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  1. Thanks and sorry for no pictures - I’ll try to add some but the seal is the rear window seal for mybEuropa TC Special. Obviously it’s a very small window and so it’s tight but the seal comes in two distinct pieces - one that fits around the screen and the other is a fine rubber finishing trim that pushes into the outside. I don’t know why it’s designed like this but wondering if the fillet goes on afterwards Thanks thanks for these images and guidance chaps. Someone locally eventually took their car to a Lotus specialist to have this job done too so given what’s been said, perhaps I should do the same. Shame as it would have been an ‘easy’ job to have got sorted but already it’s proving to be a right pita. On an upside, my alloy restoration seems to be coming along ok
  2. That’s the thing although on my car it’s a black rubber insert rather than chrome. Ive checked out some Toutube vids so have a better idea of what’s needed Thanks again
  3. Thanks and sorry for no pictures - I’ll try to add some but the seal is the rear window seal for mybEuropa TC Special. Obviously it’s a very small window and so it’s tight but the seal comes in two distinct pieces - one that fits around the screen and the other is a fine rubber finishing trim that pushes into the outside. I don’t know why it’s designed like this but wondering if the fillet goes on afterwards Thanks
  4. My old seal had perished and so a new one together with an ‘insert’ came from SJ Sportscars. I know these rubbers can be a pain to fit but does anyone know when the additional rubber fillet is fitted? Is it inserted into the main seal BEFORE trying to fit the seal and window to the car or afterwards? Not really sure how it’s supposed to fit together anyway as once everything’s in place I feel that it will be really difficult to squeeze it in. Any experience of this out there? Thanks Simon
  5. I’ve dropped a mesage to Mr Foulds who seems to be somewhat more realistic and more in line with what I might have thought at about a quarter of a competitors price! That said, they only use Lotus belts so no blue belt option for me there
  6. Hello I’m hoping to have the new Gates Blue Belts fitted to my Elite and Esprit Turbo before this new ‘season’ begins but fitting prices seem astronomical. Does anyone have any recent experience of likely costs so I can realign my expectations? I remeber when £1000 was considered expensive for Ferrari belts but wouldn’t have expected to see that sort of figure on our four cylinder cars Thanks as always
  7. Does anyone know what the original Centre cap badges should be for these wheels? Mine have a slightly domed gel badge but I wouldn’t have thought that correct for an early eighties car. There appear to be flat badges on eBay and domed ones but one of mine is missing and I’d like to get it right. Thanks as always
  8. Thanks ive modified the ones i bought and managed to get one side together quite like the look of one of those sets though
  9. 1982 Turbo and replacing rear wheel bearing. Whilst it’s off I thought I’d have a tidy up. Bought new springs and original shocks from SJ but I’m damned if I can compress them safely enough to get the new items on. Have bought two different types of screw clamp type compressors but the pugs are too big and so the shock absorber won’t fit up the middle. Anyone know of a tidy compressor suitable for these narrow springs? These things are just too bulky. I’ve trawled eBay but everything looks pretty much standard. Thanks as usual simon
  10. Thanks I do have wires reconnected to the roof lights and before I did the headlining my boot light did work when the tailgate was lifted. I must have the wiring wrong though as I have nothing on any switch position. I’ll take a look at the diagram and see if I can work out which colour wires should go where.
  11. Does anyone know how the three interior lights should be wired on my 78 Elite. Worked fine until I disconnected to fix the headlining and now none of them work either switched or on the door buttons. Thought id reconnected them ok but obviously not. All bulbs are good but I really don’t know which wires go to what connections. If I put a live feed in I can get them all to come on which confuses me further Thanks
  12. hello again chaps i recently upgraded my membership status and was hoping to benefit from free postage for a tailored indoor cover for my ‘82 Esprit Turbo. When I try to order, the system always adds 16 quid or so postage and I can’t seem to find a way around this. Any advice please? Thanks Simon
  13. Thanks for this- I’ll try the pm thing but not great at flying these internet devices!
  14. Does anyone currently know whether the GOODYEAR letters are available on a group buy again? I’d like five sets if anyone knows how to obtain them. Thanks
  15. I’ve searched for undertray removal and all I get is the rear one. Can anyone guide me on removing the front one behind the front spoiler? Ive removed 10 out of 12 self tapping type screws and washers but I can’t get the two rearmost corner ones out. I’m not sure what they screw into as now two of them just fall out as I try to put them back in until I can do the job properly. I’m trying to get the the bolts in the air ducts in the spoiler under the front bumper. I removed one and whatever was holding it in place is now wandering round the front undertray and I can’t get it off. Thanks if anyone has any information on this. Simon
  16. Silly question perhaps but if it’s an earth wire, could it not be run to earth somewhere else more convenient, like a bolt on the engine or alternator ? Or does the pipe have to be earthed separately? Car electrics are really not my thing. Simon
  17. Thanks again guys Checked it out and of course there’s a bodged fitting of the wire to the top fitting of the two showing in the picture - not sure what it is as the sender seems to be the lower wire. SJ sell a new pipe for £100 plus plus but it doesn’t come with anything in those holes and so the parts that fit into the holes will hopefully be cheap. Senders are normally only a few quid but I can’t see how the top thing unscrews. Money little thing after another ...... That was supposed to say one little thing after another ......... !
  18. Thank you Ill check that area - I’ve seen wires to it but assumed it was the otter switch.
  19. since working recently on a few issues I have everything back together but don’t get a temperature reading on the dash gauge and wonder if I’ve knocked a lead off somewhere. Where is the water temperature sender located on a 1982 Turbo as I’ve not been able to find it. The gauge used to work so there must be one Thanks
  20. Thanks Its the 82 Turbo with inboard discs. The piston turns reasonably well although I’ve not tried to push it back yet once turned. Its quite badly pitted on its surface but I don’t know how much of a job they are to replace. SJ appear to have the pistons for about forty quid each but goodness knows what might be involved replacing them. Hooefully it will push back if I can align it all properly and let some fluid out of the bleed screw. These dark nights are made for stuff like this. Simon
  21. Ok chaps somehow managed to free the Caliper and remove the pads which is real progress but the piston on the nearside Caliper is out about 2cm. It is relatively shiny in its length but at the pad abutment end it’s just rust coloured with a large slot in it. This I presume is the slot used to turn the piston in an attempt to free a self adjusting ratchet. With molegrips providing a gentle hold of this rusty end of the piston, the piston actually turns surprisingly freely with just a bit of resistance. I haven’t been able to push the piston back yet. Plan is to slacken off bleed screw and perhaps use a clamp to push it back if I’m able to align it correctly. Any further advice would be great. The manual speaks about a damper spring but I don’t know where that should be. On disassembly there doesn’t appear to be any spring Thanks again
  22. Thank you - that looks like it could be really useful. Simon
  23. Thank you - that looks like it could be really useful. Simon
  24. I may try next time I’m underneath. It’s a standard system as far as I can tell but the piston is right out so there’s no wriggle room to speak of and I’ve heard the pistons don’t just push back as normal as they’re on some kind of self adjusting ratchet. Mill stick with it as I’ve done with my manifold which is another pain in the **$$ job! Thanks again
  25. Thanks Pete i have seen that but was concerned that it suggested the drive shafts neednto be removed to change pads, something I couldn’t quite believe, even on a Lotus! It would seem beyond ridiculous that this level of dismantling is required for something that should take twenty minutes. I found the article useful, particularly regarding the ratchet mechanism in the Caliper for auto adjustment and it was this that gave me the confidence to approach the task. However, I’m not up to dismantling a whole quarter of the drive train so may have to entrust it to a specialist - shame as I’ve just removed and replaced an entire manifold system which was a mammoth job in its own right and thought that whilst I was under there is just nip some new pads in - I should know better!! Thanks again Simon
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