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  1. Not this one?
  2. Brilliant! Very well done to you, your son, and your car!
  3. Great write-up and photos. Dead pleased you managed to make it with your son and that you both had a good time. I will try to do something like that with my Eclat in the future
  4. Do you have a link to the whole of that spreadsheet?
  5. Amazing what a bit of lube on your ball joint can do! A healthy squirt on both sides and the noise seems to have gone away for now. Nice cheap repair!
  6. Thanks. I'll try some silicone spray on it and see if it quietens down. Xander is on the large size, but British Shorthairs can get sizeable. His dad was almost 8kg and his mum about 6.5kg. He's about 6kg right now so is a bit of a chonk!
  7. Double birthdays this past week, as my Eclat turned 40 years old and on the same day my cat, Xander, turned one year old. Complete coincidence but love it! Took a couple of shots and even let him have a quick wander on the bonnet (after giving him strict orders to keep claws in!). Nice little drive today too with no issues, but wanted you to take a quick look at this video. Does this sound like front suspension or bushings to you? I've replaced some of the lower bushings when I replaced trunnions and anti-roll bar but it could be something I missed. I do know the bushings on the top of the dampers have seen better days though. When I push down on the rear (new dampers and springs two years ago) there's virtually no noise. Oh, and just as an explanation, this video was taken midway through my audition for Blue Man Group
  8. Really good write-up and video. Good to see the interior is still definitely a Lotus Elite. Some of these cars modified for track use are stripped down so much their unrecognisable as a specific model any more. Looking forward to reading more in this thread
  9. They almost look to good to hide trumpets behind an air filter. Almost...
  10. They almost look to good to hide trumpets behind an air filter. Almost...
  11. Stoked for you guys doing this and hope it haha an awesome time. Be sure to post updates along the way! Really glad I mentioned it on here now
  12. Awesome pictorial guide there
  13. I'd probably say the majority don't use the cooling panel before. I had it installed although have removed it whilst I'm doing the testing for my new fan wiring. If all goes well then it may go back in
  14. Wanted to tie this off so wrote a little about it in my project thread here:
  15. The Eclat is back... almost! Rear diff oil seal, bearing and o-ring changed, thermostat replaced, and fans rewired. A few things I've noticed whilst I've been working on the electrics today. I suck at anything electrical. I mean, I really suck! know my crimping tool isn't the best but most of my woes today were caused by crimps just falling off as I was doing other things. The cooling panel, whilst stock and supposedly to redirect 1/3 of the airflow to the engine and 2/3 out of the vents, is a pain! It takes up so much space at the front of the engine bay. Until I've confirmed everything is good after driving then it'll stay off. Debating whether I'll put it back or not. The lower radiator pipe seems to be rubbing against the power steering belt. I'll try to rotate it a little so that there's clearance, but I'm wondering if this pipe is completely stock. Have a look at the pics below and let me know what you think (don't judge me by my intake hose!). I can't see a SJ equivalent for the metal part of the pipe, but it's possible I'm just not finding it.. A new otter switch and my dodgy wiring both seem to be holding up, with the fans being operated automatically, but with a manual switch in the cabin too. Interestingly, the otter switch closes and fans come on when the temp on the temp gauge is about a needlewidth over 90, which makes me think it's readying 8-10 degrees over. Maybe the voltage stabiliser that needs replacing. Need to do a shakedown drive tomorrow after the car's cooled and I've adjusted that lower radiator hose, but looking good so far.
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