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  1. I'm planning a trip to the uk later this year and hope to include a tour of the Lotus factory. I've heard that you can get certificates detailing the history of your car. I have a few questions.

    1. What is actually on the certificates?

    2. How much do they cost?

    3. Do you think they are worth it?

    And 4. How do you go about organising one?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. I am about to replace the rocker cover gaskets on my Excel as one of them is leaking. They are the curved 'saddle' type.

    The workshop manual says to use the gaskets and put silastic on both sides. I have heard that they can be a bit painful to fit correctly and are prone to leaking. Does anyone have any handy hints for fitting the gaskets or is it just a matter of gasket + silastic?



  3. I realise this topic has been done to death but I thought I would ask a question specific to my needs. (I've had a quick look on the forum but it didn't give me all the answers.)

    I'm am looking at replacing my suspension and toying with the idea of giving it a go myself. I am a complete novice when it comes to suspension however. The dampers definately need replacing. I don't know if the springs need replacing. How do I check?

    What dampers would you recommend? I am in Australia but don't mind buying online from overseas. Can I replace the dampers without removing the springs?

    My other option is taking it to the pros and letting them replace them for me. I would still like an idea of the best dampers to go with however.

    Pre-emtive thanks.


  4. Hi guys,

    I am looking to replace my radiator hoses on my 83 Excel but am struggling to find the parts. I have contacted some dealers who do not have stock. I have sent Lotusbits multiple enquiries but am yet to hear back from them.

    I have managed to find one hose (from the pipe to the radiator) but cannot find the other two (from the pump to the pipe and the bottom radiator hose). Does anyone know if these parts are available anywhere or if there are any alternative parts?



  5. I need some help regarding sourcing a new Cooling Fan Thermal (Otter) Switch. I haven't had any luck finding one in any of my local (Western Australia) motoring shops. I have found them on UK websites which I will order from one if I need to. Does anyone know a manfacturer and/or part number of the genuine or an alternative Otter switch?

  6. I've been having issues with both of my Excel's cooling fans not working. I've checked the fuses and they are fine and tomorrow (when it's light enough) I'm going to check the relay and the otter switch.

    My question is: At what temperature do the fans normally kick in? I was testing the fuses after I had replaced them and it was well over 100 degrees and the fans hadn't started. I thought they would have kicked in by this temperature but I want to make sure so I'm not trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist.



  7. Very nice looking Excel. I hope your dad loves it.

    I originally bought my Excel for my dad too. He's loved Loti since the 60's but had never owned one. I saw the Excel going fairly cheaply about 8 years ago and thought, what the hell? Some reward for what my dad has done for me. Telling him it was his new car is the only time I've seen my dad speechless. Priceless!

    My dad has retired now and unfortunately can't afford the regular registration/insurance/maintenance costs. Neither of us could stand to see it leave so I ended up adopting the car.

    Happy motoring.


  8. I've been following this thread and I'm glad that, despite all the scepticism and a few negative comments, you took the plunge, went to see the car and bought it.

    I remember the feeling I got when I first drove my Excel home. Brilliant! And I still get excited about washing it, let alone driving it.

    I hope you have many years of motoring bliss in your Elite. Glad to see it went to a good home.


  9. Hi guys,

    My front interior lamp hasn't been working so I decided to replace the bulb. When I got it out however I discovered the whole lamp assembly is pretty badly rusted.

    I'd like to get my hands on a replacement. The lamp has got Hella stamped on it so I'm hoping they're not too rare. (being from 1983 might not help though!)

    Does anyone know if they are available or if there is a suitable replacement? (I'm in Australia so a replacement might be the way to go to save on expensive postage costs.)



  10. I read somewhere that the windscreen on the Boomerang was at the sharpest angle possible. One more degree and the driver wouldn't be able to see out. I guess he'd just get a reflection of the top of the dash!

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