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Neil D.

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    Corinna & Neil Dixon
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    Eclat 523

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  1. Thank you for the kind words. The dash illumination does work, but it is more of a decoration.Our Skoda Yeti has the same system, and it works great. Latest in the carb refurbishment: I discovered the spacer rings were damaged. I must have done this at some point in the past 30 years, but never noticed it. It may be an explanation for poor running. Repaired the holes and refitted the carbs last night Engine started on first attempt, hust need to adjust the air bleed screw and balance, N.
  2. All is ready for refitting, however, I decided to inspect the spacer rings between the carbs and manifold B907E0129Z This was fun, and also a possible explanation to some poor performance. 2 of the 4 spacer rings have cracked, strangely in the same position and a hole of about the same size.
  3. Second carb completed. just need to refit and balance. Should be fun ! N.
  4. Waiting for trim parts to arrive gives me time to tackle a car rebuild The front one tonight, the rear planned for tomorrow. Ultrasonic bath and soda blaster were a great help. Metal covers replace the original light plastic coloured items. 2 small O rings left over, no idea were they may be fitted red tab was on the carbs since new. No idea what it means, but refitted it all the same. Neil
  5. Moving forward with the headining re-trim this afternoon. The tricky front part, as my sewing skills are inexistant, but still, no choice but ti give it a go. Used the old material as a template, cut the new, and pulled out the needle and thread. While gluing, 2 brackets need to be riveted into position, these are later fitted inside the top of each door seal. An overkill, as there is already a spring support 50 mm away. Best to mount the rear view mirror first. Originally mounted with wood screws, and into the roll over bar. I prefered a simple nut an dbolt solution. There are spacers behindt the screws that support the sunvisors, these were reglued into position. Bulb in the for dash illumination changed (even though it is useless) Refit, check all works and now for the sun visors Removed the material, and enjoyed discovering a cardboard card, sticky taped to a metal frame (well adds lightness) Sewing skills will need to be discovered to retrim the visors, but first some dark brown material to keep it original. Even, with a few mistakes, on the whole a positive Sunday in the garage. N.
  6. This evening I remade the foam strip that is located between the rea window and the back of the roof lining (not all cars have this). Also the original headlinng is stiched to the strip finishing piece. The original strip is made of a white foam like material, and make it very difficult to bond the headlining in a straight line. The solution I used is a plastic door plinth (pre drilled holes filled). Thsi is very light. Photos should make this self explanatory. plastic plinth fitting the lining in position N.
  7. You must be joking, I just enjoy reading stories, about people who are doing similar things to me. Keeping our Lotus running. Looking forward to seing it running Neil
  8. Finally decided to tackle the headlining on 713D After reading up all I could find about replacing the headlining, I decided it was time to take the plunge an go forwards.I had ordered material from Woolies some 15 years ago, although dry stored, is was no better than the original headlining that was dangling from the car roof.Lotusbits supplied the one in the photographs. Close enough to the original, and will make the car look tidy again.Before starting, all seats were removed, just so I could get confortable. Once the old lining removed and the area cleaned up, i measured not only the roof of the car, but also the dimensions of the material removed.On the roof, where the back section fits, I can clearly read: “713D” chassis number “VR” Vinyl roof, and “GOLD” the car colour. The photos have been touched up to show this. Handwriting has been added for visibility Handwriting has been added for visibility The dimension are as follows: Rear section: 1180mm x 490mm Glue zone 1130mm x 480mm The back foam strip is not included ( 25mm wide x 1000mm long) must have been an inch originally. Front section: 1180mm x 600mm Glue Zone 1160mm x 560mm Roll bar section: 220mm x 1270mm The parts were cut and make fro glue to be applied. I used a Würth Spray (power spray glue plus) max resistance 110C. The nozzle is adjustable, to set the spray width. https://eshop.wuerth.de/Product-categories/Power-spray-adhesive-Plus/14013005041702.cyid/1401.cgid/en/US/EUR/ Application to the roof was simple and I would even say can be done without masking of the windows. Application to the material on the bench is also easy, I used a cardboard guide to avoid over spray. To transport the material to the car interior, I used an old cardboard poster roll. I pre-marked both the material and car centres (back and forwards). roll to carry matrial, coated in glue Bonded the centre line, then used a foam roller to put everything onto place.Much simpler, than at first anticipated. The roll bar cover was also a lot more straight forward than expected. I supported the PVC moulding on my vise, applied glue on both sides and fitted the material. The grills were refined using hot glue…not a preferred engineering solution, but suitable for this application. Need to finish off the front piece and rear side pieces, and we should be good for another 40 years ! All for the moment. N.
  9. Any chance of slipping an Eclat set in ? Thanks Neil
  10. Lovely job. where did you get the airbox insulation layer, and the trunking Any references would be a help goodluck with the sale Neil
  11. I have purchased the woolies and lotusbits headlining. Woolies purchased 15 years ago and stored dry, in the dark. The woolies has no screed and is falling apart: foam separating from headlining.(was purchased years ago) Also noticed while gluing that is it better to use a spatula to smooth down the lining. Spatulas that are used to apply large stickers to windows (see picture) Fingers make indents, the contact glue penetrates deeper into the material as you create uneven pressure points. This is minimised with the plastic spatula. As for A and B posts, mine were originally covered at the factory, Front (A) dark vinyl (as dash), (B) leather imitation same colour as seats, This appears to be a more resistent set up than headlining everywhere. In my defence, I am yet to tackle the roof. Neil
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