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I thought I would start a new thread for Eclat progress as the last thread started out as an Elite buying tips and then found the car I was going to look at was an Eclat :) .

The car is now safely on my drive after a friend picked it up for me with his recovery truck. By the way if you need vehicle recovery/moving then i can put you in touch with this well priced man in the Watford area. WHen we picked it up the nearside rear brake was locked (handbrake had been left off thankfully) and once dragged off the stone drive and onto the ramp of the recovery truck, a few pull and releases of the winch had the brake free off with the usual crack.

As can be seen the car had stood for a few years in the previous owners garage and then moved outside with a cover until that blew off. I believe it then stood outside uncovered for close to 2 years, pointing own a gentle slope culminating in the interior air inlet filling up with water and from then on every time it rained the water would enter the footwells via the air vent :( .

This is how it came to me with nearly 2 inches of water in both footwells and with the damp atmosphere this created, the headlining has dropped in the front, both sunvisors are in a poor state and the half leather was growing penicilin(sp?).

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So today I was out with the bucket and gave it the once over and also wiped part of the interior just to see how things would brush up. Suitably pleased i think :) .

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Trevor.

I'll get around to it at some point.

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Mark,

Paint seems fine for a 27 year old car and on the basis there is no lacquer lifting i don't actually think it has any. Would they have been lacquered on a white car? No osmosis on first inspection at least.

Mat,

I wish.

Robert,

A while back I would have said the Eclat was my least favorite of all the lotus and the tall square dash turned my stomach. Strange how what was once unattractive to me now oozes appeal.

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Squirrels like plug leads.

Had a quick look in the air vent well but couldn't find a drain hole let alone a blocked one. Any ideas?

This link should take you to the rest of the pictures if anyone is interested.

http://s289.photobucket.com/albums/ll235/T...Eclat/?start=40

Trevor

I'll get around to it at some point.

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I am amazed at how nice the car looks after you went round with your magic bucket Trevor.

That is a very classy looking car.

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Thanks all for the encouragement. Pictures flatter somewhat but yes pleased with a car that looks promising. Can't wait until it dries out as I haven't been anle to sit in it yet. I think the rear seats look fantastic, so stylish. Going to see if I can find the drain hole today that is obviously blocked, creating the indoor swimming pool .

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I've moved this thread into the restoration room where it will get the attention it deserves :)

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Today I found the drain hole for the interior air inlet plenum and cleared it so no more water will be coming in to the cabin, at least not from that source. I decided to connect up the battery to see what was working and what wasn't.

I was ready for complete blackout of all systems but was pleasantly surprised by the amount of switches functioning.

Off the top of my head

Working;

L.E.D clock

Both door mirrors

Interior and door lights

Windscreen wiper

Dash lights including dimmer

Radio

Fan

Drivers side electric window

Rear demist (well the light on the switch came on :harhar: )

All the light including main and dip.

Not working;

Passenger electric window

Windscreen washer

Headlights illuminated but remained in the down position

Indicators and Hazards.

Also to fix;

The nearside bonnet release cable seized

New electric ariel

Both rad fans look new but are stiff/seized so need some love

Headlining and sun visors

Front shocks and probably springs but may get away without the springs.

Cleaned out the waterlogged spark plug holes reasonably well and will wait until they dry a little more before using an airline to blow away the remaining debris prior to plug removal and a little WD40 in the bores.

Any online Eclat workshop/parts manuals?

Any suggetions on my not working list gratefully received.

Trevor.

I'll get around to it at some point.

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Not had a lot of time today as I went to the Race Retro show at Stoneleigh to watch the group B cars demonstrated.

Got back and opened the doors for a bit more drying time (still very very wet) and thought I would remove the headlining as this was irritating me. Vacuumed the old sponge off the roof and also the front and rear seats. T-Cut the roof and one coat of wax to protect it as the T-Cut leaves the paint very exposed. Got out the bucket and cloth and washed the rest of the interior of the car.

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Trevor.

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your going to want to take the interiour out and throw away the old sound proofing, otherwise you will never get the moistre all out and then it will be followed by a horrible musty smell...

the window motors are readily available, but it is 50-50 it could be the SW, the latter is fairly easy to strip down and clean the contacts... same procidure with the hazzard sw and if that is gummed up the indicators wont work either

the washer motor, go and get a new one from halfrawds...

lights it will be moisture/corrosion in the relay or again a gummed up SW,

a days work and you should be good... good luck mate...

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Mds666,

Of course you are right and I should take out the interior but I really don't want to at this point.

First port of call will be the switch and I will test the output for voltage.

Thanks for the pointer on the light lifters.

Now you have told me a day I will have to do it in half that or be shamed for the rest of this thread. :harhar:

Was that including taking the interior out?

Trevor.

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it depends on how stubborn all the self tapping screws are and if your seat belt anchors fall apart... but i have swapped a couple of excel SE interiours in a day, out of one into another, including dashes and they are far more involved...

but to be fair if you need to strip all your switches down it mite take you a day for the electrics and a day for the interiour... getting the sound proofing material out really will speed up your drying out process though

just a thought have you tried switching the switches 10 or 20 times, bit of a bodge but sometimes you can get the current to arc and clean the contacts...

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Mds666,

Beginning to know the significance of the 666. Not much time on the car today but following the rule of doing a bit each day, no matter how small, will get the job done. Removed the drivers seat (easy, 4 nuts from the underside) so that I could take out the sound deadening. I thought the carpet would un-stick from the top of the sound deadening fairly readily with all that water in there but whatever glue Lotus use must have been developed to hold the tiles on the space shuttle. Couple that with some carpet going behind bits of trim and fading light made me call it a day. I can see that without taking all this out, things will never dry.

Trevor.

I'll get around to it at some point.

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Got the carpet and sound deadening off the floor today and removed a few other items of trim. Starter motor seems to be stuck so will remove that ASAP but looks like it will require a few things to be removed to gain access.

Found a box of tricks hidden under the dash which seems to function (lights come on), anyone know anything about them other than it's a radar detector?

Trevor.

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looks intresting!... be careful its not a jammer as these are less than leagle now... another trick to try would be to drop a de-humidifier in now you have removed the seats...

have a little more of a rummage under the dash and make sure there isnt an imobiliser disableing your starter motor rather than it being faulty, and check there is a good earth at the block, another thing to corrode on the front engine cars...

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Don't think it's a jammer as it has a sticker saying something about being a receiver. I will take a pic tomorrow.

The starter solenoid clicks and if you bridge it, still nothing.

We have quite good drying weather at the moment but will look in to a de-humidifier.

Trevor.

I'll get around to it at some point.

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My mate had a leaky TVR, and borrowed my dehumidifier. It sat for days inside his car whirring away, but it still needed a good warm day standing outside with the windows down to really dry it off.

So have you got a new carpet set to go in? Will it be ready for Donington or Castle Combe?

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LooseCannon,

I am hoping to have it on the road by Donnington but all being well I should have the Esprit roadworthy and will bring that.

As the car had dried enough to sit in I decided to try the rear seats out for size. Not sure which circus Lotus used to get the occupants in their pictures but strictly sub teenagers only.

I am going to try and use the existing carpet as it is original and in good condition (not worn) just wet. I need to treat it with something to kill off the spores so if anyone has any ideas let me know. I think I may strip the foam backing from the sound deadening and then stick on some new, thereby retaining the patterns. I did look for companies with new carpets but could only find Excel sets.

Trevor.

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Not sure which circus Lotus used to get the occupants in their pictures but strictly sub teenagers only.

If you see in the brochure they show 2 ladies in the back, but the side of the car is cut off to photograph it....so that's how they did it :)

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