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  1. My condolences on your bolt issue. Is there room for a right angle drill with a short left handed drill bit?
  2. I took a big pair of locking pliers and grabbed each half of each joint to hold it immobile, from column to rack, to get a sense of where the slack was. Hard to see or feel such a small movement in the joint, but it shows up as a big move on the steering wheel.
  3. Notch every 180 may be improper phasing of u-joints from what I've read. If they are lined up exactly square the geometry of the two joints binds a bit, so they say to offset them three splines or 30 degrees.
  4. My steering wheel slop was self-imposed I'm afraid. My wheel is sandwiched between the hub and a six hole trim ring, with the "horn" button in the middle. I had put a gasket under the horn button to keep it from rattling around and it was thick enough to take some tension off the assembly. Overly thick gasket removed, and a thin bit of nitrile rubber added to the back of the wheel for extra stiction and it's all good now. Curious about just what the symptoms of the worn column was, loose in the telescoping portion or side to side at the base of the column above the upper u-joint?
  5. I did the upper joint last week, a PITA moving back and forth repeatedly from deepest Lotus position to wheel well removing and replacing the joint through the body shell. I marked the old upper and lower joints with a paint mark, then transferred the mark to the new part to maintain the 30 degree phasing of the joints. Ironically, whilst I was locking off various halves of the u-joints with pliers trying to diagnose where the play was worst, I did indeed get my steering wheel to slip on its hub!
  6. Going for a Modern amount of hoses and wires myself, but not up to Focus standards yet-
  7. An elusive two slot hood on E323 HEH
  8. Jenna had a US 83, there's some flasher discussion in here. You might enjoy the whole thread- Her 83 had 5,my 85 had 4 pin relays. Having gone to LED's, I'm now using a reversed three pin electronic flasher.
  9. I wasn't aware Orange was an interior color option😒
  10. Yes, my PO kept the tool kit for his car...
  11. How green do you want to be?
  12. Wish my steering wheel play was so simple, I have to rule out the upper joint before I tear into the rack....
  13. This has to be from Fabian's closet- from
  14. Not the early G-car, but this is the Lotus A42 BRG metallic color on a Turbo for reference. I don't seem to take pics of clean cars in the sun...
  15. @ GTK Once you start blasting in a cabinet, it's only a matter of time before you're outside blasting the big bits with sand going everywhere! You can blast the black right out and clean up later. I need to look into these brakes for the post 85 car, for when my rear calipers finally go...
  16. OMG,So clean inside! There are a few chronicles of headlight woes on here and Lotustalk, but they tend to be buried in restoration threads.
  17. "the relay unplugged"? I would pull both the headlight motor relays before I dove into the harness, They're interconnected and if someone put the dual contact style relay in either socket I think the circuit path would short to ground. I think the adjacent high and low beam relays are dual contact rather than changeover.
  18. Relays are in the left hand front corner of the frunk, kind of stuffed into the fender well. Don't trust my labeling, check the wire colors on yours. There's two types of relays, for different functions, changeover and dual output so replace like with like.
  19. I highly doubt the fluid could carry enough current to affect the components. Check/clean/swap the headlight lift circuit relays as an easy first diagnostic for headlight weirdness.
  20. If it's been rumored to have over heated and is low on coolant, you may want to do a coolant combustion gas check to see if the head gasket is OK. Especially if it loses coolant after topping off. Custom alloy header tanks are available to replace the crusty rusty, I just adapted a generic ebay item with larger capacity.
  21. 25 cent UJ spacers are the cheapest parts on the car, whatever the exchange rate!
  22. Salt Lake City UT to Nordman ID, coming home from a Lotus meet in the Esprit Turbo. Google maps says it's 770miles/1232 Km and 12 hours, but it was longer, droning on at 80+mph across Montana. There were gas stops, and lunch of course!
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