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    tom kilner
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    elite 503
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    spaghetti wiring and bubbly paint
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  1. That thing on the right is a doobreyflip isn't it? Fits over the header noggin in the offside baffle tube. Non-federal commonwealth export models only though. Most of my car is looking like this. Using the workshop manual is like looking at the picture on the lid of a jigsaw puzzle. ... in fact could that flat piece mid left be the reinforcing plate under the u bolts that hold the power steering rack down on to the chassis? Looks about the right size, but my s1/power rack plates are a simpler shape.
  2. Welcome and best of luck darren. Stick the ad on here and some experts will fill you in. The riviera seems to be the most desirable model, so the most likely to rise in value. Many of these cars parts are inexpensive and home serviceable, but an interior, chassis or paint job will be a big spend. It doesn't really matter though, if you're enjoying yourself
  3. Oh I thought that was the more stylish and modern HC. My granny had one I would borrow to thrash around on the isle of man - the thrashing was necessary to clear the carburettors - and exceed walking pace. The guy probably meant to buy a firenze, but found they'd all rusted away. The almost identical Opel Kadette - same GM parent company - used metric measurements and fittings to the Viva's imperial... The lotus factory used both at the same time - now there's progress!
  4. Just go for it. There aren't many around, and although it's a gamble, there's a lot of fun to be had fixing lotus stuff. Otherwise buy an mx5?
  5. Not including the red Vauxhall viva surely? That's so much more than a crisis
  6. The excel looks like a great deal, and you can look more like Gambit when you climb out rather than Frank Spencer
  7. Almost there then. great work. You can cross the mot off the list in a few months too.
  8. My parents owned one of these in the mid 70s - basically a large mini with all the good bits removed: And then for a price comparison, Looks like the austin was a better investment. Unfortunately it fell apart quite quickly. Who'd have guessed irony would be worth more than style?
  9. I've got a left handed screwdriver if you need to borrow one for the Riviera bonnet hinges
  10. If the wires connecting to the fusebox are the originals then they could easily be so old and crusty, with breaks in the copper strands, and might be the source of the heat?
  11. ... and where won't you be buying them from this time? My old ones look ok - they have been extensively tested. I think I'll stick with them. I'm also appreciating photos of your assembling the engine with the body off. I lifted the engine out through the engine bay and now i don't want to put it back that way
  12. The fuse is overheating but not blowing? Poor connections in the fuse box perhaps. Can you measure resistance of the fans, and current? I'd try an unswitched separate fused feed to the fans, see if it behaves, to try to eliminate the wiring or the motors. Also though I thought the fans are only necessary when standing or crawling, so if it overheats on a run the engine is producing too much heat?
  13. Is that the series 1tea tray? Lovely job
  14. Can I view that on a mobile Pete? All I can see is tiny tiny text. Maybe there is a technical solution?
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