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by DavidOliver
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:41
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Best brakes to fit on (or inside) standard wheels
Replies: 29
Views: 368

Re: Best brakes to fit on (or inside) standard wheels

For ordinary brake parts, including calipers, try Brakes International. Cheaper than renovating, ask for your discount. For master/slave cylinders Land Rover are best value new bits. Fitting a Turbo will give you more headaches than other power raising alternatives which are readily available. Dave ...
by DavidOliver
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:07
Forum: General
Topic: Oliver Winterbottom tribute podcast *****
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Oliver Winterbottom tribute podcast *****

Richard, thanks for the Posting.
Also a tribute to the Elite and to a lesser degree the Excel.
I also noticed a reference to Angus Marshall, another well earned tribute.

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:43
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Instrument lights
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Instrument lights

To get to the dimmer you need to get to behind the main dash panel. There is a post on this showing where the two wing nuts are. Briefly for a non SE car; Gearlever knob off and remove leather cover. Radio out, normally with a couple of flat steel prongs to release the side clips. Remove the two air...
by DavidOliver
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:27
Forum: History & Memorabilia
Topic: Excel (and Lotus) magazine scans
Replies: 23
Views: 3209

Re: Excel (and Lotus) magazine scans

I have recently had the Eclat/Excel enigma delay the registering of my car in Spain. I wrote to Lotus who very kindly responded with the following text: quote ...The Lotus Eclat was introduced in late 1975 as a Lotus type 79. During 1980 the Eclat S2 was introduced as a Lotus type 84. The Type 84 ha...
by DavidOliver
Tue Sep 29, 2020 19:26
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Drive shaft removal - Easy as it looks?
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Drive shaft removal - Easy as it looks?

I have asked my mate Clive, an ex GKN Engineer then Land Rover and Jaguar transmission specialist, regarding drive shaft location. Quote> With the introduction of CV joints it allows for a low axial load and better control of the suspension and general refinement. There are several driveshaft CV joi...
by DavidOliver
Tue Sep 29, 2020 09:51
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Drive shaft removal - Easy as it looks?
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Drive shaft removal - Easy as it looks?

I will now be less pedantic. I had expected a CV at the wheel side and a U/J at the diff side. Effectively we have a CV at both wheel and differential ends of the drive shaft, which made me think we would have an uncontrolled floating (axially) drive shaft. Obviously not but I don´t know why. Dave t...
by DavidOliver
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:15
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Drive shaft removal - Easy as it looks?
Replies: 22
Views: 1646

Re: Drive shaft removal - Easy as it looks?

To be pedantic, do we have Constant Velocity (CV) joints or Universal Joints U/J´s?

And while on drive shafts, is there a supplier for reasonably priced differential output shaft oil seals other than our
usual supplier?

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:55
Forum: General
Topic: New member - Excel SA
Replies: 49
Views: 3094

Re: New member - Excel SA

Neil, you may have seen Posts on Wiring Diagram needed. Stu (Hawaii00) has got the 50-odd page document which if you do not have will be very useful to obtain. It has all the original wiring colour schemes. Pete, if you were to work on Neil`s apparent scene you could write a book on Therapeutical Re...
by DavidOliver
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:32
Forum: General
Topic: New member - Excel SA
Replies: 49
Views: 3094

Re: New member - Excel SA

To help ilumination try LED bulbs, also less need for fuse change but if you find wrong fuses in your fuse box
no doubt after someone fiddled there I would revise and install all fuses according to factory.

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:14
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Wiring diagram needed
Replies: 23
Views: 1595

Re: Wiring diagram needed

For Stu. Full MF diagrams received, many thanks. I am new to LED bulbs, they are not the smae as incandescent (ordinary) bulbs. You cannot test them with resistance check. They also need to be pole set when they can be fitted in a none definitive holder (no bayonet fitting). If your battery is low ....
by DavidOliver
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:02
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Wiring diagram needed
Replies: 23
Views: 1595

Re: Wiring diagram needed

I am checking out Digital clock and changing to LED bulbs in 85MY LC and have blown a fuse, which having looked in the fuse box perhaps there is an in-line fuse somewhere or someone previously has done some splicing. Can a kind gentleman (or other) provide me with the wiring diagram so that I can tr...
by DavidOliver
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:04
Forum: General
Topic: Elite restoration begins!
Replies: 244
Views: 14110

Re: Elite restoration begins!

From what I see on the photos your box has a mechanical gear selector, no electrical quadrant. Also the throttle control cable from the box is a very delicate adjustment, I wonder how you will connect it to the engine throttle mechanism. You will need a transmission fluid radiator, try Mishimoto UK,...
by DavidOliver
Sat Aug 29, 2020 08:59
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 1986 Excel SE
Replies: 10
Views: 983

Re: 1986 Excel SE

Andy, there is a guy called Clive Thompson who is looking for a nice Excel. He is waiting for his Forum application to be approved. If you want to contact use clive.j.thompson@btopenworld.com Just for the record, I have decided to keep my MY85 which is now on Spanish Historic plates and will be doin...
by DavidOliver
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:20
Forum: General
Topic: Ice Water Evaporator for Excel A/C
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Ice Water Evaporator for Excel A/C

My 85MY Excel has no aircon. I only use the car periodically on short trips so I am considering using an ice water evaporator
as the installation is minimal, can be removed for winter, and does not eat Horsepower.
Any comments from Forum members?


Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:49
Forum: General
Topic: Replacing fuel line, 87 SE
Replies: 18
Views: 1362

Re: Replacing fuel line, 87 SE

For UK Forum members.
Can we set up a parts requirement and UK supplier as a complete kit for the UK territory.
It would be a shame to have to import separately from the USA.

Dave the cog.