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by lambert.john
Sat Dec 24, 2016 23:06
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Christmas!
Replies: 37
Views: 2017

Re: Happy Christmas!

A Merry Christmas to all, and many thanks to those who provide such helpful guidance on this forum.
by lambert.john
Sun Dec 18, 2016 22:32
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Excel Repairs London
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Excel Repairs London

Not exactly London, but a lot closer than Coventry. I have not used them (yet) but they may be worth a look. http://www.mbvr.co.uk.
by lambert.john
Mon Nov 28, 2016 02:16
Forum: General
Topic: Members map?
Replies: 128
Views: 37598

Re: Members map?

Have entered my new location; how do I delete my old one?
by lambert.john
Sun Oct 30, 2016 23:46
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Interior Light?
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Interior Light?

The supply wires run along above the driver's door, under the trim. In my case, the lights failed to work after I had the rooflining professionally replaced; the fitter had "forgotten" to reconnect the wires, which I found had been folded back on themselves and gaffa-taped to the door frame.
by lambert.john
Wed Oct 26, 2016 16:28
Forum: For Sale
Topic: SAs for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 264

SAs for sale.

For those, like me, who qppreciate an automatic gearchange, there are currently TWO of the rare SA models for sale on ebay, one at £8k and one at £3.5k.
by lambert.john
Fri Sep 23, 2016 21:15
Forum: General
Topic: Brown petrol
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: Brown petrol

I had exactly the same problem with an Elite I owned a while back. I had the tank professionally cleaned. Worked fine after that and wasn't too expensive, as I recall.
by lambert.john
Wed Jun 29, 2016 04:58
Forum: General
Topic: Exhasts
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Exhasts

Biggest problem is the right hand up and over pipe. You will need at about 5mm clearance above the lower arm otherwise when you corner you will get lots of noise!. This means you will only have about 2-3mm clearance from the drive shaft. If you get too close to the drive shaft when you go over a sl...
by lambert.john
Wed Jun 29, 2016 04:43
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: National Car Club Awards
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: National Car Club Awards

I note from the July edition of Classic Motor Monthly that an Excel won the award for "Best 1987 Car" at the Tatton Park Classic & Performace Car Spectacular last month. The photograph certainly shows a very nice example. All good publicity for these models!
by lambert.john
Fri Apr 29, 2016 22:03
Forum: General
Topic: Pricing an Excel
Replies: 12
Views: 1077

Re: Pricing an Excel

It's the current edition of "Practical Classics". My first observation when seeing this item was that the title referred to Elites and Eclats, yet the model shown was an Excel! Are we now supposed to accept that the Excel is just an updated Eclat?
by lambert.john
Wed Apr 06, 2016 14:14
Forum: General
Topic: Number Crunch Update
Replies: 47
Views: 3291

Re: Number Crunch Update

If your Excel is registerd as an Eclat you can ask the DVLA to re-register it as an Eclat Excel (which is what I did some years ago).
by lambert.john
Wed Apr 06, 2016 14:09
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Original Radio in a 1987 excel
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Original Radio in a 1987 excel

My '87 Excel has the Clarion 950HX fitted (I'm not offering it for sale, I' m afraid).
by lambert.john
Wed Apr 06, 2016 14:03
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: SP9000s
Replies: 17
Views: 2051

Re: SP9000s

I have wondered about the 195/55 tyre myself. I did see a Dutch registered Excel shod with them at Donington one year but didn't manage to speak to fhe owner. My only concern was whether the wheel was suited to the narrower tyre (I'm not an expert in these matters). In the end I went for the popular...
by lambert.john
Tue Feb 16, 2016 16:47
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Alternator Emergency
Replies: 39
Views: 1695

Re: Alternator Emergency

When my alternator went "on the blink" I had to get it reconditioned. Like you, I first ordered a replacement which turned out to be the wrong one. I' m sorry; I know this doesn't help, much!
by lambert.john
Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:14
Forum: General
Topic: 1987 build date, but what month?
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: 1987 build date, but what month?

My car is significantly older then yours, Robert, I'm afraid. You should find Spav's "Milestones" thread of interest; sn 2332 (the first with cross drilled crank) was a March car, and sn 2457 - the first with strengthened rear body mounts - was a July car. Yours would have been built sometime betwee...
by lambert.john
Thu Feb 11, 2016 18:18
Forum: General
Topic: 1987 build date, but what month?
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: 1987 build date, but what month?

I can confirm that, if you apply for a "certificate of provenance" from the archivist at Lotus, the information supplied includes the date of manufacture (my car was manufactured on 18 February 1987). It does come at a price, though; I paid £72 - including VAT - two years ago.