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by lambert.john
Wed Feb 03, 2016 14:57
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Cam Belt Lifespan
Replies: 52
Views: 3492

Re: Cam Belt Lifespan

The cost of a new cambelt seems to be going up! Time to replace mine and Paul Matty is quoting £82.28 plus VAT! Obviously, one doesn't wish to economise on such a vital component, but is this now the going rate?
by lambert.john
Wed Feb 03, 2016 14:44
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Spark plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 1660

Re: Spark plugs

I've always found the specified NGK plugs perfectly okay. I did try the iridium equivalents for two years but couldn't detect any real advantage.
by lambert.john
Tue Jan 26, 2016 17:05
Forum: General
Topic: Chattering noise behind dash
Replies: 10
Views: 728

Re: Chattering noise behind dash

I had a chattering noise behind the dash which bugged me for ages. Eventually, I found it; a cable mounting bracket under the bonnet - close to the bulkhead - which had come loose!
by lambert.john
Thu Jan 21, 2016 16:16
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: door lights
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: door lights

Hi, Angus. Mine is a 1987 SA; photo of the offending item should appear below. Any help gratefully received.
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by lambert.john
Thu Jan 21, 2016 15:13
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: door lights
Replies: 5
Views: 494

door lights

The light in my driver's door has disintegrated (and fused the whole circuit, as it happens)! Has anyone replaced one of these and can tell me from whom to get one? (I know I can try Lotusbits, but would prefer a new one if possible. I'm sure this can't be a Lotus specific part, can it?
by lambert.john
Mon Jan 18, 2016 22:28
Forum: General
Topic: New Elite, Eclat and Excel book for 2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2368

Re: New Elite, Eclat and Excel book for 2016

Another satisfied customer, I received my copy today. It's a well presented volume, in my view, with loads of good pictures and is a comprehensive introduction to these cars, from a contemporary viewpoint. A lot is packed into its 144 pages including a brief introduction to the Lotus company and inc...
by lambert.john
Thu Dec 31, 2015 19:08
Forum: General
Topic: 89 Excel in K & J Motors Cheshire
Replies: 21
Views: 1837

Re: 89 Excel in K & J Motors Cheshire

Guy Munday worked at the Stratton Motor Co (main dealer in Norfolk) for quite a while. He had a regular column in Club Lotus magazine, giving the dealership news.

He left earlier this year to set up as an independent (Cranley Sports and Classics Ltd).
by lambert.john
Thu Dec 31, 2015 13:43
Forum: General
Topic: February (!) issue of Classics Monthly
Replies: 1
Views: 360

February (!) issue of Classics Monthly

Now on sale and includes an article on the Lotus 900 series engines.

(Wishing you all a New Year of Happy Lotus Ownership).
by lambert.john
Thu Dec 24, 2015 17:41
Forum: For Sale
Topic: How much !!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2344

Re: How much !!!!

This must be the car that received the Concours Award "Best in Show - 80s vehicles" at last month's Interclassics event at the Brussels Expo., (this reported in January's edition of Classic Motor Monthly). At least it helps to raise the profile of these cars!
by lambert.john
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:10
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Wheel shake - thoughts
Replies: 26
Views: 2522

Re: Wheel shake - thoughts

I would certainly double check the tyres, first (this being fairly straightforward). Even a different tread pattern can produce the symptoms you describe.
by lambert.john
Sat Dec 05, 2015 21:58
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: For all SA owners
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: For all SA owners

Thanks for this, Richard. I've been meaning to get round to doing ths for a while (mine is a little reluctant to change down). Your post has urged me to get on and do it !
by lambert.john
Tue Oct 13, 2015 18:08
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Cam Belt Lifespan
Replies: 52
Views: 3492

Re: Cam Belt Lifespan

I think a sense of perspective is needed, here. Lotus recommend a cambelt change every two years, or 20000 miles, whichever comes first. The cambelt tensioner bearing doesn't even feature in the service schedule, presumably because it is expected to last the life of the engine. On the advice of my m...
by lambert.john
Wed Sep 23, 2015 15:43
Forum: General
Topic: NEC Guests - donations for special guests' expenses ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1730

Re: NEC Guests - donations for special guests' expenses ?

Cannot make the NEC this year, but have made a Paypal donation in view of all the assistance I have obtained on this forum.
by lambert.john
Wed Sep 02, 2015 14:06
Forum: General
Topic: Elite quotes
Replies: 22
Views: 1534

Re: Elite quotes

As a previous owner of two Elites, before my current Excel, I think I can comment here. It is true that from a dynamic viewpoint the Elite was superb, with excellent ride and handling. But the Beans/Maxi gearbox was a disaster and lasted no time in my experience. The auto wasn't a lot better; reliab...
by lambert.john
Sat Aug 29, 2015 21:43
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Remoulds
Replies: 18
Views: 2072

Re: Remoulds

I suppose the point I was raising in my original post was that if remoulds are now "promoted" on a national TV motoring programme they should be worth consideration in some circumstances. Or are the programme makers being less than totally responsible?