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by MickW
Wed Jul 08, 2020 17:00
Forum: General
Topic: Oliver Winterbottom
Replies: 24
Views: 1618

Re: Oliver Winterbottom

Please add my name also, if you haven't sent the card yet.

Best wishes to Oliver Winterbottom.

He gave a great talk at an East Anglia Lotus Club meeting.


MickW
by MickW
Sun Apr 02, 2017 09:43
Forum: General
Topic: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration (NEC) 31/3-2/4
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration (NEC) 31/3-

What a great show!!! Lovely to see you all and learn so many odd "little gems" in a short time. I like how there are so very many enterprising "car people" with stands & products to sell. And chat/free about the stuff. So, despite worn-out feet, I'm coming to the show again today. See you there. Mick.
by MickW
Fri Aug 29, 2014 23:25
Forum: General
Topic: Breaking / disposing of an Excel
Replies: 0
Views: 441

Breaking / disposing of an Excel

Hi All, I have a (damaged - Cat 'B') green Excel that had to be 'evicted' from my brother's farm recently, but the difficulty now is that it sits under my carport where I really want to park my Lotus Elise. (Sorry if that's swearing - yes, I love more than one!!) As it is Cat 'B' it can never go bac...
by MickW
Wed Aug 27, 2014 19:29
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Distributor oil seal - NOT WORN ENGINE!
Replies: 7
Views: 970

Re: Distributor oil seal - NOT WORN ENGINE!

Mark

Thanks for posting this info - its the kind of stuff that helps us all keep our cars running well for longer.

Regards,

MickW
by MickW
Fri Jun 01, 2012 21:03
Forum: For Sale
Topic: YELLOW EXCEL FOR SALE
Replies: 3
Views: 610

YELLOW EXCEL FOR SALE

Hi All, Have listed my Yellow Excel (with burst gaskets following a trackday!!) on Ebay. The carbs were so well set up it ran better than my other (84) Excel that was bought near-new from the Lotus Dealer in Norwich. Sadly, with years passing by and my other Excel needing attention, I've had to deci...
by MickW
Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:03
Forum: General
Topic: Water pump replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Water pump replacement

Hi All After 24 years of not letting me down without warning, My Excel obviously had a major problem when I routinely went to drive it the other day. There was a screeching sound and a friend said he smelt smoke. I quickly stopped the engine & closer investigation confirmed there was a fine line of ...
by MickW
Wed Nov 26, 2008 02:51
Forum: General
Topic: Binding brakes
Replies: 27
Views: 2507

Re: Binding brakes

I think dirt can somehow form or get past the seals over a long period of time. I had the 'binding brakes' problem & a recon master cylinder solved it. Just recently I found that the brake pedal kept moving towards the floor, suggesting an air leak, & the servo didn't seem to be working properly. I'...
by MickW
Fri Mar 28, 2008 01:56
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Starter circuit problems
Replies: 5
Views: 976

Starter circuit problems

Well, I have fitted a new (reconditioned) starter motor and fitted an earthing lead between the solenoid casing and the earthing bolt that holds the coil to the bulkhead. [Looked at an another Excel & noticed it had one.] This is probably a good idea anyway, as it would save the "melting speedo" pro...
by MickW
Fri Mar 14, 2008 23:34
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Starter circuit problems
Replies: 5
Views: 976

Starter circuit problems

Hi Steve I have tried a large lead between battery -ve and the engine block. This hasn't made any difference - still no start. Am going to try it with a battery & jump leads (beside the front of the car) going direct to the starter motor. Then using a bit of wire to "jump" the solenoid bit in place ...
by MickW
Fri Mar 14, 2008 14:59
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Starter circuit problems
Replies: 5
Views: 976

Starter circuit problems

Hi My normally good Excel won't start :cry: and I suspect trouble like a bad earth or cracked heavy duty cable. (All this is nothing to do with ignition circuits. They are a separate bad dream!) I have the Service Notes & wonder if the Start Relay is failing. Where is the Start Relay physically loca...
by MickW
Mon Sep 24, 2007 17:39
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Lights won’t popup when I flash
Replies: 1
Views: 662

Lights won’t popup when I flash

You may have a problem with the stalk switch. It can sometimes be a relay (located behind/under the left hand light pod).

Do make sure it isn't just a blown fuse first.

The drivers handbook and Service Notes are helpful.

Mick.
by MickW
Mon Jul 30, 2007 18:55
Forum: General
Topic: Please Read
Replies: 28
Views: 9274

Please keep me active.
(Although my Excel isn't due to a failed starter motor, it is only a
temporary situation - love keeping my swerve arrow on the road.)
by MickW
Mon Jul 02, 2007 23:21
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Anyone for Krikit?
Replies: 43
Views: 6882

Hope it's not too late to say one for me please!

With a few of these around we might be able to sort out a guide on what to do and what not to do.

Mick W
by MickW
Tue Aug 15, 2006 22:24
Forum: General
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Suspension problems

Hi John, Yes, it does sound like your springs are 'giving' a bit too much. I've noticed a mild case of something similar when 4-up over an especially bumpy bit of road. There are a few possible causes and a good inspection with the wheels off might help you to decide what's needed. First thing to ch...
by MickW
Mon Aug 14, 2006 23:30
Forum: General
Topic: Change from early to late radiator mountings
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Change from early to late radiator mountings

Hi Mike, Nice to hear from you. I think I must have seen you & your car when it was new - at a 'Days' open evening in Cambridge. Would that be right? At the time I only had a rally mini. The standard of work that I saw at Days left me in awe. Even before getting to the Reception Desk, you passed an ...