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6 hours ago, Gis said:

@Llewelyn82 the measuring point for fuel pressure is before the FPR not after. Have a look at the manual page below.

 

Thanks Gis - Actually I'm glad you posted that as it might raise a discussion.

I asked Steve at SJ about this as checking the infeed as per manual didn't make sense to me. Steve said that he always checks on the output side not the infeed so took his experience/advice on that.

My thoughts on this are as follows - If the FPR is a "regulator" then it regulates the fuel pressure down to the correct pressure for the carbs and any leftover fuel gets backfed into the tank. Therefore, checking on the "unregulated" side doesn't really benefit you. I can easily check the infeed side but not sure what it will gain since the fuel pump and filter is new I can be fairly sure infeed pressure will be good. I will take advice on this though, I don't claim to be an expert!!!

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I'm very happy with the alloy tanks I got from SJ. They even survived the fire that destroyed my red SE and have been reused on my current SE.

As for checking the fuel pressure, the valve in the FPR opens according to pressure on the inlet side. So in fact it regulates the pressure it's fed, not the outlet. As long as flow is limited, both inlet and outlet will have the same pressure.

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Hi Filip @Escape - Thanks for the info, that's also how I understood the FPR. Great to know about the tanks, they actually seem like really good value to me :)

Had a quick look at my carbs today - Took the tops off and set the float heights which were at about 16.5 mm. No major signs of crud/dirt in the float chambers but I soaked up the fuel and gave everything a good soaking in carb cleaner. I damaged a couple of balance pipe fibre washers so need to get some new ones before I can start the car and test if it's made a difference (which I doubt but you never know!)

I did notice some gasket damage on one of the tops, I am not sure if this would make a difference but here's a photo anyway:

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I would recommend you replace all these gaskets and rebuild the carbs if you have no history of when they were changed last time. It’s quite a nice and rewarding job to do and way cheaper than an engine fire because of a leak. Plenty of thread advise on here on how the rebuild is done. Don’t take shortcuts with this and have peace of mind that the carbs are tight and sealed correctly.

Agree with Filip that the SJ tanks are good. 

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24 minutes ago, Gis said:

I would put the carbs at the top of the list, together with a renewal of all the fuel hoses. It’s critical stuff mate

They are at the top! I've replaced many fuel hoses already, still a few more to go though :) 

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On ‎31‎/‎05‎/‎2018 at 07:13, Sparky said:

 

My first was an '89 Carb Turbo.  I do miss it!  To continue the advice:

Be aware that loosening the clamp to adjust the distributor may cause it to spring out of its keyway.  You never want that to happen as it's no fun to get back in.  Loosen the clamp bolt (accessible from top between the carbs) SLIGHTLY, and try and maintain forward pressure whenever you're turning the distributor.  You can get a hand on it from under the plenum.  It helps if you have an assistant operating the light.  I've also been known to tap the distributor round gently from above with a long bar.

 

 

 

Spent two days once getting that bugger back on!

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36 minutes ago, red vtec said:

Spent two days once getting that bugger back on!

I feel your pain, my lower clip fell off and it was an absolute saga trying to get it back on!!! A couple of hours and a pair of hands like ribbons later and it was on!

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A bit of interior work today... Decided to have a go at retrimming the headlining myself, the thought being if I totally cock it up I'll just pay someone else to do it!

It's a work in progress at the mo but thought I'd post a couple of pics... The baggy leading edge of the front panel can't be tensioned until I've fitted the visors (which I will get recovered professionally) as it has to be scrimmed and fixed to the sunroof seal lip. Also the folded edges need a bit more trimming and tensioning.

It's not a bad first effort so far though and generally I'm pretty pleased... The side panel sections are pretty much done and just need a bit of fettling when I get more time. I'm not sure how the bulkhead window trim piece will turn out, we will see! For now I've just removed the old fabric and cleaned it up a bit :)

 

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Seal not properly seated on this pic:

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Well... I'm learning about the joys of lotus ownership! 

After my upbeat last few posts I went out to fetch a curry tonight and sadly it looks like my vac pump has failed... No brakes and a ridiculously hot engine. I had to nurse it back trying not to overheat. Absolute ball ache. Car safely home, will investigate over the weekend. Any advice on vac pumps appreciated!

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Right, I couldn't settle.... found out what the problem was...!

the top bolt (the one completely missing!) was an absolute swine to get back in, fitted a longer bolt with a lock nut on the end of it now so hopefully there won't be a repeat performance :)

Every day is a school day....!

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

For me - it’s the only way to really enjoy ownership.

if you had to pay a garage to fix it every time you broke it in the early days would kill the love.

Completely agree!! Not to mention money saving and knowing the job has been done properly...

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1 hour ago, Llewelyn82 said:

Completely agree!! Not to mention money saving and knowing the job has been done properly...

Having found numerous bodged jobs on my car carried out by so called specialist garages, I think I prefer to use my own limited knowhow backed up by the service manual and wealth of knowledge available from other owner/enthusiasts on here.

Knowing what makes your car tick, (or preferably purr ) is peace of mind, and when you hear the that metal on tarmac grinding sound, you won't panic, because having done the work yourself you'll know you should have doubled up on the bailers twine for making those exhaust hangers. 😀

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