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  1. Workshop manual for my 1988 Stevens X180 turbo gives a charge for refrigerant 12 of 1.4kg (3lbs). The quick check procedure using the sight glass advised: Continuous bubbles ------- system low on charge Sight glass clear for more than 45 seconds after switching off before foaming and settling away from glass--------system overcharged Foams and settles away from sight glass in less than 45 seconds after switching off-------system correctly charged
  2. I would use epoxy resin---much stronger. I have used West Epoxy Resin on boats with great results. Roy
  3. Job done. I removed the auxiliary belts and lined the cam belt up. I tapped a soft nylon wedge into the crank pulley housing to prevent the cambelt moving and also zip-tied the belt to the distributor drive to avoid any ignition timing issues. With the cambelt tensioner slackened I was able to ease the belt away from the pulleys. I made a cam locking tool from a couple of soft nylon washers as the pulleys being alloy would be easy to damage. The tightening torque is only 25ftlb so I was hoping to undo the retaining bolt without too much trouble. All ok, it released and the cam sprocket c
  4. My experience of almost anything from China is very poor quality and a waste of money and effort. There is a morality issue as well, I would not buy from China because of the human rights issues even if the quality was ok. I got my alloy rad through SJS, absolutely superb. Apparently the makers also supply F1 teams so what else do you need to know. A bit of a pig job so you don't want to do it twice if you can avoid it.
  5. This is the family round-robin that you just love to get at this time of year. Well, it's been a busy year for us. In January I went to collect coal for the fire and slipped on a patch of ice. Went down with a bit of a bang and lost most of my teeth. This continues to be troublesome (see pic) so looks like turkey soup this Christmas. After 3 days my wife started to get a bit anxious and came looking. She slipped on the same patch of ice and ended up in hospital with a broken hip. The staff were good but after several visits I noticed her medical notes referred to her as Mrs A. not Mrs L.
  6. I hadn't really considered taking the towers off but it is a sensible option. However the car is running really well, no tappet noise, no oil leaks from the cam covers so it seems like a lot of extra work for a £5 seal. I'll try doing it in place and see how I get on. Thanks Roy.
  7. One of my winter jobs is to replace the front camshaft oil seals (910 engine) which I have been assured can be done with the engine in place. I see they are only torqued to 25 ftlb but will I have a problem releasing the bolt? So I have some questions: 1 Can it be done, engine in place. 2 Can I buy a cam locking tool. 3 Would a wedge shaped piece of wood tapped in between the two cams sprockets work. 4 Should I make a bar to bolt between the two sprockets. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks Roy.
  8. Lotus Mediterranean Blue, glad you like it. Nice interior in red/dark blue leather. Still looking good after 94000 miles.
  9. Car show this Sunday, actually it is more a village fete with plenty of stalls, brass band etc. At Horam near Heathfield West Sussex starts at 12...30 so get there for 11.30/12.00. No need to book, just turn up, usually about 50 cars all different makes, a nice day out. Just had a weeks holiday, did about 600miles in the daily driver. A 180K Merc. which was fine, everything you need, auto (good for creeping round the M25, A/C, Cruise, very quiet ride, good brakes, yes it was just fine. Went to top up the Lotus with fuel for Sunday and go for a run. Jeez, this thing just brings a big sm
  10. Some time ago (I think it was early last year) there were some interesting posts on whether or not to fit an oil cooler thermostat. I decided against, as I was not happy with the thought of it failing in the closed position. Instead I have fitted an oil temperature gauge. Lack of a suitable dash location and the preference for keeping it original pushed me into a small digital gauge which was fairly easy to fit and to remove at a later stage if needed. I bought a sump plug from Matt Lewis Racing (half inch BSP) that took a one eighth npt temp. sender. Online supplied me with a digi
  11. Oil temperature gauge? Small digital gauges are available on line. Roy
  12. How good is your timing gun? I have 3------ and 2 of them are close to useless. Just one more thing for you to consider.
  13. Remember that ignition timing at idle (10 degrees I think) is with both vacuum pipes at the distributor disconnected. You may be including some vacuum advance in your 20 degrees.
  14. I have wrap but on the chassis where it runs close to the exhaust (looks rather nice in red)!
  15. Take it to a workshop or garage that has emmission testing equipment. The sniffer pipe should be held just above the coolant level steam in the header tank. Any HC reading (hydro-carbons) indicates head gasket trouble. This needs to be done properly, the sniffer pipe end not touching the coolant with the cap off and covered with a clean rag to stop the fumes escaping (not some old cloth off the floor covered in oil and petrol fumes). If you have what looks like salad cream in the header tank it is most likely to be condensation. Good luck, Roy.
  16. Well I guess it is what you preceive to be value for money. To make a decent fist of it with some accomodation I am looking at around £200. For another £70 I can get a weeks holiday all-inclusive in Croatia! I may still go, and to be fair it is not their fault that I live a long way away. Thanks for your thoughts. Roy.
  17. Is it me? Am I out of touch? Just looking at the prices for Saturday £30 (or £26.50 advance booking), oh except the advance booking incurs a fee of £1.95 so a huge saving there of £1.55 which won't even get you a cup of coffee. Last time I went, parking was £10, probably more now. All this so that I can get in to spend more money------ I don't normally pay to go shopping. I see Traders Stands and Autojumble Stands are in excess of £200 each so somebody is collecting a lot of money. Last year it seems 72000 trooped through the doors, you do the maths. Any thoughts? Roy.
  18. Hi Damien, I run my X180 on OZ Rims, 15'' front and 16'' rear. Did you have to change your wheels for the brake upgrade?
  19. What is the recommended life span for a blue belt? Didn't they have a noise problem with these?
  20. Interesting. I think the conclusion I have come to is Fully Synthetic (to reduce Turbo carboning) with zinc (reduce wear). That leads me to Valvoline ProV Racing 20/50, Millars 10/60 or Classic Sport 20/50. This stuff is not cheap but it's only once a year. On a lighter note, one for the tech boffins out there. What is synthetic oil made of?
  21. This was on my winter job list and this time I tried the technique of cutting the old belt in half. All I can say is it worked for me. Armed with a new new blade in my Stanley Knife I found it easy to cut the belt whilst turning the crank with a spanner. With the old belt cut I slightly reduced the tension to slide the new belt on half way. Then---- old belt off, new belt pushed on and tensioned. Saves having to lock the pullies. I don't like destroying things but I had a spare from the previous change. Last time I had a real struggle to refit the aircon belt so this time I fiitted t
  22. A nice addition but only with an oil temperature guage to cover you for the day the thermostat packs up and doesn't open.
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