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  1. I was doing this last Friday.

    As said, remove the two (or three) screws around the bottom and edge. Remove the screw in the inside door release. You may need to wiggle the plastic piece to clear a lip of the inside notch and then this plastic piece can be removed. Rotate the bottom of the door card out, so the card is now loose, and then wiggle the top which will lift out vertically. It may catch a bit at the front, so more wiggling required. As you lift the door card away release the window switch connector and the two leads to the speaker.

    You will need to remove two plastic panels to get to the inside where all the interesting bits are. When you replace these panels don't forget to seal the edges will silicon, or some such. When replacing the plastic around the door release make sure the lip at the front in located in the notch and don't over tighten the screw, as it's very easy to break this plastic piece, and quite hard to find a replacement.

    Tony

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  2. Although it's not much use to you (!) there is a small workshop near Reading, Berkshire (http://burghfieldstarterandalternatorcentre.co.uk/home/3150447where they repair old alternators and starter motors. An old school type of place. Not much more than a large shed. He looked at my alternator, spent 15 minutes going over it, and couldn't find anything wrong. He would not take any money for his time. (When I reconnected the alternator everything worked fine - It must have been a bad connection).

    You may have luck finding a similar business nearer to you.

    Tony

     

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  3. Many of us Excel owners fit Toyo Proxes T1-R 205/50 R15 89V costing around £70/tyre. 205/50 15 on a more modern tyre is a good choice to replace the original 215/50 15.

    As you have found 215/50 15 are very rare, expensive, and possibly not as good as more modern tyre designs.

    Some fit 225/50 15, but these can rub on the bodywork.

    LotusBits sell a stainless steel rear seatbelt brackets (Just seen have a link to the eBay LotusBits shop for these brackets!) which are quite easy to fit. As you have found, the original mild steel brackets rust away to nothing.

    LotusBits (www.lotusbits.com) and S J Sportscars  (www.SJSportscars.com) are good sources for Excel spares. They know Excels very well and I've used both over the past 20 years of Excel ownership. Note: LotusBits are slow at responding to emails. SJ Sportscars can get expensive for P&P.

    The only bits of the chassis that tend to rust are the door beams and window frames. Spares for both are available. The main chassis was zinc dipped and (almost) never gives any problems. 

    I use 5 ltrs of Mobil 1 15W/50, but any good 15W/50 or 20W/50 is fine. It is important to use the correct viscosity, since old engine designs don't work well with the thin oils used in modern engines.

    Tony

  4. Many of us Excel owners fit Toyo Proxes T1-R 205/50 R15 89V costing around £70/tyre. 205/50 15 on a more modern tyre is a good choice to replace the original 215/50 15.

    As you have found 215/50 15 are very rare, expensive, and possibly not as good as more modern tyre designs.

    Some fit 225/50 15, but these can rub on the bodywork.

    LotusBits sell a stainless steel rear seatbelt brackets which are quite easy to fit. As you have found, the original mild steel brackets rust away to nothing.

    LotusBits (www.lotusbits.com) and S J Sportscars  (www.SJSportscars.com) are good sources for Excel spares. They know Excels very well and I've used both over the past 20 years of Excel ownership. Note: LotusBits are slow at responding to emails. SJ Sportscars can get expensive for P&P.

    The only bits of the chassis that tend to rust are the door beams and window frames. Spares for both are available. The main chassis was zinc dipped and (almost) never gives any problems. 

    I use 5 ltrs of Mobil 1 15W/50, but any good 15W/50 or 20W/50 is fine. It is important to use the correct viscosity, since old engine designs don't work well with the thin oils used in modern engines.

    Tony

  5. The series 2 is usually considered to be much better than the earlier models. The series 2 has a galvanised chassis, Getrag gearbox, bigger engine that improves low down torque, electric headlamp lift motors.

    The early chassis models rust between the rear suspension turrets. Very hard to spot, even when up on a ramp. A replacement chassis is required - very expensive to fit.

    The early Lotus gearbox usually gives severe problems, since it was not up to taking the engine's power. The Getrag is tough and much better.

    If I were to be considering an Elite (I have an Excel, so I'm happy!) then I would only look for a series 2.

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