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  1. Sounds like a party is due
  2. The waistline trim is profiled and available through SJ although living down under shipping costs add up. Around £45 for the required 13 metres. Even SJ’s profile isn’t exactly correct but good enough, I have enough original stuff I bought years ago to do my car I think. If you want to source in OZ I can always put a small sample in an envelope and post for you? Dave
  3. Not sure Stephen, I must message the owner although I believe he wanted a FYEO replica like Fabian less the ski’s. I tried talking him into original but he wasn’t sure it was for him. Dave
  4. I don’t have a good photo but you cut the back of the waistline trim down in a taper and end up with just the front face tucked behind the bumper and bonded, take your time trial fitting and it looks really neat. I need to replace mine as someone has replaced them and done a rough job so will drive me crazy until fixed.. Dave
  5. Just a few of mine over the past 30 years..... love em or hate em they are like magnets dragging you back every time you break free then see one on the road My current fix , long live lotus madness with no current cure! Dave
  6. I pulled the first shock off this evening and was surprised how little difference there is with federal and domestic spring length not withstanding the originals have been in place for over 40 years. The original shocks are in unbelievable condition with only a couple stone chips and still firm which is superb news as these cars do drive nicely on the original set up. Dave
  7. That looks superb, I not happy with my bumper securing especially since I have a void where the impact bumper was reducing securing so will follow your lead with this It’s such a nice part of the restoration when it all comes together and starts to look like a car again. Dave
  8. Thanks guys, I will definitely undertake. The seller did take the car to a garage before I bought it and got them to run it up with a gravity fuel supply which wasn’t ideal as I would of preferred to have just run it after a thorough going through and most garages don’t know these cars to well. I hope that oil soaked cardboard wasn’t this car I can’t find the movie file he sent on my iPad for some reason, it sounded ok other than the smoke from all the oil. I did try to release the screw connection on the oil filter yesterday but suspect it’s been loctited in place and didn’t
  9. Thanks Fabian, great advice and yes I was planning to do the oil pump run but need to get a couple blanking caps for my oil cooler connections as all going to be new and don’t want to connect the old one and introduce contamination into the clean engine. I will need to connect the alternator bracket as on the federal cars it forms part of the pump housing. I will order a Aux housing gasket and do the inspection Dave
  10. Lovely colour scheme Mark, Good luck Dave
  11. Gorgeous as always, jealous as hell Dave
  12. A little more progress... Engine now on the stand and sump removed, definitely leaking as oil completely covering the upper gasket face so removing was a good thing, it took a while to clean it up but now ready to go back on, I cleaned the strainer but nothing to write home about as pretty clean. I have removed both cam housings in the end as although the exhaust side was in spec the sealant was clearly failed when I removed the inlet side just flaking, also the ‘O’ Seal on the oil way was hard. I have measured the shims and going to adjust the 0.010” exhaust ones as I
  13. Looks like a nice example and went for a good price for the buyer although buyers premium does add up. Dave
  14. I’d go rubber over poly any day for a road car, I’ve done the poly bush thing many times and end up regretting it often losing ride quality. I’ve used the protech shocks without issues although prefer originals. Give you fastenings a real good wire brush before penetrating oil. Adjustable arms as stated are ideal if you plan to have the car properly set. Dave
  15. I use a similar gauge on my belts without issue but will try the frequency check to confirm accuracy. Hope you get the temperature issue sorted Scott but sounds like you have the issue sorted now. Dave
  16. I tried a 1/8” BSP Die nut on the injector today which did cut but only a little so ordered some 1/8” BSP blanking plugs, I will run a tap down the head after plugging the ports just so nothing fires up. Dave
  17. Thanks Steve, I will check that tomorrow as I use 1/8 BSP brass plugs in work on gauge lines. Dave
  18. The timing on the engine is off so couldn’t have run well with the distributor marks aligned to the wrong side of the dimple and still out some, probably from use of a mirror I assume and not allowing for the tension. I measured the Air injector threads with the male being 3/8” x 28 TPI and the female 1/2” x 26 TPI. I can’t buy plugs or bolts of the shelf in 3/8 size as very fine with 3/8 UNF being 24 TPI so may just cut the injectors then blank the female threads. I rechecked the valve clearances this evening as easier on the trolley but sizes are acc
  19. Reading this looks like I still have a bit more to do getting the car to Domestic spec, I already have new Webber’s although these will be swapped out for DHLA at some point. My air injection system is now gone along with the federal exhaust system and catalytic converter with a Peco sports system on order. I noticed the blue and red dots so will have a play with this once I have done the valve clearance adjustments. I still have a 45D4 distributor with vacuum so will get some UK springs and blank/remove the vacuum advance system. I will be losing the K&Ns and fitting the stand air
  20. I’ve order one for my JPS, the engine bay temps are fine as someone on FB tested it with an infra red monitor after thrashing the car. The engine cover is ideal as nicely hidden as well. Dave
  21. Looking good and sounds like it’s ready to start exploring its potential now, the plate looks ok although I’m sure you have plans Dave
  22. That’s rotten luck, I always seem to have car trouble when I have no phone or wallet Time for a trip to see a Lotus specialist or dealer along with a nice bill Good luck getting it sorted soon. Dave
  23. All cleaned up, I bought some gunk ultra but it’s rubbish and just spreads the oil, thankfully I found some of my faithful Carplan stuff in the shed which is so much better, wish I looked this morning and thought the grime was tough going. Nearly there just a final clean with brake cleaner before reassembly now. The pressure plate cleaned up really well with no scoring and the blue was only oil deposits as went with degreaser. I will see what deals I can get for a clutch kit through my friends motor factors. Flywheel still has the machining marks in it an
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