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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:45 am

Only just got mine back on the road so out enjoying it even at reduced running in rpm. Pity I missed the quiet lockdown roads.
so far: Carb fiddling, had to twist 3/4 shaft slightly to synch, may need to recheck float levels & hoping the webcon pump really didn't need a reg as well... handbrake adjustment & temp mod to add another return spring ( new tree required over winter....) and a slight can cover oil leak :roll: new gasket in stock for when I drop the oil and check the clearances.

More chance of it getting a coating of actual clay rather than me using a claybar

Don't see me parking mine up just yet as enjoying it but each to their own although it hasn't even seen the wet yet the devil in me is waiting for a touch of snow :lol:
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:45 pm

Sploder90 wrote:Only just got mine back on the road so out enjoying it even at reduced running in rpm. Pity I missed the quiet lockdown roads.
so far: Carb fiddling, had to twist 3/4 shaft slightly to synch, may need to recheck float levels & hoping the webcon pump really didn't need a reg as well... handbrake adjustment & temp mod to add another return spring ( new tree required over winter....) and a slight can cover oil leak :roll: new gasket in stock for when I drop the oil and check the clearances.

More chance of it getting a coating of actual clay rather than me using a claybar

Don't see me parking mine up just yet as enjoying it but each to their own although it hasn't even seen the wet yet the devil in me is waiting for a touch of snow :lol:


My experience driving with the quiet lockdown roads was that the handful of drivers who were out there were somehow paying attention less than normal as everyone seemed to have their cell phone in hand. I can count on two hands the number of near head-on collisions in the scant 200 miles I put on my Elan during that time due to inattentive drivers slowly meandering into my lane on empty back roads.
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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:17 pm

Unfortunately I think the bad habits picked up while the roads were quiet are still here and possibly getting worse.. I can watch for the odd one of two but every SUV driver and white van seems to have my demise in mind

Just part way through sticking some DRL behind the grill to aid being seen by the SUV brigade.. Currently rigged to the side lamps until I get a dimming unit fitted.. See if they make any difference :roll:

Even though the sun is out and I am having a Day off I am waiting till the school run is over before I venture out this afternoon.
I felt safer as a driver or pedestrian when the schools were shut but then again I feel that when I drive the Mondeo which seems equally invisible between 8am and 9:30 am and 14:30 to 16:00 :lol:
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:24 pm

Sploder90 wrote:Unfortunately I think the bad habits picked up while the roads were quiet are still here and possibly getting worse.. I can watch for the odd one of two but every SUV driver and white van seems to have my demise in mind

Just part way through sticking some DRL behind the grill to aid being seen by the SUV brigade.. Currently rigged to the side lamps until I get a dimming unit fitted.. See if they make any difference :roll:

Even though the sun is out and I am having a Day off I am waiting till the school run is over before I venture out this afternoon.
I felt safer as a driver or pedestrian when the schools were shut but then again I feel that when I drive the Mondeo which seems equally invisible between 8am and 9:30 am and 14:30 to 16:00 :lol:


The one and only thing that has made me questioning owning this car has been other drivers. These cars are just so small and no one sees you.
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PostPost by: TeeJay » Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:47 pm

Yesterday I went for a test drive with half a tank of fuel, round tight left and right hand bends.

Result was great, with no fuel spillage. :D

This was after I finally got round to machining an adapter to take the MX5 one way valve.

Difficult to see in the photo, but in the adapter there is a groove, this is to secure the MX5 one way valve to click in with its 3 ears.
The adapter is a slight drive fit in the Original fuel fillet tube.

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:13 pm

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PostPost by: TeeJay » Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:37 pm

Sorry no.
The difficulty is getting the MX5 non return valve.
I was lucky in that I got mine off a forum member who had a spare one.
That forum member is the original poster of this topic.
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PostPost by: TBG » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:28 pm

"The one and only thing that has made me questioning owning this car has been other drivers. These cars are just so small and no one sees you.
Mr Bonus - One thing you can do as mentioned elsewhere is fit LED bulbs all round and LED driving lights behind the grill. Makes a great difference to your visibility to others. :idea:
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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:33 am

TBG wrote:"The one and only thing that has made me questioning owning this car has been other drivers. These cars are just so small and no one sees you.
Mr Bonus - One thing you can do as mentioned elsewhere is fit LED bulbs all round and LED driving lights behind the grill. Makes a great difference to your visibility to others. :idea:


Got my DRL connected and fixed behind the grill so hopefully that will improve things. LED lamps upgrades now added to the to do list.
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PostPost by: Higs » Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:41 pm

Took my '68 Plus 2 for its shake down run - I took it off the road in late 1986 to sort out 3rd/4th syncro......

Now, basic engine tuning before running in, rework exhaust to be closer to underside, last bits of trim and then we're off.
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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:38 pm

Higs wrote:Took my '68 Plus 2 for its shake down run - I took it off the road in late 1986 to sort out 3rd/4th syncro......

Now, basic engine tuning before running in, rework exhaust to be closer to underside, last bits of trim and then we're off.


Well done Higs another one lives again.
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PostPost by: TBG » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:59 am

Driving lights - here are mine - actually LED motorcycle lights as they are small and waterproof. Note also bright sidelights!! :D

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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:32 pm

Another lovely S3 :D
But I am biased.. :lol:
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PostPost by: TBG » Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:50 pm

No - you have good taste and pity those S4 chappies with their mucked about bodywork and rear lights!! :evil: :evil:
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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:22 pm

I don't mind the S4 body work and would happily have one but the rear lights are not to my taste.. It wouldn't put me off owning a 4 as you can't see the back lights from.the drivers seat. :D

Mind you did you ever see the arse end of a series 2 Evante?
Should have gone to spec savers. :lol:
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