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    80 Lotus Eclat S2 V8 + 76 Eclat S1 520
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    quite a lot more of all the good torque, cc's and bhp...

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  1. Can you share the approximate cost of respray, and if you leave your cars outside in the frost? Down here, the going rate for someone good to paint a glassfibre car seems to be 5-7K, which is more than I'm willing to commit at present hence my thoughts on wrapping it. I can repair it and flatten it myself, but worry about moisture in paint if I spray it. The plastic bits on my motorbike are also bubbling 2-3 years after they were done - it lives outside in the frost..
  2. Unless you already have one - I've heard that S2 spoilers are currently unavailable from Lotus bits. Headlinging can be done after paint, most people do. The most innovative solution I have seen is John"theNut"'s idea of using a false ceiling taken from an MPV and cutting rectangles which get held up by the cant rails. Means it will never fall down again. Paint on glassfibre is specialised. My cars currently looking a bit tired and I have some cracks that will require a repair. I'm looking at wrapping it yellow. I've been quoted £1400 for a yellow wrap.
  3. Yes - S1 is different freom S2. From memory an S1 visor is essentially a wire frame covered in fabric/cardboard. S2 is a bit more robust and clearly a "purchased from elsewhere" part. The clip in and out plastic retainer on the S2 are often brittle and they are unobtaineoum nowdays. Somebody mused allegro as a source, but I never got that confirmed (I have a broken one).
  4. I know who owns the bottom one.... Didnt the chap with the red Donnington also have a 4.6? His must be sorn'd.
  5. I've seen pictures of your car Simon -it's a proper stunner. Lucky man.
  6. I realise that I am probably in a minority of one, but I properly love what this guy has done to his eclat. Needs a yellow S2 bib on the front and a pair of seats and harnesses to complete the look. (more pics on the link below)
  7. Has the fuel pump been swapped out for another or is it on its original pump?
  8. Do they not require the chassis number to get a replacement V5? That was the issue I had with mine - VRM was attached to the car, but the chassis plate was missing. The paper V5 eventually turned up and I sent it off. I have a set of stamps and a blank chassis plate which I can use so it wears its original identity again, but until the old V5 turned up, I had no idea what the original chasiss number was supposed to be.
  9. I'd clean up both mating faces as well as you can to help it seal it on both sides. Whilst I agree that excess gasket sealant everywhere on the oil side of an engine isn't a good idea - I'd not be that fussed about it on the induction side downstream from the carbs. Whats the worst that can happen? If surplus hylomar gets injested it should blow down the exhaust. Slap it on I'd say - but just use one gasket.
  10. On a 1978 series 1 - it isnt stamped on the chassis itself. It's only on the plaque on the inner wing. If that is missing, wee have a bit of an issue....
  11. I assume you know that chapman's martini green elite (the one that went to Japan) originally had a 2.2 911 engine. It was replaced with a normal 907 engine off the line when Lotus sold it on. I always wondered how it had been fitted as I knew the sum from the 911 didnt work for an elite. It is likely that this engine is somebodies home brew project, but you never know....
  12. I can take some pics Don, but the eclat v8 lives in a rented garage a few streets away, so it will take a while. The inertia drums went to the outside. It seemed more normal pulling the belt across from the outer side than pulling it from the centre. I bought stainless steel rear seatbelt plates from Lotus bits and fitted them. I used the inertia reel lap belt to secure a Britax Prince child seat. The Britax Prince was one of the few child seats that was certified for use with a lap belt and narrow enough to fit into the bucket seat of the eclat. I also used the lap belt to secure a maxi cosi pebble base, which allowed me to click in a baby capsule. I have been dragging my two kids to classic car shows since they were months old.
  13. and change the pad at the rear crossmember for closed cell foam. (I realise it is galvanised, but its still better to be dry than be a wet sponge).
  14. I bought and fitted a set from ebay. Concealling the drum behind the panel was a tight fit, but it worked. They have been fitted for 10 years. I cant remember the exact brand, but I think they were Securon. Most would fit.
  15. I had a phone conversation this morning and can share some very exciting news! We will soon be able to buy new elite and Eclat galvanised chassis made to the original specification. As we know from the restoration threads on here, it’s been getting harder and harder to source decent second hand chassis’s, with Lotusbits unable to source used ones in sufficient quantities to meet demands of owners embarking on restorations. im absolutely delighted that someone has picked up the gauntlet and made an investment which will not only safeguard our card on the road, but also see laid up examples suddenly become viable restoration projects. Prices are expected to be in the region £2.5k +vat. contact Lotusbits directly to place orders. As always with Lotusbits, it’s best to call them with the telephone rather than email. Dunc
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