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PostPost by: MrBonus » Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:23 pm

rgh0 wrote:
alan.barker wrote:I think someone has just opened the Can of Worms again
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Yes I see worms leaving cans and running everywhere. Enjoy using a grease gun with modern EP2 grease--- it works and is actually what you should use despite the somewhat aged advice from Triumph engineers from the 1950's :D

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This was my thinking as well. I imagine either is sufficient given how much better modern synthetic-based greases are than they were 50 years ago.
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:28 pm

Also, I gave her a nice drive in 92 degree heat with heavy humidity and, since I had never driven her in this temperatures, let her idle in the driveway for 10 minutes to determine if it would overheat. I was elated to see her hold a rock steady 80 degrees on the gauge the entire time. It didn't even trigger the electric fan. So happy to have it momentarily sorted out and able to be driven, hopefully without fear.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:41 pm

Fitted nice Shiney Paul Matty SS Exhaust Manifolds (Headers):
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PostPost by: 661 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:53 pm

masking up for roundels and stripes

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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:02 pm

Changed an upper front suspension bush found faulty on the MoT (though passed ). The rubber had detached from the inner metal tube and there was nearly 1/8" (3 mm) play under heavy stress. Took the arm off and to St Wilkins who squeezed it out and a new one in then I refitted it and tightened up in an on-road position.

Biggest problem on the MoT (Safety Check) was that the tester couldn't read the "chassis" number, as obliged to, and had rejected it a week earlier and again this time after I had clarified it though he relented and took my word for it. Curiously, the weigh bridge of the brake tests measured a total of 578 kg with driver and my tools, compared to the manual's 673 kg, and as a result the brake efficiency was equivalent to 1.2 g and even 0.4 g on the handbrake! I've not done more than adjust the latter's pad clearance for the last 40 years, it always works.
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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:56 am

MrBonus wrote:Also, I gave her a nice drive in 92 degree heat with heavy humidity and, since I had never driven her in this temperatures, let her idle in the driveway for 10 minutes to determine if it would overheat. I was elated to see her hold a rock steady 80 degrees on the gauge the entire time. It didn't even trigger the electric fan. So happy to have it momentarily sorted out and able to be driven, hopefully without fear.

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Lovely car. Are those larger than 13" wheels?
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PostPost by: SENC » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:33 am

Upgraded my fuel gauge...

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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:51 am

Quart Meg Miles wrote:Changed an upper front suspension bush found faulty on the MoT (though passed ). The rubber had detached from the inner metal tube and there was nearly 1/8" (3 mm) play under heavy stress. Took the arm off and to St Wilkins who squeezed it out and a new one in then I refitted it and tightened up in an on-road position.

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That sounds like a very dodgy bit of kit. That's probably under 500Kg for the car! You don't let that garage loose on your car do you?
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:07 am

The last time i helped a friend to change a Chassis i took my Metal Stamps with me. I stamped the Number next to the Lotus LR number no problem. Showed the Tester the Chassis Number and said the LR No was a part No.
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PostPost by: baileyman » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:17 pm

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rear window finally fits


Plexiglas window was roughly 1/2" too large all the way around. Is this so it can be screwed to the flange? Three days later, standard pace, it fits.

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PostPost by: TBG » Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:10 pm

That is soooo brave.................!
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PostPost by: rolbydo » Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:10 am

Done installing the spark plug wires and motor mounts.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:06 pm

rolbydo wrote:Done installing the spark plug wires and motor mounts.


Your first post - welcome to the forum :-)
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:14 pm

bitsobrits wrote:
MrBonus wrote:Also, I gave her a nice drive in 92 degree heat with heavy humidity and, since I had never driven her in this temperatures, let her idle in the driveway for 10 minutes to determine if it would overheat. I was elated to see her hold a rock steady 80 degrees on the gauge the entire time. It didn't even trigger the electric fan. So happy to have it momentarily sorted out and able to be driven, hopefully without fear.

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Lovely car. Are those larger than 13" wheels?


Thank you! Yes, they're 15" Minilites shod with 195/45/15 Toyo T1Rs. And amazingly, they do not rub the fenders!
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:23 pm

beautiful car Ian.
i assume the tires don't rub as the fenders are flaired/customized a bit? Looks great with the larger wheel/tire combo.
hey, we're neighbors! you should stop in on one of your rides. would love to drive together with both our Elans touring beautiful Delaware bay coast farm and wildlife areas. Come on down! :)
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