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  1. Nice one Pete, much appreciated. My eyes are not what they were when I bought the car 36 years ago 😉
  2. After years of non use, the panel light rheostat seems to have siezed in my 79 Eclat. Thinking of taking the knob off and spraying something (wd40?) down the shaft? Does the knob just pull off? Any locking screw? If the rheostat doesn't free, how do I get it out? In through the side panel? Thanks
  3. Evening all - I could do with removing the rear light lenses on 'Linford' to paint the bumper. Looking inside the boot, I can see these 2 bolts - they are longer than I was expecting and the lower one is just spinning and not coming out. With the top bolt completely removed, there's no movement in the lens (of course, it is still attached by the lower bolt) Am I in the right area or am I undoing the wrong bolts?? Can't see anything else or any other reason for these 2 to be where they are (unless they are holding the bumper on) TIA
  4. https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/gb-car-sticker-to-be-replaced-by-new-uk-version/
  5. Afternoon all. I was leaking fuel from my fuel cap on my 521 Eclat because the cap wasn't a tight fit - only really happened on twisty bits with a fullish tank So, I got a rather nice fuel proof rubber washer which was a great fit and the cap tightened up nicely - a bit too tight, as it happened and I would have come to a stop quite quickly if I hadn't topped up with a gallon before setting off, because there was a large whoosh when I took the cap off which indicated no air was getting in prior to that. So, plan A is to cut a small section out of the new seal just to let some air in - see pic - do you think this will work/suffice? Cheers Tim
  6. Ah, so I can mix it? I was assuming it was a bit arsey like anti-freeze
  7. I went there (they are local) but they didn't have anything. Interestingly, the bloke said if he did have any, they would look worse in 12 months time than mine do now (on the grounds that "they don't make them like they used to")
  8. Hmmm - that didn't go as expected. The Lucas switch 33799 isn't behaving as I expected. I'm no electrician, but some things make sense and some things don't make sense, and this is making my head hurt. Effectively, the switch has 3 wires coming into it, the power comes into the central terminal, the top terminal routes power to the 'down' circuit of the motor and and the bottom terminal routes to the 'up' circuit of the motor. The original switch has what I believe to be an internal short - if I press 'down' it goes down, but the instant I release 'down' (intending to stop the window wherever it is), it goes back up again. The 'Up' switch behaves as expected but the central position of the switch (which should be neither up nor down, operates as up) So, I bought a new 33799 but it behaved exactly like the original. Out of the car, I put a multimeter across terminals 6 and 8 and there is a closed circuit even when the switch itself is in the central (off) position. I can't see how this is possible. I returned said 33799 and was sent another one, but this behaves exactly the same. If power is flowing to 'up' when the switch is in the 'off' position, something is awry, is it not? There is nothing wrong with the wiring in the car, because if I put the switch from the passenger side into the driver side, it behaves itself. It also does not behave the same on a multimeter. One explanation is that this whole batch of switches is dud, or there is a peculiar difference between how the Stag uses a switch to how the Eclat uses an almost identical switch (but, surely power flowing to 'up' when the switch is 'off' wouldn't do a Stag any good either?) A different (more visual) explanation is in the attached HELP!!!!!! elec window switch.docx
  9. Phew - having two fitted today. My Eagle NCT's have full tread and look OK but they are 21 years old so I'm operating on the assumption that even mid-range tyres from 2021 will be better than 21 year old tyres, good though they were at the time
  10. Are the NS-2 really that bad? They are about all I can find at the moment 😞 https://www.tyreleader.co.uk/car-tyres/nankang/ns-2/205-60-r14-92h-433094#list-reviews
  11. Here's one for you. My 1979 Eclat 521 never had a great throughput from the fan but it's pretty low now, but that's not the purpose of the post. The throughput definitely increases on the overrun, if I'm cruising on a dual carriageway, barely a breath, but almost the second I lift off for an exit, there's a detectable increase in air from the vents.....what's that all about?
  12. Hi all. I need to replace one of the electric window switches in my 1979 Eclat. Have sourced a Lucas 33799 (Triumph Stag) switch which is identical in dimensions but has bullet connectors instead of spades. I'm going to make a short (say 2") set of leads to operate as an adapter. Wondering what gauge wire to use....guessing something like 5a load? or more? Any thoughts greatfully received. Thanks
  13. Evening all. I'm looking to get some chrome wheel nuts for Linford, my 1979 Eclat 521. What size should I be looking for? Cheers
  14. Update: Lotusbits use Valvoline MaxLife
  15. Hi guys, the modern array of coolant / antifreeze confuses the shit out of me. Which should I be getting for my 1979 Eclat 521? Thanks Tim
  16. Thanks to everyone for their kind words. They do encourage me to hang on in there. He's running rich on idle and can foul his plugs in standing traffic, which can get a bit scary. Need to sort that. Also, one of the electric window switches has developed an internal short. Anyone know of someone who can internally refurb the switch? TIA
  17. Hi everyone - there are loads of indoor car covers on sale, some quite a lot, some quite cheap, some well fitting, some not so Anyone got any recommendations for a well fitting indoor cover for an Eclat? (without breaking the bank) Ta Tim Linford.mp4
  18. "Bills totalling nearly £100" Bargain 😂😂😂
  19. Thank you Don for your kind words. You have lifted my mood after a bad day. I was preparing for a nice long run, the first since lockdown, when the water pump started leaking all over my drive. Gutted. I re-coloured the seats and fitted the carpets myself. I had the headlining done for me. There are some before and after pics of the upholstery further up this thread. I bought this car in Sept 1985
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