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Silver G reg Excel resoration

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Air Conditioning

I still haven't been working on the silver car as such but have been removing the Air-Conditioning from the red car (the AC never worked since I've had it) to provide some necessary parts for fitting AC to the silver car. That's now all out of the red car,but I guess I'll have missed something and be cursing it after I've sold the red one. What it is that I'll have missed, I don't yet know. Wheels, I need new tyres for the gold car, it has newly refurbished Speedlines. The silver car has Oz

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I hate putting bushes in

I've been fitting the RHS front suspension today, yesterday and most of previous day taken by helping a friend move home. Having dragged myself from the bed and made my aching body move I decided I had to achieve something today. Having struggled to get a bolt for the suspension at short notice (if I'd known I needed them I'd have ordered from SJ) I found the LandRover Discovery 1 uses a 1/2 UNF 61/2 bolt on the A bars, so yesterday I obtained a pair form the local 4x4 specialist. Putting the

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Seized bolts

Today the progress has been s.low, very slow. I found the replacement ball joint covers (couldn't find them last 2 days whilst looking), so I've put replacements on the lower ball joint and TRE, both were OK except they were damaged in the removal process that was necessary for other components. The bolt at the bottom of the damper was seized and cut off a few days ago, today I found the pivot bolt of the lower link was also seized. Having spent a couple of hours with no success in moving

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Seized bolts

Today the progress has been s.low, very slow. I found the replacement ball joint covers (couldn't find them last 2 days whilst looking), so I've put replacements on the lower ball joint and TRE, both were OK except they were damaged in the removal process that was necessary for other components. The bolt at the bottom of the damper was seized and cut off a few days ago, today I found the pivot bolt of the lower link was also seized. Having spent a couple of hours with no success in moving

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It's cold outside

I didn't feel like working out in the cold (the interior of the garage is cold and there's not enough room to run the gas blower heater without it facing onto a part of the car or something else that wouldn't react well to heat (like 5l containers of chemicals). On that basis I haven't achieved much in the last few days. I have removed the front brake pipes and replaced most (need to drill out the LHS flexi from its mount), I still need to make and fix the ones running along and across the sub

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Not much progress but the wallet will be lighter

I've been laid up with 'flu for a week or so (didn't feel up to working on car sat & Sun, had to work from home yesterday & today as I am worse and couldn't drive in to work). So, I've done nothing physically to the car. I have just called Mike at Lotusbits and will soon have nearly £900 debited to my credit card. reconditioned cooling rad, reconditioned air con rad, pipes to rad (fittings have changed) and drier. Bushes, ARB mounts, seatbelt mounts and carpet set. In a way it hurts hav

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She starts

I had hoped that the other week when I tried to start it, that it would fire but I'd found no fuel in the carbs so checked the fuel tank and found it empty and I do mean empty not just below the take-off level. The small amount of fuel that had been there had obviously evaporated. I put fresh fuel in, checked that the shut-off valve was making a noise when powered and tried to get fuel to the carbs. After approx 30 mins of the pump (not an SU) running I found I still had no fuel in the carbs,

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LHS rear damper and spring

Just as cold today and it snowed very slightly. Brrrr. This morning I fitted the replacement rear spring and so fitted the new rear damper full, put the new bottom bolt in and tightened things up. I will have to loosen the bush pinch bolts and tighten correctly under load but that will be once the whole car is on a raised platform so they can be done evenly. The LHS rear brakes are now fitted, although the calliper is not connected to the hydraulic circuit. For that I need to get the old ste

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Cold and snowing and I wasn't in the mood

It's been a hard week at work, both mentally and in terms of volume of things I needed to get done so I was finishing around couple of hours late each night and getting in half to an hour early each morning, that has taken its toll on my enthusiasm this weekend. I was up and about quite early but went and got a new battery and coil (I had been using the battery form the Elf but returned it for the Elf's MOT test so now seemed the time to get one for this car. I wanted a new coil to replace th

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LHS rear

The weather did well to attempt to stop me doing anything on the car, having succeeded for a couple of weekends with the snow. Today it was a mix of snow, hail and rain, combined with strong winds, so generally unpleasant. I managed (between showers) to get the rear hub carrier off, clean it up, weld on the new dust/stone guard, paint it all, cut and press out the old rubber bushes, fit the new ones. Cut the damper out of the frame. Finally refitting the carrier but not the braking system. Du

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RHS rear brakes

At least it's a bit warmer outside today than the last few days, so I managed to fit the rear shoes, plumb in the rear calliper (copper pie from T to flexi and new stainless flexi). fit the rear pads and new disc. Adjusted the shoes to hopefully the right place (I will tell when both sides are done and I can apply the handbrake. Refitted the wheel (with new centre cap). I also fitted the clear lenses to the front (as clear as I could get by repeatedly washing the paint off with acetone) and am

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RHS suspension

Despite the temperature outside being rather cold and my spine being very sensitive to the cold I have managed some progress today. The Right Hand Side rear damper has been cut off and a new one fitted, 4 rubber bushes (top link and hub carrier ones) removed and poly ones put in the place, that means I didn't do the ones that secure to the subframe, those other two will have to wait until I have the car in the garage. The RHS rear calliper has been fitted although not plumbed in and the rest o

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Rear brakes RHS

With the weather as bad as it is and the car outside I decided it was better to work on something that I could remove and perform work in the garage which although not heated is at least out of the wind. I've removed the RHS rear hub carrier with brakes etc. I've fabricated and welded to it a new dust/ stone shield (fabricated the other side also but need to get that hub off to weld it). The backplate for the brake shoes has been wire-brushed and painted with a zinc primer and now I'll wait fo

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Door beam

The previous owner replaced the door beam on the driver's side but didn't get the passenger's side one done. I have a second hand passenger's side beam sitting in the shed (as you do) so today I knocked the hinge pin out (it was seized), cleaned up the rust on the one end of it that had rusted, drilled and tapped a thread into the beam tube that the hinge runs through and re-assembled. I've fitted a grease nipple in the tube so not only will it be full of grease to start with rather than just a

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Motor OK

Well, the windows are still not operating but I think that's more to do with dodgy switches than anything major. I've had the motor off and the frame off the door. The frame needs work, rust at the top corner and the bit near where it is secured to the front of the door skin. With the non-availability of replacement new frames and the lack of second hand ones is states much better than this I expect this will be repaired and continue in service. The window lift channel that is secured to th

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Progress - some electrics work

Carrying on from the thread which I started as I didn't think it was possible to have more than one blog. [url="http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/54840-silver-g-reg-excel-se-restoration/"]http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/54840-silver-g-reg-excel-se-restoration/[/url] Today was set aside for electrics and that's what I did, so that's unusual in itself, me doing what I planned. There were multiple wires chopped through and damaged near the fusebox and today I went at them

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