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  1. Did the scrap dealer own the interceptor, or was it part of his stock? 🙂 For me it all began as an impressionable five year old living in a little village 10 miles outside edinburgh. My neighbour was a real life racing driver (modsports then BTCC) and his road car was a Lotus Elite, which with its pop up lights seemed impossibly glamorous in a world of Hilmans, cortinas and cavaliers. A flirtation with a yellow eclat 520 followed when I was a student and could quite afford it. It was very much the "one that got away". So when a similar car became available 10 years later - I had to have it. There began the trip down the Lotus wormhole..
  2. More pictures required Pete! I concur with the above. I also recall a shiny metal trim that crossed the rear on the factory vinyl elites. Strangely, the vinyl roof seemed less popular in later cars - most of the ones I have seen with a vinyl top were 74/75/76. best wishes Dunc
  3. That looks a properly sorted series 1. I like it a lot. I think it would be a great buy for somebody. Chassis and trailing arms look immaculate.
  4. excellent! First round is Rob's 😄
  5. Thanks for posting the above Barry. A great read for Anoraks like me. having given you all the good news about what this conversion brings, I should probably share the bad. That top link rear suspension system is said to be not quite right and produces some handling irregularities. An engineer owner who fitted it, reviewed why it wasn’t quite right and published his thoughts on the net (google lotus elite top link, and you might find his article). His thoughts were that the pivot point for the top link is in the wrong place and needed to be moved higher, as the current geometry isn’t quite right as the suspension compresses causing roll oversteer, making the rear end quite lively. The standard car has quite a simple but effective arrangement in that a large bolt goes through the hub and locks the angle of the hub into a fixed arc. As the car corners, it effectively leans on its compressing outside suspension, which introduces negative camber as the suspension compresses, keeping the loaded tyre at the right attitude vs the road - this is what brings its prodigious grip and handling magic. the Donnington rear end is a lot more robust, but needs a bit more development. I think spyder realised the real money was in elan chassis’s rather than Elite’s and eclats which had entered bargain bucket territory in value, and quietly phased out offering elite and Eclat parts. i have a set of Spyder tubular trailing arms as pictured in the brochure. I haven’t fitted them but they are very heavy duty compared to the stock lotus box section arms. Might pop them on my v8 and see if it helps any. Too heavy for the race car project i think. i’d be really interested in this car when it’s up and running. Would love to try it in comparison to my Eclat S2. Dunc
  6. 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....
  7. 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
  8. 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. 🙂
  9. 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
  10. £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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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...) 😀
  14. 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
  15. ?? 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.
  16. 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... 😀
  17. 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 :-)
  18. 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....
  19. Such a shame. An Eclat would make an excellent first car. Mine was a dolomite sprint..
  20. Depends on the car..... Eclat 520 4 x 108pcd , 14inch wheel 5.5J ET ? Eclat/Elite S1 4x 114.3, 14 inch wheel 7J ET+15 Elite/Eclat S2 (on speedlines) 4x4" (101.6mm) 14 inch wheel 7J ET+19
  21. Another name for the airbox is the "the flametrap". Running without the airbox increases the prospect of fire. I do not think upturned bellmouths to stop petrol dripping out is a good idea. One backfire and I think you will just have coated your engine bay in petrol droplets. I could be wrong, but I dont think this is a good idea.
  22. It may have survived Daryl, but its not on the road. It is marked as being SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification), which is what we have to do nowdays when we don't tax a car to avoid a fine. The online MOT history goes back to 2005, and there is absolutely nothing on record for this car, so if its still in one piece, its in somebodys shed somewhere and hasn't been used on the road for over 13 years. The bad news is that a lot of people scrap cars, and forget to notify the DVLA so they stay as SORN ghosts on the database. I think your best course of action now is to sell your Falcon ute and buy a Holden. Dunc
  23. There is an alternative method... John "the nut" did a very nice job using the roof lining from a people carrier, cut into a rectangle and tucked under the roll bar trim and cant rails. Creates a kind of false ceiling. The problem with replacing it as per standard is that its glued directly to the roof and given time, the backing seems to separate allowing it to drop. Replacements often don't last that long. Johns method seems to create something that will last and last. Unless you have a sunroof, I'd use Johns method.
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