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    Tim Jones
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    1979 Lotus Eclat 521 & Jaguar XJ 3.0D Portfolio
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    Flintshire, North Wales
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  1. Tim Jones

    Fouling plugs

    I'll do that Roland - thanks for the suggestion. I was hoping it's not a head gasket because the temperature is very stable and there doesn't appear to be any coolant in the oil I changed but I just googled other symptoms of a failed CHG and noted that a fail between cylinders wouldn't exhibit either of these (what I had thought to be classic) traits. Bugger. I've just read about testing coolant for C02 which looks interesting but (as ever) is not definitive. I suppose no-one ever said owning a car close to 40 years old would be simple I'll keep you posted Cheers
  2. Tim Jones

    Fouling plugs

    Hi again Roland - thanks for coming back to me - your input is much appreciated wet, worst on cylinder 3 - I have wondered about worn rings on that cylinder but this trait is relatively new - don't THINK it's oil and it wasn't happening the last long run 2 years ago and its only done a few hundred miles since, so if the rings weren't worn then, are they now? My current thoughts (possibly clutching at the least worst option) is some carb setting not being right at low speeds (but I can't then explain why it doesn't affect more than one cylinder)
  3. Tim Jones

    Fouling plugs

    Thanks Chris - of course you are right - the most reliable time it ever had was when it was my only car and was used every day. Yours looks beautiful, although I don't fancy cleaning those wheels - mine are much more straightforward :-)
  4. Tim Jones

    Fouling plugs

    Much appreciated Roland - you've made my day
  5. Tim Jones

    Fouling plugs

    Hi there - some of you regulars may have bumped into "Linford" , my 1979 Eclat before Linford had quite a lot of work done at Lotusbits two years ago - didn't get used last year, and has just been out for a couple of inaugural runs this year. He's running well at motorway speeds, pulls well and without hesitation. There is a quite significant flat spot on a light throttle but that disappears if you give it some welly - but I digress. He seems to be fouling his plugs at low speed, so whilst he ran well for 95% on a 60 mile run, he was running on 3 as i did the last mile to home. If I take the plugs out and clean them, I'm sure he'll be OK for another run but how can I stop it happening? Whilst I used to do a lot of work on cars when I was a kid, I never did get the hang of carbs and I'm too old to start now. On that subject, can anyone recommend someone in the Chester/North Wales area who knows their onions with carbs? I did have a recommendation in the area (which I won't name) but he pissed me off by telling me someone had fitted "hooligan jets" which were "never going to work". Well, Linford might not have been running well at the time, but I've owned this car for 32 years and those jets were fitted by Vegantune as part of a 200bhp engine in 1985 and they worked perfectly well for decades, thank you very much. Hope you can help Ciao
  6. Hi Mark - I'm hoping to get a carpet set from Coverdale for my very good friend Linford (below) which I've owned since 1985 How did they end up? Did you solve the puzzle? Bit concerned about the inner sill bit not reaching the back of the footwell
  7. Ah, that's a shame - hate to see them disappear one by one. Don't really understand why they are all so low in value - I think they're ageing rather well myself.
  8. Hi all - you all probably know that it's almost impossible to see whether the indicators are on or not in an Eclat, particularly in bright sunlight and I hate it when people leave their indicators on for ages. I was wondering whether I could add an audible reminder by tapping onto the indicator relay - is it easy to get at and where is it? Cheers Tim ps - I was reminded yesterday how much reflection there is off the top of the dash onto the windscreen - really difficult in some conditions - bless!
  9. Tim Jones

    Eclat 40th anniversary

    Anyone know if there are any plans for a 'get-together' of cars for the 40th Anniversary?
  10. Hi all - in September, I will have owned "Lindford" for 30 years and he is on his way back to regular use after too many years under a dust cover in the garage. Mike Taylor at Lotusbits did a great job last autumn with an intermittent electrical failure which plagued me for decades. Anyway - the point of this post. Took Lindford out for a good run yesterday - it has a serious hesitation /fluff in mid range revs (2500-4000) on a light throttle. Put the foot down and this hesitation is not there and it pulls cleanly and strongly to the red line. Because I've owned the car for so long, I know that it only ever really came alive above 5000rpm and that there never was any mid-range torque. But, when driving through town or following another vehicle, you can't use full bore throttle to clear flat spots and hesitation, so what is going on here? Without fully understanding it, I wondered whether this was a vacuum advance issue (because it clears with a heavier boot, the advanced timing is more appropriate) - does this mean the timing needs adjusting? But if the timing was advanced, wouldn't that then mean that it might be too advanced under full bore...can I actually get the best of both worlds or accept that it has been set up for 'spirited' driving and be done with it? FYI: Carbs have been completely disassembled, cleaned and re-assembled summer of 2011. Pics here: ps - watch this space for pics associated with a Gliptone Scuffmaster kit and my seats
  11. Tim Jones

    Cutting out when warm? Elite S1.

    Hey Liam - with a very slight variation, you are describing my 1979 Eclat 521. I have replaced absolutely everything and I can't get to the bottom of this. The car will completely cut out, revs drop to zero - out like a light switch. I don't believe it's a fuel related issue because wouldn't that a) cough and b) the tacho would keep working and wind slowly down? Most of the time, if you leave it an hour, it will start and take you home. It's had more than one new Lumenition Optronic, new coil, new dizzie cap, HT leads, plugs, battery, fuel pressure regulator, fuel pump, carbs completely rebuilt. Definitely not fan related - fan comes on without affecting it. No condensor in Optronic (I think) Had the car 28 years but barely used for last 20 because I just can't get to the bottom of this bloody problem and can't go anywhere without breaking down. I would say that something is cooking the electrics (sometimes the coil, occasionally the Lumenition control module)...but what? Aaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhh!
  12. Tim Jones

    Eclat Project

    To Herc - thanks for that mate - very interesting, especially as the cam belt was changed recently- I'll look into that Also, the engine is non-standard, so I wonder if the timing is also non-standard? I had difficulty cross-referencing because of difference in terminology For Ignition Timing, the Lotus Workshop manual says 9° BTDC nominal static 25° BTDC @ 3500/4,000 rpm but the paperwork from Vegantune says 21° strobe @ 1000 rpm How do I compare these two figures? Also, the Vegantune paperwork refers to Inlet and Exhaust valve timing of 104 full lift ATDC The Lotus manual refers to 104° MOP Is that the same? To USAndretti42 - thanks for your kind words - went out again today - cruising very nicely at 80-85mph but seems very down on power/urgency at low speeds. However, it may just be that I've forgotten that it was always a top end revving engine. I don't know what the torque figures were but probably around 180 lbs/ft. My Jaguar XF 3.0DS has 442 lb/ft torque so there is really no comparison.
  13. Tim Jones

    Eclat Project

    I'm pleased to report that Lindford had a 70 mile test drive without any issues yesterday. Oil pressure and temperature solid and exactly where it ought to be. I have vibration issues that are probably a result of flat spots on the tyres, but 2 new tyres being fitted in a week. I have a lot of induction roar because the air box is off, so I need to sort that at some point....interestingly (and confusingly), the bloke who set up the carbs (who has a great reputation in the area) said he really struggled to get the mixture right with the air filter and box on. I also spoke to 'Keith the Trimmer' about replacing the headlining - it's all excitings stuff!
  14. Tim Jones

    Eclat Project

    I am pleased to report that Lindford Lotus passed his MOT on Friday and is good to go