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About makepeace

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  • Birthday 27/08/1990

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  • Name
    Jono
  • Car
    Lotus Elite 504 '76
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    Hermanus, South Africa

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  1. Thanks Clive for the response. I've ordered parts to build up some non resistive leads as they seem to be unobtanium here. My engine is before that so I assume someone at some stage fitted NGK leads with 10k caps, with BP6ES and then later replaced plugs with BPR6ES... I will try the 0 ohms leads with resistor plugs for a while, and worst case fit the NGK caps back on and get some non resistor plugs.
  2. I think I may have discovered another reason for poorish running of my 1976 Spec 5 Elite 504. I've been meaning to replace ignition leads and plugs for a while as I suspected these may be problematic by now. Spec 5 for "NGK leads" (red ones with NGK caps are fitted) suggests BPR6ES (which is what is fitted). I decided to measure the leads, and they measure 10Kohms. This struck me as strange. It seems like someone decided to use suppressed leads with resistor plugs. In order to get this corrected, does anyone know what the correct resistance spec is for Lucas and NGK leads as mentioned in
  3. Out of interest sake, it seems that the BMW 17117558480 rad is a really good fit. Just needs some modifications for mounting and fan mounting if you were to use the original fans. Previous owner bodged a repair on the original radiator in my Elite and it's cracked. Unfortunately very expensive to get a reconditioned, winner-racing or custom built one in South Africa, so in the meantime I needed to find something to work while getting it registered and roadworthy. Found one of these for ~£40 at a second hand store.
  4. Not so sure about that... Aramex global shopper is quite cheap, and they are going for about £69 per wheel as per ad in SA.
  5. Hi all, I have an option to purchase 4 elite/eclat wheels, based in South Africa. I only want one of them, however the seller wants to sell all four as a package. Would anybody be interested in a spare wheel? They are the classic alloy 14" wheels, in good condition. I could ship them over to whoever might be interested, however I would like to get some financial commitment for the other 3 wheels before I purchase. Please let me know by pm if you are interested.
  6. Hi all, I have an option to purchase 4 elite/eclat wheels, based in South Africa. I only want one of them, however the seller wants to sell all four as a package. Would anybody be interested in a spare wheel? They are the classic alloy 14" wheels, in good condition. I could ship them over to whoever might be interested, however I would like to get some financial commitment for the other 3 wheels before I purchase. Please let me know by pm if you are interested.
  7. Hi all, as per title, looking for an original chrome left wing mirror. I'm in South Africa, so would be great if you have one and are willing to ship internationally. Not sure what these go for, so we can negotiate on price.
  8. She was pretty warmed up (a bit too warm actually as I've discovered the fans have stopped working). I think I knocked a connector off at some point.
  9. I finally managed to get the engine running smoothly! I replaced the distributor (which was an errant 25D with a broken vacuum diaphragm and various other distrustful issues) with the correct spec 5 23D4, which was correctly profiled by the guys at Ignition Car Parts (thanks!). Also, I completely rebuilt the carbs, and replaced the damaged and not to spec accelerator pump jets with size 60 jets (the original spec for spec 5 called for H42 V38 experimental jets that you can't get hold of anymore). After setting the timing correctly and balancing the carbs, she runs pretty perfectly!
  10. Awesome! Thanks for the photo, I get the picture. Going to have to get out the angle grinder.
  11. Hi all, Does anyone have a photo of the original boot latch handle? I have checked rdent, but the boot latch doesn't seem to be in any of the interior diagrams. The one on my car ('76 504) seems to have broken off at some point, and it seems as if someone welded a very ugly bean of metal onto the shaft that goes through the rear right passenger arm rest cutout (but this could very well be the original inner part of the handle, with the cover having broken off). Any recommendations on a fix?
  12. Mine was also replaced the wrong way round by someone who did work on the car for the previous owner... I'm guessing that means that they probably didn't refer to the service manual to do any of the work. Apparently some of the work was on the head too.
  13. Interesting! Ah, I meant red on the outside. My leather interior is mono-beige with beige carpeting.
  14. Hi all, anyone have a '76 Elite 504 (that'll be auto, power steering, air conditioning), preferably with leather interior and red colourway that they wouldn't mind sharing? I've decided I want to try and get mine as close as possible to original condition, however it's difficult to see what should and shouldn't be there. Some decent pics throughout (interior, exterior, engine bay) a similar car would be greatly appreciated if anyone has. Thanks!
  15. Bloody Italians! Far too complicated... I guess the closest you can get to perfect is "working".
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