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  1. I have just flushed the rad and I am about to do the block. I will follow on with some sludge shifter. Has anyone taken out any of the core plugs, if so eas there any problem?
  2. I have had a problem with overheating in my Eclat, it has a recently fitted water pump, new fan switch, 2 new fans. I replaced the thermostat but will check again. so I drained the coolant and found that there was not enough of it! The heater has been working well so I suspect an airlock somewhere that is stopping the system filling up properly, I have seen in the book that it is recommended to release the heater pipe to let the air out but the heater would not work if there was air there. Any other ideas please?
  3. How do,you deal,with the lining when you come to window frames etc? I have been told that you remove all the glass!
  4. MOT is looming up for my 78 Eclat, I had no go on one number plate light, I stripped it and found old 'repair' that looks dodgy. i want to source a replacement and wondered if there is a source of new ones?
  5. Welcome to the joys of ownership, you will have a love/hate relationship with the car but it is well worth it.
  6. Thanks Dunc, I will check out the relays you mention and try any 'extras' but I do fancy just going for a new circuit.
  7. I have been digging around and found some relays, perhaps you could help me eliminate some, i have two under the RH offside headlight, I am on electric operated pop ups i have some interesting wiring buried under left side of the drivers footwell against the radio, I think there is a relay in there, lamp failed in the dark so can not be sure. are these standard positions, the book is so little help. thanks P
  8. Try Option One, they are near Bromsgrove, speak to Frank. They do all Paul Matty's work and repaired my Ronart after a collision, the work is to the highest standard. Because it needed repair, Lotus Bits would not quote.
  9. My Eclat is part Mk1 and part Mk 2. It was much tinkered with by the factory when they kept unregistered for a year. One problem that I have is that I can't find the relays for the fog lights, an added complication is that I have retro fitted electric pop up lights which I think are a factory fix. So can someone tell me where to look for this relay as the lights only work sometimes! many thanks Peter
  10. Now fitted and working well, thanks to all for your advice.
  11. I have had Lumenition ignition on two of my cars, my Éclat and my Ronart (jag engine). In the last 3 years I have had 5 failures of the Lumenition module so I have had enough. I took advice from all the classic Lotus sources and had mixed advice,one route was to go back to points and put up with the reliability problems the other was to switch to a fully mapped modern system a serious cost so I then went to Powerspark who advertise on the net and bought a new dizzy for both cars fitted with their modules, the dizzies were both fitted with the right springs and weights to fit the correct spec
  12. I would have a good look at it first, if it has leaked from any of the three shafts, you will need to replace bearings and seals, if the diff was quiet and there is no play in the meshing then new seals will probably be enough. I am told there is a firm on The Wirral called Voight, I have no experience of them but they do refurb our type of diff.
  13. I have just done mine and i would propose you do one at a time so you can look at the other when it goes wrong. I took the air box and trumpets etc off, and disconnected one carb, i then tried the accelerator pump and found that one was not working as the ball was missing. Put the whole carb in an empty washing up bowl and take it to bits keaving the pump adjustment as it is. The bowl will catch the lost bits! Put the body into an ultrasonic tank and then blow dry. Put the jets and screws through the tank as well and then carefully replace the o rings, some are just different in size from ot
  14. My Eclat has been converted from vacuum to electric pop up lights, it also as fog lights mounted in the front bumper, the switch for these has volts coming out of it but the wire goes into the loom and I asume, via a relay, to the ligthts My problem is that no volts are getting to the lights so there could be a relay somewhere that has failed, but where is it, there are relays in the headlight pods but along with sundry other muck I dont seem to have one for the fogs. So can someone tell me where to start looking. My second problem is with the interior lights, they are prety dim and so I as
  15. The saga contnues.I can get at te sender without taking off any of the tank pipes so I then discovered that the snder was badly worn and the used replacement only slightly better. I then started to look for a new one and ended up with Speedy Cables wo had one in stock so that is going in next.I also plan to put a thin sheet of plastic over the top of the sender and its layer of duct tape to stop the connectors working loose.
  16. This sounds a good idea, but is there a problem with water geting in? Please measure the hole and its radial position so I can drill mine Peter
  17. OK I have got the diff out and replaced, I asked all my contacts for advice and now ant to pass on the knowledge for those poor souls who have got to do it themselves. Firstly it is a long job, Lotusbits allow 10 hours with 2 people at it for some of that tine so be prepared for a long and hard haul. so this is what I did. 1 jack the car up as high as possible and make a cradle to hold the diff, this is a tee piece with the top of the tee the distance between the brake backplates,I made mine out of 3" x 1 1/2" tube, then make a pair of vertical pieces with cutouts to fit round the webs on t
  18. Just a thought, my Eclat needed a carb rebuild so I got the kit and took great care to do the job right. It would not run right and was impossible to start when hot. I fiddled and faffed for days with this and in the end took it to Lotubits. The problem was because the previous owner had changed the headlights from pneumatic to electric popups. The pipe from the manifold goees into the front by the rad and had a blanking bung in it . This bung was leaking and the air was getting in there causing a weak mixture on tick over so I had over compensated and the car would not run properly when
  19. I also chatted to Lotusbits about all this and was told to make sure that the seal between the carbs and manifold is prone to leaking, thia allows air in and the carb becomes self feeding and can lead to my problem of over fueling you then tend to reduce mixture to compensate and the problems follow on from there. So replace the 8 rings in the joints inbetween the carb and manifold and try again. Could be worth atry
  20. Oh Dear, this seems to be a bit of a universal problem area, I have much the same but I think we have a collection of faults that come together sometimes to give failure. I propose you try this, take off the air filter and its box so you can see the carb venturies as I think this problem can be caused by over fueling and the petrol evaporating and filling the filter box with fumes that stop the engine going right when it is hot. I also think that aged lunenitions run out of puff and and will not give enough spark under duress (say when hot) so can not spark a wet plug. You arrive at the shops
  21. John I discovered after wrestling one back seat out! I agree you need arms like a gorilla to do the tank bolts so it will come out this weekend. Thanks Peter
  22. Hi Dan Welcome to the Eclat Owners Club, I hope that the metalwork under the body is still ok particularly the chassis itself, I would recommend the guys at Lotusbits who have lots of suitable parts and help. When you get it going you will have a great drivers car that is both fun and interesting to use. Good luck and do post any problems as we have all been there once! Peter
  23. Thanks for all your advice, yes the gauge works OK, if I short it to earth it swings to full scale so the problem is either the wire to the sender, the sender itself, or the earth return so I will have to get the tank out , so its rear sets out etc. Peter
  24. Clive, my question is where does the earth return from the sender go to ground as I want to check that before taking the tank out, do you remember this? Many thanks Peter
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