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Straker

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  1. That looks like a great project for someone
  2. I’m emotionally scarred from driving Vauxhall’s and Bedfords the list includes A HB estate in gold, (I can‘t tell the B’s & C’s apart bedford CF (with a guess-o-matic gear box) Bedford TK (built in the 70’s... but designed in the 50’s) Vauxhall chevette estate (beige 3 door... when I complained that was a 3 door my boss said it’s only because they don’t make a 1 door..) Bedford rascal (following row with boss) Astra estate CDI ...(v luxurious for an Astra as I had a new boss as the old one managed to switch to Earth part of the local HV network and wis
  3. It looks a lot like one of the wings at Hampton court Palace, it looks like there are grander Sections of the buildings behind.
  4. I figure that I’m driving around with parts from at least 3 of these
  5. Are the photos with the grille + bumpers black again the most recent?
  6. Are you planning to do the work yourself? worst case buy a salvaged engine from Lotusbits £1600 say £400 of incidentals hire a hoist etc and you at £3400 assuming the cars in good condition that sounds like a good deal (+ sell existing engine you should recover a sizeable part of the outlay)
  7. The rdent.com website (classic lotus spares dealer in the us) has the original drawings of most systems and parts names and codes . its in the manuals sections, that should help in identifying the parts + official names. Lotusbits will have used ones
  8. Elegant solution, did you glass in bobbins for the fuel pump mounts at the same time? are you forming a box or mount for the battery as well? I’m curious as a PO moved the battery to the rear in my Eclat and it’s just wedged in place with celotex.....
  9. Are you including some sort of retaining clamp for the spare? is that 2x flowcheck valves in the image?
  10. Did you shake hands with the guy who adjusted the drivers side mirror? Did he give you your arm back?
  11. Hi John Recommend looking at the parts manuals on the rdent.com site. br Rob
  12. I hope you find this more interesting than my work colleagues.... The inserts from sunbeam rapier lights fitted perfectly..... however they are just as flaky as the originals..... So I tried a couple of the suggested solutions the chrome spray Is not as good as the original mirrored finish its far better than regular silver spray paint. Foil - reflectivity was better but I couldn’t mimic the reflector shape Putting a lamp in both options the chrome spray was significantly brighter and equivalent to the tarnished but complete reflector in the other rear light.
  13. They look very 1980’s... The wrong mirrors really clash when fitted to the wedge cars, I think rounded or curved mirror don’t work with the edges and angles. i’d recommend going to see some other owners cars 1st. BR Rob
  14. Good idea, I’ll probably do that if finding replacement inserts fail. worked out that the fixing nuts are 8/32 so will replace all the existing ones, thankfully the threaded studs in the lenses are fine but the nuts are disintegrating ( a PO had used foil backed rubber as a gasket which I assume had caused this)
  15. Looks like Lucas 791 lights have the same inserts as the indicator lamp. i’ve purchased one from fleabay and will provide an update when it arrives
  16. I think that LED might be the only viable solution. I’m going to see if I can find a similar insert in other Lucas tail lights of the same vintage at an auto jumble (I’ve already ruled out Maxi, Mini lights)
  17. Has anyone found a suitable replacement for the reflective inserts ? The silvering has flaked off in one of the silvered plastic inserts
  18. Hi John, SJ have them listed (it doesn’t say if OE or aftermarket) KR rob
  19. You can use an App on a phone to take make a 3D representation of an object (it’s made of lots of individual points which when viewed in suitable software looks like a cloud of points) which a 3D printer can use to replicate hens teeth and cuff links for unicorns
  20. Excellent work, I’ve been tempted to retro fit an aftermarket heater unit but hadn’t considered the rebuild upgrade route before. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the rebuild goes.
  21. Have a look at Tom Kilners thread on radius arm bushes, he found than they were used on Deloreans as well and are available new
  22. Is there a Quaife specialist? They do a LSD that fits
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