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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. My Eclat fuel gauge has stopped working, I have volts on the one side of the meter and it swings over if I short the other side to earth so my problem is with the tank sender, the lead to it or the earth return, so my question is where is the return and must I take the rank out to get to the sender to test it. Any help and advice much appreciated.
  6. I have now got the replacement diff and is new seals but the book shows that I need to chisel off the rings on the output shafts and replace them with new ones. I wish to make my own to save buying them in, the problem is what size do I make the bore to allow for the shrink fit needed to keep all the bits in place. Can any one help? Peter
  7. Ok so you take out the rear seat and dig a hole in the middle somewhere? The oilseals need to be done but I remember hearing something about having to take the conical ring off, I will look at the book before I start I will do a proper report for the forum when done, it is interesting that Lotusbits quote 10 hours for diff swap with replaced oilseals and brake cylinders and they have the ramp and experience.
  8. I have heard about the brake pipe saga and am hoping for the beast there, If all goes t*ts up and I have to chop a hole in the floor, where do you do it? I am going to make a cradle for the dif and put that onto a trolley jack to do the lif in/out bit but I am still dreading the whole thong Thanks for offer of help Peter
  9. I am waiting delivery of a 'new' diff from Lotusbits for my Eclat as the old one whined and leaked, I have dropped it partly out to do the front oilseal but I must do the change this winter due to the horrible whine. I have been advised that this is the time to replace the rear brake bits, the side seals on the diff, waxoil the newly exposed ironwear and possibly the brake pipes. I too am dreading the job and as it will be done on the garage floor rather than on a ramp, and I know that the weightlifting aspect is pretty horrific but I would welcome any constructive advice!
  10. So are we all getting frightened that our cars will self destruct when there is no real problem with sensible precautions? Peter
  11. It would seem that the ZF gearbox top gear is 1:1 so no overdrive effect whereas the Maxi box does. My diff is 4.1:1 so i think the 3.73:1 will help counteract this and stop over revving at high speed. Peter
  12. Dan Speak to Lotusbits, they have manuals in stock Peter
  13. Ok so Ethanol will rot the plastic and embrittle rubber parts but is that when it is at 100 percent or will it still do it at the lower levels when diluted with petrol? As for aluminium, this is the first that I have heard of it, I guess that this applies to the diecasting grades with higher levels of impurities I understand that people are working on additives for this, are there any decent results as yet. Peter
  14. I have had a look at my diff and it is a 4.1 so there is room for a change, the gearbox x is ZF, I do not wish to change that for the maxi based box so it looks like a chat with Lotubits is in order. Thanks for the help Peter
  15. I will have to replace my Eclat diff sooner or later and wondered about altering the ration to give me a better fuel economy and quieter top speed cruising, have any of you done this, while I accept that I will need to change/ recalbrate the speedo is there something I have missed. Peter
  16. I had the same problem on my Eclat, I tried to do it in the car and ended up with a compromise, I removed the prop shaft and the diff mounting bolts, the brake pipe and lowered the diff on a bottle jack, did the seal and pushed it all back. Peter
  17. Ok So they will not recommend the planet saving juice but we have cars and must run them on something. I think the problem is that some parts of the fuel system are likely to be dissolved in the new fuel. My thoughts were to go through the fuel system on my Eclat and check each item by asking specific questions of the supplier, with this in mind I began with the carbs, the nice man at the Dellauto said that he could see no problem with their internals so I take that as being OK. The fuel pipes on mine I know to be OK So my next stop is the fuel pump, mine is a SU so I will report back when I have a reply from Burlen. Peter
  18. So, as there is no guidance from Lotus or any other source, what do we do other than keep on motoring until they fine a fuel aditive to counteract the alc problems? Peter
  19. Can someone please tell me what the biofuel actually does to the engine and fuel system. As I understand it was are talking about alcohol which on its own will not dissolve the metals used in our cars, or will it? On combustion it may form nasty by-products that could have problems associated with them. so can I have a laymans guide to what the actual problem is. Peter
  20. Car is now equipped with new belts, water pump, brake linings, fluids, a diff oil seal Insurance and MOT so hope to tax for April. It has been cleaned and polished and looks OK I now have to get the spedo to read right and drive it this summer to see what new excitements it has for me. Peter
  21. Hi all Yes the pics are recent and it is pretty good, the gearbox is ZF and I suspect it was there from the start. Throttle linkage was made by the last owner. I will do some more pics of the bits that interest people. Peter
  22. I have put some more details in the Eclat section and will try and download some pics although I have trouble with Photobucket. Peter
  23. I have mentioned my car in the introduction section, but I thing the details belong here. It is a series 1 Eclat that was first registered to Lotus who seemed to use it to develop the series 2 and perhaps other variants, it did some 30+k miles with them and was then sold to owner of their engineers who had until I bought it from him last month. In that time he did about 10k miles and none in the last 5 years. The car was regularly started and moved but was on Sorn throughout that time. I have been through it with people with more Lotus knowledge than me and have drawn up a list of features that seem to be a bit different to a 'normal' series 1. Modified series 2 front and boot lid spoilers Modified front bumper with twin spots (Rover SDI) Electric pop up lights as series 2 Lumenition ignition Stainless fuel hoses Windscreen washer bottle under A post foot well Excel Exhaust manifold and underfloor system with Series 1 overaxle rear silencers all in stainless ZF gearbox Modified facial with extra instruments Series 2 seats Removable glass moon roof with plastic wind deflector Series 2-3 Espirit wheels with hub adapters 215x60x14 tyres double skinned lower link camber adjustable lower rear links with Espirit bushes Stepped differential mounting studs. I will try and attach pics but I am hopeless at Photobucket! Peter
  24. HI Martin Mine is at a pals unit while do some preliminary fettling and like you I am waiting to tax at the end of the month, then I hope to get it home and would be pleased to have a meet and chat. Are you a member of a local Lotus ownership group? Regards Peter
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