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SE High Wing C Service


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Yes, there’s another thread about this, but I decided to create another to better focus on findings and solutions.

Peter (peterm9911) recently gave me his SE High Wing for a C service.  In light of the various issues I’ve found, I asked him whether he’d be happy having it written up, warts and all, and he agreed as he feels it may be of some help to others.  I drove it 10 miles, and it performs well below the standard I’d expect of an SE.

The car hadn’t been serviced for quite a few years.  Peter asked me to check a few bits and pieces, and I subsequently found plenty of other issues.  All are listed here in no particular order, and there may be more…

ABS inop.  Various splices have been made into the loom.

Aircon inop.  Again, various splices.

Heater fresh air and diverter flaps inop.  There’s some vacuum from the pump, but not a lot.  Direct vacuum applied to the heater diaphragms achieves little.

Temperature gauge reads low.  Verified it roughly matches what the ECU is seeing.  Found thermostat jammed open.

Significant steering column play.  Found both upper bolts loose, and this has introduced wear into the mountings.

Entire turbo heatshield assembly missing.

Chargecooler front mounting bracket missing.

Chargecooler rear mounting incorrect – much too large.

Crank pulley has had the living daylights hammered out of it – including on the belt runs.

Difficulty engaging gear - clutch slave cylinder leaking.

Engine codes indicate VSS fault.

Oil temperature gauge inop.  Wire missing from sender.  Finally found where wire was cut from loom.

O/S headlamps badly corroded (I would fail them at MoT).

N/S main beam headlamp corroded.

N/S/R brake disc badly scored.  This appears to be old damage, no doubt metal on metal, with subsequent pad replacement.

Handbrake very weak.

Both door check straps broken.

Turbo oil return pipe badly corroded and weeping.

N/S/R wheel arch heatshield mountings have disintegrated; shield is U-clamped to exhaust pipe.  Different.

N/S electric window fault at driver panel.

Most vacuum hoses and unions in poor condition.

Bonnet fresh air intake seal missing.

Heavy fuel smell.  Both fuel vent pipes disintegrated at rollover valve.

Fuel filter ANCIENT.  Both fuel unions badly corroded, and filter-to-engine pipe may not survive.

Fuel contains huge amounts of rust.  Tanks clearly on the way, and injectors may need replacement.

Inlet valve clearances:  7, 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 8, 9

Exhaust valve clearances:  10, 5, 16, 14, 10, 12, 14, 11

Both rear lower links bent.

I'm hoping that's it; I've given Peter nothing but bad news so far!

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

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Looks like a long list but considerning the car has not been serviced in years and has obviously not had a decent pair of hands fondling her bits in good few years this just shows the results :( 

But she is in good hands now anyway so all is forgiven :)  To be honest have never really been that keen on the lotus high wing but normally see them in red,  Love the look of this one in silver though, rare car and should be nice when it leave watford exotics :thumbup:

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Just needs a clean then and listing on eBay ?  As a first class top notch specialist looked after fully serviced car :lol:

all joking aside - makes my S4 seem like a good one !!

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Interesting exercise - left is from fuel filter in, right is filter out. Quite impressive, given that the filter is old enough to be made of papyrus.

Anyway. I now invite subjects to tell me what they see. Eat yer heart out, Rorschach.

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With all that rust on the intake side of the filter, we can assume it is telling us a story about the internal tank condition.. 

Would love to see what would get caught in the sieve after the drain plug on the o/s tank is removed...  Who wants to have a guess you may even need to poke the hole to create a flow after the plug is out !!!!   Doing this will all depend how much petrol is in , but an insertion of endoscope after could clear up some questions on tanks longevity.  

It is a noble thing you are undertaking Gary .... but after a day off its just manyana .   

keep up the good work 

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4 hours ago, Sparky said:

Interesting exercise - left is from fuel filter in, right is filter out. Quite impressive, given that the filter is old enough to be made of papyrus.

Anyway. I now invite subjects to tell me what they see. Eat yer heart out, Rorschach.

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On the left I see Winnie the poo taking a naked selfie whilst rubbing his bottom, of his newly slim and tanned body. He's obviously been cutting down on the honey since the decline in the Bee population.

On the right is Tiggers shocked expression when he receives a new photo message from his friend Poo.

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More snail-like progress today.

This ain't moving.  Academic, really, as the pipe's damaged anyway.

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Not sure what sealant was last used for the towers, but it's not anaerobic and there's shedloads of it everywhere.  3 of the tower bolts are badly chewed, 4 have washers (they shouldn't) and 3 were virtually finger-tight.  I'm wondering about the threads in the head.

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And most of the shims are near as dammit Polos.

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Things can only get better...

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

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Lucky that black sealant was not caked on unlike most stuff when the non anerobic stuff is not used and the excess normally ends up in the bloody engine oil ways :(  Like the polos,  should have a bit more poke when finished with the added valve lift  :thumbup:

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