubber coupler to attach the Thermos and bracket together:



Then, I took off the lid, put in the copper pad, and re-test fitted:



I then, added 'felt pad' to the lower part of the bracket so it could rest on the interior panel in the engine compartment (no rattling!):



Next, I had to create a 'tube' for the oil to drain. I cut the 1/4 hot/cold pvc line to 4 1/2". I then drilled 1/16 holes in the side of the tube to allow oil to 'drip' as needed. I did this on the lower 3" of the tube -- NOTE: It goes on the 'red arrow' side elbow):







I then attached the lid and verified everything was right.

Next, under the hood, I located the line (for the L99 it runs from the Left Back Cover) and just cut the elbow from the line so I could slide the 3/8" fuel line:



Now, attach the 3/8" fuel line from the real of the valve cover to the 'red' arrow I put on the lid and then attach the 3/8" fuel line to the black arrow and route it to attach to the line going into the intake:



Verify everything lines up and test run to verify no leaks!

Attach cover and take it for a drive!

I did notice the 'lid' of the thermos would sink a little due to the strong vacuum pull from the engine! So, I drilled a small hole (under the lid) and filled it with great stuff expanding foam (that will fill in any 'gaps' between the cap).

Overall, worked nice!

Final setup:





-Don

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Old 06-30-2014, 11:17 PM   #2
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Found 3/8 fuel injector hose cures the hiss from the cheaper fuel hose...
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:21 PM   #3
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Nice write up Don.

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Found 3/8 fuel injector hose cures the hiss from the cheaper fuel hose...
I hear a hiss from my Elite catch can on my L99 car. Maybe fuel injector hose would solve that in my case too.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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Thanks!

The fuel injector line has a similar 'plastic' inner hose like the original breather lines. $4 a foot @ Autozone -- worked like a champ. It was REALLY loud hiss with the cheaper stuff. REALLY LOUD ;o) 3/8 worked fine on mine...
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:47 PM   #5
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Nice job!! But I'm very anal about aesthetics, and it wouldn't work for me as I have my engine bay detailed so a chrome elite it was..
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:45 PM   #6
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True, I could use a Stainless coupler and bracket -- will do that eventually -- the coupler was used due to heat near the headers -- but there are better options out there! The thermos is really nice looking too -- there are those that are all stainless for a bit more. Don't recall any chrome ones though...
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