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by MetBlue
Tue Sep 08, 2020 00:00
Forum: General
Topic: The longest Elite Resto ? - probably
Replies: 63
Views: 5235

Re: The longest Elite Resto ? - probably

Regular visitors will know I've had a few distraction over the summer (Well one large Silk Red distraction to be more accurate). I can't believe it's so long since I added something to this thread. Fortunately I had a small part of my restoration "in the bank" and finally this week end I picked up t...
by MetBlue
Wed Sep 02, 2020 21:31
Forum: General
Topic: Very low mileage Elite for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: Very low mileage Elite for sale

I think close up it will show its wear. Plenty of gel cracks around the nose badge.
Interior looks an interesting mix of baggy fit, although it's the best looking markensite I've seen.
Tony
by MetBlue
Mon Aug 31, 2020 20:43
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 1986 Excel SE
Replies: 10
Views: 836

Re: 1986 Excel SE

Good luck with the search Andy.
There seems to have been 2 or 3 "found" in the last few months, and in some cases what looks like a very good original starting point.
Have you thought about asking Mike at LB if he knows of any restorations that may have stalled?
Tony
by MetBlue
Sat Aug 29, 2020 23:28
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: First job jobbed - 2 more found !!!
Replies: 59
Views: 5423

Re: First job jobbed - 2 more found !!!

In need of a break from blending lacquer into base coat, turned attention today to leather work. I have been following a thread on TLF about leather restoration, with conclusion I'd take a punt with Leatherique products to try and put some life (and suppleness) back in the interior leather. Thought ...
by MetBlue
Wed Aug 26, 2020 20:11
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Cooling System
Replies: 28
Views: 2088

Re: Cooling System

I've read through this thread before, but I didn't have an Excel back then. Now I read earlier antifreeze was "red coolant". In general (but not always), red coloured coolant/corrosion inhibitors are of the 'OAT' variety, which I believe is not suitable for our cars. The type of antifreeze that's su...
by MetBlue
Sun Aug 23, 2020 22:05
Forum: General
Topic: Steering column "knock"
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Steering column "knock"

I've got a "clunk" noise and feeling coming through the steering column when ever you hit even a small hole in the tarmac. There's no detectable play when rocking the wheel, either with or without the engine running. It feels more like a bearing or bush in the steering column. Talking here about the...
by MetBlue
Sat Aug 22, 2020 14:12
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Ghostly goings on!
Replies: 23
Views: 1604

Re: Ghostly goings on!

Interesting. I understand from my cars PO that the headlights behaved fine whilst no radio was fitted, but started playing up as soon as one was fitted.
Tony
by MetBlue
Sat Aug 22, 2020 14:07
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: NEC Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 2858

Re: NEC Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2020

Richard. Just to confirm I could all days if needed and Excel likewise.
Tony
by MetBlue
Fri Aug 21, 2020 20:57
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Headlining
Replies: 38
Views: 1897

Re: Headlining

Will you guy's stop finding me new projects. I've got my hands full with lacquer repairs and de-browning (sorry de-golding) the inside trim :!: :!: Hadn't given much thought to the roof lining, sun visors and pillar internal trims until this week. Truth is , I'd never really looked up. Now I'm seein...
by MetBlue
Thu Aug 20, 2020 21:12
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Excel at auction 30/10
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Excel at auction 30/10

Looks a good tidy car with pretty decent history.
Seen a lot worse !!!
Tony
by MetBlue
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:43
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: wing Mirror
Replies: 15
Views: 976

Re: wing Mirror

Pete Looks to me that you might be lucky. Hopefully the bit between your fingers has a hole in it !! ( not broken across and hence half a hole) As it happens, I'm doing some lacquer restoration on my car, which lead me to removing mirror and stripping the painty bits off. Below photo shows you where...
by MetBlue
Wed Aug 19, 2020 22:13
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: wing Mirror
Replies: 15
Views: 976

Re: wing Mirror

Yes. That is the spring clip that acts on the Vee notches you can see in your photo of the casting. Why is the casting still in the door part. It should be screwed onto the mirror part. If you turn around the black plastic ring on the car door (and pull up), you will find a single grub screw that fi...
by MetBlue
Tue Aug 18, 2020 17:30
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Excel Interior Update
Replies: 16
Views: 1327

Re: Excel Interior Update

Well that month since last posting went double quick. been busy though with some small developments. Introducing some black highlights seemed easiest way forward, so ordered a cows coat off t'internet, and a few other choice materials. Started with a simple task. The door card pockets. Made up a sha...
by MetBlue
Tue Aug 18, 2020 17:14
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: wing Mirror
Replies: 15
Views: 976

Re: wing Mirror

The other side of the die casting has 3 Vee notches maybe around 30 degrees radial spacing. The spring clip is secured inside the mirror and acts on teh die casting to allow mirror to be tipped in. I can't recall now how the clip is retained. I think it's a philips screw, but may be mistaken. The re...
by MetBlue
Sun Aug 16, 2020 21:26
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Virtual meetings anyone?
Replies: 45
Views: 5108

Re: Virtual meetings anyone?

Completely forgot about last meeting. Planning to join Wednesday. Thanks for organising.

Tony