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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:28 pm

Had a good blast down the local carriage way on a trip home, 4600 rpm in top for a few miles in 28 degrees C (82 F) air temp. The water gauge read 90 degrees when I stopped, which didn't trouble me, but then I discovered I hadn't yet taken out the winter radiator blanking panels! I drop a couple of 2 inch wide panels of wood inside the rad surround when it's cold weather, which it has been most of this year. I had to repeat the trip and this time it stayed at 80 degrees.

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PostPost by: Seamus » Sun Jun 27, 2021 9:10 pm

I attended the Watford Village Classic today, weather was poor but the forecast rain stayed away.
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PostPost by: JJDraper » Sun Jul 04, 2021 11:33 am

Got the car running and moving for the first time since the bonnet was stolen & the car moved to a barn to sit out Covid....

Clutch freed off after a few minutes running & heat cycles. Brakes fine apart from rusty disks.

Interior smells of mice.. eugh!

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Sun Jul 04, 2021 4:58 pm

Adopted the Lotus position of upside down in the footwell to replace the brake master cylinder pushrod, with one of the original length.
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PostPost by: jannhall » Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:27 am

I did some tire mounting, I always do it yearly to ensure everything is balanced. Aside from that, I clean the car in preparation for the workweek.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:38 am

Seamus, seeing the photos of your Elan reminds me of an old mate from my time on UK, Tony Lamoury who's Sprint was in same colours. I had an S4SE DHC, Tony his Sprint DHC and another mate Boob Cooper with yellow over white Sprint, all lived around Petts Wood, Bromley and Orpington.

We had a memorable trip to Le Mans for the 24Hr race.

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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:24 pm

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Spent some time polishing and waxing.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:25 am

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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:01 pm

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Long overdue suspension refresh.
Mission creep has set in and I'll get the diff rebuilt with an LSD and Atlas outputs. Have decided to ditch the Spyder driveshafts. New rubber/poly all around. Adjustable rear lower arm. TTR shocks and springs
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:06 am


Pulled the ARB yesterday as it was knocking on the chassis brace bar, replaced rubbers quite easily took longer to rub down to paint the bar.

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PostPost by: ajwheels » Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:29 pm

My car didn't have them, so I installed new kick panels.....because, you know, I always kick the door on the way out.....
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PostPost by: TBG » Fri Jul 09, 2021 8:51 am

Took the speedo out to send it off for recalibration - a nightmare of a job - one result from fitting a 3:1 diff!! Any one got an easy way of getting speedos in and out? D

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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:22 pm

Fiddly, maybe, but 'nightmare'? If it's got the original style knurled retaining nuts and bracket you reach behind the dash and remove them by feel, then pull the speedometer out of the dash and disconnect the wiring and drive cable when it's easy to see what you are doing.

On reassembly, tidy the wiring (ensuring a bit of slack) and the drive cable run to make it easier to do the above next time, at least.

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PostPost by: TBG » Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:29 pm

Well yes - but it hits the steering column and indicator jobbies and all else besides. No clearance obvious. D
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Jul 10, 2021 11:21 am

TBG wrote:Well yes - but it hits the steering column and indicator jobbies and all else besides. No clearance obvious. D

Steering column length is adjustable, so loosen its clamps (at 3 and 21 in diagram) and pull away from the dash.
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