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by Marten
Tue Nov 14, 2023 17:54
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Changing Clutch - the most awkward way?
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: Changing Clutch - the most awkward way?

The only other Way that came to my mind was the classical Method of getting the whole Drivetrain out through the Engine-Bay - but that definitely is a lot more Work. Once you've done it a few times (because Lotus ;)) pulling the engine/transmission is probably a lot more comfortable. Provided you h...
by Marten
Tue Nov 07, 2023 17:47
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Boot Floor Missing Bracket
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: Boot Floor Missing Bracket

Dwaynem884 wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2023 16:20
I'm going with 6mm MDF, may be slight overkill, but the original masonite clearly wasn't up to the job
Don't, it will go wobbly pretty quick, it just isn't dimensionally stable if not perfectly dry.
by Marten
Fri Sep 29, 2023 21:54
Forum: General
Topic: Excels and Air-conditioning
Replies: 24
Views: 3521

Re: Excels and Air-conditioning

See my v8 link from page 15 onwards. https://www.lotusexcel.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8397&start=210 Also andy did it to a standard excel. https://www.lotusexcel.net/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=12499 To be honest a combination of the two methods means you could do it without all of the kit from another car....
by Marten
Thu Sep 07, 2023 19:28
Forum: General
Topic: Emeya
Replies: 15
Views: 1326

Re: Emeya

I hope those bonnet vents serve some actual practical purpose and are not just there for styling. My pet hate (well, the top out of many...) in current car design is fake features - chromed rings at the lower rear that don't actually have exhaust coming through them, Aston Martin style front wing v...
by Marten
Mon Aug 21, 2023 19:53
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Weight of Excel bare shell
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Weight of Excel bare shell

Would anyone know the weight of a completely bare Excel bodyshell? Stripped of all glass, interior, doors, bumpers, boot and bonnet. I need to move it from chassis to a dolly for painting. Wondering if 4 blokes can lift it - I think so but just wanted to check! Many thanks... Should work. Look up t...
by Marten
Tue Aug 15, 2023 12:28
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Clutch Master Cylinder
Replies: 2
Views: 810

Re: Clutch Master Cylinder

Doc Si wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2023 06:47
Does anyone know where I might get a replacement clutch master cylinder?
'Toyota Carina 1984-1990 FWD 1.6 2.0 Clutch master cylinder Item no 290669189561. ADT33431 according to the spreadsheet I have
by Marten
Mon Aug 07, 2023 09:50
Forum: General
Topic: New member - new owner
Replies: 169
Views: 27059

Re: New member - new owner

Andrew - thanks for this advice. It looks like the entire week (for me, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire), is looking much much warmer so was going to leave it to the end of the week (shed does get hot) so any moisture has come out (for the most part). No one is going to see it (especially after I've rapt...
by Marten
Sat Aug 05, 2023 20:21
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Elite roof
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Re: Elite roof

If you really want to research this thoroughly, I keep seeing the same book being recommended: How to restore fibreglass bodywork, by Miles Wilkins. The book has a picture of an Elite on the front cover. It's available second hand on ebay, but it's very pricey (which makes me think it must be good)...
by Marten
Sun Jul 30, 2023 15:00
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door window seals, and door drainage
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: Door window seals, and door drainage

Today I have been investigating why my drivers side footwell filled with water in heavy rain when the car was outside last year. After spending some time in the lotus position in the drivers foot well while my partner sprayed the car with the hose pipe I found no leaks from the windscreen, wiper me...
by Marten
Sun Jul 30, 2023 14:48
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Lotus Excel Rear Seat-belt fixing
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Lotus Excel Rear Seat-belt fixing

I have a Lotus Excel SE 1986. The belt was removed to repair the catch. It was found when it came to reinstalling it that the bodywork fixing hole was larger than the existing bolt One can't use a larger bolt as it would not go the seat-belt hole. Any Ideas? Thank you. Peter43 The belts are fitted ...
by Marten
Thu Jul 20, 2023 06:20
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Excel Radiator Options?
Replies: 17
Views: 2248

Re: Excel Radiator Options?

Lotus520 wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2023 22:06
Good to hear regarding the recored rads, excuse my ignorance but is the main part of the rad steel?
all brass, and soldered together
by Marten
Mon Jul 17, 2023 18:15
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Excel Radiator Options?
Replies: 17
Views: 2248

Re: Excel Radiator Options?

Lotus520 wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2023 15:54
I don’t want any Chinese bits on my car!!!

Does anyone have experience of an electric pump?
The magnets will surely be Chinese if they are any good ;)
by Marten
Tue Jul 11, 2023 07:44
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: No Spark Gremlins
Replies: 36
Views: 6862

Re: No Spark Gremlins

I bought another Aldon unit to replace it and it had thicker wires. Guess they must have had a problem with a few units and improved them. Making a wire thicker is the opposite of making it more flexible to whitstand repeated bending. The usuall way is more but thinner strands . So I hope they chan...
by Marten
Mon Jun 19, 2023 13:16
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Compression low
Replies: 10
Views: 1145

Re: Compression low

Thanks guys. I have a compressor so just need the leak down kit which I’ll buy now. If you have a way of getting the compressed air into the cylinder you can do a basic leakdown test without the specialist kit. As long as the valves are (or should be) closed, then put the compressed air into the cy...
by Marten
Mon Jun 19, 2023 07:49
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Compression low
Replies: 10
Views: 1145

Re: Compression low

Thanks guys. I have a compressor so just need the leak down kit which I’ll buy now. How do I do the first of martens points? Check the cam timing is correct. With the crank at 0 degrees and the valves closed the marks on the cam pulleys should line up. See any cambelt change post. Or is that with t...