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  1. Hi Dave, So glad you took my suggestion of the Escort short shift that the rally boys use. They do get a little getting used to but the result is worth it. I am surprised no one has thought of it before. Every Elite /Eclat should be fitted with one. They are not expensive. Adrian.
  2. As I under stand there are holes for washer jets on the Elite I have a number of both.The best I will be using with the extra holes that would leave me a two Eclat without hole as the jets are bonnet mounted. What are they worth in goodish condition? with shipping at about a £5, Make me an offer then I see what I have. But to be fair there is no point in looking if the offer is too. low. Original are mesh only and rust like hell.If I can not help Regards, Adrian
  3. I agree Microfibre cloths can be a little vicious. I bought a full set of clocks in the end which will give me a certain amount of choice when putting the dash back together
  4. I have seen Alans compressor in the flesh and it is a substantial piece of kit. A cleaver design that will do the job perfectly.
  5. No worries. Your Ford based gearbox should have a simple reversing light solution.I am surprised you are having difficulty in sorting one.
  6. Hopeful success. There is a little tweeking on the threads to engage the light, best to engage reverse and wind in until the light comes on. Going back to the quick shift idea. I have driven Escorts with this fitted and the difference is remarkable. The dash is out of my car so have been unable to check final clearances on the lever but at worst I forsee maybe a small amount of bending to the stick which comes supplied straight. The supplier I used, although knows nothing of Lotus fitment, says many Escort drivers do put in a slight bend to have the stick exactly where they want it. So guess this is no big deal. Adrian
  7. Ok Dave, I can now confirm that the Maxi /Marina reversing lamp switch fits the thread and has sufficient thread length to include the adjusting nut. It is reasonably tight owing to brass going into aluminium however it does have to hold the gear oil in the 'box along with a copper washer. This is where I would look and see what two wiring connections you have. (40 years of owners may have changed this). The original is based on bullet connectors. The original part number is GAE 191 CD3 and the part was supplied by eBay seller ryansmith17ryan. This very same switch is available with different wiring connections depending on the application from Triumph though most BL to Leyland Sherpa. Alecs' Ford application is entirely different and has no similarity whatsoever.
  8. It is Saturday so I will have an answer by this afternoon for you. Regards, Adrian
  9. Well Dave, Not 100% as of today. A few weeks ago I ordered a Maxi, Marina, Allegro switch from eBay at £6.90 (Genuine Lucas). Looks like it will fit, correct length thread, right connection wires but as the gearbox and I are far apart I never got around to checking the thread fit. I did try a Land Rover switch but the threads were far too course So if anyone wants a 5 speed Land Rover switch I have one cheap unused. I must check it out and let you know. Bear with me.
  10. Burning out the bushes works in minutes. I have chuckled in the past where people have used presses and all manner of gadgets to remove the bushes!
  11. Hi Mark, Unfortunately, my method of removal of the Metalistic bush from the lower arm destroys the bush completely. I do not have access to a press. Again, thinking out of the box I remembered an old guys' solution that was given to me when I was an apprentice about 50 years ago. I lit a small bonfire of some scrap wood on the end of my barbeque, 5 mins later bushes were gone!. Allow the arms to cool, a quick clean up and a coat of paint, job done. The galvanising was not even damaged. It is worth reminding everyone that using a poly bushes in this area works on a slightly different principle to Metalistic bushes, hence the large side washers. Any further detail on this please pm me. In an earlier post I did list some dimensions (unconfirmed) that I gleaned from the internet. These may help if you are going down the Metalistic route. Regards,
  12. I have stated before that I am not a fan of slammed cars, I just don't see the point. Surely at different ride heights the steering geometry would be compromised leading to excess tyre wear and handling problems. Every picture I see of your car Luke is shown in the slammed position. Please enlighten me on a couple of points. Is it still possible to run the car at standard height or higher? and being air ride is the ride quality better or worse at standard height if this is possible? I know little or nothing of air ride suspension systems only what I have seen on some US TV shows. I would expect that the best ones are expensive. What sort of cost are we talking about for an Elite? I really have no intention of converting to air ride but I would like the background knowledge.
  13. Cool, Coolhand. MOT passed great. Love the 'It's too low for the rollers' brake test. On a serious note the road brake test using a decelleratormeter has to be the most inefficient ever invented. It can mask many brake faults. Years ago I tested the local Lords vintage Rolls Royce that passed the road brake test only to find later that the front wheel cylinders were seized solid.
  14. Gladly. the company is Floflex, Pinfold Industrial estate, Rhyl, Denbighshire. A Google search should fill in the details. I would like to point out that I believe the prices are purely for personal customers,( nudge ,nudge, wink, wink, you know what I mean). Their listings for Lotus bushes are minimal to zero, although giving exact sizes of a bush required may do the trick. A 'phone enquiry may not produce much of a result. For instance earlier in the year I wanted front antiroll bar bushes. Naturally as expected they said not available. It was found on a visit to their premises that Escort bushes used a 20mm or 22mm hole for the bar whereas the Lotus required 3/4". They found me some demic ones with an 18mm hole which just required a 3/4" drill through with a Blacksmiths drill. Perfect at two for a fiver. For the current project I did supply the original hardware, lower arms, top arms etc as patterns for a couple of days. I doubt he would or could have tackled things without them. Adrian
  15. The final result of the replacement of the front inner pivot bushes is nearing conclusion. I am extremely pleased with the outcome as it has proved thinking out the box and a some research will produce results. The local company to me, who manufacturer polybushes, has proved invaluable in taking a multiple of various bushes and customised them to fit the Elite leaving me with only a small amount of fettling to fit. Sadly, as the guy rummaged in hundreds of storage boxes selecting this part here and this part there I was totally unable to keep track for what car they were originally intended. What they have supplied is: 2 split inner pivot bushes, sleeves and large side support washers. 2 ARB to lower arm bush kits. 4 top radius arm bush kits (much fettling required I was not intending changing these but thought why do half a job). All these bushes sleeves and washers only cost £30.40!. Which is much better that two bushes for £50 from a certain Lotus specialist supplier. Added to my now rather large job, I replaced the trunnion bolt and washer kit sourced from a firm called ANG found on eBay for £11.15 to finish off a complete rebuild. With an extra couple of pounds for new Simmons nuts my total spend was £43.55 and the achievement of a full rebuild not just the pivot bushes priceless. I think it was Dunc who mentioned a probable fit problem regarding ARB to lower arm bushes replacing the standard soft bushes with poly bush type. No such problem was encountered they fitted very easily and neatly. The worst part of the whole repair was the top inner radius arm bushes. Although Triumph based arms and outer bushes are used the inner bushes and mounting are pure Lotus. Primarily I had great difficulty in removing the arms and removing the original Metalistic bushes, not unexpected.. The four replacement inner bushes had to be cut down reducing the thickness to ensure correct alignment of the arms to the top ball joint. Easy peasy once I had it figured out. That's it. On to the next job on the never ending list. Adrian
  16. Should be fun next week when I attempt reassembly. Now where are those G clamps????
  17. Today I came across the problem of the anti roll bar to lower arm bushes as I was removing the lower arm to replace the inner pivot bush. After dismantling they are a two part bush with a metal sleeve and Escort ones are definitely not a match.
  18. Hi Don, I have followed so many routes to finding an alternative I may have confused the issue. The Elise it would appear does not use the same bush, just as you say. FloFlex, a firm I have mentioned earlier, now have the lower arm to work on. They are modifying some other bushes to replace the antiroll bar to lower arm bushes which proved to be perished and needing replacement. They are confident that they will have a replacement for the inner bush which proved to be both, N/S and O/S, perished as I suspected. I pick everything up next Monday. At that point I will find out exactly what bushes they have used/modified.
  19. Ant, A valid point particularly if space is restricted like the Lotus with half the spring being inside a tower and little room either side. I have never tried this myself with ratchet straps, could work though. I have heard of people using large Jubilee type clamps. Bit unsure of the safety aspect here. Again something I have never tried. Looking at the workshop manual in more detail today it would appear that unless I wish to remove the shock absorbers from the frame coil spring compressors are not required for removing the lower arms. Armed with this info I am going to attempt removal of the lower arms later today. All the bolts and nuts are free in preparation. Interestingly the lower arms appear to be galvanised which is not what I expected. Adrian
  20. Thanks Don there are a few companies to check out most I have never heard of. Excellent. I still have to identify which Elise 1, 2, or 3 uses the same bush. At the moment I am in the process of removing the lower arms and antirollbar. Floflex say they will definitely have the bushes in poly material they just need the lower arm for confirmation. Floflex manufactures poly bushes and are based only 4 miles from my home. Very helpful people they even offered me the loan of a coil spring compressor. Unfortunately the tool is too bulky. Still working on that one. Hopefully I am meeting up with Alan Phillips later today as he has a homemade compressor he is going to show me. Adrian
  21. Hi Don, Can you be more specific as to where these bushes are available?
  22. Thank you Paul this is indeed progress. Now if my memory serves me correctly Mk 3, 4 and 5 all used he same lower arm bush. Many are suspect of poly bushes as a replacement in this application. Original metalastik apparently do more that just bushing. I have tried googling the number but nothing comes up. What I have found is some dimensions on a Cortina bush, plus two types of bush. One is a standard Metalatik and one seems to be all rubber with a metal sleeve. Now I am confused. The dimensions for the Cortina Metalastik bush are given as: 45mm overall length, 33mm metal sleeve, 43.3mm diameter, 11.5mm hole. Do you think this would fit in the arm you have loose? Adrian
  23. I know this is a reply to a two year old posting but I have the answer to your problem. The part number you quote fits the front mounting of the lower arm only. The rear bush has a completely different part number. I would suggest also a different size. I am surprised no one else spotted this. You seem to have gone to an awful lot of trouble to fit the wrong bush.
  24. Thanks Ant, The web link is very similar to one I found with an outlet about 15 miles away from me and both use the same numbers. Looking at both their websites I would think they are looking at volume sales not just two. If I email them they may of course forward me to a retail outlet. Those pesky sizes elude me at present without them I am sailing into the wind. I have found that the Elise uses this bush on back and front suspension so I think that as this is a car produced up to 2004 demand is not that limited. Someone must reproduce/supply the bush at a more reasonable price. I also found a Lotus specialist supplier (name new to me De routh or something) is selling the bushes much cheaper than others. However, I do have to make sure they have stock at this price.
  25. I have looked at Lotusbits web site. They do not list the pivot arm bush. I suppose a phone call may help. I have had an interesting read on the site about making ones' own poly bushes from scratch. Being a retired engineer this blog was fascinating. Unfortunately I have no access to a lathe otherwise........... This story is not over yet.
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