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So... I'm guessing by the fact that I can't find one with a quick google, that the wooden gear knob fitted to the Excel is going to be tough to find?

Is it interchangeable with any other Lotus models, or is there a fairly "universal" fitting on it? I've rarely had to change the gear knob in a car before but it's always been with cars that have plentiful spares supply

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Lotusbits are gonna be on speed dial :rofl:

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I sent them an email yesterday already! :)

It's totally un-important in the grand scheme of things, but one thing I do fancy changing with the car is the rear logo. I really prefer the 80's-tastic decals seen on some of them. I can't yet work out if there's a pattern as to when they were fitted.

I have also put an email into the factory to get a certificate of provenance, it would be worth finding out if this is a particularly rare spec/combo or anything else - will certainly be worth having for the file I am going to attempt to build. Be good to find some history on it.

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Don't rely on an email to Lotusbits, they get a lot of spam so they may not see all genuine emails, better to call.

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Thanks for the advice. I shall give them a ring in the week. 

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James, my Eclat has 205/60VR 14 NCT's and manual says "22 psi for 2 occupants and luggage, or 30 front, 32 rear, for fully laden and over 100mph". I tend to go in between at about 26 or 27..

ECLAT profile1.jpg

 

Excel will probably be something similar..

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Both front & rear, 24lb/in2  aka 1.65bar, plus 0.4bar (6lb) for continuous speeds over 100mph

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Cheers guys. The info I found on the net seemed to agree - circa 24/25psi for general use.

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Congratulations James, that's a great purchase. I have owned a couple of Excels, they are great cars. Will be glad to offer any advise if you need it. My last Excel was a one owner car, the log book showed a certain Roy Chubby Brown as the first owner!.

A really great car the Excel, Lotus could learn a lot sometimes by looking back at their previous work.

 

Phil

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Thanks Phil. I tell you one thing, the quality of the leather in the Excel is miles better than the 400!

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Phil - I think the 400 is more likely to go to the festival, I want the Excel to be done up a bit more before it goes to too many shows

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At low speed when maneuvering around car parks etc.. I seem to get one loud knock from the front/left of the car, just the one. Is this the famous lack of Ackermann geometry manifesting itself?

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Yes, rather thank a true knock it will be the tyre with the least grip being pushed sideways and eventually slipping and giving a noticeable jolt. Best way to avoid is not to drive the car slowly.:devil:

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haha, I went to the BIH meet yesterday, have been slowly getting used to the car's abilities. 

I have no doubt I am driving it like a total pansy but don't want to take any liberties with it just yet.

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I'm not saying things are tight down at Hethel, but I asked the archivist to do a search on my car and he told me he can do it but not give me the certificate.... because he's waiting on approval to buy more paper!!

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On 8/12/2016 at 20:51, JayEmm said:

At least one window frame has rust on it, I will sign up for Excel.net soon.

 

It's running 205s I think? Kimbers did tell me, I think it was on 225s and he said it should be on 215s but these were the closest available?

Yes, the original spec was for 215/50VR15 and 24psi front and rear for normal driving.

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In the Dundee Museum Of Transport they have the development car for the Excel.  It was purchased at auction as a but of a mess by a Lotus enthusiast.  As he bagan stripping it down he found many pen markings, extra holes drilled in places and notes written on masking tape.  By researching chassis number it was found to be the development car for the model.  Its on display after its refurb and looking good displayed beside a photo dossier of the finds and the resteration process.

 

Jayemm - great videos, been following since your evora purchase and your posts on here as Ive been sniffing for a evora series 1.  Great work! enjoy the videos and your humour.

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Thankyou @K666ADM - I try my best! The Excel is going to be a great car to get to know.

It's perfectly capable of keeping up with modern traffic, and is very practical. It starts fairly easy and having driven it twice at night the lights are actually bloody good, which is a surprise.

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@JayEmm - you taking it to Malcom Ricketts on Saturday?

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@ChrisJ I may be in the Evora if i come along (which I hope to), as I am currently rotating cars at Hethel!

The 400 needs to go back for ANOTHER round of fixes after this one, so I'll probably leave the Excel in their car park again.

I am currently weighing up whether it is worth getting a Lotus specialist or my (extremely competent) local specialist to do the remaining work. I'm sure you must have a preferred garage?

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As Gerald @ GST did the engine work, if you can keep it with him the car will benefit hugely. It is very difficult to get onto his customer list, so I'd check with him if you can.

I wouldn't touch the door beams until you have replacement window frames as you might find the existing window frames just fall apart when you attempt to do the work. You might be able to pick up a set of second hand ones (Gerald found one for me), but they will also be corroded and on their way out. The thread on LotusExcel.net is looking very hopeful that a solution will be produced sooner rather than later. Just be gentle with the doors and don't lean on them :)

I've changed the rear red lights to LED, but as you say the headlights are great as they are. The fog lights in mine are crap and probably need replacing.

Do you have the Dim/Dip module - where the headlights popup and illuminate when on side lights? Mine completely failed one night and had to drive home on full beam - boy were there a lot of plod cars that night going the other way. There is a fix for this you might want to have.

Don't completely fill up with fuel as you'll find it coming out of the filler cap on right hand bends :( They all leak.

Are you thinking of completely re-doing the interior? If so, I've a good recommendation for you - up near Stattons in Norfolk.

I alternate daily the use of cars between my modern car and the Excel - all through the winter.

Chris

 

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