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by John
Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:40
Forum: General
Topic: Spark Excel model
Replies: 24
Views: 1312

Re: Spark Excel model

Same here, been looking out for one of these for ages. Having invested in the tooling you'd think Spark would want to get more back from their investment, but I can't see a wholesaler wanting to commit to 1000 units for their retail customers, especially in the current climate. I'm sticking with my ...
by John
Mon Nov 16, 2020 00:02
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Front caliper slide bushes and seals.
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Front caliper slide bushes and seals.

Hi Tony I got a caliper rebuild kit from SJ Sportscars, you get a piston seal & dust boot, plus the rubber gaiters for the top pin and bottom bolt, and the steel bush for the bottom bolt. There's one bit that's not included and that's the end cap for the sliide pin. The originals have a little rubbe...
by John
Sun Nov 15, 2020 20:35
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Front caliper slide bushes and seals.
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Front caliper slide bushes and seals.

Hi Tony I'm overhauling my front calipers at the moment so I've taken them apart completely. With the bolt removed you should be able to slide the steel bush back and forth easily within the gaiter with finger pressure only. The rubber gaiter should project an equal amount each side. The steel bush ...
by John
Wed Nov 11, 2020 01:14
Forum: History & Memorabilia
Topic: RIP Oliver Winterbottom
Replies: 37
Views: 2667

Re: RIP Oliver Winterbottom

Sad news, I had the pleasure of meeting Olly several times at the NEC when he visited the stand. He was always very approachable and happy to discuss his long and varied career. A true gent. Our family of cars are hugely significant in the history of Lotus, taking the company into new markets and se...
by John
Wed Nov 27, 2019 14:43
Forum: General
Topic: The Future of the Club
Replies: 54
Views: 3577

Re: The Future of the Club

I would be happy to pay an annual subscription to get full access to the forum and parts list. Not bothered about merchandise, and I don't like sites plastered with adverts. View only access, minus parts list, could still be free? I don't see how we can expect hosting, forum management and event att...
by John
Fri Nov 01, 2019 08:17
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Sealing the Windscreen - advice please
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Sealing the Windscreen - advice please

Hi there, I improved weatherproofing on my Excel by running Captain Tolleys liquid sealer around the front, rear and fixed side glass. Definitely improved things, although not 100% as the doors are a poor fit and even with brand new Lotus door seals from SJ Sportscars I need to improve matters. But ...
by John
Mon Apr 29, 2019 13:32
Forum: General
Topic: 83 Excel from from Finland
Replies: 169
Views: 13484

Re: 83 Excel from from Finland

Hi Osku I also have a Glacier Blue Excel, it's an 86 model year SE but I think you're right about your fuel lines. Check the engine picture in my following post; http://www.lotusexcel.net/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=7488 As far as I know the fuel line from the tank is routed up the bulkhead behind th...
by John
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:38
Forum: General
Topic: Wiper wheelbox-where from?
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: Wiper wheelbox-where from?

Hi John Sorry, didn't realise SVC only did push on type. When I overhauled my wiper system (86 Excel SE) I found there were a few areas where nuts could loosen off, so I stud locked everything when I rebuilt mine. I found the gear wheel in the wheel box and the spring drive were fine, just needed ne...
by John
Thu Mar 28, 2019 14:33
Forum: General
Topic: Wiper wheelbox-where from?
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: Wiper wheelbox-where from?

Hi John

These guys can probably help you: https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/wiper-systems/

They say there are 32 and 40 tooth variants, the splined bit for the wiper arm may also vary so I'd talk to them.

Good luck

John
by John
Thu Nov 08, 2018 18:21
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Excel SE dashboard wood trim
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Re: Excel SC dashboard wood trim

Hi Carl

I do have them, but I want to keep them and the original steering wheel so the car could be put back to standard if I ever sell it.

Cheers John
by John
Thu Nov 08, 2018 14:42
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Excel SE dashboard wood trim
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Re: Excel SC dashboard wood trim

Hi Carl I recently replaced my wood dash with 5mm brushed alloy, I used a firm in Sutton in Ashfield http://www.laser-online.co.uk/ http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af8/john60c/IMG_3566_zpsoxm7uxrb.jpg They cost £140 including VAT but no carriage as I work locally and picked them up. They said the...
by John
Mon Oct 23, 2017 07:23
Forum: General
Topic: Some Fuzzy math
Replies: 20
Views: 766

Re: Some Fuzzy math

One way to measure this would be to figure what average earnings were in 1991 in the US, and divide that into the list price of your car when new, and do the same calculation now using an equivalent Lotus. Another way is to use a present value calculator like this; https://www.measuringworth.com/cal...
by John
Sat Jul 15, 2017 14:49
Forum: General
Topic: Photobucket photo hosting
Replies: 33
Views: 1342

Re: Photobucket photo hosting

Good point Peter. Could we take a poll of active members to gauge how people feel about this issue? That would indicate whether there are strong views for or against subs.
by John
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:16
Forum: General
Topic: Photobucket photo hosting
Replies: 33
Views: 1342

Re: Photobucket photo hosting

I would be happy to pay an annual sub to this forum, it's an excellent resource and I don't see why I should get it for free. £20 - £30 a year? If possible we should look at the cost of hosting the images and figure how this would translate into a membership fee. Could include commission for Angus w...
by John
Fri May 26, 2017 13:19
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Marshall's Law - Starter / Wiper interaction
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: Marshall's Law - Starter / Wiper interaction

I rebuilt my wiper motor last year, as it had become a bit random and would sometimes stall in mid-wipe only to sort itself out next time it was fired up. A rebuild with new brushes and park switch sorted that out, but another symptom was that when starting the engine I would sometimes get a sweep o...