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  • Birthday 22/01/1946

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    dave excell
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    Lotus Esprit V8. Lotus Excel, Skoda Octavia VRS,Lotus m100 elan (Anns)
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    Somerset

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  1. I had the problem with my 1984 Excel. It was caused by the fact that there is no relay fitted and the headlight switch takes the full current. If a higher wattage bulb is used, the switch overheats and gives up. Cured by fitting a relay so the swith only carries the relay current.
  2. SJS in Crediton have copies made. I purchased one and the laminating quality leaves a lot to be desired. The Gel coat is black and hides a number of air bubbles between laminate and gel coat that need removal and filling. Its made in a 4 part mould and the joints need filling properly. Having said that after a fair bit of remedial work I ended up with a good copy. This is not SJS's fault but the manufacturing. I think its better to have them available than not at all though.
  3. My Excel did overheat with the original rad, even though it was flushed and clean. I had a 4 core rad built into the standard headers and the problem was sorted. Later I fitted a new alloy 3 core rad from China and it gives no problems either, except the hose unions were a bigger diameter and gave difficulty fitting the hoses. it will idle for hours with no problem. Make sure the block is not sludged up, which can happen. Cleaning with with 'rad flush' may help otherwise its a dismantle the engine job.
  4. Glass polishing kits areavailable on ebay and Frost Auto. I have polished deep scratching out of my Esprit V8 toughened door glass with one of these kits. I would be wary of scratches in the line of vision on the front screen and get a professional to do it, as you may end up with starring vision due to oncoming traffics headlights at night.
  5. No. I didnt have to do anything, but just removed the bracket and clutch fork and install on the alloy bellhousing. My car had been hacked well and truly by previous garages, with the claim of a new crank (it was a -20 re grind), Many threads, mainly the 6mm ones had been stripped. the worst one was that they tried to remove the main bearing caps with a screwsdriver wedged under the mating surface, probably forgetting the bolts in the side of the block. Oh yes they forgot to remove the cam locking screws before rotating the engine.
  6. I replaced my iron bellhousing wit an alloy one obtained in one of the lotus sales some years ago. it already had a twin plate clutch when I obtained the car. It was a simple switch with no problems.
  7. I suppose I am in this bracket. I do find the statement offensive even if not ment to be. Thanks.
  8. Even better if you rip off your low paid workers pensions, Sir Ricchard! I ment Phillip ( got mixed up with actors (age is my problem)
  9. F1 is a farce. Next season should be a one lap dash with FIA deciding the grid positions. No more to say.
  10. On my V8 the front grill is bonded and has to be cut off in some way. It possibly could be done on the car but its bad enough with the bumpr removed.
  11. Dave Excell - I am OK with a 30-40% deposit. Could someone confirm its acceptable and whats happening with it?. Dont want to send money without sending to the correct people.
  12. Dont know what you mean by 4 spot but if you want 4 pot front calipers I have a pair off the front of my V8 I am not using.
  13. I left my booser jab booking for a couple of hours and ended up travelling 16 miles instead of the original 8 miles as the nearest was fully booked. I will prbably be in and out in a couple of minutes with a total travel time of about an hour and a quater. Still always wanted to visit Butlins at Minehead.
  14. Any future COVID restriction permitting. Yes it would be good to meet up again.
  15. While Motorcycle racing in the 60s one guy arrved in the Brands Hatch paddock with a similar Daimler but with the back stripped out to carry his racing Norton on one side, and a workbench on the other. A very practical alternatine to the standard Ford Transit.
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