Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:48 am

WOOHOO STU!!! Glad to hear the car is back in action!
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PostPost by: 661 » Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:50 am

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PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:20 pm

Today was the first time in 12 years that the car got out the garage under its own steam and did a quick trip round the block :mrgreen:

Everything seems to work :roll:

I started it a few weeks ago when it was on axle stands and was amazed that it started after a coupe of turns (having checked oil pressure without plugs first and using a boot primer for the fuel pump)

I will regret saying this but I only have the windscreen to fit and the rear screen seal.

The clutch works fine, wasn’t stuck to flywheel, but the biting point is quite low - is that normal.

At first there was a rubbing/squeaking noise from the front of the engine but it stopped when the engine warmed up - perhaps water pump bearing having been dry for 12 years ?

The steel wheels are poor but will be replaced with some revolutions from Kelvedon motors when they get some in.

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:47 pm

Well done - get some autumn miles in!
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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:39 am

Well done in getting another resurrected. Love the colour
Agree with Mark time to enjoy the autumn sun...
Hope to get mine back out again later this week, just doing the valve clearances and a currently a couple of shims shy of what I need...
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PostPost by: TBG » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:58 pm

Went to pick up the Sunday paper - plus 4 :D :D c - pots of power in the cold air - Magic...................
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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:18 pm

Ouch, if the waterpump was dry it may well have ripped the rotating seal when you started it up.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:19 pm

Engine out day....

Lifted from the side as suggested by MikeD.

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PostPost by: MrBonus » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:24 pm

So wheel bearing question - my bearings haven't been making any noise nor is there any noticeable slop in the steering wheel but after a spirited drive Saturday, I gave the passenger wheel a bit of a left/right tug and felt/heard a small amount of clicking and play.

I know these bearings are supposed to have a little play per the service manual but should I be able to make any movement in the wheel? Can I simply attempt to tighten the castle nut and check if the play is in spec (ordered a dial tester to arrive today)?

I've never done bearing work before so this is new territory for me.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:49 pm

@MrBonus
We leave a little play in the bearings to provide room for them to expand when they warm up.
So arguably there should be very little play after a spirited drive.
Therefore yes it will be worth checking them again.
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:51 pm

MarkDa wrote:@MrBonus
We leave a little play in the bearings to provide room for them to expand when they warm up.
So arguably there should be very little play after a spirited drive.
Therefore yes it will be worth checking them again.


Thanks, Mark. I checked it about an hour after the drive, so perhaps I take it on a quick drive and see if they tighten up before I start adjusting things.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:02 pm

Any excuse for another drive!
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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:32 am

Checked valve clearances and ordered up a few extra shims... then had to put another order in with QED for some cam studs as a couple have stripped & now little bits of thread coming off with the nuts. :roll:
Hope non have dropped in so guess a swipe around with a magnet may be in order...
2 of the long ones replaced when I had the head work done.. as the cover securing threads were a bit iffy, turns out I should probably have just done the lot at the time. Think the culprit may be the nuts used.
Just hope they come out of the head without issue.
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PostPost by: steve lyle » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:21 pm

Coming back from our last road trip, to Eureka Springs, AR, I noticed at one point that the engine felt a bit harsher, and there were dash/console vibrations that weren't there before.

When we got home, I check the car out and found that the bottom of the exhaust header seemed to be touching, or very nearly touching, the cross member. It looked like the engine mount had slipped down a bit where it's attached to the chassis.

So I put a jack under the engine, and repositioned the mount. When I lowered the jack, the engine went right back where it was. On closer inspection, it was clear the engine mount had failed. I guess the exhaust heat, over time, just got to it and it gave up. There was metal on metal contact in the mount that was transmitting vibration through the chassis.

So today's project was to replace it. I got it off ok, but, and I'm still a bit confused about this - I needed more room on that side to get the new one on. So I pulled off the starter and the right side mount, and pushed the engine over about an inch, and got the room I needed. I'm getting pretty good at getting the starter on/off!

While I was at it, I converted to a washer bottle, from the bag that was used on the Sprint. Much easier to tell that you're low on fluid now.

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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:18 am

Drove it! With some other area British cars...

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