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by lambert.john
Fri Feb 15, 2019 22:32
Forum: General
Topic: Anti theft
Replies: 19
Views: 1070

Re: Anti theft

I've used a "Dis-carnect" for years. Just remove (and pocket) the thumbscrew from the battery terminal and the car is dead until you replace it.
by lambert.john
Sun Dec 02, 2018 22:45
Forum: General
Topic: Scam aimed at Classic Car sellers.
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: Scam aimed at Classic Car sellers.

I have found that selling (or, indeed, buying) a car on the internet can be fraught with danger. Twice in recent years, on attempting to sell cars, I have had to cope with at least two scammers for every genuine enquiry. My rule of thumb is that if the other party is reluctant to meet you, you are, ...
by lambert.john
Sat Nov 17, 2018 05:33
Forum: Wanted
Topic: SE combined mIrror select and control switch
Replies: 5
Views: 776

Re: SE combined mIrror select and control switch

The toggle-type switch in my 87MY Excel looks unfinished. Should it have a knob on the end of it? S J sell these switches, but again, no knob!
by lambert.john
Sat Nov 10, 2018 21:30
Forum: General
Topic: Good garage guide.
Replies: 0
Views: 471

Good garage guide.

If anyone in my neck of the woods is looking for a garage to work on their Excel, I can recommend Classic Car Solutions of Gibralter Farm, Luton. I used them for the first time this week. They are real enthusiasts and go the extra mile to give you what you want. They kept my car a few days to do a n...
by lambert.john
Sat Nov 10, 2018 21:07
Forum: General
Topic: Value your Excel if you dare!
Replies: 48
Views: 3696

Re: Value your Excel if you dare!

The car I bought 16 years ago for £4750 is now probably worth at least £10000. Although I have never been reluctant to spend money on keeping it in good shape, its higher value now means it makes more financial sense to do so. If other owners feel similarly, the cars that are left must now have a be...
by lambert.john
Mon Nov 05, 2018 18:44
Forum: General
Topic: Shock Absorbers
Replies: 43
Views: 3665

Re: Shock Absorbers

Yes, SJ Sportscars tell me that Protechs are repairable, IF you're prepared to wait and have the car off the road for an indeterminate period of time. I feel, in any case, my money would be better spent on a new set!
by lambert.john
Mon Nov 05, 2018 17:49
Forum: General
Topic: Shock Absorbers
Replies: 43
Views: 3665

Re: Shock Absorbers

[quote]Have your Protechs leaked or are they knocking or just gone soft?[quote]

The knocking alerted me to the fact that something was amiss. On removal I find there is half an inch of free movement, i.e. undamped travel, on the offside unit.
by lambert.john
Mon Nov 05, 2018 15:39
Forum: General
Topic: Shock Absorbers
Replies: 43
Views: 3665

Re: Shock Absorbers

The Protech rear dampers I had fitted five years/8000 miles ago now need replacing again. Not impressed! Hoping to find some Spax this time.
by lambert.john
Mon Sep 03, 2018 20:48
Forum: General
Topic: All Wrapped up
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Re: All Wrapped up

Nice looking job! An attractive alternative to an expensive respray!
by lambert.john
Fri Jun 08, 2018 22:25
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Throttle sticking wide open
Replies: 36
Views: 2424

Re: Throttle sticking wide open

Scared myself witless the other day when, driving enthusiastically, the throttle stuck wide open. Managed to bring the car to a halt; no damage done apart from smoking brake linings(!). Problem was not at the pedal end and when I looked under the bonnet the problem had resolved itself. However, ther...
by lambert.john
Sat May 19, 2018 22:56
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Classic and Sports Car Show : 23-24 June. Bicester.
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Classic and Sports Car Show : 23-24 June. Bicester.

Thanks, Angus, I'll make it a defniite booking!
by lambert.john
Sat May 19, 2018 15:29
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Classic and Sports Car Show : 23-24 June. Bicester.
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Classic and Sports Car Show : 24-24 June. Bicester.

This is quite near me so I may pop along anyway.
by lambert.john
Tue Mar 13, 2018 16:31
Forum: General
Topic: Coolant loss
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Coolant loss

Thanks for the input, guys. I will probably bite the bullet and get a new tank; S J Sportscars have them available off the shelf.
by lambert.john
Mon Mar 12, 2018 14:30
Forum: General
Topic: Coolant loss
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Coolant loss

No, I don't think it's that serious. The loss is not "total' as it remains in the second (overflow) chamber until, of course, that overflows as well! When I can be bothered I siphon what's in the second chamber back to the first, manually.
by lambert.john
Sun Mar 11, 2018 22:27
Forum: General
Topic: Coolant loss
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Coolant loss

Interesting suggestion, Angus! However, the caps (on my model, anyway) are not interchangeable. The pressure cap is on the second (overflow) chamber.