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by Lotus-e-Clan
Sat Nov 27, 2021 21:22
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: ‘84 Excel
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: ‘84 Excel

Yeah it's a HiFi shot.

Light and tonal balance are just right! 8)
by Lotus-e-Clan
Fri Nov 26, 2021 20:12
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Purge Pump.. alternatives?
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Purge Pump.. alternatives?

If I ever I get myself to a meeting one day (say a LITP), I'd organise a 'hot start competition'. ... a timed event. It would go like this: 1) Everyone warm their engine by idling until the fans cut-in. 2) Switch-off and leave for 3 minutes. 3) prepare to start as you would normally (open throttle o...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Fri Nov 26, 2021 15:57
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: ‘84 Excel
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: ‘84 Excel

Agree with Pete, the early narrow-bodied Excels look right. Especially with those wheels ( 14 inch Toyota black and silver cross ones also work well with the design). Would be interested to hear how you think the Elise compares to the Excel performance-wise. I once chased an early Elise in my 89SE a...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Fri Nov 26, 2021 01:16
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Purge Pump.. alternatives?
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Purge Pump.. alternatives?

The classic need for this device is to save face after filling-up with petrol (especially on a hot day -but not exclusively so). You return to the car after paying for petrol, and it won't start (airbox fumes = too rich as pointed-out previously) . And the bloke who was previously admiring your car ...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Tue Nov 23, 2021 23:29
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: Gold Elite S1 503
Replies: 12
Views: 526

Re: Gold Elite S1 503

Beautiful cars!

Including the 'RADFORD prototype'! :)

What's the Beans 'box and Salisbury diff sounding like on the trip?

My diff on the old 501 had a bit of a whine above 90mph. Beans box was lovely though (I'm told I was lucky).
by Lotus-e-Clan
Tue Nov 23, 2021 19:22
Forum: General
Topic: Rear cross member corrosion - Advice needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 213

Re: Rear cross member corrosion - Advice needed!

Yes the description seems to match Andy's reference photos. I'd put (Pete's) money on it! :wink: Replace them with stainless steel items and Bob's your uncle. I got my stainless ones from SJS many years ago for £21 each. Don't know about current availability, or prices. The inner seatbelt bolts can ...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Tue Nov 23, 2021 17:04
Forum: General
Topic: Rear cross member corrosion - Advice needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 213

Re: Rear cross member corrosion - Advice needed!

Advanced corrosion on an Excel chassis is really rare. You need to find out exactly which bit is corroded - get a photograph. They aren't just talking about the rear seat belt anchor plates, for example. which most definitely do corrode. Pete +1 for Pete's thoughts. It's gotta be the seat belt anch...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Fri Nov 19, 2021 20:41
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: radiator fans..
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: radiator fans..

"...but I've found that ram air efficiency is compromised..." Right... that could become a Problem especially, when we are talking about the Engines with higher Output and Compression than the Standard one. Problem insofar, as the Fans might keep running permanently until you turn off the Engine, a...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Fri Nov 19, 2021 16:04
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Rough cold running
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Rough cold running

How does the crank case breather fit in? Is it still secure and together? Good point - also check that the hoses fitted to the brown valve are the right way around. Mind you, the top one is always open so wouldn't explain the air leak sealing when greater than 60C. Also check connections to the ora...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Fri Nov 19, 2021 09:59
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Rough cold running
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Rough cold running

In summary following the video review (I suggest): 1) The air leak causes very weak running when cold (AFR > 15:1 which need lots of ign advance to run) AND simultaneously 2) The same air leak prevents full vacuum to the dizzy even though the green valve is working as it should (ie likely the leak i...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Thu Nov 18, 2021 23:50
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: radiator fans..
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: radiator fans..

If we´re still talking about this Ford Fiesta Fans, I´m pretty sure, too, that the Air will need some kind of "Guidance". Just a thought... if Repairing the Shroud is too complicated and a new One is too expensive: I´ve just installed some new Aftermarket-Fans. Works great and because of the rather...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Thu Nov 18, 2021 23:32
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Rough cold running
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Rough cold running

Just went back to watch the end at the point you said it's up to 40 what the hell's going on. (Love the brummy accent btw - I was born in Coventry!!). The end of the video supports my previous post in that, as the mystery air-leak seals itself, the green thermal valve gets to work FULLY - then the m...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Thu Nov 18, 2021 23:10
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Rough cold running
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Rough cold running

I strongly suspect an air leak! It won't start when cold because air is getting into the induction tract thus SIGNIFICANTY increasing the air-fuel ratio (too weak). But you should whip out a plug to see what's what at this stage to confirm it is running weak and not rich. Weak mixtures need more adv...
by Lotus-e-Clan
Tue Nov 16, 2021 19:25
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: Gold Elite S1 503
Replies: 12
Views: 526

Re: Gold Elite S1 503

My envy of Elite owners is ever-present. :mrgreen:

Welcome Andrew.

Ex-Elite 501 owner. :(
by Lotus-e-Clan
Mon Nov 15, 2021 00:56
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Possibly Found a Cheap Oil-water Heat Exchanger
Replies: 10
Views: 311

Re: Possibly Found a Cheap Oil-water Heat Exchanger

On both the Excel and Clan you have to be really pushing to get the oil much over 95C in the sump. Also consider that these <100C temp measurements are at the sump, or post exchanger, but oil temps at the piston crown will be way over 100C once warmed-up normally (showing 82C post exchanger). The su...