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by tonypoll
Tue Oct 20, 2020 13:53
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: droopy boot
Replies: 20
Views: 1776

Re: droopy boot

I agree:..."the most effective corrective action for a saggy boot is to increase the detent with a file." It's simple, cheap, and works! When I first got my Excel many years ago I had the same problem and tried many solutions. Eventually I used a small round file to make the indent a little deeper a...
by tonypoll
Mon Oct 12, 2020 19:11
Forum: General
Topic: Photos for Oliver anyone?
Replies: 25
Views: 1270

Re: Photos for Oliver anyone?

Thanks Richard. I really appreciate your involvement with Oliver's health updates.
Good to hear he's moving back home.
Tony
by tonypoll
Mon Sep 14, 2020 17:19
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Air Horn faults.
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: Air Horn faults.

Can you see the complete length of the air tubes? It's quite common for these to crack, and hence no air gets through. I had this on my Excel a few years ago, and replacing the plastic tubes is a pain!
by tonypoll
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:58
Forum: General
Topic: Air con connectors
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Air con connectors

Rob, I too looked into fitting top-up valves into the pipes running along the bulkhead. However, after rotating the oil-cooler pickup I found I could now easily fit 90 degree R12 to R134a convertors onto the back of the compressor, so there was no need to move the top-up valves. As you might know, t...
by tonypoll
Sat Aug 15, 2020 15:38
Forum: General
Topic: Air con connectors
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Air con connectors

I've recently done this and you will need quite a few specialist tools. Specifically a vacuum pump and aircon gauge set. You may need special green aircon o-rings, PAG aircon oil, some UV dye leak detector and UV lamp. You may also need to replace the receiver drier if it's old and/or has been expos...
by tonypoll
Sat Aug 15, 2020 15:04
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Clutch issue-hydraulics?
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: Clutch issue-hydraulics?

FYI - I found the diff plugs particularly hard to shift. Rather than mangle the plug heads I eventually took the car to my local garage who put it up on a ramp and had to use a long, strong breaker bar.
by tonypoll
Wed Jul 01, 2020 19:57
Forum: General
Topic: Air con connectors
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Air con connectors

I eventually got round to rotating the oil cooler take off, having first remove the oil filter. I didn't need to move the oil cooler, there was enough play in the flexible connecting pipes. It took a bit of waggling - but in the end I was able to rotate the take-off such that I could get both connec...
by tonypoll
Fri Jun 05, 2020 18:10
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: SOCIALLY DISTANCED HAMPSHIRE MEET UP?
Replies: 28
Views: 1592

Re: SOCIALLY DISTANCED HAMPSHIRE MEET UP?

Thanks for all the clear details, Mark.
9:00 on the 14th is fine for me.
Guess I need to get the insurance renewed now. It expired mid-April and there didn't seem much point of paying for the car to stay in the garage.
Tony
by tonypoll
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:06
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: SOCIALLY DISTANCED HAMPSHIRE MEET UP?
Replies: 28
Views: 1592

Re: SOCIALLY DISTANCED HAMPSHIRE MEET UP?

There's the park in central Yateley, where we've held the Yateley May Fayre and Motor Show and some of you had attended.
There is a small car park, and if that's full there's also lots of road parking around the green.
Tony
by tonypoll
Tue Jun 02, 2020 09:53
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: SOCIALLY DISTANCED HAMPSHIRE MEET UP?
Replies: 28
Views: 1592

Re: SOCIALLY DISTANCED HAMPSHIRE MEET UP?

Sooner rather than later would be best for me.
I've hopes of doing some travelling soon :-)
Tony
by tonypoll
Mon May 25, 2020 20:03
Forum: General
Topic: Oliver Winterbottom
Replies: 24
Views: 1704

Re: Oliver Winterbottom

Please add my name: Tony Poll. I've spent quite a few hours chatting with Oliver at the last couple of Dijon L'Age D'Or classic car weekends. (This is usually held early June, but of course has been cancelled this year). Oliver is always good company, and was made very welcome at the Club Lotus Fran...
by tonypoll
Tue May 19, 2020 12:33
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Headlamp lift motor water ingress
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Headlamp lift motor water ingress

One of my headlamp lift motors stopped working. I found the rubber boot covering the manual lift knob at the bottom of the motor was full of water. Simply draining the water was enough for the motor to start working again. I made a small hole in the bottom of the rubber boot so in future any water c...
by tonypoll
Tue May 05, 2020 19:10
Forum: General
Topic: 83 Excel from from Finland
Replies: 122
Views: 7787

Re: 83 Excel from from Finland

I fitted Protech dampers front and rear 10 years ago. It was suggested by SJSportscar, who supplied the dampers: 9 front, 6 rear (1 being the softest, and 13 the hardest) to give the same performance as original factory fitted dampers. I experimented and currently have both front and rear set to 6 c...
by tonypoll
Sat May 02, 2020 14:06
Forum: General
Topic: Twin front brake calipers
Replies: 21
Views: 1381

Re: Twin front brake calipers

My uneducated guess: I'd expect two callipers to generate twice as much heat as a single calliper. And if you have two callipers covering a large percentage of the disk area, this would make it harder for the disk to dissipate heat. So the brakes might work fantastically initially but rapid overheat...
by tonypoll
Sat May 02, 2020 13:48
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leather seat colour indentifcation
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: Leather seat colour indentifcation

About 10 years ago, I sent a small sample, taken from under the seat, to Griptone/Liquid Leather Scuffmaster Automotive Kit. The colour kit they sent back was a very good colour match, and the materials in the kit were easy to use and worked well. The kit included the cleaner, conditioner, prep, dye...