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  1. IT LIVES!!!!  

    Checked all the items suggested by the kind board members but to no avail. Absolutely dead. Checked power at battery again and it was still fully charged. Thought I would then follow the cable runs to see if there was a break. Stuck the tester prong on the starter live and earthed the other prong and heard a click of a relay somewhere up front. Checked the live cable and gave it a wiggle and everything came to life! Turns out it was pure coincidence that I was working in the centre console. Gave me a good chance to look under the front bonnet alarm ecu cover tho. The two big relays have just been tie wrapped to the cable sheaths feeding the ecu.

    could someone please post a pic of where and how they should be mounted please.

    Thanks again to everyone for the help in the matter.


  2. Booked a local auto electrician to visit next Thursday. Says he loves working on classic stuff. In the meantime I can get on with other non power jobs and have a few hrs to figure it myself. The old alarm was removed by a lotus garage 3 months ago so I am convinced now that this is where the problem lies. Whether I find the fault or the ae does all previous tampering will be 'de connectored' as I am not a fan of scotch blocks, spade connectors or other bodge efforts and resoldered/heat shrink wrapped.



  3. Hi Ian. All elbows goosed so waiting for new ones. Not a battery issue for certain. I would put money on it being aftermarket intervention but the full shutdown is what is vexing me. I have a manual on cd rom. Got to get the old desktop up and running as I moved solely to iPad a few years ago. Knowing it's already been tampered with and the fact that when they removed the auto watch unit they also removed the lotus security makes me think bite the bullet and get a mobile auto leccy in to go through the dash wiring get the last of the old alarm out and fit a current basic immobiliser system for piece of mind.


    Happily fiddling away with the vacuum t pieces under the stereo console isolating the bad elbow. Turning ignition on and off to check 30 second prime of pump then.... nothing! No dash lights, no ancillaries, no central locking, nada.

    i know it had an aftermarket alarm/immobiliser removed due to starting issues by po but surely this wouldn't kill the central locking. Took top of steering cowling off and can't see anything untoward. Would there be anything in the colnsole area that is a master fuse/relay which could cause this?.






  5. Managed to get  a few hours on project painful this afternoon. New rear hatch rams fitted so the broom handle is back where it belongs. Boot now raises half way when the lever is pulled.... Nice!

    Had a quick look at the HVAC system. Pump running constantly. Checked the T piece in the O/S/R wing and found when I block the cabin pipe the pump runs correctly and stops after 30 secs. Hopefully then this explains two problems away I.e just cold air blasting from centre vents,no temp or direction control and secondly wooden brakes. Will take her a spin tomorrow to see if they are any more responsive with the cab pipe feed bunged.

    finished stripping the scuff master from the interior and whaddaya know the interior is charcoal grey, not black at all.

    The head unit the previous owner raved about has been removed and will be placed in the 'bling bling head unit' section of t'eBay. Scouring for a suitable 90s head unit to replace it. The stereo harness has been butchered and front speakers not even connected. Soldering fun later this week then. Rear speakers have been replaced at some point with some marine spec drivers in white which will be the next to be removed. They will be going in the back garden for outside music in the summer.

    drop glass silicone lubed and not auto reversing now.

    not bad for a few hrs graft.

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  6. quick pick of the interior 'enhancement' carried out by p.o. He was a lovely chap but not mechanically minded in the slightest. He trusted all maintenance to local specialists. Looking at his reconnolising skill that was no bad thing.



    Copious amounts of cleaner and some gliptone leather conditioner revealed a really nice leather with just the right amount of patina for its age. 2 hours work and a third of the cabin done.. long day at work hampers any progress today.


    Ps. Anyone got a fix for the banana shaped console lid??

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  7. Will do. I wasn't actually in the market for a car myself but fell accross the advert and had to get it. I still have the Top Gear episode on VHS somewhere and I guess it was a contributing factor in my love for all things mechanical. Had a few M100s and several TVRs but not had a fibreglass car for years. 

    First responses are amazing. Neighbours on my street who have never spoken in 10 years have come to chat. Because of the fumes I only put small amounts of fuel in on the jeourney home but on each of  He three fuel stops someone complemented the car including a guy in a brand new Alfa 4C.

    Never get that in the Cayenne...funny that.




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  8. So a friend of mine popped round this morning to look at my new toy. He's a mechanic and part time British Super Bike pit technician. After a good peruse he raised one eyebrow and with a chuckle said

    "You should have bought the Astramax van!"

    In fairness I was part way through ripping out the degraded fuel breather hoses so she did look a bit worse for ware but he knew better.

    If anyone was wondering, I just bought the 93 press car which was used for several magazines and the infamous Clarkson V plumber episode of Top Gear where he coined the phrase Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious...  what could possibly go wrong?

    erm...many things.


    She's a bit tip toey and a lot grubby.




    Driving her home I was convinced the car had the biggest blow off valve that Halfords make attached. Turns out it wasn't so much what was as what was not attached...



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