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  1. Smitten for life indeed. ... I've had Loti for 14 years now. I had a period of little use and storage due to work time and sproglets. However before then I warmed her boots several times a week.
  2. Nice to see the project is still going strong Mike.
  3. I didn't know that about the filler flap and agree it looks much better with the rounded back edge to mirror the air scoop. If I had I would have replicated it when I modified my car.
  4. I wouldn't worry about it. Most of us can only hope for a 9" chopper on a good day..
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  8. There have been a few over the years. My other half loves the car but not driving it. Not exclusively male only but then not far from it.
  9. Unfortunately not at least in the practice sense.. If you were to remove the roof panel and have the top of your head sticking out the sun roof may be if your height is more back than leg bias.
  10. As a follow up I replaced the vapour with 4mm ID fuel line. OD was near identical to the original clear hose. Replacing the lot didn't take much more than 40 mins.
  11. Good news is I solved the issue over the weekend and it looks like the pump is fine. I used the carb tune tester to check the vacuum by connecting it directly to the larger bore plastic pipe over the RH fuel tank. The noise stopped instantly and the guage was off the scale. I got a length of 4mm fuel pipe, soften then end with a bit of hammer bashing to push it onto the plastic pipe by about 15mm. Was cut and the other end is a good straight fit to the T connector. The sound has now completely gone, the brake warning light operates as expected and significantly less leg pressure is required to stop If I listen around the engine bay I can still hear a very slight sucking sound. I'm not sure if I'm currently being overly critical and just listening for it or I've still got a slight seal issue somewhere. The downside is with all the poking around I've also broken both the clear fuel vapour pipes that run around the tailgate although to be fair they do perish anyway. The 4mm fuel pipe I had left from the vacuum pipe fix looks to be a good replacement (6mm is to big but cannot get 5mm fuel pipe) so I'll intend on picking some up later. At least they wont perish with the fuel vapours in the future.
  12. I only got to have a brief look at this last night. Investigation of the vacuum pipes did show that the three prong connector on top of the RH tank had separated. I could not follow them in total but suspect the larger diameter had plastic pipe links to the vac pump with a reducer rubber end that connects to the white 'T'. The rubber end crumbled when I tried the refit it. I lashed it with some tape. Its not air tight as I can hear slight sucking. The brake light is now working as expected although the noise still exists. I not driven it yet to see if the braking is any different. Do you know if we can purchase the end rubber connector on its own. I could probably come up with something using a small length of pipe and a jubilee clip if not. Would you expect to still have the vac pump noise even though the seal is obviously good enough to solve the brake issue or suspect the pump will need replacing anyway. I've already found your previous post to bibs about a third part vac pump from the US via ebay. I can go down that route although not a job I would want to attempt until I can get the car back in the new garage (Still about 2-3 weeks away).
  13. That is exactly the sound and general location. I'm well out of practice as I didn't link the two faults together I really would not be surprised if I have a leaking / cracked hose. I've already replaced the fuel line as it was as hard as rock. Its also possible I connected up the vacuum pipes incorrectly or are not making a good seal especially on the push fits as I had to remove them to refit the distributor. I won't have a chance to look at it until Wednesday evening but I think you got it, Thanks.
  14. I've had my car off the road and stored for several years essentially due to kids and a faulty dizzy pickup wire. Its now back on the road again largely without issues (two actually so far). One thing I do have is a what could be described as a rubbing or small blowing coming from the flywheel, clutch, release bearing region, more release bearing. Symptoms are: 1. Rubbing sound is linked to revs and most prominent at tick over. 2. Dipping the clutch has no effect. 3. Gear changes and clutch operation as normal. 4. No whine etc from gear box that I can tell when engauged. 4. I've had not checked the gearbox fluid or changed it yet. Tried last nigh but the filler plug is absolutely jammed fast and despite several squirts of WD would only end up rounding it with a 10mm spanner so ordered a 10m square socket. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing the sound. Its does not appear to be affecting the drive although any rubbing is likely to lead to some failure eventually. I'm considering squirting some WD down the clutch release arm in case it is the bearing just to see if the sound changes. If I don't use much hopefully any on the clutch would just burn off. The second is to do with the brake warning light. It seems to stay on and go out with higher revs. The breaks themselves seem ok with no sign of fluid leaks, The fluid is topped up, no air or sponging, Sensor float checks out and although the electrical contacts to the float are a little corroded a connection is being made. regardless of engine revs if the handbrake is pulled on the light stays on as expected. If I completely disconnect the float wires the the light behaves the same !! I tend to think its purely electrical but cannot quiet put my finger on it. I did have to remove the boot floor and all connections to replace the dizzy so it is very possible I've missed something there. S.Wright (aka Unity1, Drive with a smile)
  15. MOT passed, taxed and now fully road legal.
  16. I can tell you a funny storey. Last winter I decided to burn off the old garden leaves, twigs, deadheads etc, So using a galvanised bin with some ventilation holes drilled around the bottom I put them in. They were a little damp so after trying to light it I decided to drop a cap or (perhaps two) of petrol on. Left it 30 seconds or so, lit a small rag and dropped it on at arms length and stepped back. Mid step, I then got a lovely deep thud and a fair amount of the contents were ejected in to air, thankfully not on fire. I found it stunningly amusing although decided not to try it again....
  17. Tough call Loti is booked in for MOT this afternoon. Hopefully she will pass although I'm expecting a few advisories. All breaking is a little crunchy which is to be expected. I've taken wire brush and sandpaper to the rotors which has helped, a good run and use should sort it. Rear break hoses look at little cac Near side handbrake fails to release without some gentle persuasion. Rear pads low. surface marks and corrosion on rear rotors. I'll would normally replace then and the pads anyway however.. All of the above tell me its a good excuse to fit the upgrade rear break kit from PNM to match the fronts which I'm now pleased to find out have actually been released. Still a lot of splutters on blipping although I'm hoping this is down to the 1/4 tank of 7 year fuel. After refitting the timing pickup and dizzy last week the Timing is actually at 9deg off TDC instead of 10 but that should not be much of a problem, Spark looks good although due to fuel I've not bothered colour or balance yet. If she passes I can get her taxed, take a steady drive and fill up with some good stuff. I did contemplate draining the tanks but then what do I do with several gallons of petrol (without blowing something up).
  18. No I've not had experience of the rear set, I replaced the fronts with PNM larger callipers and rotors 11 years ago and waited years for the rears to be released. I've been away from the scene for a while so didn't know they had now released a rear set. If anyone has tried them then I'll also be interested and add then to the shopping list. http://www.unity1.co.uk/Lotus/Project/Brakes/frontbrakesmod.htm
  19. I've been doing alright. Started a major house renovation project last month again after several years of planning and approval. Part of which is a new garage/workshop. Even that tbh has ended up having to be 6' shorter than the approved plans due to a regulation oversight with the architect. I could have gone back to add additional structural calculations and re submit building regs (at cost and at least 4wks delay) or go for 6' shorter garage (now 14x24) with an additional 'temporary' storage building which can actually be bigger (heavy duty shed) (14x8). That was after the ground work had already been started !!.The garage is not far off done which is needed as the current garage is in the way of the corner of the extension. This is to no small part why Loti is now being made road ready. I could have just got her going and drove our of the old garage and into the new next week. However that would be a crime.
  20. Mass market full autonomous synthetics are still a fair way off. Where as Self drive cars are almost here. Aready here for mass market if you include assistance, self park, brake overide etc. Eventually though, why not, you can see where a synthetic PA could act as chauffeur.
  21. Buddsy : You could right. Did you read that Lexus have now actually invented the hoverboard with nitrogen cooled super conductors. Look to me more like a slight twist on an old maglift design but that don't stop me from still wanting one. David: Hi Mate, iirc you had a yellow one before that. Oddly I thought of you last week after I wondered if PNM still had any refurbed Lucas pickups. Mine had the broken wire issue which I re soldered up over the weekend. If it didn't work I would have been on the phone to them. I did consider changing to the Evora, I do like the car decided I couldn't after about 0.63 seconds LOL. Kimbers: Another blast from the past
  22. I'm sure I'll find out.. Hopefully Banter, insults and perhaps the odd car talk LOL. My technical and practical Lotus knowledge is a little rusty. Actually found myself looking up one of my own guides on balancing and tuning carbs last night full circle.
  23. My last tank has lasted 7 years !!! not many miles mind you.. Back on topic I usually got around 25mpg... Or and afternoon if 'making progress through the twisties' depending on how you look at it.
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