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  1. Well, the "recharged" battery turned out to be as effective as a meringue to Euro car parts for a replacement (Bosch S4 023) and upon fitting that, it started straight away (the good news) and off to the MOT... Now the bad news. So...the rear brakes have seized and the exhaust box is full of holes . (There`s a reason why I posted my car in this thread !)
  2. Thanks Tony !...(the Historic Vehicle tax status is vital to exempt it from the wider London ULEZ to be imposed in October where I live ; I think it`ll be eligible this car tax year otherwise it`ll be garaged until it is exempt... )
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    My Gran (who died in 1995 aged 95 ) kept telling us that she was one of the first British people to taste Marmite. I think it was a German invention. She said it was meant to be pronounced "Marmeet" but I never did get more detail.
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    I posted here ages ago about cheeky local ginger cat Sparly who works the street and surprisingly he`s still around. His antics have got a total of 50,000 views on YouTube and TikTok so far. A lot of his facial expressions seem quite human . Here he is last year trying to order two pints of lager and a packet of crisps ...!
  5. Yayy ! 😅 borrowed a more powerful jumpstarter this morning, checked oil, made sure the water was well topped up and she started like I had just driven the car last week instead of two years ago ! Fans cut in properly in the heat too ! (Now, why won`t the heater blower switch off ?? ) Fingers crossed for an MOT on Monday after battery recharged. Then application for Historic Vehicle tax status...
  6. Hi, people will know this car from my previous posts up to 2018 when I felt it best not to drive car further due to water loss but this is the first time I`ve managed to post a picture . I bought the car in Aug 2011 . It had been standing for 7 years. Paint is fine (except for a scrape under front side bumper and weird orange spattered spots next to rear wheelarches ). Cream leather interior is very tidy but driver`s seat a bit worn. No aircon . The following restoration work has been carried out since : -New head gasket-new cambelt (x3) - New clutch-Replaced brake fluid reservoir-new radiator-new lumenition-cleaned carbs-new steering rack-new HT leads-repaired headlamp raise mechanism. New sparkplugs (more than once)-new starter motor-new alternator-new clutch cable-new (old) radiocassette . Longest journey : London -Skipton and back 2013 Number of breakdowns on road : 5 Number of times it refuses to start: Lost count ( new starter motor and battery after that, it improved). Work to be done : Engine rebuild after 74,000 miles , replace speedo drive, find rear wiper motor, rear hatch catch button, probable new exhaust, fit lotus symbol to one wheel centre, renovate leather. -
  7. Good to hear from you again Trevor, also good to be back now I have resolved to get the car back on the road -obviously the pandemic didn`t help the delay either. The engine isn`t out-I want to jump start it tomorrow to get an MOT on it and the jump start with my battery pack didn`t go well. Borrowing a more powerful pack and/or pushing it into position to take a jump lead start, is the plan . Expect plenty of sweat....
  8. Hi it`s me again ; Basalte (named after the Citroen GS special edition not the volcanic rock) - the Lotus Elite 2.2 owner. I have not given up on this car bought in 2011 which has been in dry storage ; what happened was that after a long history (you`ve guessed it) of sporadic reliability it actually ran well in 2017 but persistently gobbled water and I suspect a slipped liner. My last posts on here were about using Steel Seal but I bottled out of doing that . My mate who is an extremely experienced mechanic said he`d do an engine rebuild as I have no doubt the engine needs attention in general after 74,000 miles (I`ve done about 3,000 of those-not much). Anyway despite being a star in relation to the Elite (like replacing the radiator and and steering rack for peanuts as well as many other parts ), he is bogged down with his day job, a house renovation and maintaining/shifting 20 (!) other classic cars to his new gaff. Its now been nearly 2 years since he repeatedly said he`d work on the car and nothing has happened. I kind of don`t blame him given the stuff he already has on his plate but the clock is ticking and I want to drive it again before I keel over. So....I am determined to get this car back on the road with an engine rebuild. So far I can only think of LotusBits as the people to do it and I have to admit that I wasn`t too impressed by their customer service-but does anyone have any other recommendations ? I`m resigned to the fact that it won`t be cheap .... (goodbye, chunk of pension....) Thanks, Dan
  9. OK maybe walking under that ladder and using petrol pump 13 wasn`t a good idea today ....after about a dozen enjoyable rides in the 2.2 , its run of good behaviour ended. Running on 3 cylinders and a snapped clutch cable. It meant that people joining the North Circular from the A1 got a great view of a flashing Elite rear end on a grass verge. Hats off to the recovery guy who used wooden planks creatively to get it onto and off the ramp. Overheard one man declare poshly that it was a "Jensen Interceptor". Nah mate. Try reading the badge on the back !
  10. It seemed similar but was slightly different in that the "lugs" seemed more solid and less tinny, -pure speculation but maybe because it was the original factory-fitted one. My replacement cap does seem identical to your newer one, bought it at a stall at the NEC show.
  11. Hi Soldave I too bought a replacement 10lb one and it was really reluctant to turn / remove at first but for no apparent reason other than the sheer abnormal number of times I`ve removed it to pour coolant in, it is straightforward now as though it had to "wear" in.
  12. There is an understandable but fundamental misconception that you all adopt here. You are firing flaming bazookas at an invisible target that you call "Socialism". We are just told that household savings are at their lowest since the 1970s running at 1.7% of income. No-one can say that is a healthy state of affairs in our free enterprise society. Personal cerdit is running out of control with all the stress and depression that defaulting brings to a household. (Of course one problem with Capitalism is that you run out of public assets to flog off to your megarich mates, but that`s another story). The fundamental misconception you seem intellectually content to run with is that "Socialism" these days means everyone gets to own everything equally and consequently "waste" it equally. That was probably true for the year 1960 in a third world country - but not here in the UK -and never here in the UK. There is no serious socialist for decades who wishes to nationalise and collectivize everything. That has not worked-(I clearly don`t have to convince you of that ! ) The bone of contention here is that if you think that Corbyn wants to do that you are quite simply wrong. It used to be the case in this country that parties adhered to their manifestoes from a sense of honour and integrity. It would take a colossal betrayal amounting to a rejection of the foundation of democracy itself if Corbyn started acting like Chairman Mao in relation to the economy. (A great script for a film by the way, but fantasy nonetheless). Of course the Tories have performed several U-turns from their manifesto commitments but they only ever care for democracy when its going their way. The setup in Scandinavian countries is one that should and will be sought to be emulated. Technically thats called "left social democracy" not "Socialism" . Bringing Communism into it is an utter red (obviously) herring. Marxism has much to offer in terms of economic analysis but has very little to offer politically as a solution except in the broadest sense of providing education health and welfare for all. If you read what Marx proposed as a political solution there`s sod-all. I would be the first to agree that you don`t achieve educatioon health and welfare for all simply by chucking money at it (though it certainly needs more chucked at it). Economies of scale apply. Key industry requiring targetted investment and co-ordination needs a national plan especially as we are leaving the EU. The hairdresser or (these days) coffee shop down the high street does not and never needed such a plan. The workshop manufacturing plumbing accessories does not need such a plan. The corporation employing thousands ? Well, maybe that does, especially if whole towns are reliant on its existence.
  13. Well Paul we are constantly being told how low unemployment is (although cynically they always include the impoverished self-employed in those figures) so that in itself would suggest that its a smallish number who prefer intoxicants to their kids. ...which leads us on to the Royal Family. They are incredibly wealthy simply for who they are and that is morally wrong. That is my real beef with them . Plenty of Americans and French felt the same way once -( much angrier than me about it !) That`s where we must resoundingly agree to disagree, I strongly suspect. Same with the footballers (obviously skilled, but honestly.....terrible taste in cars too) and bankers (where do I start?) Compare the earnings of the 1966 World Cup Squad and those of today and its just laughable. (That goes for the bankers too incidentally). This isn`t me being "jealous" of them as someone claimed, although I can`t prove that (which is exactly why it gets said in this context quite a lot). I could do with quite a few quid and an XK120 don`t get me wrong, but these are veritable Himalayas of cash that I am talking about and am against. Billions not millions. This is where me and the most gun-totin` GMC drivin` redneck are likely to agree-wealth ought to be earned through sweat, initiative and enterprise . And again-(this is the difficult bit to get right and I can`t be the judge and jury, only a democracy can be) -the sky can`t be the limit anymore when it comes to wealth. -Incidentally I do not have to personally dislike people to think that they should not be filthy rich, even if they got there through accident of birth. It`s a toughie. Some people will have worked really hard and/or are incredibly talented. Telling them they can`t have more than a few million each will be tough and I can`t see it happening any time soon. But I think it has to be done if we are not ultimately to end up like that film "Elysium" -which was kind of trying to make that point. Not the best film I`ve ever seen incidentally.
  14. Well considering 1% of the UK population own 14% of the wealth and 15% of the UK population own nothing of any value or are in debt, Corbyn is perfectly correct to raise wealth redistribution as an issue. But no I hadn`t noticed him smiling, the last politician whose smile I noticed a lot was Blair-not a good example to follow. Anyway if you follow politics as I do, you will be interested to know that Mr. Sainsbury (he of the supermarkets) has stopped funding Mr. Blair`s wing of the party. Good, how bloody working class was Mr. Sainsbury ?! Same as Tristram Hunt who swans off to run an art gallery. Anyway I digress... You need have no fear for your bricks and mortar ! What Corbyn was actually suggesting (before the Daily Mail put its lying boot in) was temporarily letting survivors and bereaved families stay in empty properties of which there are plenty in Kensington. Frankly if you buy a house as an investment opportunity and then swan off leaving it completely empty , why not move in families who`ve just seen their relatives burnt to death ? Its called having a heart. Labour proposes raising Corporation tax to 26 %. Under Margaret Thatcher it was 28 %. Now come on, that might be a lot of things but it sure ain`t Communism. Yes he rightly wants to nationalise rail water gas and electricity industries. "Taking Back Control" of Britain`s arteries in other words, in a very direct and practical way. -well, by the same token that makes Winston Churchill, Harold MacMillan and Edward Heath`s Governments Communist as well ! Things are wrong in our country and no-one will have all the answers or make everyone happy but I know Corbyn acts with integrity and honesty. And if you are wondering-no, he won`t be addressing any more pop festivals, Glastonbury is where specifically progressive causes get espoused (although less now the glittery welly crowd have moved in) and he is a long-time mate of the organiser. If you want some proof of integrity, he has the lowest expenses claim of any MP and that was before the expenses scandal broke which I am sure you were all outraged about ! Anyway look, nobody`s perfect. But I want someone who is not a grovelling slave to the billionaires (clue they have lots of money and power) who currently run the show and give ordinary folk a look in again.
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