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by DavidOliver
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:44
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Seat Frame Repair and Woolies Leather Renovation
Replies: 15
Views: 1833

Re: Seat Frame Repair and Woolies Leather Renovation

I have used a Woollies kit on my half leather Lotus Blue leather and was very impressed. No hassle with renovator lifting. The passenger coving has been recovered with a beige colour and the renovator provided a perfect colour match to the original. Obviously I had no problems with quantity. At the ...
by DavidOliver
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:43
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: New member, new excel owner
Replies: 17
Views: 2604

Re: New member, new excel owner

Hi Andy. Welcome. You might own one of the first Excels, worth checking VIN number and car build number. Just in case, SJSportscars can supply almost any part you need, a bit pricey but good service. Oil leak. If cam covers I suggest you get 4 gaskets, 2 spare, they are called saddle type, and I sug...
by DavidOliver
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:29
Forum: General
Topic: Is my power steering working?
Replies: 12
Views: 1202

Re: Is my power steering working?

With a rack which clicks on to power IMO needs seals checked in the pinion, that is full rack dismantle and complete seals renewal.
The kits are not cheap at 50 pounds, spend time getting the teflon seals back to size before installing the pinion. Jubilee clips and boiling water.

Dave the cog
by DavidOliver
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:21
Forum: General
Topic: Vdo Speedo problems
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Vdo Speedo problems

At low speeds a dry speedo cable can cause fluttering.
With the clock out it is easy to oil the cable, next time you fix the magnet.
You may disturb the sealing of the cable to body bulkhead grommet, great for water ingress.



Dave the cog
by DavidOliver
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:16
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Dodgy temperature and oil pressure readings
Replies: 6
Views: 1453

Re: Dodgy temperature and oil pressure readings

Oil pressure. As this reading is key to engine condition I only use a mechanical (hydraulic) guage. Inmediate and foolproof. Water temperature. Fluid temperature meters are quite cheap which can be strapped onto the required pipe or hose. Once the temperature ia accurately established you can play a...
by DavidOliver
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:26
Forum: General
Topic: Is my power steering working?
Replies: 12
Views: 1202

Re: Is my power steering working?

Tyre pressures? You can see if the pump is working by looking into the reservoir with the engine runninig, you should see a swirling flow, get someone to turn the steering wheel and you should see a stronger flow. This does not mean that the pump is achieving sufficient pressure. Otherwise find a fr...
by DavidOliver
Tue Jun 30, 2020 13:11
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Blue
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: Blue

I believe the S1 Elite is Oxford Blue. There are only 4 colours mentioned in the Elite Workshop Manual, White, Red, Yellow and Orange.
Oxford Blue was an original Lotus colour.


Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:57
Forum: General
Topic: Fuel smell in boot
Replies: 43
Views: 3091

Re: Fuel smell in boot

After removing the tank to repair chassis to body fixing point I had a petrol smell in the boot. I had a minor moisture at the outlet banjo. Also try checking fuel pump connections and fuel pump body bolts. The plastic pipe disintegrates because fuel vapour is not compatible with plastic. Dave thr c...
by DavidOliver
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:53
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Springs and dampers - 1978 S1 Elite
Replies: 35
Views: 5495

Re: Springs and dampers - 1978 S1 Elite

Perhaps the term Coilover has come from USA where shortenings of made up words leads us not to know exactly the meaning. Many cars had springs(coils) located in a different position to the damper (shock absorber in English, why have a wet shocker?) It was found you get a better reaction to have the ...
by DavidOliver
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:17
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Springs and dampers - 1978 S1 Elite
Replies: 35
Views: 5495

Re: Springs and dampers - 1978 S1 Elite

What does the term COILOVER really mean?
It appears that Elite and Excel originally carry coilovers but this Forum refers to changing to Coilovers.
Can someone clarify, please?

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:54
Forum: History & Memorabilia
Topic: Automatics
Replies: 13
Views: 1663

Re: Automatics

Stirling Moss. Apparently after a race his gearbox used to be a gonner, Fangio´s perfect. Not surprised Stirling liked automatic. The ZF 4HP22 box, besides needing Excel specific auxiliaries previously mentioned, must have the Control box (internal valve box) specific for the Excel so that gear chan...
by DavidOliver
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:26
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Late Excel SE - Search steps up. - Mission Accomplished.
Replies: 16
Views: 3041

Re: Late Excel SE - Search steps up. - Mission Accomplished.

As posted some time ago, the clutch (and brake) master cylinders can be better accessed if you drill a large hole in the fibreglass bulkhead
inmediately above the cylinders. This does not affect body strength.

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:12
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leaky door seal fix
Replies: 39
Views: 4939

Re: Leaky door seal fix

SJS do a Secondary Door Seal C082U5779F which appears under Esprit and I believe fits the Excel. I got my D Seal very cheap from China but you have to make up the right angle corner joints. Delivery took 6 weeks. Now that I can post photographs I cannot find the Photos of my door seals. Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:14
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Ghostly goings on!
Replies: 23
Views: 2440

Re: Ghostly goings on!

Has anyone installed on an Excel a single Winking headlight, strictly illegal I suppose, but what other car can do it?
Could even be remote operated.

Dave the cog.
by DavidOliver
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:47
Forum: History & Memorabilia
Topic: Lotus Excel - major milestones
Replies: 7
Views: 747

Re: Lotus Excel - major milestones

Well searched Richard. A very exact document putting the clock and chassis numbers to the Excel development, Many thanks.
It appears the document is dated 1991 and only 56(´91) and 16(´92) cars were built after then so probably no further history.


Dave the cog.