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    John Hazell
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    1980 Eclat RNG577W & 1976 & 1980 Elite RNG578W
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    Caterham Surrey

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  1. Clive, Its the original Lumenition, I'm happy that its working as it should do. I have spent a fair bit of time on the phone to Steve their technical guy and he sent me the installation/testing and commissioning documentation for the systems when I first got the car, then spent some time later going through it, with me working on the car and him on the other end of the phone, also had a long chat to him Thursday afternoon regarding DWELL angle, the Éclat is 64.5 degrees and the Elite is 60.8 degrees. I did fit an Accuspark to my S1 elite which worked ok, so I will bear it in mind, rain has stopped play at the moment as I can't get the car out of the garage and my wife, Caroline has stopped me playing in the garage. Next plan is to do a voltage check between the two cars, as their both S2's and fitted with the same set up, I would expect them to be more or less identical. CO for the Éclat is 2.16% and HC 1280ppm, which the mot tester has passed in the past. The Elite is CO 7.72% and HC 1810ppm John
  2. Hi to all, below is the reply I have received from the BHVC. Very pleased to say I was wrong, there will be a stiffly worded correspondence going to PC mag, they should have checked/spotted it was wrong ( as I should have ). Good morning I am sorry it has taken a little while for me to get back to you on your query. Our Secretary, Emma Balaam, did refer it to me immediately and the delay is all mine. I am happy to be able to assure you that there are not currently any restrictions on the use which may be made of a vehicle which is in the “historic” taxation class. Thus such a vehicle may be used as a daily driver should its owner so wish. Nor am I aware of any current proposals of any kind in the UK to restrict the number of miles which a historic vehicle may travel in a year in the UK. Of course we do not know what restrictions the various Low Emission and Clear Air Zones currently being introduced might impose, though most will probably have a historic exemption. I trust this will set your mind at rest. Best regards Bob Owen Director – Legislation Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Regards to all, John
  3. High to all, Four port manometer showing balanced carbs, this is at 850 rpm. Car spits back when I rev it to drive back into the garage. Any suggestions gratefully received. John
  4. Hi to all, quick update on the elite, Have stripped down the carbs and serviced them, with the service kit from SJ's. Car was most reluctant to run but after lots of double checking and fettling it is now running and sounds good. Have put an exhaust gas analyser on this week and the best readings I have managed is CO 5.02, HC 1365, CO2 %7.5 & O2 % 6.40. All testing done with the air box off the car. Carbs are balanced will post photo in a min. These are out side the MOT limits, HC is excessively high, CO has been coming down as the mixture screws has been screwed in to bring down the rich mixture. but car cuts out when the mixture gets too lean. Any one got any suggestions on getting the HC down. Regards to all John
  5. Rob, A very good question, one which I should has asked, in answer there is a letter in this months Practical Classics mag that I read just the day before my post above, I have spent the afternoon on line and have emailed the FBHVC for a definitive answer. I cannot find on the DVLA web site any information regarding the use of historic vehicles that supports my statement. There is a link in the DVLA web site to the FBHVC web site to talk to a Historical Vehicle expert, which I have done. So it would appear that I may/might/possibly be WRONG. If in doubt check first, I'll update this topic when/if I get a reply from the FBHVC. Regards to all, John
  6. Max, nice car, I note from your add on ebay "Ideal as a London every day car", historic vehicle rules state the vehicle can't be used on a daily basis. Hate you to mislead someone and get in trouble with Big Brother. Best of luck with the sale. John
  7. Garth, I think I replied to you, but I now cant find it, It was posted on the 14th June 2014, the title was " Replacing the roof lining " use the search facility in the top right hand corner and you should find it ok. I've done my elite in the same way and both look great and don't suffer from condensation. Regards to all. John
  8. Garth, it was posted on 14th June 2014, title was"  Replacing the roof lining ". if you go on the forum and use the search facility you should find it. 5 years to the day. It still looks as good as the day I did it. Done my elite as well and its just as good.

    Hope all goes well for you, there great cars to drive, one of mine lives on the drive under a cover the other in the garage, 

    Best regards, John 

    1. theelanman



      thats brilliant stuff thanks very much..........

      I'll go and have a look now.........



  9. Peter, Hope you haven't done your roof lining yet, have a look at my thread on roof lining, the linings fail and sag due to condensation on the inside. both my cars have a separate head lining on a foam backed/ridged/ roof lining from a people carrier, the éclat is 10 years old now and the elite 4 years. both are as good as the day they were installed. John
  10. Dave, The thin wire goes to the ignition light on the dash, comes on when you turn on the ignition, the -ve path to earth for the bulb is via the alternator windings, when the engine starts and voltage is being generated, the alternator voltage effectively puts positive voltage across both sides of the bulb and it goes out. You definitely have an earth issue at the rear of the car. I would also check the -ve strap that runs from the battery to the chassis, take it off and clean up both connections the chassis is the main earth path for every thing on the car. Keep every one updated, hope all goes well and you solve the issue. John
  11. Hi to all, Finally managed to get the éclat out of the garage and the elite in, have double checked every thing and all appears ok. decided to strip off the inlet manifold and as the photos show the gasket appears not to be not stuck on either of the mating surfaces on ports 2 & 3, I guess this is my vacuum leak. Question, I have two new gaskets, do I put both on dry, put one on and use a liquid gasket on both mating surfaces, use a liquid gasket and stick the two new gaskets to make an extra thick one. I have put a steel rule across both faces and they appear to be flat. Any suggestions welcome. John
  12. Hi to all, ended up making a bracket to extend the existing fixings away from the gear stick assembly. Bracket on left below. You can just see it below, under the radio aperture, problem resolved. Used one of the lower fixings and drilled a couple of new fixings into the too of the transmission tunnel. Regards to all John
  13. Have just spent the last hour reading the manual, which has almost no detail in on the gear selector other than reference to the selector rod connecting to the side of the gearbox. The Service Parts List book however does have a good plate FD, showing the auto box. the gate assembly appears to fix to the transmission tunnel rather than the chassis. hopefully the assembly comes out in one piece or I can move it enough to get to the fixings. Regards to all john
  14. Hi to all, Car is a S2 Éclat auto, while putting the dash back in I have managed to pull the gear lever back through the gate and have pulled the two front screws that hold the gate down to the transmission tunnel, the gate now moves when I change gear. Any one got any details of what I can expect when I remove the two back screws and lift the gate up, do the fixing screws just go into the fibre glass or are there fixings of some type or other. How is the gear lever connected to the gear box, same manner as the manual or some sort of linkage affair. Best regards to all John
  15. Hi mine are fitted cylinder to glass as well, cos that's the way they were before I changed them, old adage if its not broke don't fix it. regards to all John
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