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  1. It would indeed! I've probably done about 6,000 miles since I got it in late 2014.
  2. I potentially have a fair few questions about a water pump replacement on my Eclat. I guess the first question I have is what is the service life of these pumps in general? It hasn't been replaced since I purchased the car in October 2014 and it's due its second cambelt change this winter so I'm wondering if I should be replacing/rebuilding the water pump this time. it's shown no signs of leaking or anything like that so will only rebuild if it's something that should be done (would rather not be making more work for myself!). If the answer is yes it needs rebuilding/replacing this winter then there will probably be a fair more questions so be warned! Thanks in advance for any advice people can provide.
  3. Glad to hear it's working out well for you
  4. I kid a little. Probably wouldn't be my tyre of choice for flinging a sports car round mountain roads, but as a tyre on an Eclat it's a decent enough choice. The problem is just that: there isn't much choice.
  5. Late to the party on this one, but that's a great looking car, both inside and out.
  6. Great stuff. Thanks for posting this👍 Are you planning on like for like rewire or considering using any more modem technologies?
  7. @madmax if you get a kit and know how to rebuild then I'm based near Wakefield and have a press you're more than welcome to use. We can take some photos and do a bit of a "how to" to help others who want to do the rebuild in the future.
  8. Do you mind giving a ballpark price on what you paid for the reupholstering of the seats? Would be interested to see how prices compare Stateside compared to here in the UK.
  9. Good to hear you're back working on it. Fire me a message if you ever need a hand turning a spanner on it
  10. Not sure about the trunnions, but I'll agree on those front springs. Taking them off is one of the most terrifying moments I've had working on a car! I ran out of the garage with it like it was a bomb!
  11. Are these the kind of clips you mean ( Just trying to work out how the clips would attach to the bottom of the seat frame.
  12. Probably a simple question for someone, but does anyone know why there isn't a model variant number on the B-pillar?
  13. Awesome. Love reading builds like this and seeing the rewards coming from all the blood, sweat, tears, and pounds.
  14. Good point. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised then! Throw in a bit of a drain on the battery through less than smooth bearings on fan, bad earths etc and it all adds up.
  15. Question for you all: are the heaters in these things particular drains on the battery? Have been driving recently with the heater on and have noticed that when it's on power 1 my voltmeter drops right onto the 13V mark; on power 2 it drops a little below that. All of my other accessories can be on and make almost no difference to the voltage. First thought was the alternator not giving me enough voltage but it was rebuilt probably 12-18 months ago so shouldn't be that I hope. It could very well be taking all the power of the car to turn the fan as it does seem to squeak and rattle a little when I initially turn the heating on!
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