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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:18 pm

I know the feeling of all moving forward then not moving! Hope to have mine on the road soon too.
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:28 pm

So the wiring is going well. I found out that my heater loop is controlled by an aftermarket plumbing valve and it has been open since I owned the car, which explains my heat issue. The two-speed interior fan is now functioning so hopefully it will be less oppressive during driving.

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Also the wiper motor is toast which isn't surprising given how anemic it was prior to starting this process. I have the oem "square body" and I'm going to have a bracket fabricated to wire in the later round body unit. The square bodies are really expensive on eBay and everyone wants a core back.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:51 pm

Interesting heater valve. Is that a hand-knob to control it? Looks non-automotive.

I'm using a heater valve that doesn't take up much more space than that and can be remote-operated by a cable. I think it's a replacement item for the valve used in some AMC and International Harvester vehicles. It got good reviews for reliability and was under $30. Haven't driven the car since it was installed so no real-world data, but I can dig out the receipt and give you info if you're interested.
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:00 pm

The Veg wrote:Interesting heater valve. Is that a hand-knob to control it? Looks non-automotive.

I'm using a heater valve that doesn't take up much more space than that and can be remote-operated by a cable. I think it's a replacement item for the valve used in some AMC and International Harvester vehicles. It got good reviews for reliability and was under $30. Haven't driven the car since it was installed so no real-world data, but I can dig out the receipt and give you info if you're interested.


I actually found a handful of decent replacements. I'm not sure why someone chose a plumbing valve but it doesn't show any signs of leaking or corrosion so I may just leave it in place, at least for now.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:03 pm

Maybe they were just emulating Lotus and using whatever was at hand at the moment. :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:34 pm

So where are you all getting your square-bodied wiper motors from (Lucas 14W, I believe)? There are a handful on eBay but all seem to be for other British brands. Could I get one for say a TR4 and swap it for mine since it failed?
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:08 pm

In all probability yes, but you will need to change the gearing.
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:52 pm

So we are in the final stretch. Because of what a bitch the console was to remove, I sent off the wiper motor, fuel gauge, and tach to be rebuilt at Nisonger. The tach was converted to work with the Petronix ignition. The fuel sending unit was replaced and now the tach and fuel gauge are fully functional. Everything on the car is functional. I'm just waiting on the wiper motor to come back from some shop down in SC.

The radiator was repainted flat black and the 10" fan wired up. At this point, besides the wiper motor, the timing needs to be set and the Webers tuned. She is almost ready to go through inspection.

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:26 pm

Looking good Ian. You’ll have it done in time for winter storage :mrgreen: Just kidding. Congrats on your progress!
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:49 pm

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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:15 pm

Congratulations :D :D :D :D

Does she move?
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:23 pm

pharriso wrote:Congratulations :D :D :D :D

Does she move?


Installing the steering column tonight so HOPEFULLY TODAY.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:30 pm

WOOHOOOOOOO!!!

I'm hoping to be doing the same very soon, so I know how good you must feel!
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:58 pm

Hey Mr. Bonus
Great job on your "restoration" ! I also have a '67 S3 Super Safety which I would like to rewire. Which harness did you purchase? Although it's an S3 Elan, the Super Safety has rocker switches an other similarities to an S4. Also did British Wiring also supply the schematic?
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:03 pm

seniorchristo wrote:Hey Mr. Bonus
Great job on your "restoration" ! I also have a '67 S3 Super Safety which I would like to rewire. Which harness did you purchase? Although it's an S3 Elan, the Super Safety has rocker switches an other similarities to an S4. Also did British Wiring also supply the schematic?
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Hi Chris,

I bought my harness from British Wiring who also supplied the schematic. It did require some modifications in places (like to connect to the alternator) but overall, it was a solid unit.

http://www.britishwiring.com/category-s/195.htm
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