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Just get on with it...

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Rich H

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So after a day or so I realised that it wasn't going to fix itself so I cracked on with it!

Access is 'interesting' for most things as I found out!

First things: Service.
I object to paying people to change the oil and filter, plus I like to know that it's been done!
So I serviced it myself using the lotus service schedule.
All the fluids were changed: oil, coolant, gearbox oil, power steering fluid and brake fluid.
Plugs changed, new belts on and everything else looked over carefully.
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P8130027.jpg[/IMG]

So time to start it...! Much procrastination... span it over and it fired up!
Oil pressure OK, everything working as expected...! Phew!

Next: Translator...
What a state! The bearings were basically destroyed!
Stripped it down and fitted new bearings:
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P1010013.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P8130029.jpg[/IMG]

Next: headlamps...
they were a right old mess. Both pods were full of leaves and rotten!
Stripped it all down and, after a bit of research, fitted new stainless steelwork with standard 5 3/4" lamp units.
Motors came back to life with a good clean out and grease up.
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P8130033.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P8130034.jpg[/IMG]

Next: Rear body mounts
I knew they might be wobbly but I wasn't expecting it to be held together with silicone!
I cut the mess back and was left with about 3"x4" missing from both sides!
I cut some stainless plate and fiberglassed everything back together.
the dark lines show where the original fiberglass was missing:
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P8130031.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P8130032.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P8130030.jpg[/IMG]

Next: Chargecooler impeller
I had no idea if this needed doing but I checked anyway and it was knackered. The impeller was OK but wasn't attached to the shaft!
New impeller fitted:
[IMG]http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/richardhumble/P1010014.jpg[/IMG]

All that done and off for an MOT.
Failed... but only for a corroded brake line!
Made a new one and passed!

Green ticket in hand and a fresh tax disc and I was off!

Next: First impressions....

Rich
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