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Thanks for your help Pete and Clive. From the 25amp terminal on the fuse box mine has a White wire with blue tracer that goes to central terminal on a relay mounted on drivers side inner wing , just by the panel that supports air box tube.  
I haven’t spotted a white/blue wire coming from fuse box on any wiring diagrams I have. The wire looks to be original. 

Tony 

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If that's factory wiring it's a yellow/green wire - or should be!  The wire colours do fade/discolour, but I also found a couple of "substitutions" in my factory loom.  This circuit is quite complicated as it also has a relay which stops the rear screen heater working at certain times - presumably as a current-limiting arrangement.  The fans are also activated by the aircon Ranco switch via another relay.

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Pete, it has two relays under the dash , r/h side which I think are what you’ve mentioned.  Thinking PO has altered it as no a/c parts in the engine bay other than double bottom pulley.

The white/blue wire is in the harness and supplies power to the relay from fuse box , and fans come on when key is turned on first and second points.  
Now I’ve seen on wiring diagrams that non a/c only had one fan, that could be the reason second fans earth wire wasn’t connected.  
Perhaps I need to check otter switch, as it may be stuck  in the hot temperature position if this is possible.  
Thanks everyone 

Tony 

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Hi Pete , definitely not worried about originality,don’t think there’s much left of the original car other than the body. Perhaps the chassis.  
Going to collect new front screen in a few days , MX5 pop up light motors to be fitted as well.  All this should have been done last year.  
Ooh and it hasn’t got any headlining. 
But on the plus side I have a spare galvanised chassis, engine, gearbox, fuel tank and several mechanical parts which may or may not be usable. 
 

Tony 

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Hi Pete , well when someone I think it was Black Eclat posted about the mx5 motors, I thought I pasted it in my restoration thread , but that was around a year ago , had a quick search and it’s not surfaced.  What has surfaced is fitting the doors etc , which was this time last year. About to do them , got the window brush strips coming Tuesday.  Only a year late.  

Tony 

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On 25/04/2021 at 19:44, Doris the dog said:

Hi Pete , well when someone I think it was Black Eclat posted about the mx5 motors, I thought I pasted it in my restoration thread , but that was around a year ago , had a quick search and it’s not surfaced.  What has surfaced is fitting the doors etc , which was this time last year. About to do them , got the window brush strips coming Tuesday.  Only a year late.  

Using Black Eclats thread I made a set of brackets by folding 1.2mm stainless sheet (1st attempt was with 1.8mm but that was too thick)

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Really back into the Elite, after being distracted by parents and sprinter engine.  The sprinter engine problems seemed never ending from electrics to injectors , glow plugs and air in fuel lines etc.  
Now so many jobs to do on the elite , fitting glass all round , making brackets for mx5 conversion, all the trim to go on , and the DOORS (started on them) air intake pipe and dash needs fitting.  
That should see me busy till end of the month.😂 
All made harder as I’ve only sat in a lotus once, mine about a week ago.  Only seen one Elite (Angus) last year , early covid so not close.   
God nows what the drive like , think I might need to have a cushion to see the bonnet. 
 

Tony 

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