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PostPost by: 661 » Sat Feb 26, 2022 10:46 am

TBG wrote:one each of Michelin XAS FF 155
Michelin XAS FF 165
Avon CR6ZZ 175/70
Pirelli CN36 175/70

That Is a thousand pounds worth just to try!!! I think I will stick with my very nice handling £55 each ones!! D


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I shan't be driving on them, it's to check fit. They haven't been balanced.
They are all on sale or return with Longstone (Legends) and will get a full set of the preferred ones.
As for price, over 40 years of ownership I've tried many sets, often on the recommendation of Pat Thomas.
My experience is that you can't pay too much for the only thing that holds you on the black stuff. Especially now that my son drives the car quite a bit.
I haven't found the Rain Experts very confidence inspiring, but to be fair to them, the rear toe was non existent. That is now all sorted.
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PostPost by: Donels » Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:33 pm

reb53 wrote:All I've done recently is to re-varnish me knob !



Ooo err Matron! :shock:

I did mine recently but was not happy with the varnished finish, so stripped it again and did it with Osmo oil. Brilliant stuff, gave a much better finish.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sat Feb 26, 2022 4:40 pm

Half way through 'refreshing' my old S3 Coupe I felt that the engine had to come out as it had become a little incontinent in it's old age.

Normally a blue streak coming from the water pump would be nightmare for an Elan owner. But for me it just further justified the work in getting the old thing apart!

Miles Wilkins built the engine in 1989, and I suspect that the warrantee for the water pump has expired now.

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PostPost by: spanner » Sat Feb 26, 2022 5:29 pm

Elanintheforest wrote:Half way through 'refreshing' my old S3 Coupe I felt that the engine had to come out as it had become a little incontinent in its old age.
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I refreshed the cardboard for 2022.

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PostPost by: nillwatson532 » Mon Feb 28, 2022 9:14 pm

I'm currently in the process of fixing a few issues with my new to me S4 FHC.The inoperable driver's window assembly was removed and new parts were ordered.

The sag was adjusted out of that door and outside door handle was tightened, attempted to replace the worn flexible coupling between the steering column and rack with a U-joint.

But it was enough out of tolerance that the lower bolt simply will not fit better made unit is on order from a different vendor tightened the rearview mirror so it now stays in place, replaced the missing handbrake button with a used item.

Tried to get the handbrake to work but only partially succeeded pads need relining, installed LED brake lights, tracked down the source of a rattle in the boot, ordered a new steering wheel, and spent way too much time digging through old posts on this forum to learn how to do all this stuff.
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PostPost by: persiflage » Tue Mar 01, 2022 9:49 am

Just a typical day in the life of an Elan owner then. :D
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Fri Mar 04, 2022 6:34 pm

Fitted the manifolds and trial fitted the exhaust Y piece. No body currently fitted so relatively little cursing required. Not a job that I'd wish to repeat once the body is back on though. Surprised at how close it runs to the clutch slave. I'm using exhaust wrap, but I might have to copy one of the heat shields that are mentioned on here.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Mar 04, 2022 6:56 pm

Consider a remote bleeder. Scroll down for pictures. Heat shield is good, too.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Mar 04, 2022 9:27 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Consider a remote bleeder. Scroll down for pictures. Heat shield is good, too.
viewtopic.php?f=37&t=38014


And I thought you'd spent all morning reading the owners handbook :)
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Mar 05, 2022 12:15 am

:lol: :lol: Just finished it!
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PostPost by: woodie » Fri Mar 25, 2022 5:56 pm

Is this the only Lotus in Jordan?
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PostPost by: TBG » Sat Mar 26, 2022 12:42 pm

Finally cracked the jetting!! 1700cc QED 420s and a new QED big valve big port head. Chart below for comment/derision but finally it is running superbly. Amazing what small changes will achieve. Now have a big pile of jets with no home!! D

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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Mar 26, 2022 1:23 pm

TBG wrote:Finally cracked the jetting!!


That's great to hear. Would be great if you could update your thread on this for future readers. That table likely very helpful to them and more likely to be found on that thread.

Having a big pile of jets is probably useful for next time they change the fuel formulas and you have to adjust it again!
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PostPost by: TBG » Sat Mar 26, 2022 1:29 pm

Which forum subject would be good to post this on? The ones I can find are years old................D
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Mar 26, 2022 1:33 pm

TBG wrote:Which forum subject would be good to post this on? The ones I can find are years old................D


I remember there was a thread you started or posted on discussing this. Shouldn't be too hard to find by searching through your posting history for "jet" or something.
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