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  • 2 weeks later...

Well the old girl has just had close to a grand thrown at her today :). I have just purchase all the below to get her head for the streets :D. I ended up contacting Lotus bits and SJ.

Full service items including all belts, all filters and spark plugs

Front upper and lower ball joints

Front and rear shocks plus front springs

inner and outter tie rods

Discs and pads all round

new bolts for everything above

new brake pipes from caliper to hose

front calipers sent off to be completely refurbed

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It's scary how £1k can disappear so easily.

I should really have asked but, are the lower balljoints shot? If it's just the rubbers then much easier to just fit new ones of those. Uppers are low cost and less work to change the whole balljoint than rubbers.

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Hello Ladies and Gents,

I need your help as i am close to pulling the little hair i have left out. I started tonight doing the ball joint bottom trying to get the bastard out would it come out no. I have used half a can of WD40 and heat for a long time close to red hot and still the bastard wouldnt budge. I got a spanner round it to guide it and smacked the shit out of the top with a hammer to try and knock it down and no go. Below is the other side does this go down to get it out?

Also i have the inner tie rod but for the life of me i cant figure out how to remove it as it doesnt have anything to grip hold of no nut nothing. please help.

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If that’s the same as the esprit - it’s pressed in. Took about 20 tons on the press to get em out. No hammer will succeed I’m afraid.

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You'll be taking the arm off to press that out.  Also check it hasn't been tack-welded underneath.  I have a tool for the rods which may or may not be the right size, so can bring it along next week...

British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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Is there actually a fault with the lower BJs? If not then I'd say leave them as some after-market replacements (even from Lotus specialists) may wear out faster than the ones that are c30yr old.

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1 hour ago, andydclements said:

Is there actually a fault with the lower BJs? If not then I'd say leave them as some after-market replacements (even from Lotus specialists) may wear out faster than the ones that are c30yr old.

I need to change them now as i have smashed the shit out of it and one is ruined lol. 

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Good evening ladies and Gents,

Well this came today from SJ :D happy but also annoyed at the same time. All my parts that are here which i ordered last week and only turned up today which i had to call yesterday which if i hadn't i don't believe they wouldn't have turned up as they randomly said they will be shipped out today for delivery tomorrow. Why could they not have been shipped out sooner as the problem is now after going through all the bits there was not invoice with the bits but also my top control arm bushes are not with the shipment and i have arranged with my father in law to do all that this weekend at his engineering club so i am a bit pissed with that. The one thing that i really needed for this weekend apart from the cambelt is missing.

The battery turned up from ordering yesterday so well happy with that :D as i have put it in the car and :D and the electric came on so exciting and she hardly has any fuel so result there for me and Stu to empty the tank tomorrow. I am hoping to have her running tomorrow for the first time in 17 years :D

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What a happy guy!  Good to meet you both, and pleased to be able to help resurrect another beauty.  Crack on, Nick.

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British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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Good to see another excel getting back to life, they are great cars and probably the most practical lotus model.

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10 hours ago, Sparky said:

What a happy guy!  Good to meet you both, and pleased to be able to help resurrect another beauty.  Crack on, Nick.

I am still buzzing this morning :D so thank you very much i will be down to you when she is on the road.

 

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Well i have my calipers back from Big Reds so i am loving them right now only problem is i have no discs to put them on with lol. Does anyone on here have a pair in there stock they are happy to part with?

Also still having issues sorting out these ARB bushes.

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Ah the rad job, oh what joy it brings. I hate it and that's with an inspection pit so that I can stand and do it.  (I have a bad back, it's not the job itself)

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Thank you so much Gary. I new she has gone to the right hands :).

 

Sorry it has been ages since i have updated you all on the progress and thank you to Gary you can see what is happening with her now but before that these are all the previous pictures to that point :).

 

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