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by Redexcel
Wed Feb 13, 2008 21:14
Forum: General
Topic: Engine Noise - Rebuild, replace or transplant?
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Does the noise go away when the engine reaches normal operating temperature? If so it is almost certainly caused by what is known as 'piston slap'. Most Lotus 9xx engines do it to a greater or lesser degree, and its perfectly normal. You will get used to it and not even notice it in normal use, i.e....
by Redexcel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 20:34
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Oil pressure reading high.
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

The answer is to temporarily fit a mechanical gauge to the take-off point on the engine.. Then you can get a reliable reading that will tell you if the dashboard gauge is telling porkies. My money is on a dodgy sender unit. :lol: PS my '88 MY car always goes off scale when revved. I was told by an e...
by Redexcel
Tue Feb 05, 2008 16:59
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Electronic Distributor
Replies: 20
Views: 2384

If an engine has lost a big chunk of power, but is otherwise OK (no missfiring), I would check ignition timing, advance (i.e is it working, as a basic test. ) and cam timing. A compression test wouldn't go amiss either. PS I once drove Triumph 1500 that had a seized centifugal advance mechanism. It ...
by Redexcel
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:54
Forum: General
Topic: Gold wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 683

I'm not sure if the vehicle licensing entry means that the car is taxed or SORNED. If it's taxed - why does the advert say that it isn't ? Would help if someone who has SORNed could check what the online system says about their car. The entry for mine (which is on SORN, renewable on 1/11/08 ) says ...
by Redexcel
Wed Dec 12, 2007 18:07
Forum: General
Topic: New spanish 87' Excel SE Owner
Replies: 14
Views: 1171

Lotus-e-Clan wrote:Paul surely you are still right in that the thread reach influences the electrode position in the combustion chamber :wink:
Thank you for attempting to mask my ill-judgement. :)
Merry Christmas and goodnight !!
by Redexcel
Wed Dec 12, 2007 13:01
Forum: General
Topic: New spanish 87' Excel SE Owner
Replies: 14
Views: 1171

Dang!
Memory let me down. Must remember not to post unless certain.
:oops:
by Redexcel
Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:10
Forum: General
Topic: New spanish 87' Excel SE Owner
Replies: 14
Views: 1171

^^^^ fully endorse this...Eurocarb are "worth their weight" as far as I'm concerned. Funny you should report the lumpy cold running...I've recently used "Excellium" (I think it's called) from a local Total garage which is their high octane stuff, and for the first time experienced symptoms of weakn...
by Redexcel
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:27
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: HID Bi-Xenon Kit ...
Replies: 51
Views: 6270

I agree about the B/S, but its best that anyone contemplating the conversion is at least aware of it before deciding to go ahead.
by Redexcel
Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:25
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: HID Bi-Xenon Kit ...
Replies: 51
Views: 6270

There are one or two threads running on Pistonheads about the conversion kits available. There are also some doubts about legality.
Take a look at this......

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/drs/hidheadlamps
by Redexcel
Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:14
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Magical changing electrics
Replies: 5
Views: 1186

Re: Magical changing electrics

Not sure if anyone else has had this problem. After a long run to visit parents, stopped to pick up wine and at this point my pride & joy refused to start. 3 key turns and the wiper blade starts going (which isn’t unusual) 25 key turns later & still nothing, headlights dimmed so surmised the starte...
by Redexcel
Sun Oct 28, 2007 16:04
Forum: General
Topic: What Engine
Replies: 21
Views: 2389

Re: Woops

As for mpg, all the troque you get from a V8 meanrs you don't have to use high revs to det it to move and it will give better mpg. What sort of mpg do you expect from a V8? BTW, the ubiquitous Rover engine is known for poor torque at low RPM. I had a TVR 350i that was surprisingly gutless at lowish...
by Redexcel
Sun Oct 28, 2007 15:47
Forum: General
Topic: Club Lotus
Replies: 22
Views: 2087

Yes, joined in 1979 when I bought a +2 (where are you now, AHK 68L? ) and then let it lapse in the early 80s. Rejoined in '84 or 85 when I bought a Caterham 7 and am still a member today. I've still got all the club newsheets somewhere. PS I only pay £15 pa by standing order. They used to do a deal ...
by Redexcel
Fri Oct 26, 2007 15:06
Forum: General
Topic: What Engine
Replies: 21
Views: 2389

Re: Engines

Telboy wrote:I like the idea of doing somthing different like the V8, So i will search for the info on this site and contact the Lotus club.
Thanks again.
And you say you are concerned about fuel economy :? :)
by Redexcel
Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:55
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Handling 205/50 - 225/50
Replies: 17
Views: 4250

Re: Handling 205/50 - 225/50

As known finding any 215/50 für normal road use is a bit difficult. Lotus made the Excel setup with equal tyre sizes in front and rear. So I think that using 205/15 in front and 225/50 in the rear will change the handling of the car. As far as I understand the facts I would go for 225/50 all around...
by Redexcel
Wed Oct 17, 2007 17:49
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Leftover Krikits
Replies: 6
Views: 1094

Wingnut wrote:If still one spare, I'll take it :D
Sorry, I only had the two left over. :(