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Dynamo recondition--suggestions

PostPost by: davidwinegar » Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:29 pm

Hello All,

I just sent my Dynamo off to SJSportscars for a recondition which they
originally quoted at around 21 GPB +vat and now it has risen to ?61.25
+ vat--sounds really high.

Does anyone know of someone in the UK who could do this cheaper?

BTW--I am not interested in the alternator conversion--looked at this
once and seems like too much trouble and my car seems to run fine with
the Dynamo.

Thanks for the help.

David
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PostPost by: M100 » Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:31 pm

On Wed, 16 Feb 2005 14:29:19 -0000, "david_c_w" <***@***.***>
wrote:

I just sent my Dynamo off to SJSportscars for a recondition which they
originally quoted at around 21 GPB +vat and now it has risen to ?61.25
+ vat--sounds really high.

Does anyone know of someone in the UK who could do this cheaper?

There are loads of auto electric places in the UK would do it same day
service or exchange for around GBP 20 +vat but I doubt many of them do
mail order. If it is just wear and not a rewind that's needed then a
good degrease and commutator skim at a local machine shop would be a
"couple of beers" with a set of new brushes, bearings and bushes
costing around GBP 8.

Pity you sent it off though as I suspect postage charges would soak up
any savings by diverting it away from SJ's - that price hike sounds
really dodgy business practice to me and justification for going
elsewhere. Didn't the Volvo's of old from that part of the world come
with Lucas electrics and if so isn't there an indigenous repair
network?

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PostPost by: davidwinegar » Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:50 pm

The problem now is that it is already in the mail system and on the
way to the UK--cost me 42 Euros already. What I am hoping is someone
can give me a recommendation and I can have SJ Sportscars send it
straight there.

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PostPost by: "nebogipfel2004" » Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:01 pm

Hi David,

I agree the price sounds far to high. Most UK suppliers would have an
exchange unit for probably half the quoted price.

It'll probably be difficult to get SJ to co-operate by forwarding it
to someone else I would have thought.

Is the company S J Sportscars in Devon UK? If so they actually list an
exchange dynamo for ?21.50 in the list available currently for
download on the web site.

If this is the company the only reason I can see why your replacement
would be so expensive is if it is beyond repair. In which case I would
forget about it and find another dynamo

John
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PostPost by: davidwinegar » Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:53 pm

Hi John,

They haven't even looked at the Dynamo yet as I just got it in the
mail yesterday. They first quoted me the 21.50 and I sent the damn
thing and then they turned around and said the price had gone up.

Yes, they are the company in Devon. They offered to send it back for
free, but I still need it fixed and it was really expensive to send to
there.

Hoping now to find another company and ask them to send it straight
there for repair.

Davi
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PostPost by: "Jeff at tiscali&quo » Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:19 pm

David,
I reckon by trading standards and good customer relations SJ should do yourdynamo at the quoted rate, and John has a point, the rate is quoted on thewebsite, so thats what you should insist on paying.
If it were me, I would remind them of the amount of potential customers that use this list, and there are plenty of alternative suppliers around thatwe could all use.
Stick to yer guns and only pay them 21.50.
Regards
Jeff
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Hi John,

They haven't even looked at the Dynamo yet as I just got it in the
mail yesterday. They first quoted me the 21.50 and I sent the damn
thing and then they turned around and said the price had gone up.

Yes, they are the company in Devon. They offered to send it back for
free, but I still need it fixed and it was really expensive to send to
there.

Hoping now to find another company and ask them to send it straight
there for repair.

Davi








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PostPost by: "nebogipfel2004" » Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:31 pm

David,

Did they explain why the price suddenly went up by such a huge leap?

I really don't understand it. You should get three dynamos for that price!

I wonder if anyone else has any experience of S J?

I downloaded the price list a couple of days ago and was quite
impressed with some of the prices of parts ....... but if this is what
happens when you actually try to order?

The other thing which always annoys me is comprehensive lists of
parts, none of which are available when you try to place an order.

I use Mick Miller Classic Lotus for most of my parts however I notice
an exchange dynamo is listed at ?36 which is more than you would pay
at a specialist electrical reconditioner.

John
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PostPost by: davidwinegar » Thu Feb 17, 2005 6:08 am

If anyone would have a suggestion for an electronics specialist that
they could recommend for this job, I sure would appreciate it.

I know that I could put the pressure on SJ to own up to the original
quoted price, but now they have my Dynamo hostage and I don't want to
get into a big arguement. I would just like to find a place where
THEY can send it and have the job done for a reasonable amount.

PLEASE--anyone have a suggestion? Everyone says there are loads of
places but no one provides an example.

Thanks for the efforts.

David
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PostPost by: "Paul Adamson" » Thu Feb 17, 2005 10:54 pm

I could see if my contact has one "in stock".
I'll let you know Friday.


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Subject: [LotusElan.net] Re: Dynamo recondition--suggestions



If anyone would have a suggestion for an electronics specialist that
they could recommend for this job, I sure would appreciate it.

I know that I could put the pressure on SJ to own up to the original
quoted price, but now they have my Dynamo hostage and I don't want to
get into a big arguement. I would just like to find a place where
THEY can send it and have the job done for a reasonable amount.

PLEASE--anyone have a suggestion? Everyone says there are loads of
places but no one provides an example.

Thanks for the efforts.

David








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PostPost by: patrics » Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:38 am

Hi David,

You could try Lucas Service or LMS that they are now called or search in
your area for "Electric Motor Repairs" in "Yell.com"

You could take the thing apart your self to assess the condition. New
brushes cost about 0.60p each and if you can find a friendly soul with a
lathe they could skim the commutator for you. All a Lotus dealer will do is
send it out for repair.

Regards

Steve





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If anyone would have a suggestion for an electronics specialist that
they could recommend for this job, I sure would appreciate it.

I know that I could put the pressure on SJ to own up to the original
quoted price, but now they have my Dynamo hostage and I don't want to
get into a big arguement. I would just like to find a place where
THEY can send it and have the job done for a reasonable amount.

PLEASE--anyone have a suggestion? Everyone says there are loads of
places but no one provides an example.

Thanks for the efforts.

David








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PostPost by: twincamracing » Mon Feb 21, 2005 12:00 am

There are loads of auto electric places in the UK would do it same
day service or exchange for around GBP 20 +vat but I doubt many of
them

do mail order. If it is just wear and not a rewind that's needed
then a

good degrease and commutator skim at a local machine shop would be a
"couple of beers" with a set of new brushes, bearings and bushes
costing around GBP 8.
with Lucas electrics and if so isn't there an indigenous repair
network?

I would think any auto electric shop could do this...there's an old
fellow in a near town that does starters generators and alternators for
truly remarkable prices compared to what "specialists" want for what
seems to be a less than craftsmanlike approach. Seems Lucas components
were used on many old tractors sold in the US so rural electric shops
have parts on the shelf.

Scott
looking for a David Brown tractor for the ranch...I can see it now,
the Aston Martin of tractors parked next to the Lotus ;)

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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:00 pm

Scott,

I know a fellow who had a DB tractor on his farm. It caught fire and they never fixed it, so it would need to be restored. Off list if interested and I'll call my friend.

Roger

>> ***@***.*** 2/20/05 7:00:21 PM >>>

There are loads of auto electric places in the UK would do it same
day service or exchange for around GBP 20 +vat but I doubt many of
them

do mail order. If it is just wear and not a rewind that's needed
then a

good degrease and commutator skim at a local machine shop would be a
"couple of beers" with a set of new brushes, bearings and bushes
costing around GBP 8.
with Lucas electrics and if so isn't there an indigenous repair
network?

I would think any auto electric shop could do this...there's an old
fellow in a near town that does starters generators and alternators for
truly remarkable prices compared to what "specialists" want for what
seems to be a less than craftsmanlike approach. Seems Lucas components
were used on many old tractors sold in the US so rural electric shops
have parts on the shelf.

Scott
looking for a David Brown tractor for the ranch...I can see it now,
the Aston Martin of tractors parked next to the Lotus ;)

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PostPost by: "Rob Thornton" » Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:21 pm

Would this tide you over/solve the problem:

eBay item 4528868195

Good luck

Rob

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Scott,

I know a fellow who had a DB tractor on his farm. It caught fire and they
never fixed it, so it would need to be restored. Off list if interested and
I'll call my friend.

Roger

>> ***@***.*** 2/20/05 7:00:21 PM >>>

There are loads of auto electric places in the UK would do it same
day service or exchange for around GBP 20 +vat but I doubt many of
them

do mail order. If it is just wear and not a rewind that's needed
then a

good degrease and commutator skim at a local machine shop would be a
"couple of beers" with a set of new brushes, bearings and bushes
costing around GBP 8.
with Lucas electrics and if so isn't there an indigenous repair
network?

I would think any auto electric shop could do this...there's an old
fellow in a near town that does starters generators and alternators for
truly remarkable prices compared to what "specialists" want for what
seems to be a less than craftsmanlike approach. Seems Lucas components
were used on many old tractors sold in the US so rural electric shops
have parts on the shelf.

Scott
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the Aston Martin of tractors parked next to the Lotus ;)

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