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    Duncan
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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 things...like torque, cc's and bhp...
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  1. Dunc

    Little winter project

    No, not that many. Spyder cottoned on to the rusting chassis and marketed the Donnington chassis kit for people who wanted a "better" Lotus elite/eclat. It was a replacement chassis designed for the V8 engine with appropriate mounts, which utilised a Jag IRS centre at the back to give appropriate gearing and supposedly eliminate the overstressed driveshafts. Jag IRS with powrlok diffs and appropriate gear ratios for a V8 were littering every scrappie in the UK at this time (standard 4.1 and 3.73:1 are a bit short for a Rover V8). Some people weren't that impressed with some of Spyders offerings for the elite and eclat, saying the designs needed more development, but you cant argue with the components robustness compared to the standard spec. Not sure if the Donninton also utilised the Jag rear discs - I have a feeling it did.. As far as desirability...As always, the cars are worth what someones prepared to pay. To the right buyer (perhaps me) a V8 engined car is much more desirable than the standard one. But I'm probably not your typical Lotus classic car buyer. What I would say is having owned both standard and V8, I'd find it hard to go back to a 4 cylinder one. I think you have the makings of a very good car there....
  2. Dunc

    Little winter project

    Sounds like its a Donnington.....
  3. Dunc

    Little winter project

    Barry, Take some pics under the back. There is a strong chance its running a Salisbury 4HU Jaguar unit, which will give you proper gearing and probably and lsd. If its a Spyder Donnington, I think it'll have Jaguar shafts and UJ's as well, but I'm not certain of this last point, having never examined one closely. The salisbury 4HU is a much beefier and stronger salisbury diff than the 7HA. Much better range of available ratios for a V8 transplant. Dunc
  4. Dunc

    Little winter project

    Looks great Barry - so much nicer to drive with the V8 - I saw this one for sale and thought it looked like a sharp buy for somebody. have you looked under the rear end to see if it’s a Spyder Donnington? (Jag IRS grafted into replacement Spyder chassis) what gearbox is it running? Rover Hydraulic clutch? Looks to be a very late series 1. 🙂
  5. Dunc

    Lotus Excel - Treasure Hunt

    Apologies - the above should have read "brake" master cylinder, not clutch master cylinder - clutch master is a toyota part, late brake master cylinder bendix, earlier one girling. Cheers Dunc
  6. Dunc

    Breaking Lotus Eclat 1975

    £800 for an eclat steering wheel?!?!?! that's just a ridiculous price, I bought one recently in better nick than that for £40. If he gets £800 for his steering wheel I'll walk to Ireland to shake his hand.
  7. Dunc

    Breaking Lotus Eclat 1975

    Elite and Eclat steering wheels are usually worth less than £50. Are you sure it wasn't a steering wheel for the 1960's Lotus Elite?
  8. Dunc

    Lotus Excel - Treasure Hunt

    Discs and pads are Toyota Celica Supra MA61 - cheap on ebay. Pads are shared with previa (non ABS) You will struggle on the clutch master cylinder if it is Bendix type. Contact Angus on lotusexcel.net as he had some Bendix rebuild kits. Earlier type can be swapped out to a pre-86 Saab 900 one, but I'm not sure of union size on the Bendix having never owned one - worst case scenario is changing the brake pipes from the master cylinder to splitter. Clutch slave is Toyota as is master cylinder. Part numbers CV-200 and the Master is MC1602 - dont fit second hand - all readily available and cheap from the net. Water pump is a lotus part, but there are variations - Gary Kemp (Kemp performance engineering) will rebuild it with new seals and a new bearing, or supply a kit for you to do it if you have access to a hydraulic press. Again - don't bother with pre-owned water pumps unless you need one to exchange for repair imho. Cheers Dunc
  9. 1. Bibs - Ticket Purchased 2 + 3. internets - 2 tickets purchased 4 + 5. Pascal Massun - 2 tickets purchased 6. David Boyd - Ticket Purchased - (if I'm still stuck on the M25, can you send me a burger via carrier pigeon please?) 7 + 8. nigeninja - 2 tickets purchased 9. C8RHK - 1 ticket purchased 10. Sizona - 1 ticket purchased 11. Advantage 1 ticket purchased (if I buy two can a stuff my face?) 12 + 13. scotty435 - 2 tickets purchased 14. theelanman - 1 ticket purchased 15 + 16. Can't count Clark aka Sparky - 2 tickets purchased 17 + 18. johnwalsh - 2 tickets purchased 19 + 20. Timjgor90 - 2 tickets purchased 21 + 22. Dunsfold Dave - 2 tickets purchased 23 + 24 + 25. Dan E - 3 tickets purchased 26. chrisroy - 1 ticket purchased   27 + 28. cweeden - 2 tickets purchased 29 + 30. mayesprit - 2 tickets purchased 31 + 32 + 33. RODOLPHESPRIT - 3 tickets purchased 34 + 35 + 36 + 37 + 38. dapinky - 5 tickets purchased 39 + 40 + 41. Jan Blom - 3 tickets purchased 42 + 43. march - 2 tickets purchased 44 + 45. Trevsked - 2 tickets purchased 46. kim.com - 1 ticket purchased 47. bingoking - 1 ticket purchased 48 + 49 + 50. Maydharm - 3 tickets purchased 51 + 52. John_W- 2 tickets purchased 53 + 54. blindside - 2 tickets purchased 55 + 56. Steve A & Lesley - 2 tickets purchased 57. TomE - 1 ticket purchased 58. Dunc - ticket purchased 59. Clive59 - ticket purchased 60. JohnthenutHazel - ticket purchased 61 el-torro - ticket purchased 62. JCspeedbird -ticket purchased 63 - 66. Maydharm- another 1 ticket (4 total) 67 - 72 - Esprit Club France - Rodolphe 73 - 74 - Softlysoftlycatchymonkey - 2 tickets purchased Updated to mark # 58 - 62 as having paid. (paid by by me in case any of our merry band are wondering how this has happened without them doing anything...) 😀
  10. Got room for the Elite and Eclat chaps? (5 of us) 1. Bibs - Ticket Purchased 2 + 3. internets - 2 tickets purchased 4 + 5. Pascal Massun - 2 tickets purchased 6. David Boyd - Ticket Purchased - (if I'm still stuck on the M25, can you send me a burger via carrier pigeon please?) 7 + 8. nigeninja - 2 tickets purchased 9. C8RHK - 1 ticket purchased 10. Sizona - 1 ticket purchased 11. Advantage 1 ticket purchased (if I buy two can a stuff my face?) 12 + 13. scotty435 - 2 tickets purchased 14. theelanman - 1 ticket purchased 15 + 16. Can't count Clark aka Sparky - 2 tickets purchased 17 + 18. johnwalsh - 2 tickets purchased 19 + 20. Timjgor90 - 2 tickets purchased 21 + 22. Dunsfold Dave - 2 tickets purchased 23 + 24 + 25. Dan E - 3 tickets purchased 26. chrisroy - 1 ticket purchased   27 + 28. cweeden - 2 tickets purchased 29 + 30. mayesprit - 2 tickets purchased 31 + 32 + 33. RODOLPHESPRIT - 3 tickets purchased 34 + 35 + 36 + 37 + 38. dapinky - 5 tickets purchased 39 + 40 + 41. Jan Blom - 3 tickets purchased 42 + 43. march - 2 tickets purchased 44 + 45. Trevsked - 2 tickets purchased 46. kim.com - 1 ticket purchased 47. bingoking - 1 ticket purchased 48 + 49 + 50. Maydharm - 3 tickets purchased 51 + 52. John_W- 2 tickets purchased 53 + 54. blindside - 2 tickets purchased 55 + 56. Steve A & Lesley - 2 tickets purchased 57. TomE - 1 ticket purchased 58. Dunc - not purchased yet 59. Clive59 - not purchased yet 60. JohnthenutHazel - not purchased yet 61 el-torro - not yet purchased 62. JCspeedbird -not yet purchased
  11. Dunc

    Eclat V8 VPD696S

    ?? Lotus bits sell the wheels for something like 40 quid +vat each... My car runs the getrag 265. They are expensive to obtain secondhand as they are the weapon of choice for Jag V12 manual conversions in e types and suchlike, but they are the best box available for the car and will put up with a huge amount of abuse (and were standard fit for the S2 elite and eclat). My bellhousing is a sliced and welded rover sd1 automatic item. Whilst the type 9 can be done, I'm not sure I would bother. I've also seen the LT77 5 speed used in V8 transplants, and the supra box (W58/57?) which was the standard fit in the excel. I think the eclat chassis needs some slight modification for the toyota box, but don't quote me on that. Lotus bits will sell you a box if you decide to go the toyota route and will advise on chassis clearance.
  12. Dunc

    Eclat V8 VPD696S

    Welcome Jay! aha! You had the car at a retro-rides trackday at Brands a while back? I had a few people texting me that night, asking where I was, as they thought the yellow eclat V8 was mine. When I responded saying I was at home, someone sent me a picture of your car. Mine is a more pale yellow S2. It is nice to have some yellow eclat V8 brethern on the form... 😀
  13. Dunc

    Wood

    That’s stock. The marine ply panels are part of your crash structure. As long as it’s is in good condition, just seal it with paint or varnish to keep it healthy. sounds a bit heath Robinson, but if it’s good enough for a de haviland mosquitos frame, it’s good enough for our elites and eclats. welcome to the forum :-)
  14. Dunc

    Latest 'Project' arrives home

    1995 My mates were all getting ridiculous insurance quotes on 1.1 fiestas and citroen ax's. At that time, on the proviso you had access to another car (which included being a named driver on my mums R21 GTX), you qualified for classic car insurance from 17 and up. Enter...the dolomite sprint! Mean but hideously unreliable because I had no cash to buy new bits....
  15. Dunc

    Latest 'Project' arrives home

    Such a shame. An Eclat would make an excellent first car. Mine was a dolomite sprint..

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