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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. I think on the 1990 excel the later dash is curved rather than flat like the earlier elite/eclat. I've never owned a later excel with the later dash, and have only re-veneered the flat panels on an eclat, but I think making a new panel shouldnt be beyond the abilities of a half decent woodworker if you supply the originals as templates?
  2. Good skills Clive - car looking good. It'll be nice and cold when you get back to Scotland and an awning may be needed, but for different purposes....
  3. Although based on the same basic engine architecture the 911 is substantially different. It has two big long strengthening studs than run through the block that are absent on the 907 & 912. Sump and cams also differ. There are a myriad of differences between 907's depending on spec - esprit 907's have a full face bearing and a cross drilled crank - others have the solid crank and a lubrication channel through the bearing shell (which reduces surface area, increasing load). I've only ever had one 911 engine and I didn't strip it down (I swapped it with Mike Taylor for a 912), so I'm not sure which bearings/crank the sunbeam block used. I wouldnt be surprised if they were full face given the application, but have no direct knowlege - just flagging as an example of the differences that exist in Lotus engines with the same code. According to lore sumps were sold to match the crank cradle and shouldnt be mixed and matched - not too sure how much faith I would put in that however. An easy solution could be dry sumping an fitting something almost flat to clear the crossmember.
  4. Come on Justin..... £1K for a waterpump and cambelt on an excel....?!? Thats just not in the spirit of this room of TLF - get the spanners out! Less than 2 hrs on a Saturday morning to a man of your calibre!!
  5. I went on holiday with my mate in an 1100 in 1993. (I was 17). It was at least a VDP on twin carbs with a heady 55bhp. It started to overheated in the balmy scottish summer at an indicated 82mph on the M9, so we had to back off a bit... Happy memories
  6. I'm not sure the Zinc would have been damaged. Its been an engine bay fire and heat rises. The chassis is pretty low at the front. My first eclat died in a fire and the fibreglass damage was MUCH worse than that one. The galv chassis on it seemed fine.
  7. A breaker in Lincolnshire has taken in a fire damaged Elite S2. Seems he has cut the chassis up to remove components... Somewhere a village in Lincolnshire is missing its idiot... The rarest, most valuable component on the car written off with a few swings of his stihl saw... Words fail me...
  8. ^ This is what I have. Fan runs thermostatically, but I have the option to overide witht he manual switch.
  9. Welcome to our little section on TLF George! Well done on saving an S2 eclat! Where about in Australia are you? TLF's wedge section seems to have a growing Australasian membership :-) From memory, the fuse map is on a sticker on the underside or adjacent to the fuse block, but I cant recall - I will have a look on my car and take a photo next time I'm near it. Power drain is likely to be those sodding lights in the door/interior light circuit. Take the bulbs out and see if it goes. The power steering rack is a ford item, and seeing as you got Capri's, Escorts and Cortina's locally, your probably easier getting the one you have rebuilt locally. Original S2 steering wheels are hard to obtain. An aftermarket Mountney and boss kit will see you right. MB019 if memory seves - spline shared with midget and early range rover. The ignition barel is a Waco item. I'm not sure how easy to find they now are. Have a look at the parts interchangeability spreasheet on here as a sticky - its a great resource. best wishes Dunc
  10. If your happy that you have no vacuum leaks, your ignition wires are all measuring correcty, and that the dizzy cap and rotor arm are fine, try this one from leftfield: try richening it up a bit. Although this sounds stupid for countering a high HC score, if you've gone too lean on a cylinder, it wont catch at idle, resulting in unburnt mixture going down the exhaust. Also, check that the choke is returning properly.
  11. Interesting. As most will know, there is now an Ultra Low Emissions Zone charge thats live in London charging vehicles (including motorbikes) £15 a day to visit central london. Historic Vehicles are exempt. Whilst my current bike sneaked in after a battle, I was thinking of the possibility of a classic bike for the daily London commute. Seems it might be viable.
  12. Good luck wiht the haggle. I agree with the above - shipping a Salisbury 7HA from the UK would be a lot easier than trying to fabricate a new arrangement to take a different diff. It has been done before, with Dan's race using an Atlas diff and Spyder grafting a Jag IRS in, but Spder chanegd the entire chassis to achieve this. Keep it standard with a Salisbury. :-)
  13. I have a fabric towing eye that I will fit on the front outrigger....not done it yet, but will soon.
  14. the weapon of choice for putting kids in an elite or eclat is the Britax Prince. This is quite a narrow seat that sits inside the sculpted bucket and its certified for use with a lap belt as well as a 3 point belt.
  15. Lotus bits built a frame in the boot to allow eye bolts through the parcel shelf as a one off for an eclat and it was magazine featured. It mounted onto the thicker fibreglass of the wheelarches. I had personal reservations about the design, reasoning that a side hit could transfer the impact along the tube and crush the rear passenger with thei harness. I think a better design would be large spreader plates bolting in to whatever reasonably strong fibrglass exists back there. The problem being that the parcel shelf area is relatively flimsy and thin.
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