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  1. What does a special tool 04a 05a 06a look like and does any one have the spec?

  2. A picture of how the body was moved in the factory.

    Lotus body move.png

  3. I was cleaning up and found these, what do you think?

    Genuin Lotus Parts?.jpg

  4. I was cleaning up and found these, what do you think?

    Genuin Lotus Parts?.jpg

  5. It was a bit tedious, I used the spec you gave me, but I had to enlarge the top hole (now about 51mm) to fit over the washer on top of the sub frame. Before I started, the spring was being held by a pair of small nuts on the small bolt of the damper. LOL.
  6. It might make sense that the arms could bolt onto the wishbone mount and the tool sits on the top of the subframe to hold the tool and spring/damper at the correct angle. It would make sense if the lower mount for the damper can be removed first at its mount, I am not sure, it just doesn't feel right at the moment. The other thing is the distance the tool can be wound up or is this because of the distance the tool needs to be wound down to release the spring? the tool in the diagram has a lot shorter bolt than the tool in the picture.
  7. Have I got this right? I have an off shore power boat ( cigarette boat) was made a bit later than when Mr Chapman was involved with boats (POWLES one of my favourites). I think the gell coat is thin because it does not flex and is used because the fibre glass is not water proof, however the fibre glass does flex, a bit like a hard boiled egg. I think when my boat was made, the mould was laid on it's side and the gell coat was sprayed on, then the resin applied and then a matted carpet with strands the size of my fingures put on followed by more layers of resin and fibre glass.This technique was being developed at the time into different moulds and injections and influenced the production at Lotus. (p.s.LOL don't anyone get exited, I am not super rich, just a bloke who enjoys giving worn out stuff a new lease of life and ending up with a valuable asset. LOL)
  8. Thank you for the reply, this was the conclusion I came to, I will just have to be careful. My old springs are worn out. I have ones to replace them with but like everything I do on the car, there seems to be a knack to each job I am doing. I feel like I am working on one of my motorbikes more than a car all of the time. Thats is why Lotus is one of the best. (to me, bikes are more race engineered than cars, like our FZR).
  9. My suspension was set up low and caused problems E.G. the top wishbone has not been moving up and down the amount it should and so the metal tube of the bush on the bulk head side had welded itself to the 'stud upper wishbone pivot' (the bolt threaded at both ends that goes through the suspension mount and wishbone bushes). Of course being on the bulkhead side resulted in lack of room to remove it on that side and the bush tube being unable to slide out the other way. I have it removed now. The springs have been a pig to do as none of my compressors will fit, I might adjust one set that I have, what do other lotus people use? I have new springs to replace them. I use copper slip a lot, but I plan on checking all bolted, studded and any other parts that can seize once a year to stop this occurring again. I would not park one of these cars up and not use it. I think they need driving once a week. I would be interested in what others think of storage and use. While I was running mine a lot it just kept going.
  10. Nice reply, 70's, I remember my Dad's MK11 Jag 3.8 wire wheels, high lift cam and a special diff, When he finished with it the banger boys raced it LOL. A special car which would be expensive to buy today. I like my Eclat which I used as a daily driver for 2 years and still have. My poor wife used to go in the bathroom and cry (can't think why) after a trip out, once I could hear her say f****** Lotus, corners, corners , I wonder why? Hint, I never broke the speed limit, but could take most town corners and roundabouts at 30mph. I like the Elite as much as the Eclat, to me they are what they are (fancy an apple or an orange).
  11. I agree with a lot you say. Just a thought, do you remember when it was hard to give away an Etype in the 70's, they now cost over 100k LOL.
  12. Interesting, I might need to speak to you about this Mike.
  13. In my opinion, I would feel comfortable if I had the original chassis and destroyed it when replacing it with a new one. Can anyone see a problem with this?
  14. I reckon most people on this site could do a whole series on how they have restored their lotus cars LOL!
  15. I have just checked the 245 disc in place of my larger one. I would like to point out that in my opinion (it is for others to satisfy themselves on these issues) that the smaller disc results in the piston finishing above the disc and so I question if the forces would be 100% true when breaking. I think the people responsible for disc and brake pad production spend a lot of money, time, research, legal considerations and use knowledge that I do not have. So, I am going to skim my disc to within the spec set out in the workshop manual designed for my car. If my discs are outside the spec I will then replace them for new or with a kit that I can justify is designed for the job, and then check with my insurance company that what I have done is OK? is this an idiotic thing to do? If anyone feels that I have said something I should not have, or given bad advice, please use 'REPORT POST', I am happy to justify what I have said.
  16. REF COMMENT: pbharcourt: “The pads are not made of butter and will not suddenly squash together and meet in the middle, it would take many thousands of miles to wear a set of pads down to that condition and in my experience the front suspension will be regularly checked before this point is reached, so just a case of checking the pads as well”. REF COMMENT: pbharcourt: If you decided to fit the smaller disc long term then as I pointed out, the pads would need the top 5mm removed". From me: Are you suggesting changing the pads from the original manufacturing spec that you have paid for, in the way you have described, does this invalidate the legalities the buyer has with the manufacturer and seller (and all parties involved)? I would not want to be in an accident with brakes that have been changed from the original spec of the car with my unqualified knowledge, and then the car be scrutinized by the authorities. (I might change to an upgrade brake kit that has been purposely designed to do the job). Is this a modification that you should tell your insurance company about? I am not an expert, perhaps others on these posts are, can you justify your comments and qualify your statement on what I think are life and death components.
  17. Thanks Mike that would be a help for me. You know how one thing will lead to another. I thought I would do the brakes E.T.C as I had to remove the lower arm to undo the anti roll bar nut. As the top joint and track rod are simple to undo I took the whole unit of the subframe to my workshop. I found the cups to hold the bushes that should be welded onto the arm either missing or shot. I find the car easy to work on once I get the right parts.
  18. I have a pair of ebay, they were advertised for my eclat, they DO NOT fit (245)! My discs are 265 and a bit! I tried the 245 and they go on but the pads are above the discs and when wear will close together but not on the disc. EVERYONE BE CAREFUL.
  19. The biggest source of problems on my car were caused by the petrol tank of my Eclat. I think the previous owners may have changed the distributor and fiddled with other stuff (E.G. carbs, shims ETC) because of rough idle and conking out after short runs. I found it was crap in the old fuel tank which I removed, emptied and rattled a bag of small nuts around in it to remove the rust. Sediment still blocks the fuel filter I put in between the tank and the fuel pump and still leaves fine sediment under the carb diaphragms every 6 months. Now I have rented a lockup, I hope to wash the inside of the tank with some special paint type stuff that mikeeech kindly gave me a few months ago. For the past few years my car has been kept, used and maintained on the road without a garage without any real problems, I like these cars.
  20. My car was of the road for a month and most of what went wrong matched what is on the list above. Are people on here talking from experience? I am, do you do the work yourselves? I do. I still stand by what I have said above.
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