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    Tony Dakin
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  1. Your cars looking great. And appears to be very original. Certainly door mirrors look original still. Many seem to have been changed over the years. Pictures like that give me an added push for getting my 74 Lagoon Blue Elite back running under its own power. More pictures please.. Tony
  2. Unfortunately in these days of data protection, DVLA will not divulge any previous or current owner details. - - - - - unless the requestor has specific reasons - - - - - - which seems to mean some sort of illegal activity so they can get you (i.e. Parking or traffic violation) . Very frustrating. I was inspired by the success Trunnion 74 had with his history build, but missed the DVLA boat by maybe 6 months. Tony
  3. I've got a tank from a 78 Elite spare. It's the type with the curved steel neck. I have rubbers and the petrol cap tubes all from the same car. In the Midlands. PM me if you're interested. Tony
  4. Elite - Excel : It's generally the same when it comes to things to look out for. Doors - Door beams and window frames. Do the doors open freely? Check the hinge bolt is not rotating in the hinge plates. Lift the B post end of the door when open - Ideally they'll be no free lift, but a couple of mm is not too much of a problem. Anything more and bushes need replacing. Inspect the condition of the beam ( you can only see the last 6" unless you take door cards off). They can rot away to nothing. Try rotating the door along it's length. Any movement at all and the door beam is
  5. So do I. I just did the cutting and shaping. Took it to a pro to lay down the weld.
  6. There's always life in the old tank. Just depends how committed you are to keeping originality. I've just bought this colander back from the dead off a 74 Elite. I essentially fabricated a new inner tank, a snug fit inside the old dead drawn can. In hind sight though, I should have just remade it. Looks like your tank is the later type with a through feed of the heater return. If originality is your wish, the materials to fabricate a new replica that would look identical to the original are all readily available of fleabay or from Car Builder Solutions. The main tank is st
  7. Richard. I'm heading down a very similar route to you, particularly w.r.t. door beams. In fact by comparison to my near side door beam, yours looks positively solid. I knew when I inspected the car whilst buying that besides hinging open, the door 'rotates' along the centre axis of the door beam . I think though my window frame is solid, but I guess I'll soon find out. Good luck with you beam replacement and door rebuild. Tony
  8. Do you need tinted or plain? I have a spare plain screen. Surround trim is partially removed, but I have most if not all of it. Other option wod be Lotus Bit's. Tony
  9. Tony: Good news / Bad news. Good news is I have a LH trim ( in fact I have both sides) as spares, and it ( they ) have no dents. Bad news is that 30 years ago when I started my restoration, I planned on doing bright work and bumpers in body colour, so roughened the surface with maybe 180 grit to get a good key. Ironically I only roughed the Near side, but Off side is quite marked and pitted in any case. There are places around that can re polish and re anodise these trims (in fact there is one local to me in Northampton that I believe some on this forum have used). Could be costl
  10. Yes. Makes sense and you are correct. Will take a look at the roof rail I have and PM you later. Tony
  11. Tony May be able to help out on the roof rail. Definitely not got an A post piece, but if Lotus Bit's have one, I'm only 30 minutes away, so could pick up for you. I'll check out what I can spare and PM you. Tony
  12. That makes sense. I couldn't see how it could be called A/C without a compressor doing at least something. Tony
  13. Was it Rejuvenator Oil you used? 250ml seems a standard size. In your experience, how much of a car could this volume do? Tony
  14. I've got a good few spare trim pieces of what I think is a dark brown Marcasite. Not looked at condition recently, but have been in dry storage for last 30 years so maybe not too bad. I could check exactly what I have if you were interested in thinking about originality. Tony
  15. It's best part of 30 years since I took the engine out of my car and replaced it. New found respect for anyone who's done this removal essentially single handed. One thing I've learnt today is that ideally, you need a hoist with a very long arm (over 30 "). Even with bumper off, it was tricky. Tony
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