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  1. Thanks Mike.

    My testing has been with the car stationary, the car gets up to 'fan' temperature , i.e. Just over 90 degrees on the gauge and the fans come on,. Quite quickly they go off again, when things settle down, they run for no more than half the time, the fuse holder gets hot while this is going on but only at one end. I have cleaned the holder as best I can with wire wool contact cleaner etc. The fans turn freely and the water pump is in good order, it was rebuilt by Lotusbits recently and checked when refitted to my rebuilt block.

    My next experiment is to to solder a wire to each side of the fuse holder and run these wires to a separate new fuse holder and try that.


  2. I am running at just to the right of centre on the gauge in the recent hot weather. The fans come on and off when standing idle and at a fast tick over,I think this is OK.

    The problem is with the contact between the fuse and the holder but I have cleaned and polished the surface but still the holder (the actual brass spring clip) is hot to the touch when the fans have been running a while.

    I think that I will explore a separate fuse arrangement for the fan supply, I am pretty happy that the fan motors are not drawing to much current as the fuse doesn't blow.

  3. Like many others, I have had overheating problems in the Eclat, I have two fans, ok thermostat and well flushed system, I rang Mike Taylor and he was full of gloom talking about cracked liners and blown gaskets, I had no gas bubbling out of the rad filler cap and no mayonnaise in the sump or gas coming from the oil filler.

    I found that I had a vapour lock in the top hose leading to the thermostat housing so loosening the jubilee clip and pulling the hose off and filling both the casting and hose. This solved the problem but after a long run I suddenly had overheating again. 

    Much head scratching revealed that the fuse was overheating at its terminals, this caused the fuse body to soften and collapse slightly so the fans stopped, on cooling down the contact was restored. I cleaned the terminals to reduce the volt drop however there was still overheating so I temporarily put in a solid link , £1 coin, and this solved the problem so I need to rethink the fusing.

  4. A posts are a problem, there is a piece of quite soft plastic foam in front of the roll bar tube to fill the space between it and the inside of the windscreen, the liner also reaches down to the dash.

    i cut the liner and painted the adhesive onto the A posts and the liner,  let it go off and then paint new adhesive into the gap between the a post and the glass, you will get it on the glass but dont worry. Push the liner into the space using a plastic pusher while the adhesive is still wet when you are happy wrap the liner round the post. You will be covering the rear edge with the door seal.

    if you have to replace the rectangular finishers tha fit round the seatbelts, you are going to have to remove the belts, however if you take care, you can cut through the long side with a piercing saw fit it round the belt and then glue the gap,with Araldite.

    you may have trouble fitting the rear cant rails, these have two clips that  are almost impossible to locate and then break. In desperation I carefully applied a dollop of builders expanding foam to both brackets and to the inside of the rail moulding, put the rail in position and held it down here while the foam cured, it works!

    good luck to all trying to do this, with care you will get a good result, your investment in material is not excessive so if all fails, you have just spent your time.


  5. Coat one side of the sheet and a band 1" wide on the revers side. Cover all of the liner, and a corresponding 1" band  on the sheet.

    Carefully stand the sheet vertically on one edge about 1" in from the edge of the liner and lift the 1" strip of liner and stick it to the sheet. Lie the sheet down and pull the liner tight and bring it down onto the sheet, use a paint roller to make sure of the bond.

    mark the centre of the back edge of the sheet and put a corresponding mark on the rear window both with masking tape.

    coat the upper side of the sheet and the roof.

    Climb into the back of the car and lie on your back with the sheet above you, carefully line the marks up and push the sheet into place.

    more later






  6. I have finally finished reliving the Eclat, I can assure you all that the learning curve is pretty steep so I have decided to pass on my experience for the other poor souls who want to have a try. Firstly the equipment 

    roll of brown paper

    stanley knife


    straight  edge

    masking tape

    disposable gloves

    work table

    set plastic levers

    paint scraper

    glass scraper

    correcting fluid (tippex)

    plastic bin liners


    heat resistant glue

    sheet 3mm pvc sheet

    coarse emery cloth

    acetone or equivalent for cleaning

    paint brush

    clothes pegs

    My procedure

    Remove front seatbelts from B pillars, pull door seal from right B post and the plastic former complete with its covering. Mark the inside of the former with tipped with an arrow pointing to the front of the car, B .

    Repeat with left B post .

    Remove interior light from roll bar cover and again mark with arrow for the front.

    Pull off both rear cant rail covers again marking with their sides and arrow for forward

    Unscrew rear view mirror and both sun visors, pull down the door seal half way along the top of the doors to reveal small metal plate tucked under it. Gently remove the goal post shaped former from over the windscreen and doors., there is a clip in the centre of the doors.

    Pull down the rear headlining from the roof, marking with an arrow for front and R for rear

    Repeat with the front roof

    Pull the liner from the A posts leaving the foam former that goes between the front roll bar and the screen in place

    Carefully peel the old liner from each of the formers, again marking each with an arrow for the front and where it goes.

    Scrape old glue from the formers and then abrade with the emery cloth in the glue area

    Scrape old adhesive from the inside of the roof and abrade with the emery cloth

    Clean out the interior of the car, wipe glue surfaces with the solvent.

    Take each piece of old liner and place it face down on a piece of brown paper and draw round it, again mark the paper with front and what part it is, cut round the line to make a pattern

    Wipe down all the formers with solvent

    Clean work table and cover with brown paper

    Put on dizzy gloves and roll out some new liner face down, put the pattern on the liner and hold down with the clothes pegs,then cut out the liner and put into a bin liner with its pattern still held in place with the clothes pegs.

    Warm the adhesive in hot water to make it more runny

    Carefully coat one liner with adhesive on the inside and the inside of the appropriate former, when dry put on new dizzy gloves and fit the liner to the former. It is good to practice on a simple former like the rear cant rails, B post formers have concave surfaces and will be glued on the show faces so leave enough slack to push the material into the corners.

    When you have a former finished put it in a bin liner to keep it clean

    Measure the rear roof area carefully and cut a piece of the plastic sheet to fit , abrade both sides.

    To be continued!




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  7. Although I agree with sourcing a replacement diff from Lotusbits, if you do so look at a refurb on the brakes, new oilseals and bearings on the dif. If shipping a dif is too expensive, you might be able to get yours rebuilt in Australia.

    so pleases you are bringing the car back into use as they are a real head turner.

  8. If it runs ok at lowbrevs, have you tried the car under load, it might just be possible it is runnig on two cylinders only, this will give you farts and bangs and lousy running under power.but will run ok at tickover speeds. I know this from experience! Check you have not swapped two leads over, you will get the right vac readings, perfect timing on no 1 and high HC readings.

  9. Well done so far, I then cleaned the body up with carb cleaner and then put body into an ultrasonic tank followed by the jets and screws. I bough the the kit from Eurocarb but made the mistake by not getting the float needles with polymer rings on them as an extra, these are so much better and stop the dreaded flooding, remarkably they are not in the standard kit.

  10. So glad it's back hom, I did mine by having the wheels off, the car supported at The fronton a trolley jack with axlestands positioned for safety, I put the engine on a chain block with a sling round the inlet manifold (thanks Mike) and was able to guide the shaft onto the gearbox, it came out that way so should go back.

    when the rocker boxes leak or at least the exhaust one, try putting the engine on the trolleyjack and having removed the engine mount, shift it to drivers side, then you can fit the cover without having to roll it round and so don't disturb the sealant.

  11. I like the idea of using dizzy gloves, thanks, II have had another thought, the brown appear can be use daily to cove the worktable and retained by masking tape, you can then  the bits of lining material down to it with masking tape while you apply glue. The brown appear can be replaced for each glue session.

    i will also be standing the glue in boiling water to make it more runny.


  12. I have bought a sheet of 3mm pvc, this is used to line things like industrial fridges and food prep areas. It is flexible and will stick ok with high temp glue.

    My plan is to get the old material off all the formers and the roof, buy a roll of brown wrapping paper and make a set of patterns, use these to cut the the material to size, I will then cut the pvc to fit the rear panel space .I will then cover my work bench (chest freezer) with another bit of the brown paper and put the material face down on it and coat with adhesive, coat the pvc and fit them together by standing the pvc on edge and slowly swinging it down into position, leaving a 1/2" extra piece along the rear window edge. When set I plan to glue this extra piece to the other side of the pvc so giving a hard edge to the fit along the top of the rear window surround..

    Tne car has a lift out glass sunshine roof in the front panel, the Ali frame is thicker than the roof panel so the headlining has had nothing to support it so over the years it has decome detached particularly  where the latches both front and rear fit, I have made a wedge shaped wooden faring to fit between the frame and roll bar and will glue the lining to this,I will also do something similar at the front.

    i don't seem to be able to get the windscreen A post finishers off, were they glued into position or must I reline in situ?

    As always, any comments and advice is welcome and thanks for your input 



  13. Thanks for the  input, I will be using heat resisting adhesive as advised and not spray, I looked at propex but understand it is made from polypropylene and this is a very hard material to glue so I am worried about things staying stuck is there a suitable alternative board type?

    How are the screen sides attached as I dont want to break the formers?

    what did you do about fitting the lining to the metal strip that is the top of the rear window frame, the foam backed lining is stretchy so hard to line up.


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