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  1. I don't know if mine is factory fitted, but the vinyl roof is finished with an ally strip along the rear edge. It's lifted at one end but I've not investigated how it's attached. Next time I can face going out to the shed and looking under the dust sheet I'll try and get a piccy.
  2. Errrrm, funnily enough I do have one of those too... The Lotus is much more interesting though
  3. Darn it! Looks pretty tidy as well apart from those engine mounts. Oh well, I've got my Excel chassis and running gear so I'll persevere with that...
  4. Does anyone know how much the chassis sold for, out of curiosity?
  5. Well, in the absence of any further guidance I blundered on and finally.managed to remove both handbrake cables from the chassis at the weekend. On one side I managed to pull the cabe out by repeatedly yanking sharply on the cable until the cable outer pulled out of the ferrule! Luckily the ferrule had come out far enough by that point for me to lever it the rest of the way out with a screwdriver, along with the split collets (thankfully!) The other site was a different story... The yanking only succeeded in pulling the cable outer from the ferrule without it budging a millimetre. In the end I had to resort reaching in though the bottom of the chassis (which I turned upside down to make life a bit easier), and pushing a long punch in through the back end of the cable retaining tube so it made contact with the inner end of the ferrule and the bashing the punch with a hammer. It was a bit tricky to say the least! With one hand reaching in through one of the big holes in the bottom of the chassis holding the punch in place and the other hand reaching in through one of the other holes with the hammer, I managed to eventually knock the ferrule out along with the collets and the rest of the cable, mullering the end if the ferrule in the process. So job done, I can now properly clean and repaint the stripped chassis
  6. Should there be captive nuts welded to the chassis for the belts to bolt to? Just wondering why someone would have drilled them out (badly!)
  7. The exhaust hanger is still in place. You can see the remains of the rubber part lower down on the right hand side of the chassis as you look at the pic. Keep the suggestions coming!
  8. I have an Excel chassis that I'm planning to put under my Elite. During the strip down I've noticed a couple of holes that look like they have been elongated or enlarged by a previous owner, or maybe they once held captive nuts that have been removed? From the picture, can anyone tell me what the holes are/were for please? The picture is taken looking at the undersise of the chassis centre section, with the rear to the bottom of the picture. The holes are to the rear of the centre section. You can just make out the handbrake cables coming out of the chassis at the very bottom of the pic. Thanks in advance
  9. Ok, so I've got both cables out of the back plates now. How do you get the cables out of the chassis? I tried giving them a good pull but nothing budged...
  10. I'm afraid there's a waiting list for even non-galvanised Elite/Eclat chassis. I've struggled to get a replacement chassis for my Elite and have ended up going down the Excel chassis swap route for this reason...
  11. Thanks for the advice all! I found some old fuel pipe clamps which are quite similar in operation to a jubilee clip. I fitted one of them round the collet, tightened it up and the cable popped out as easy as anything
  12. Excellent, thanks for the pointers Richard! I'll have another go tomorrow
  13. Ah, thanks Tony. I'll sign up to that forum as well! I tried cable ties at the backplate end, but that didn't do the trick. I'll have a go with some jubilee clips... What about the other end? Do they just pull out of the tubes in the side of the chassis?
  14. Hi folks, Apologies if this has been covered before. I did have a look but I couldn't find anything.... I've been busy stripping my Excel chassis in preparation for a clean and refresh before I attempt to swap it for the rusty pile currently sitting under my Elite. Really I've just got the handbrake cables left now, but I can't get them detached from the brake backplates and pulled out of the backbone chassis section. Anyone got any tips or advice pleaae??
  15. Filbee

    yellow elite

    That fact that he seems concerned that he can't find the key made me smile. A missing key would be the least of my worries if I was bidding on this poor old beast...
  16. Filbee

    Elite chassis??

    Paul, I sent you a private message last night re the chassis. Let me know if you didn't get it
  17. I'll second that. Although to be fair, the times I've been there it's been the wind that was the dominant weather feature rather than rain! It has to be the most picturesque race track in the UK, but it's a long drive from the South. I would want to make sure there was something worth watching going on before I made the journey. I guess you could break up the journey at Shelsley Walsh hill climb or Oulton Patk circuit if there was something interesting going on the day before. And if you drive to Anglesey via the Snowdonia National Park it's a beautiful run.
  18. Thanks Dave, that's great news (apart from having the gear lever come off in your hand !!). That's something else to put on my shopping list...
  19. Being a newbie I've been looking back through loads of old posts and came across this thread.... So two years on, how have you guys got on with your Ford quickshift gear levers? Did you have bend the stick? Have any longer term issues emerged?
  20. Any idea roughly how much that would cost for an Elite chassis?
  21. If I do the welding it will be done to the best of my ability, but I'm not a certified welder! How can someone check it's done to a standard that meets approval, and apart from the MOT, under what circumstances is someone likely to check? Just asking out of curiosity more than anything
  22. Thanks folks. Don't worry, I'll be taking the body off because whether it needs a replacement chassis or just some patching, I wouldn't want to do half a job (plus the idea of welding a car with a highly flammable GRP body doesn't give me a warm, cosy feeling!) I would swap the chassis for a galvanised one in a heartbeat, but try finding one!! My plan is to try and get a good solid non-galvanised one if i can't get a galvanised one and sandblast it before giving it a couple of coats of Rust buster 121 epoxy mastic paint.
  23. My 501 Elite has a rusty rear crossmember (surprise surprise!). My preferred solution is to replace the chassis with a good one, but they are getting more difficult/expensive to get hold of. I will persevere with my hunt for one, but I was thinking about the possibility of repairing my existing chassis. However, there seems to be a consensus that you shouldn't weld the chassis. I just wondered if there is a valid reason for not welding it? After all, Lotus welded it together when they made it! The only thing I could think of was that the chassis might have been heat treated, but imagine that's unlikely. I've also had a look through the workshop manual. Whilst it mentions chassis replacement following an impact, but it doesn't mention welding.
  24. Filbee

    Elite chassis??

    That lack of good Elite chassis isn't such good news for those of us who want to save another car from the scrapheap It might even lead to salvageable cars being split out for parts because the owner can't find a replacement for a rotten chassis...
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