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  1. Register is gradually building. Now have sight of 280 Excels. Also done a bit of a summary of what Excels are actually registered as at DVLA. It's general knowledge that the use of Eclat continued well into Excel production. Latest details for Excel: And for completeness, Elite / Eclat: If you own a wedge, I'd love to hear from you with details. My contact details at head of this thread. Tony
  2. That was on eBay last January and would appear it sold ( log book issued 22/Feb/:21). Someone gave it a year then..... Gear lever was in the wrong place even then, so suspect some non standard stuff under the lid. This same dealer had another early wedge on their books a couple of months back. I tried to reach them on the phone number just for curiosity as like Andretti, I'm in Northampton, but they never got back to me. Tony
  3. I think you are referring to the side bumper fixings. I made tapped an aluminium plate and epoxy'd it to the underside of the bumper, as seen at the top in the picture below. You can get Spire clips ( Chimney nuts) easily from fleabay as a kind of direct replacement. Tony
  4. Picture of the underside is interesting. Silencer replaced with a straight through pipe. Would love to hear it. Nice new coil overs, but something doesn't quite sit right with me on all that black protection. Looks to me like a lot is applied to an assembled rear end. Healthy price, but IMO, about right if it's a sorted car. Tony
  5. Superb pictures. Worthy of publicity brochures. 👍
  6. Really interesting about the last 3 S1 cars. I notice you have a S2 front bumper also. Tony
  7. That's a great looking Elite. Is it original, or just undergone some (read ALOT) of work? Tony
  8. Lotus bits have them. They can also bond in if you wish. Trims are a complication, but if you taken the old off, be extremely careful with the top and bottom strips. The bottom particularly is like the proverbial rocking horse ****. Tony
  9. Good buy. Look forward to following your progress. IMO, Lagoon Blue is the colour to have. One day, mine will be back in the fold - but don't hold your breath Tony
  10. Lagoon Blue ? Looks very tidy under the bonnet. Looking forward to seeing more piccies. Tony
  11. Something odd with the door mirrors. They are not correct for year. Tony
  12. We had a few visitors at the show last weekend sharing some car details for the register. - Thanks if you are one of them. I now have sight of approaching 400 cars on the register: Elite 102, 43 on the road Eclat 61, 19 otr Pre SE excel 53, 22 otr MY86 68, 38 otr MY89 39, 11 otr Celebration 40, 12 otr Post Celeb'n 34, 15 otr Andy : My email address is in the first post above. Be happy to add if you can share details. I don't have a pro former, so just include any info you consider relevant. Tony
  13. Nice work. Looks a vast improvement. Tony
  14. It's been features in several car mags during the last month. They are trying to raise its profile ready for the auction. One article suggested a guide price in excess of £20k if I recall. As a car, it is not worth anything like that figure unless it had had a full professional nut and bolt rebuild, which it hasn't. I'd say without its history, it would be a decent car for £8 -12K if chassis and doors are intact. Appears to be taxed and on road, but shame it doesn't appear to have been put through an MOT due to its classic status😠. Add to that what you will for provenance. All just my opinions mind. Interested in others thoughts and definitely interested tomorrow to see what it fetches. Tony
  15. Sender comes out very easily with a flat bar across the tabs on the retaining ring. Once out you can see inside the tank quite well. If it looks anything other than completely clean and solid, I'd use a tank reseal kit from the likes of POR's. (search on eBay). Tony
  16. Congratulations on your new arrival. Can't see a straight fit being very easy, but maybe by removing the rear seat for a while, you can fit something securely on a semi permanent basis ? Tony
  17. Quite a saga Brian. Glad you've finally got the car back though and can move on. Tony
  18. Duncs has been tracking a Elite / Eclat register for some years, but to my knowledge, there is minimal consolidated record of the Excels. Therefore, I'm putting together a register of Excels and hope to consolidate anything picked up on Elite / Eclat with Duncs at some point. In this day of data protection, holding personal detail (ownership history etc) is difficult, and certainly making such data available in public is definitely taboo, so i;m concentrating on details of the cars, getting no closer to owners detail than perhaps a forum name and area of the country. Not sure how yet, but I'd like any register to be viewable at least within the forum. Dunc and I have also spoken about trying to consolidate facts on things like "cars per year / On road/ off road, lost in history - that sort of stuff. but lets say for now that is work in progress. So if you'd like to share your car details (and limited owner detail) for inclusion, please drop me an email with any details ( Reg, chassis / eng No's, colour, spec, etc) and relevant history you know of to : [email protected] or PM me via the forum - or you could just post below. Welcome details on Elite's and Eclat's as much as Excels. Finally if you know a car has been exported or written off, that's just as valuable to record. So if you have a donor vehicle or two check any trim parts you still have : many had the last 4 digits of the chassis no written on them. With your help, we should be able to build a decent record of the models. Tony
  19. Good to hear you are reunited. Back on the road for summer? Look forward to seeing it as a runner. Tony
  20. It used to be around £60, but then the marketing department got hold of it 😠, packaged it up posh and pumped the price. I have a 74 Elite which I got the details for, but the records for the early cars are quite basic. It might be worth dropping an email to the lotus archive to enquire if they can do something more representative. Tony
  21. I'd second all the above, and add checking door beams. Look at the underside near the hinge and try 'twisting' the door along the beam axis. There shouldn't be any movement. Tony
  22. As stated. Early Elites only had the lap belt (just the bottom picture). I've got a feeling though there are very slight differences between the lap plate for Elites and the later Excels. Sure SJ or Lotusbits would be able to confirm though. Tony
  23. Air horns on later cars, certainly late Excels. Early cars had direct wired FIAM style two tone units. Tony
  24. Definitely the right place Andy. You'll find plenty of support and encouragement. Tony
  25. I recall two tone horns, mounted in front of the radiator to the side boards (the ones that rot away). One each side. Tony
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