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    Lotus Elite 1976 'Spyder Donington V8'
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    Spyder 'Donington' Chassis, 4.6V8, Jag diff, coilovers
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    NW London

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  1. Wonder what the story is here? Classic Elan has been here for at least 3 weeks and covered in rubbish. DVLA says logbook last issued 2015 and is corrently SORN. Maybe stolen ??
  2. The front spoiler is also considered part of the overall cooling system, it directs air into the radiator.
  3. Almost exactly as I've done, except the front mountings were already a feature of the Spyder chassis, as were proper triangulated lower arms, but I ended up modifying my own similar to what you have done.
  4. A similar thing is leaving the handbrake on for long periods, probably more so with drum brakes.
  5. I don't know where you run your car, but beware of ground clearance problems with speedbumps and when parking front on to a kerb. You should really go for adjustable mounting points for height adjustment, lowering/raising by adjusting just the spring tension will put the car out of the mid travel point of the shockers. I've adjustable coilovers on mine, set for the correct travel (in conjunction with correct spring poundage), and also adjustable mounting points, though I have it set to std height just because of the problems I mentioned with speedbumps etc.
  6. Your picture shows a mounting bolt missing. How did you test the earth is ok ??, did you test it right at the body of the valve? Try temporarily connecting a wire from the body of the valve to an earth,
  7. Makes dropping the diff out easier, and adds strength. You can make out the rear top link mounting point too.
  8. For some reason Spyder changed the orientation of this bush to horizontal from vertical The result was that the wishbone was able to move quite a bit, causing rear wheel steering. Mine has this bracket removed and now has a bush like the one used in the front lower wishbone, and problem resolved.
  9. In the meantime, you can run both headlamps off the one good solenoid.
  10. Yup, Jag LSD diff and inboard discs. Top link rear suspension too. Problem was Spyder mounted the front bush horizontally, causing rear steering because of the bush flexing. Once this is changed the rear handles as it should, and the UJ's (only 1 per side now, the other a CV joint) last 'forever'.
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