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by Qwertyco
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:06
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Remove rear lights? And renew silvering?
Replies: 34
Views: 2984

Re: Remove rear lights? And renew silvering?

Tinfoil is not a good solution. Tried this years ago no another car, looks good for a while then just oxidises and falls apart. I would also expect metallic paints to oxidise or go dull, unless they are laquered. I tried a very 'chrome' paint on the silvering of my Merc C220 headlights and it didn't...
by Qwertyco
Mon Mar 29, 2021 17:37
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

TAR wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 21:06
Qwertyco, I sent you a PM about where you obtained the catches. I need a couple for my Elite restoration. :)
Replied.
by Qwertyco
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:03
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

The 'T' shape piece which fits in the slot, it's now an 'L' shape! You can just see it in the pic in the first post. I'm machining a new one from a 10.9 grade bolt, then just weld it back in place. The broken bit came out nice and cleanly. Also the door pivot hole is worn, so I've drilled it out and...
by Qwertyco
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:07
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

Same.
Lotus sourced them from the P6, but used their own design 'cranked' arm to suit the Eclat/Elite/early Excel. Also used on the Elan +2 apparently.

I'm working on a repair to my broken cranked arm now.
More to follow . . . . .
by Qwertyco
Thu Mar 18, 2021 18:58
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

Made a bit of progress, had this delivered today, from a guy on a friendly Rover P6 forum:

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by Qwertyco
Fri Mar 05, 2021 18:04
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

MetBlue wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 00:19
Just sent you another message. Hopefully this time it will get through.
Tony
Nothing! :!:
by Qwertyco
Thu Mar 04, 2021 22:22
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

The locking part (Which is what I think you need) looks incredibly similar to those fitted to the Rover P6 2000, 2200, 3500. http://shop.roverp6cars.com/DOOR-CHECK-STRAP-SLIDE-ARM-COMPLETE-LH/PASSENGER-SIDE That's interesting, I guessed it wouldn't be a Lotus part. Both bits of mine are broke, the ...
by Qwertyco
Thu Mar 04, 2021 22:18
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

There are differences both on the strap mechanism and on the boss at the top hinge plate. Then even with the newer design Hawaiis0 posted there are two subtle differences. Get them mixed and either the door won't shut, or it opens, but not as far.!!! I'd suggest changing like for like. What's the o...
by Qwertyco
Wed Mar 03, 2021 17:55
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Door Check Strap - early Excel

Here is an image from a later model. Not sure if it is useful to say copy That's what I was expecting to see! Interesting to see the bare beam has two mounting lugs which are used to mount the older type of strap. I wonder if I could use this newer type? Need to look inside my door again . . . . . ...
by Qwertyco
Tue Mar 02, 2021 23:07
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Check Strap - early Excel
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Door Check Strap - early Excel

Well, after 30+ years I decided to fix the broken drivers door strap on my '83 Excel. it was all attached, just didn't hold the door open, so after a bit of research I guessed it probably just needed a new spring. Sadly, when I took it apart i found this: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50998051...
by Qwertyco
Fri May 31, 2019 14:05
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Rear body to chassis bolts
Replies: 17
Views: 1510

Re: Rear body to chassis bolts

My early '83 has the horizontal bolts, and when fitting new exhaust hangers many years ago I noticed the chassis bolt bodywork area was quite badly cracked around them. Had it in a Lotus approved bodyshop for some minor paintwork and they kindly repaired the cracks at the same time, with both fibreg...
by Qwertyco
Mon Apr 29, 2019 20:19
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Northallerton 1st April
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: Northallerton 1st April

Another good show this year, a few more cars and good weather.
Sadly not a Lotus in sight!
Yes, I failed comprehensivly to get it ready for this years show.
Oh well, next year . . . . . .
by Qwertyco
Fri Mar 22, 2019 01:02
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: 3D Printed parts for the Excel?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

3D Printed parts for the Excel?

Mrs.Q kindly bought me a 3D printer for christmas, and I've been playing with it and learning since then. I happen to do 3D CAD for a living, so the software isn't exactly difficult for me. My first bash at parts for my old narrow body excel are the door mirror shrouds which seem to biodegrade. Work...
by Qwertyco
Thu Nov 29, 2018 15:54
Forum: General
Topic: Supplier for Stainless nuts?
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Supplier for Stainless nuts?

by Qwertyco
Sat Nov 17, 2018 17:52
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Jacking points (again!)
Replies: 15
Views: 1881

Re: Jacking points (again!)

Just for reference, after getting hold of a Lotus supplied Red Plug, these seem to be the same item:

http://www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb ... ard/110198