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by DavidOliver
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:21
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: New Member
Replies: 26
Views: 1221

Re: New Member

Hi DOC. I am pleased you have found the Lotusbits document. Lotusbits is sometimes hard to contact, here we use the phone to Mike. In my opinion the Excel does not need top end power unless you intend tracking it. The car is so light it would ne difficult to use full extra power for any length of ti...
by DavidOliver
Fri Jan 01, 2021 14:16
Forum: General
Topic: Gold Excel for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: Gold Excel for sale

Would someone close to Abingdon find the author of the description text and put him/her right about an 1989 Excel (not Eclat). Headlights do not fail from rising, bodywork does not crack, and some strange comments about wheel size and tyre condition. Perhaps who goes should take one of the breaker b...
by DavidOliver
Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:40
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: New Member
Replies: 26
Views: 1221

Re: New Member

Hi Kemal, welcome to this very friendly Forum. The Lotusbits document is titled Improving the Elite, Eclat and Excel, November 2007, 47 pages and well worth finding. Here in Europe we find Woolies a good supplier for interiors, postage to OZ may not be prohibitive. Did you know that later Excels hav...
by DavidOliver
Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:29
Forum: General
Topic: New member - Excel SA
Replies: 89
Views: 6035

Re: New member - Excel SA

I am sure that damaged crossmembers are as a result of people trying to jack the front---and failing, and just leaving the damage. I doubt you can create a crossmember strong enough for normal running without maintaining the original depth, even with thicker steel. While on the subject, where is the...
by DavidOliver
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:45
Forum: General
Topic: Door beams
Replies: 9
Views: 571

Re: Door beams

It looks like most rust is at the front end of the beam. It is worth looking to see how rain runs down the leading edge of the window frame and into the door space. I have used a considerable amount of silicone to close off this ingress, the Elite carries a plastic shroud here, also needed silicone ...
by DavidOliver
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:23
Forum: General
Topic: Door beams
Replies: 9
Views: 571

Re: Door beams

Chris, how is the window frame for rust, and why did you target the door beam for renewal? Photos?
With the new door beam consider providing water drainage to the upper part of the beam, the Ú´section holds water and rusts.
Patience when you come to refix and adjust the door latch.

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:09
Forum: General
Topic: New member - Excel SA
Replies: 89
Views: 6035

Re: New member - Excel SA

In my opinion the cross member is the weakest part of the Excel chassis as it has to support the Bending Moments induced from the Wheel spring turrets. Any reduction in depth reduces bending resistance to the third power. There is no room for a strut over the spring turrets as usual strengthening. A...
by DavidOliver
Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:44
Forum: General
Topic: Oil Pressure relief valve
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Oil Pressure relief valve

I have a hydraulic pressure guage, no electrics, and had noticed a sudden reduction in start up (cold) pressure. I thought it could be a sticking pressure valve. On dismantling the oil pump I found the rotors fine but to fully dismantle the pressure valve is a bit of a hassle and I have no spares he...
by DavidOliver
Sat Dec 12, 2020 13:24
Forum: General
Topic: Oil Pressure relief valve
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Oil Pressure relief valve

Has anyone increased oil pressure by installing a stronger spring to the relief valve, or by packing the spring with washer/s?
And while at it, what maximum pressure would be recommended when the relief valve opens?
Also are stronger springs available, I see no reference at SJS?

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:04
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Rear radius arms and spacers
Replies: 19
Views: 546

Re: Rear radius arms and spacers

To be pedantic, if you normally drive the car with the driver only and no kids in the back, you should set suspension dimensions, all four wheels for ride height, toe-in, camber and even castor with your equivalent weight in the driver seat. This saves getting your partner to sit for a couple of hou...
by DavidOliver
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:00
Forum: General
Topic: Elite Original Handbook 1974
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Elite Original Handbook 1974

While clearing out I came across my Elite Handbook (complete with electrical diagrams) and Dealer network. Any offers? Better with someone else than sitting on my shelf. Dave the cog. https://dub01pap001files.storage.live.com/y4mzh-0j3xUyoBgTyNcSG761_Tsy5U4HGEB2EDLMy2jBorczDfecZ1fy18IqNxDrDpc6Elsffo...
by DavidOliver
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:33
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: workshop manual electrical section
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Re: workshop manual electrical section

Hi Clive. I am very pleased you have got your Excel. On this Forum, under General you can find Online Parts Manual. This will cost you 30 pounds but is well worth it as a reference as it is complete with diagrams. For your info I have renewed the downpipe, speedo cable and now resealing the saddle c...
by DavidOliver
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:41
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Best brakes to fit on (or inside) standard wheels
Replies: 34
Views: 2259

Re: Best brakes to fit on (or inside) standard wheels

For ordinary brake parts, including calipers, try Brakes International. Cheaper than renovating, ask for your discount. For master/slave cylinders Land Rover are best value new bits. Fitting a Turbo will give you more headaches than other power raising alternatives which are readily available. Dave ...
by DavidOliver
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:07
Forum: General
Topic: Oliver Winterbottom tribute podcast *****
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Oliver Winterbottom tribute podcast *****

Richard, thanks for the Posting.
Also a tribute to the Elite and to a lesser degree the Excel.
I also noticed a reference to Angus Marshall, another well earned tribute.

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:43
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Instrument lights
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Instrument lights

To get to the dimmer you need to get to behind the main dash panel. There is a post on this showing where the two wing nuts are. Briefly for a non SE car; Gearlever knob off and remove leather cover. Radio out, normally with a couple of flat steel prongs to release the side clips. Remove the two air...