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by KevW
Wed Sep 07, 2022 18:32
Forum: General
Topic: petrol how long does it last
Replies: 8
Views: 378

Re: petrol how long does it last

I often read about modern petrol "going off" very quickly. My personal experience made me conclude that it appears to depend on which fuel you buy. To cut a long story short I had an Excel SE parked on my drive from September 2013 until November 2014 with a half a tank of UK Tesco 99 RON petrol. Dur...
by KevW
Wed Aug 10, 2022 16:53
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: Recently Aquired 1975 Elite in need of full restoration
Replies: 24
Views: 1847

Re: Recently Aquired 1975 Elite in need of full restoration

Thanks for taking the time to keep the updates coming. It's really interesting to see how you are tackling the job.
by KevW
Tue Aug 09, 2022 20:11
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Fill Gearbox..
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: Fill Gearbox..

Thanks for the advice
by KevW
Mon Aug 08, 2022 20:22
Forum: Upgrades and modifications
Topic: Speaker Replacement using Original Grilles and Mounts
Replies: 9
Views: 1116

Re: Speaker Replacement using Original Grilles and Mounts

I agree, they look like larger aftermarket speakers
by KevW
Mon Aug 08, 2022 20:20
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Fill Gearbox..
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: Fill Gearbox..

I've been checking my Excel handbook for the correct spec gearbox and diff oil. The hanbook states the gearbox takes 75W/90 GL5 oil and the diff requires "SAE 90 GL5".

Am I right in thinking this means the same spec oil is suitable for box and diff?
by KevW
Thu Jun 30, 2022 16:36
Forum: General
Topic: Eclat/Excel restoration
Replies: 6
Views: 548

Re: Eclat/Excel restoration

Interesting interior mods too
by KevW
Tue Jun 21, 2022 18:06
Forum: General
Topic: We know them as Excels - But what does DVLA think?
Replies: 14
Views: 622

Re: We know them as Excels - But what does DVLA think?

My car was both built and registered in 1992 and is listed as an Eclat, not Eclat Excel.
by KevW
Fri Jun 17, 2022 11:55
Forum: General
Topic: cleaning
Replies: 28
Views: 1337

Re: cleaning

Why are you all faffing about removing rust ? There is a special paint called Hammerite. All you have to do is paint it straight onto any rush after tickling it with a wire brush and all your problems are solved ! :lol: :lol: :lol: To think I used to spend my hard earned on that rubbish as a lad. I ...
by KevW
Wed Jun 15, 2022 12:02
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Breather pipe- bumper in place?
Replies: 13
Views: 785

Re: Breather pipe- bumper in place?

I found it possible to feed the new pipe from the inside of the boot down behind the bumper so that it came out under the car. It still allows the fumes to vent and I prefer that to using the original exit hole in the bumper. I think it's neater than having a pvc tube poking through the bumper. I al...
by KevW
Sun Jun 05, 2022 15:51
Forum: General
Topic: Been looking for an elite
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Been looking for an elite

This might be of interest James https://www.lotusexcel.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12427 I've never owned an Elite but I do know with features such as inboard rear brakes, non-galvanised chassis, vaccum operated pop up headlamps etc. they take more looking after than the later Excel. Having said they ha...
by KevW
Fri May 27, 2022 21:38
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Door Window Frames
Replies: 7
Views: 975

Re: Door Window Frames

If I remember correctly when Angus found the remaining old new stock steel sections to have the new door frames made up that was it - there were to be no more due to the prohibitive cost of tooling up. I think it was also determined that the frames had to be steel as aluminium wasn't strong enough b...
by KevW
Thu May 12, 2022 23:30
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Adjusting wing mirrors
Replies: 5
Views: 624

Re: Adjusting wing mirrors

When I bought my first Excel, a 1991 SE, I thought the door mirrors were useless, showing mainly the side of the car. They were no good at all for joining a dual carriageway from a slip road. I then discovered if I held the mirror housing and moved it out away from the car it clicked into place and ...