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PostPost by: TBG » Sat Mar 25, 2023 4:34 pm

I know which one I prefer. I built a Caterham a few years back and it was fantasticically fun! D

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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Sat Apr 01, 2023 12:04 am

SENC wrote:Couldn't make it to the mountains, but salvaged the weekend with a nice ride through the country - and slipped by the grand opening of the new Lotus and BMW bike dealership on the way home. A few pictures of the Seven beside its youngest sibling...

She has a slightly bigger caboose. ;)


The Emira looks HUGE in comparison.....
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Apr 01, 2023 8:15 pm

Refitted the sump to the car. Found one of the front bolt holes to be stripped, so had to come up with a bodge until next time the engine comes out and I have access to fit a thread insert.
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PostPost by: steve lyle » Sun Apr 02, 2023 2:55 am

I took my car apart.

Next step - off with the body.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun Apr 02, 2023 4:53 am

mbell wrote:Refitted the sump to the car. Found one of the front bolt holes to be stripped, so had to come up with a bodge until next time the engine comes out and I have access to fit a thread insert.


Not to bad a bodge... nuts work just fine :)
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PostPost by: steve lyle » Wed Apr 05, 2023 12:55 am

Lifted the body off.

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PostPost by: reb53 » Thu Apr 06, 2023 10:42 pm

Minor job yesterday, for once.

Fitted a new rubber diaphragm to the heater valve.
Had wondered why I was leaving a trail when I drove into a person's driveway.
New, but very old, diaphragm which needed attacking with a heat gun to make it sufficiently flexible to fit.
Be interesting to see if it lasts.
As seems the norm nowadays the failed one was about 5 years old, the one prior about 35....

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Apr 07, 2023 12:56 am

I had the same thing happen on my Elan recently. i replaced the orginal 40 year old valve about 5 years ago as a precaution and the new one lasted just 5 years

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PostPost by: steve lyle » Fri Apr 07, 2023 3:32 am

Made a cart for the body.

Next step - dissassemble the chassis.

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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Apr 09, 2023 2:27 pm

reb53 wrote:Fitted a new rubber diaphragm to the heater valve.
Had wondered why I was leaving a trail when I drove into a person's driveway.
New, but very old, diaphragm which needed attacking with a heat gun to make it sufficiently flexible to fit.
Be interesting to see if it lasts.
As seems the norm nowadays the failed one was about 5 years old, the one prior about 35....


No diaphragm to fail in this valve:
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PostPost by: steve lyle » Mon Apr 10, 2023 3:38 am

Stripped the chassis. Getting the diff out was a RPITA. Chassis is in surprisingly good shape now its off to the blaster while I prep the body for paint.

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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Mon Apr 10, 2023 12:00 pm

steve lyle wrote:Stripped the chassis. Getting the diff out was a RPITA. Chassis is in surprisingly good shape now its off to the blaster while I prep the body for paint.

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instead of a daily update here, perhaps you should start a new thread dedicated solely to your restoration folks could follow with earnest?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Apr 10, 2023 2:00 pm

tedtaylor wrote:
steve lyle wrote:Stripped the chassis. Getting the diff out was a RPITA. Chassis is in surprisingly good shape now its off to the blaster while I prep the body for paint.

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instead of a daily update here, perhaps you should start a new thread dedicated solely to your restoration folks could follow with earnest?


Agreed! I’d like to follow your progress
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PostPost by: steve lyle » Mon Apr 10, 2023 7:59 pm

pharriso wrote:
tedtaylor wrote:
steve lyle wrote:Stripped the chassis. Getting the diff out was a RPITA. Chassis is in surprisingly good shape now its off to the blaster while I prep the body for paint.

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instead of a daily update here, perhaps you should start a new thread dedicated solely to your restoration folks could follow with earnest?


Agreed! I’d like to follow your progress


The people have spoken. See viewtopic.php?f=36&t=52563
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PostPost by: persiflage » Wed Apr 12, 2023 10:43 am

Picked up my new Elantrikbits driveshafts.
If the build quality is half as good as the packaging quality I’m going to be a happy bunny. I’ve been unpacking for over 15 minutes and got this far :lol:
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