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    Richard Norman
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    Lotus Elite 502, 1974
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    Only factory approved..really ! IF these were done when new the Elite would have sold way more cars. List of mods is in my photo section. check it out and tell me what you like.
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    United States, Seattle

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  1. One thing that will make a rough idle is if your spark plug leads are not getting all the juice to the plugs. This can still happen even with new leads. If there is any place where the wires are coming in contact with some metal surface like the engine or another spark plug lead. Make sure your leads are not touching each other or any other part of your engine. This is more than likely a fuel or electrical problem. atb, Richard
  2. The question one might ask is: if you do your own maintenance, would you ever slop brake fluid on your own car's paint and not clean it up immediately? Of course you wouldn't do that.....ever ! Sounds to me like the worker was not really qualified to be doing the job in hand. To me it is totally unacceptable service or lack there of. And it is precisely why I do my own. The problem is that, this is quite common so one must try and find someone to trust, if you don't want to do the work yourself. Difficult to do sometimes. I have got burned a good number of times in life when I relied on a dealer to handle some work. Many are corrupt and will sabotage your car for further payment. If you are not familiar with your vehicle then you can easily get taken. It has happen to me.
  3. Great looking car. Always loved the Elan and maybe I will find one someday. I think the Elan is one of the more reliable Lotus's.
  4. Other than rebuilding the engine with new pistons and cylinder liners, you can put in some Lucas oil treatment and that will increase compression and give you less blowby making more hp and less pollution. My trucker friends turned me on to this amazing product which also sticks to bearings and cam lobes preventing a dry start which is said to cause 80 % of cylinder wear. These very large engines (semi) go a million miles before rebuilds and this is one of the reasons why. They buy it by the gallon. I started using it in all my engines even from new. Truckers know ! cheers, Richard
  5. LET light bulbs need a different flasher as they only draw 1/20th the power of a incandescent bulb and can't function normally without a LED flasher. If you change only the front and leave the originals in the back it will work fine but they won't work properly if you change all of them without a new LED flasher. atb, Richard
  6. You can always do a compression check on each cylinder to see how much wear you may have and see if you have more blow past the rings than normal.
  7. Well Jono, Unless you have something broken, there are only two systems that make it run and they are electrical, and fuel related. Replacing spark plugs and the wires along with making sure you are getting a hot spark may help. Coil replacement may be in need also. Coils also don't last forever and become weak and this may happen during higher rpms when the load is the greatest like when you put your foot into accelerating but seem fine at lower power requirements as you drive. Spark plug wires go bad over time and one maybe shorting out some of the juice before it gets to your plugs reducing power. Make sure your wires are separated from each other and not grounding out on any part of the engine. You may have a fuel blockage like in the filter or a spazmatic fuel pump or even a blocked line. Timing looks spot on. Not rocket science but little things make a huge difference at times. good luck and it probably is a simple fix. tinker tinker tinker...lol Richard
  8. Never taken my Lotus to the limit in some corner as it was intended and designed to........ Hopefully NOT . lol
  9. Hey Freddie, Sounds like a fuel delivery problem. Easiest one to check is the fuel filter. With the car sitting for long the fuel probably has some water in the tank and that could completely block your delivery because the filter is full of water. Second, fuel pump. Also I have seen a dirty air filter dramatically reduce power. 2 choices, fuel or electric unless something is broken in the engine. atb, Richard
  10. Awesome Aimee ! And what a beauty it is. Love the color too. I too have roots from Devon as my grandfather was born there and immigrated to the US in 1902 after queen Victoria's funeral. Still haven't made the trip to Devon but maybe someday soon. atb, Richard
  11. Welcome to the Lotus forums Aaron. Sounds like you have Lotus in your blood and that is a good thing IMHO. LOL Elans are a very cool model and I always wanted one from way back. A guy I knew raced one for many years and his was dialed in to the max. He beat a yellow 427 corvette on a regular basis out at Kent Pacific raceways in Kent, WA. Always good to see others from the US here. cheers, Richard
  12. Jimmy smoked'em with Fords purpose built injected, 4 valve, gear timing with 11 gears and Chapman's beautiful Indy racer. Jimmy skipped the Monaco GP to race the 500 with this Lotus 38 Indy racer and what a beauty Colin and Ford put together that year including using the Wood brothers as their pit crew from American stock car fame. I remember the day. Jimmy really only lost the lead to pit and gas up. Not even close! Jimmy and Lotus also won the world F1 title again that year as Jimmy was unbeatable in his Lotus 33. Them were the days !!! great picture, cheers, Richard
  13. yeah well, I didn't make the rule and you just can't stop people from doing what they do even if they are breaking the law. Many just don't care one bit. Too much booze. Years ago, I visited a gal in BC just across the boarder from Washington state where I live, and the cops would, on a regular basis, put up a road block and check each driver to see if he had been drinking. This of course was done late in the evenings and nearly always on the weekends when more drunks are out driving. I am sure it was effective at stopping people from drinking and driving but it would not stop all of them. A problem which more than likely will never get totally fixed until you have your car drive you home all by itself which they are building right now.
  14. Hey Ivan, Unfortunately I had my bumpers made years ago and I have not kept in contact with the guy who pulled my parts. But his name is Jerry Foley and he lived in Tacoma, Washington. Not sure if he is even still alive but you could do a search and maybe find him. Also inquiring with other Lotus clubs that are not in your area is a place I would try as well. If you have an old part, nearly any fiberglass man could make a mold for you and pull some parts and if you go that route, find others who will help cover the cost of the molds and hook him up with Lotus clubs in your area so others may want these Eur spec parts. Cheers, Richard
  15. Hey Ivan, The Fed version of the second gen Elite had the most ugly bumpers and really did nothing except make it a foot longer. The black rubberized cover went south quickly so I discarded mine and I found replacements. I bought my front and rear bumpers ..(Eur spec ) and the front air damn from a local fiberglass man who had molds to pull parts. This guy also had other Lotus molds to pull parts from. Probably your best bet is to join the local Lotus Club and inquire there for similar parts. I always found this to be a most excellent decision when buying a car like a Lotus. Most shops don't even know how to work on them so you have to either do it yourself or use the clubs for a good shop. atb, Richard
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