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    Andy Warne
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  1. The more spirited the driving, the less the vacuum, in fact none at all most of the time. The engine only produces vacuum on throttle-closed overrun or idle. This can be observed on an Elan which has a vacuum leak, the headlights will lift but when travelling over a certain speed they go down again! On my installation I used the Touareg pump and exactly the same reservoir as pictured above. I think its the best possible setup, but I often wonder how much I could have gained by replacing the servo. I would not mind buying a new one if it was sure to make a difference.
  2. Look forward to seeing a no-deal working without affecting trade. For my own business I put into place PLT (paperless trade) ages ago so we can send worldwide with no accompanying paperwork at all. Works beautifully. For Brexit all I have to do is change one setting to enable PLT for EU countries, which will take 1 minute. I have no idea why some people are going on about endless queues of trucks to the ports. I might be wrong as some of the people complaining about this are haulage companies but we will see.
  3. It was such a long time ago, I cant remember a lot of it. I remember the biggest issues were installing a recirculating fuel system (Turbo Esprit already has that!) and the cold-start idle air was never right. The system I used was called SDSEFI and amazingly is still available. I believe there are better systems available these days, it was very "hobbyist" and the ECU and coil units looked like they were made in someones bedroom. I used Weber throttle bodies to replace the carbs, that part was pretty neat. It turned out to be very expensive and with hindsight I should have simply had t
  4. I just imported a second AZ-1 from Japan as a project car, the engine comes out in the same way but is slightly smaller
  5. At the end of the day these setups will never be 100%. The weight and spring advance curve is never perfect and carb fuelling is never spot on. The only way to get things absolutely right is to use EFI with ignition which has feedback from O2 and MAP and temp sensors etc. A no-feedback system on older cars will be susceptible to fuel differences, temperature changes etc. BTW I am not advocating an EFI conversion! I did that on an Excel in the past and it was a money pit and never really delivered as expected. Its better to get things as good as possible with carbs even if not perfect
  6. The choice of oil is missing a very good option in the USA though, Mobil1 10w-60. This was discontinued in the USA but still available in the UK. Note the Mobil advert above (video states its a paid-for promotion) does not mention this as it is from the USA.
  7. Its possible the leak is appearing to come from the drain plug but actually isnt. It could be from speedo drive, or joint between rear cover and rear housing or rear housing and main body.
  8. Many Lotus Elans have been lost owing to using K&Ns. Apart from the fire risk they dont filter. Many years ago I read a proper test report on these and the testers found they did absolutely naff all unless they were cleaned and re-oiled before every trip.
  9. On the tailgate the usual adage of "measure twice cut once" needs to be "measure 93 times cut once" ! I hope I dont get to hear any loud screams from a roughly southwesterly direction.
  10. I dont have any interference on mine but the Panasonic roof stereo amp has masses of power conditioning circuitry. You could try adding a suppression choke in the supply to the inverter.
  11. This. The gauges are all over the place on these cars. Even mounting the voltage regulator with the arrow not pointing upwards can change the reading by several degrees.
  12. There was an S2 which was used as the body prototype for the Turbo, is that it? It had no seam where the rear section joins the main body.
  13. Most early Turbo cars had a wooden footplate which was to cover a stereo amp installation. The Panasonic roof stereo used a separate amp mounted behind it. But the plate was not only fitted to the roof stereo cars.
  14. Its worth checking the handbrake levers on the calipers are retracting fully when the handbrake is off, even if the brakes seem to be releasing. If they are not, the internal mechanism will ratchet when the brakes are applied. When retracting the piston did you turn it 45 degrees, then afterwards turn it back again?
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