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New member, new excel owner

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Hello everyone. I bought my first lotus at the weekend. Lovely 1984 excel. 87k on the clock with loads of history etc since new.

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Learning about the car still, finding my feet with it. Really impressed how it drives.

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andyrowland_86 wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 19:50
Hello everyone. I bought my first lotus at the weekend. Lovely 1984 excel. 87k on the clock with loads of history etc since new.

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Learning about the car still, finding my feet with it. Really impressed how it drives.
Your image posting did not work. You'll learn how to do it eventually ....but meanwhile here it is ...! :D



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Welcome Andy, and a lovely looking car it is too!

Lots of experienced and helpful people with lots of knowledge on here :D

Cheers

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Welcome to the forum Andy, you'll find it invaluable for keeping your Excel on top form. The members are a friendly bunch too
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:) Welcome Andy car looks nice, always good to have lots of history with the car, good luck with it is there much to do on it? roof lining etc..
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Hi Andy - welcome. Yep - looks like a nice example! First job sort out headlights?! :D. Lucas - Prince of Darkness :lol:

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Lotus-e-Clan wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 20:10
andyrowland_86 wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 19:50
Hello everyone. I bought my first lotus at the weekend. Lovely 1984 excel. 87k on the clock with loads of history etc since new.

Image

Learning about the car still, finding my feet with it. Really impressed how it drives.
Your image posting did not work. You'll learn how to do it eventually ....but meanwhile here it is ...! :D



Image

Thanks for sorting the photo out, its been a while posting on a forum :lol:

Thanks for the warm welcome guys!
Pete Boole wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 09:03
Hi Andy - welcome. Yep - looks like a nice example! First job sort out headlights?! :D. Lucas - Prince of Darkness :lol:

Pete

Yes, sorted them the other day Pete, just needed the threaded bar length adjusted. Sit flush now :)

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Ray-s wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 07:53
:) Welcome Andy car looks nice, always good to have lots of history with the car, good luck with it is there much to do on it? roof lining etc..
Ray...

Not too much to do. Interior is pretty good. Drivers sun visor is falling apart but otherwise good.


Booked in at a Lotus specialist tomorrow to have a look at rebuilding the carbs and setting them up. And a massive oil leak :? :roll:

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andyrowland_86 wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 15:26
massive oil leak
Exhaust cam cover?

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Pete Boole wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 15:56
andyrowland_86 wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 15:26
massive oil leak
Exhaust cam cover?

Pete
Yes cam covers most likely on a non-SE.
... or, in order of pain-in the arseness
1) crank seals, or crankcase blow hole (if under pressure from worn rings/liner)?
2) oil filter seal, or distributor shaft seal (in same area)?
3) sump plug crush washer?
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Hi Andy and welcome.
Looks in nice condition and I'm sure you'll enjoy the ownership experience.
You'll find plenty of help here on the forum if you need it.
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Post by DavidOliver »

Hi Andy. Welcome. You might own one of the first Excels, worth checking VIN number and car build number.
Just in case, SJSportscars can supply almost any part you need, a bit pricey but good service.
Oil leak. If cam covers I suggest you get 4 gaskets, 2 spare, they are called saddle type, and I suggest you preform them
to make installation with best silicone less messy and a better joint. There are rubber washers on the cam bolts
which you might consider renewing.
The distributor shaft seal is a simple O ring and the sump plug crush washer worth getting.
How is your timing belt? And oil filters need to be top quality with non-return valve.

Dave the cog.

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Welcome from another Silver Owner
The Lotus Eclat, a lot like the English Whisky company: comes from Norfolk and better than you are often told it is.

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igg-hiss wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 21:53
Welcome from another Silver Owner
Silver. ! I thought yours was brown. Oh its the verdegras from lack of use
Umm! What to do next?

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Hawaiis0 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 23:11
igg-hiss wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 21:53
Welcome from another Silver Owner
Silver. ! I thought yours was brown. Oh its the verdegras from lack of use
It did 832 miles last year. I’m trying to keep it under 100,000 which is right hard when at last MOT showed 99,960.

Lah520p did 420 as well! Factor in I’m getting 100 MPF (miles per failure) Out of the stag and that thing breaks down at least 4 times a year. That’s over 1500miles in classics not including riding in AA trucks with a Stag on the back.
The Lotus Eclat, a lot like the English Whisky company: comes from Norfolk and better than you are often told it is.

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