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Hi all,

Just taken delivery of my Excel SA - lots of "small" jobs to do on the car as well as a major one requiring the filling of the engine sized hole under the bonnet.

Will spend the weekend going through the car - it has a red leather interior, but pics are hard to take with the headlining mostly fallen down...

 

Neil.

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Welcome to TLF Neil. Looks like that's going to be a fun project! 

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Good news. Excel very under-rated cars. 

I seem to recall the auto box cars could starve engines of oil as they get older. Not sure how or why but I know I had to take preventive action on one I owned in the 90s. 

SA perfect moniker for where you are.

Justin

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Thanks chaps.

Lots to do, so will be a longish term project.

Oil starvation not an issue right now as there is no engine in the car, and the original one is missing in action....gearbox is there along with most bits. 

Yip - SA  seemed appropriate!

Neil 

 

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I assume the original engine went pop due to oil issue. 

How do you find a Lotus 2.2 engine in S Africa? Or will you import one? 

Gordon Murray came to UK (from SA) and sought a job at Lotus. He was turned down.....

Justin 

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No idea about the original engine - I'm not in contact with that owner. 

I will put in a different engine,  anything Lotus will be in short supply and about impossible to find.  Importing one with the necessary extra bits - power steering pump, air con compressor etc. will cost more than I paid for the car!

Neil.

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Welcome to TLF Neil. :welcome:

A guy in Australia that I talk to a lot about my Esprit recommended an Excel to me if I wanted to stay with a Lotus after I sell my Esprit. Alas, not to be.

Hope everything goes really well with your project.

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