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    simon armstrong-bunker
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  1. I'll do my due diligence on the distributor... How hard is it to take out? and will it only go back in one way? It barely idles so I wouldn't think the advance/retard mech could be the problem? The ballast resistor is in there, mine had been removed too so I added it again. Really annoying that it ran so well for so long and now this! the joys of the Lotus...
  2. Hi all, I've got lumenition on my S3 and have been chasing intermittent poor running for ages. I'm considering putting points back in to remove the lumenition as a potential cause of the fault. Any opinions on this course of action gladly received! When I bought the car it had points (from the car history retrofitted) and I removed them and fitted the lumenition. The car ran fine for many hundreds of kilometers, including use as a daily driver. The issue I now have is really poor running, caused by badly timed spark. When it's running poorly if I fit a timing light the timing is mostly spot on, then when it hits this intermittent issue it is all over the place. The distributor isn't moving so I suspect the module, but they're pretty expensive to swap out if I'm wrong (and being solid state I'd think they are unlikely to malfunction, more likely to work/not work)... so my thought of points again. I'll need a set of points, a condenser, and anything else? I remember having to set the gap on the points, they are not adjustable within the distributor relative to the shaft though from memory? They sit on a pin and then you adjust the gap, and time it as usual by unclamping the distributor and rotating the whole unit? I'll dig up some simple wiring diagrams of points ignition off the web, and hopefully do the swap later this week. Cheers, Simon
  3. Hi, use this link to go to my photobucket album: the pics are on page 5 and 6 Cheers, Simon
  4. When I retrimmed my car I made a shallow tray that sits under the armrest, turning it into a cubby, good for wallet, phone etc.
  5. I did it by running the pump to drain the tanks, worked fine. I just used a long bit of fuel hose into a jerrycan, then turned ignition on and let the pump click away. Flow was strong and fast. I then left the lids off and the hoses unconnected while I did other stuff to let vapour vent.
  6. Was this very complicated to do? I guess you need a crank trigger? can you indicate costs? I'm sick of ignition related issues!
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  8. I did the same... for rego the two outside mirrors were sufficient in Tasmania, so I never fitted the original mirror back on. I didn't like it for all the reasons stated already. I spent ages trying to find a small neat mirror to use, as I'm tall the mirror compromises my view so I'm happy without. The habit to check frequently means I know exactly what time it is when driving the car!
  9. Hi, just to hijack the thread, I've had an ongoing misfire issue that I think might be the lumenition module. How hard is it to do: The car had points when I bought it, I replaced them with the lumenition quite early on. I know these units normally work or don't... intermittent issues are not likely to be the actual module failing. However if it's relatively easy to revert to points and rule the lumenition out I might try it. The reason I suspect the lumenition is when the engine is misfiring, if you use a timing light you can see that it is sparking at fairly random times. Since the spark timing is determined by a mechanical/optical process in the distributor the random factor may be in the module. I've cleaned and tightened the three pole connector. For the trial, I'll need points, obviously, a condenser? and what else? Thanks, Simon
  10. I had mine re trimmed in situ, by a professional, not me. I was watching though, there is enough of a gap (or was on my car) between the glass and the front edge of the dash to push some material (mine was leather) down the gap. Looks perfect. As long as the material is flexible and you leave enough to push down the gap you should be OK.
  11. Fantastic work John. I think the S3 fares a little better with less draw: that said after reading your post I will be upgrading my alternator soon. cheers Simon
  12. slotting the casting is a good idea, with weight saving too!
  13. I've found you have to persist with searching, there is a wealth of good info here. I found the two threads quite easily and commented on them so they should top the list. Once you're in a section, make sure you choose 'this forum only' beside the search box...
  14. here 's the good write up on the window relay mod
  15. I've been through and re-added the pics as the links had died...
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