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by Pete Boole
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:38
Forum: General
Topic: Elite restoration begins!
Replies: 266
Views: 21586

Re: Elite restoration begins!

Hi Pete. What about Excel headlamp electric motors, the pneumatic Elite system often failed, but quite lighter than electric. Dave the cog. Yep - I'm changing to MX5 electric motors. Easier than the Excel version as the relays are contained within the motor housing. They are nearly finished. I'll h...
by Pete Boole
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:32
Forum: General
Topic: Elite restoration begins!
Replies: 266
Views: 21586

Re: Elite restoration begins!

These cars will never be quiet but I'm hoping to minimise some engine/transmission NVH in the soundproofing process - hence the bulkhead stuff. The electric motor probably weighs about the same as a mechanical power steering pump and oil reservoir, so no weight saving, but it is nearer the centre of...
by Pete Boole
Tue Apr 20, 2021 21:53
Forum: General
Topic: Elite restoration begins!
Replies: 266
Views: 21586

Re: Elite restoration begins!

It is. It's the first stage - it's a foil-covered self adhesive viscoelastic membrane to damp panel resonance. Next will be a layer of open-cell acoustic foam with a further layer of the viscoelastic membrane to act as a "suspended" barrier layer. It gets complicated and heavy!

Pete
by Pete Boole
Tue Apr 20, 2021 18:40
Forum: General
Topic: Elite restoration begins!
Replies: 266
Views: 21586

Re: Elite restoration begins!

Bit more progress :D. Finished building and installed the electric power steering column over the weekend: https://db5pap001files.storage.live.com/y4mh_jnz6tTRlkMDjjK9BDMXutOGD67egyCCe-tjkQa9L8sIHHqzkYfhF5czKvEqTMfWu7H7Ba6O7Lcz8gOkdZWjiJBP3H91Q0-fx1z--KtbXoMzu03cKGDPV6jx-_wSx0HCSMiXr6XeAJ1n3cfjn8EQl...
by Pete Boole
Mon Apr 19, 2021 22:32
Forum: General
Topic: Lotus Excel leaking sunroof
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Lotus Excel leaking sunroof

I'll bet there's not much in it. Just in case Mike doesn't have anything available!

Pete
by Pete Boole
Mon Apr 19, 2021 18:27
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Rust In Petrol Tank
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Rust In Petrol Tank

If you end up taking it out - fill it full of a citric acid solution for a couple of days - that will get rid of all the rust - then rinse and dry thoroughly. You could then leave as is or treat further.

Pete
by Pete Boole
Mon Apr 19, 2021 18:23
Forum: General
Topic: Lotus Excel leaking sunroof
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Lotus Excel leaking sunroof

There's a whole Elite bodyshell for sale on fleabay at the moment for reasonable money (wish I had more space!).

Pete
by Pete Boole
Mon Apr 19, 2021 16:54
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Oil Change Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 658

Re: Oil Change Advice

I think your guy is just wrong. Maybe he is thinking about the effect of running in new engines with synthetic - definitely a no-no. Modern synthetic oils are renowned for NOT leaving sludge etc.. in an engine - they have detergents to help prevent this. Your engine is probably cleaner inside than m...
by Pete Boole
Mon Apr 12, 2021 19:34
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Hampshire meet up April?
Replies: 44
Views: 1718

Re: Hampshire meet up April?

I still can't see them - using Chrome.

Pete
by Pete Boole
Mon Apr 12, 2021 19:31
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: ExteriorDoor lock has fallen out
Replies: 9
Views: 755

Re: ExteriorDoor lock has fallen out

I've got a fix for the broken door handle problem - just not done anything about it for 3 years! When you get the handle off put up some photos of the damaged bit so I can see if I can help. The door handle may be fine - the lock barrel has a flange that can break.

Pete
by Pete Boole
Mon Apr 12, 2021 19:24
Forum: General
Topic: New member - Excel SA
Replies: 151
Views: 14472

Re: New member - Excel SA

I'm sure you're aware of the plywood inserts at the front - it appears to be missing in the last photo - have you already removed it? If your fibreglass work is anything like your metalwork you'll be fine!

Pete
by Pete Boole
Sun Apr 11, 2021 21:00
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Hampshire meet up April?
Replies: 44
Views: 1718

Re: Hampshire meet up April?

Not just you - I can't either.

Pete
by Pete Boole
Sun Apr 11, 2021 17:01
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Hampshire meet up April?
Replies: 44
Views: 1718

Re: Hampshire meet up April?

Great looking collection of cars guys. Looks like you had a good meet-up - I'm envious!

Pete
by Pete Boole
Sun Apr 11, 2021 16:57
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: loss of spark ignition
Replies: 27
Views: 1296

Re: loss of spark ignition

Don't forget you'll lose coolant if you remove the whole manifold - coolant coming from the head travels through it on the way to the thermostat housing.

Pete
by Pete Boole
Sat Apr 10, 2021 20:28
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Elite/Eclat headlight pod
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: Elite/Eclat headlight pod

Yep - a trip to Lotusbits may be on the cards. I'm working on lots of bits at once at the moment - so very little progress on any! But - over the next few weeks I think I'll have some more photos to share - maybe! :roll:

Pete