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by tonypoll
Fri Jan 22, 2021 13:23
Forum: General
Topic: Website Change Request
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: Website Change Request

Making the change to the code is, as you suggest, probably easy. The problems usually arrive later when someone has to maintain these changes. Sometimes a newer version of the software doesn't work nicely with the ad-hoc changes made. It almost certainly not tested before release. So my vote would b...
by tonypoll
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:07
Forum: General
Topic: Spark Excel model
Replies: 24
Views: 1387

Re: Spark Excel model

I've also submitted my request for a rerun of their Excel model.
by tonypoll
Fri Jan 01, 2021 19:33
Forum: History & Memorabilia
Topic: Best advertisements and press releases
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Best advertisements and press releases

"The Lotus Excel must qualify as a very desirable mistress" is the poster I've got in my office.
Not sure about copyright, so here's a link
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-EXCEL- ... 1422453395

Tony
by tonypoll
Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:08
Forum: General
Topic: Sara Helmer, Oliver’s sister
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Sara Helmer, Oliver’s sister

Hi Sara, Good to hear you've joined the group - they are very friendly! I had the pleasure of meeting you and Oliver at Dijon L'Age d'Or, last year, or maybe the year before? I was the English guy with the green Lotus Excel hanging out with Club Lotus France. I didn't get to Dijon this year - it was...
by tonypoll
Fri Dec 11, 2020 17:44
Forum: General
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 22
Views: 1093

Re: Newbie

When I bought my Excel in 2002 I also considered an Elite or Eclat. However, many (not all) consider these two older models to have significantly more problems than the Excel; especially non-galvanised chassis, rear brakes, drive shafts, the Lotus 5-speed gearbox, headlamp vacuum lifters, and genera...
by tonypoll
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:42
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: workshop manual electrical section
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: workshop manual electrical section

Clive,
I live in NE Hampshire, and have both Parts and Workshop manuals.
If you want to visit sometime, and under covid constraints, to view these let me know.
Tony
by tonypoll
Tue Oct 20, 2020 13:53
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: droopy boot
Replies: 20
Views: 2455

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: 2044

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: 686

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: 1381

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: 1381

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: 1398

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: 1381

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: 2348

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: 2348

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