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    Richard Woollaston
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  1. Exterior Trim

    I believe Lotusbits are getting new upper & lower windscreen trims manufactured. Otherwise they do have a stock of used aluminium trim. The aluminium trim on the Elite is anodised. In order to restore it then you will need to get it straightened, polished then re-anodised. When I restored my Elite I found suppliers in the Sandhurst area who did this for me. The trim mustn't be pitted or badly scratched as surface imperfections will show through unless they can be polished out. Let me know if you want the details of the suppliers I used, as I had a bit of a disaster using one industrial anodiser who ruined one set of trim - it came out cloudy rather than bright. Good luck, Richard
  2. If the chassis is level with the ground, logically the problem will be the way the body sits on the chassis. Are the mounting points intact with the correct bushing? Are there any cracks in the underbody around the rear of the car? I'd take a detailed look before it goes back together.
  3. Restoring my Elite 503

    This looks an amazing restoration - I've rarely seen such quality preparation! Did you create a new wiring loom? I must have nearly passed you last Sunday - we drove up from Worcester to Dudmaston in the Elite. Richard
  4. Lotus Elite S2.2 1981 – Altair Green

    Yes David, it is me in my regulation hi-vis! I'll be back with my car this year. Are you coming along? Richard
  5. You may find you don't need to replace the springs. I did a test a while ago on some rusty old Elite springs at Lotusbits, and it turned out the spring rates were still exactly as specified. So if I were you, I'd just clean them up, then paint them or have them powedercoated. It's the dampers that will make the big difference in my opinion. Good luck, Richard
  6. Lotus Elite S2.2 1981 – Altair Green

    Nice car - but I do like the blue one in the backgound in some of the shots - it's mine! Richard
  7. Wanted leather seat covers

    You'll really need the seats professionally recovered. I've just used Option 1 near Bromsgrove but that's a long way from you. As an alternative, people have fitted seats from the MX5 (early I think) and the XJS as these are roughly the right size, although you do need adaptor plates for the mountings. Good luck, Richard
  8. As Ranald suggests, I'd try Lotusbits - they are bound to have lots of secondhand ones. Richard
  9. [eBay]1976 lotus elite project almost finished

    I'm not sure if this car is a little bit new (and I know it is now red), but around 1975/6 Tony Rudd had a Lotus Elite in Banana Yellow with the bright trim anodised black. He got into some trouble with Colin Chapman for this and was promptly put in charge of ensuring proper treatment of Lotus company cars. Anyhow, if the black trim is anodised rather than painted, it could be the same car. ATB Richard
  10. Saddo alert!

    In general, aerials are fitted on the offside to improve reception in built up areas. However this is more of a guideline than a rule, so I'm not surprised if the odd Lotus escaped with one on the 'wrong' side! Richard
  11. Power demands of additional items

    It certainly would - and does - have an effect. Hydraulic PAS saps a handful of bhp. This is one reason that electric PAS is used frequently on modern cars - instead of a pump running constantly, power is only used when it is needed. Similarly aircon will, when active, sap bhp, but the compressor (which is the device that takes the power) normally has a clutch fitted so it's only activated when needed.
  12. Lotus Elite Press Release

    A really good find - thanks for posting! It contains some interesting information about the design of the car and is a very good account of the design and development process and how the whole car works. A couple of minor mistakes - 'plain' should be 'plane' and 'Guigaro' should be 'Guigiaro!' Still, no Lotus was ever perfect, but refreshingly human.
  13. Nice work and a very useful description. Lotusbits did my conversion so I wasn't aware of all the issues you uncovered. One area in which I may be able to help is that of the rear seat belt mountings; as you say the seat moulding in the body has to be cut away to clear the Excel chassis. I would imagine therefore that the mountings off an Excel should fit as it will have similarly narrower seat aperture mouldings. Good luck, Richard
  14. I can't remember all the details, but the Speedlines fitted to the Elite S2.2 were 4x100, whereas those fitted to the Excel were 4x114.3 and so it's not entirely clear cut. However this shouldn't affect the fitment of the Excel wheel well, which should fit. I have the original Elite setup and keep the spare in a zipped wheel bag which at least means it stays clean. Richard
  15. I don't know about the condition of the car, but regarding the active suspension this was a fantastically innovative approach in the day. Unfortunately, the cost of the system (valves, sensors, controllers etc) was, I understand, too high to make it commercially viable. This car doesn't have the computer used to control the active suspension. Sourcing some more up to date hardware to replace it wouldn't be too much of a problem to someone with the right skills, but also missing is the Lotus software that controlled the system. Recreating this would be the biggest cost as it would need to be developed from scratch, and would necessitate a lot of system testing to make it work properly. All you really have with the car is the hydraulic system, which likely will also need major overhaul - and the components, if available, are likely to be expensive. So reluctantly I agree with you! Richard