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  1. It's so when you corner fast the fuel doesn't spill out.
  2. Brian, In the workshop manual for the 1989 model year the low fuel delay unit has: B (Black): earth G (Green): 12v supply GO (Green& orange): to fuel tank sender LGO (Light green & orange): To choke switch. The choke switch has the LGO from the fuel delay spliced with the WU (white & blue) wire that goes to the choke/low fuel warning lamp. The B (black from the choke switch goes to earth. Tony
  3. Just to support Pete's comment above, my '92 SE, with a twin tank has the coolant level sensor fitted.
  4. If you did decide to go the crank pulley route, Lotusbits provided my trigger wheel, sensor, and mount. It's worked fine for the last 7 years.
  5. Have you tried They list Elite bushes. Although I have an Excel and have always found SJSportscars very good. If you phone them they are usually very willing to discuss your specific requirements and dispatch stuff promptly.
  6. Have you tried LotusBits They list a diff for the Eclat. Being in Aus may make things somewhat difficult, since LotusBits are notoriously bad at replying to emails. Most of us in the UK find they respond to the phone very well. I've often used LotusBits for my Excel, and found them to be very good. They know ours cars inside out, and break a lot of old Elites/Eclat/Excels, so if they don't have a diff that fits your Eclat you may well have problems finding the correct part elsewhere. Tony
  7. Some new frames were being made. see Not sure if there are any remaining. Aak Angus.
  8. if you do remove the rear bumper you'll need to drill out some pop rivets. I understand that if the spare wheel is in the car it's not unknown to drill through the rivet and into the spare tyre!
  9. How old were your tyres? You can work out the age from the small ellipse which has 4 digits. The first two digits are the week of manufacture, the second two are the year. If there are only 3 digits then the tyre was manufactured before 2000, so they certainly should be replaced. See
  10. Since the brakes are Toyota you may be able to find this bolt at a local Toyota dealer, or online.
  11. Great series of pictures. Thank you. I'll also be interested to see how it goes. Tony
  12. The main place to look for bad chassis rust is between the tops of the rear suspension. This is hard to see, but the horizontal section is often completely rusted through, so you'll need the body off and a new chassis. I suspect it will cost you a lot more than Euro 4,000 get it running, and for a total cost of around Euro 5,000 you could find a running Excel - not the best example for Euro 5,000 but a quite usable example.
  13. It is certainly much easier to change the belts with the bonnet removed. On my 1992 Excel (not sure if the Eclat is the same) the bolts holding the bonnet simply unscrew from captured nuts in the body work. Tony
  14. Lotusbits have produced a document on how to improve your Elite/Eclat/Excel On page 44 you can see a picture of the oil restrictor. I've not done this, but I seem to remember reading somewhere (Gary Kemp?) that the flow of oil to the cams is quite high and during heavy cornering the sump can be drained, resulting in a sudden and damaging drop in oil pressure. Fitting the restrictor ensures the sump retains enough oil at all times, whilst not damaging the cams due to low oil flow. Great pictures on how to do this at Just found a bit more info on the specifics for the restrictor at According to Garry, he has built JH blocks to 215-220hp without doweling, with no problems. The root of most of the bearing problems are due to oiling problems, not flex. The biggest fix to start with is using an oil restrictor in the block to limit the overall flow to the head. Stock, that is about a quarter inch hole. I am using a stainless 5/16 set screw with a .100" hole in it, tapped the block, and screwed it in. That keeps from over oiling the top end, and ending up with a quart or more oil retained in the cam covers. If it is going to be a real high rpm build, I have been recommended to consider going as small as .060" on the hole. Tony
  15. If your plywood panels are shot and you need new ones you can get them from Lotusbits
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