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  1. Thank you for your replies guys, it's all very useful thank you Roan
  2. I have removed 4 bolts two 5/8 unf heads two 9/16 unf heads and as you said previously the calliper has split in half ,the outer half has come off but the other inner half is still firmly solid and will not move I am not too bothered about the calliper splitting because I am sending them away for refurbishing or I will invest in some wilwood ones £300 per side before I remove the other two bolts ,I am having a job to take out the two retention pins that secure the pads ,they have heads on so they will only come out one way do they just knock out with a hammer if so they must be seized I am very grateful for any replies to help me with this job ,I am seriously thinking about investing in a wksp manual Roan
  3. Two are bigger than the other two for the first two I used 9/16 AF socket and the other two were 1/2 inch AF so do I only have to remove the larger bolts to remove the calliper
  4. I managed to remove only two bolts today they were very very tight and I had to use an extension bar to free them the other two bolts aren't as easy to get to because the brake hose and pipe are in the way I will clamp the hose with my mole grips to stop all the brake fluid escaping I will be getting new hoses anyway when I assemble it all
  5. Thank you fr your comments Andy I need to take another look at it because I thought the bolts went in from the rear I am obviously looking at the wrong area I will let you know when I eventually remove them Thanks again Roan
  6. Lotus Elite 501 I managed to take both the front wheels off today there is plenty of tread on the tyres but there are cracks showing in between the treads obviously an age thing all the tyres require replacing The thing I have come on here to post is how do I remove the callipers ,the securing bolts are only small but they are recessed and I can't get a spanner or a socket on them the socket would have to have a very thin wall to enable it to fit on the bolt head The callipers are single piston and when I can remove them I will send them away for refurbishment Ideas please
  7. Thanks for the info chaps I have checked the rear wiper and it is below the glass so that makes it a series one I am a bit disappointed really because I thought it was a series two with it being a later 1980's car
  8. I think it's a series one Peter ,when I first bought it I thought it was a series two because it's a 1980car
  9. Hello guys I have sent my Dellortos of today to a repairer in Essex they will cost £150.00 each for new gaskets new jets and looking like new However I have a problem ,I can get all the electrics to work but for some reason I am not able to get the dash lights to operate one or two people have said there is a rheostat that controls these lights but I don't know where it's located or how to repair it I have rubbed the door frames down today with wet and dry ,I have painted them with a spray can of satin black paint and they look much better It's going to take seven weeks to turn my carbs round so it will give me some time to crack on with something else ,I have got to rip the headlining out yet
  10. Thanks for your comments Pete ,I was a vehicle mechanic in the army R E M E but I don't think I have the nouse to strip these Dellortos
  11. Hello again everyone With the aid of some easy start I managed to start my elite, bear in mind it's been standing for over 20 years I put some new spark plugs in it and replaced the points and I was really relieved it started because I paid a fair sum for it. However there is a problem the rearmost carburettor is leaking on to the distributor ,I have removed the carb and had a look at the choke diaphragm but it doesn't look too bad .Does anyone on here know where I can send it to be repaired there are two for sale one Ebay for£650.00 but I don't know what engine they they came off and what sort of jets they have fitted There must be someone out there who can repair them?
  12. I am searching the net tonight to see if someone is capable of overhauling them ,every man should know his limitations and I am afraid overhauling double down draft carbs is not one of my specialities
  13. Hi Jon You will be pleased to hear that I finally got it started this afternoon and it sounded fantastic, my first job was to strip the seats out because mice have been in occupation and there are nests under the back seats and the driver's seat has also been nibbled,I know a young man who lives in Wheelock who will make a good job of them,I managed to fit a new battery and it will surprise you to hear that all the electrics work except the dash lights electric windows electric mirrors and horn all work fine I fitted a new fuel pump and took the spark plugs out and put some WD40 down the bores and cranked it over with the starter motor but there was no oil pressure so I posted on the Lotus forum and the guys on there said you will not achieve any oil pressure with the starter motor,I forgot to mention the first job I had done was have a new cam belt fitted and this afternoon with some assistance with Easy Start it fired up and sounded good I was somewhat relieved that I hadn't bought a nail and sure enough the oil pressure gauge needle was way up the gauge I was a bit disappointed with the headlining that,s going to cost me another £400.00 Anyway I thought you would like to know how I was getting on with it something else I have discovered is one of the dellorto carbs is leaking badly from underneath This is what I sent to the man I bought the Elite from
  14. Thanks for all your replies ,the first thing I am going to do is remove the rocker covers and crank it without the plugs in to see if there is oil at the cams if so I will get some fuel in the tank it's empty at the moment and put some new plugs in it and try and start it up, since I bought the car I have bought all my parts from Lotus Bits in Reading they have been very helpful has anyone else on here used them?
  15. what I failed to mention was I have had one of these models before (once bitten twice shy)so they say anyway when it was on song it was one of the best if not THE BEST cars I have ever driven the handling was exceptional despite the lotus problems i loved it
  16. Hello everyone I have not posted on this forum for some time ,I have just purchased a lotus elite 501 1980 it's 40 years old and has been standing (indoors) for 20 years the bodywork is in excellent condition but the interior was a bit shot it's had some mice living under the back seats at some time and there was a hell of a mess under them .I managed to buy a battery and get it coupled up and would you believe it all the electrics work except the dash lights even the interior light works .However after the good news there is an issue ,I took the spark plugs out and put some WD40 down the bores but there was NO movement at the oil pressure gauge when I turned the engine over with the starter motor .Then I traced the small oil gauge pipe down to the block and undid the small nut holding it to the block I then turned the engine over again without the pipe on and NO oil was visible, there is plenty of oil in the engine and it looks quite fresh but I am at a loss with what to next Has anyone any idea what it could be
  17. The only reason was the clutch had only covered 9,000 miles ,I spent all my army career as an automotive vehicle mechanic and I know regardless what vehicle it is the clutch should last way more than 9,000 miles
  18. I am not sure Johny ,I think when I purchased it back in 2014 everything relating to the clutch was changed ,I think the reason why LOTUS would not pay for it was I had it fitted almost 4 years ago when I purchased it but that does not change the fact that the clutch had only covered 9,000 miles !!
  19. My Evora N/A had covered only 9'000 miles after having a new clutch fitted and the clutch failed ,I was extremely surprised that LOTUS wouldn't cover it under warranty ,so it was with some regret that I part exchanged it for a BMW 640i the labour required to change the clutch is over £3,000 ,I have owned eight different LOTUS cars and I think that was my last one .A shame I know but how ridiculous for the clutch to fail after only 9,000 miles
  20. The Evora has gone and there is a B M W 640i cabriolet sitting in my garage it was the right money 12 months M O T full service history it is metallic black with a black leather interior and it's all singing and dancing it has every conceivable extra even head up display on the windscreen and voice control you can talk to the computer and tell it what you want it to find. The Evora was going to cost me almost £3.000 to have the clutch replaced after only 9,000 miles ,I couldn't live with that. who's to say how long the next one will last and what else is going to fail next ,I really liked the Evora it was great to drive when it was on song I was disappointed to have to let it go but I experienced major problems with brake judder which cost me over £1,000 in the end So for the first time in many years I am now LOTUS free and will have to join the BMW forum Until next time bye for now
  21. I fully understand what you are saying Paul ,it is a wear item but I have two cars the other one is a VW Polo and it has now covered 129.000 miles with the same clutch in it ,the evora has done only 9,000 on a new clutch that can't be right which ever way you look at it
  22. I am in the middle of a dispute with Lotus/ Oakmere I purchased my N A in 2014 and a new clutch was fitted at the point of sale the car had 73,000 on the clock ,it was an ex Lotus car with the AU number plate prefix I wouldn't have purchased the car if it had not had a new clutch fitted because I was well aware of the expected clutch mileage and what a massive job it was, approx 35hrs labour plus material so the cost is way over £3,000 ,the car has now covered 9,000 since the clutch was fitted[ as you can gather it is not my daily drive I only use it at the week end ] ,I was having problems engaging reverse I could not select it unless the engine was turned off so I took it back to Oakmere Northwich where Paul the workshop manager said it required a new clutch assy I said you can't be serious it has only covered 9,000 miles since the previous one was fitted I wrote to Lotus and also wrote to the managing director of Oakmere and I am still waiting to here what the the outcome will be but I'm not holding my breath I am seriously considering swapping it for an Audi s4 quatro
  23. Evora reverse gear Hello chaps Some advice please ,I have had my Evora about 3 years now and haven't experienced any problems whatsoever ,I had the front brake discs and pads replaced last year because the car has covered 86,000 miles but still looks as good as new inside and out ,However I have come across a somewhat worrying problem ,I can not engage reverse gear when the engine is running bearing in mind the car had the clutch replaced the same week as I purchased it ,switch the engine off and the gear engages without any problems so it makes me wonder it could be a major problem Any ideas please
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