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Vacuum solenoid

PostPost by: 10kph » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:34 am

Hello,
Will someone post a photo of the positioning of the solenoid on a UK lefthand wing and how it is secured on a 73 plus 2 130
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:22 am

This was my un-restored 1973 JPS Plus 2 . I can't see how it's secured, so I'm guessing from underneath.
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PostPost by: jono » Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:44 am

..the paint looks a bit better now Mark!
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:54 am

That is going to be a stunner. It was so original with a gorgeous interior and just hadn't been touched under the bonnet. Incidentally, on the original sales ledger entry for that car, it has 'returned - bad paint'. so the thousands of microblisters on the car were all down to a Lotus factory re-paint!
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PostPost by: davidc » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:17 pm

they seem to be riveted on as i had to drill from inside arch to get my broken one off
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PostPost by: cobraboy » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:00 pm

The unit is held on by two small screws from underneath in two diagonally opposite corners.
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PostPost by: 10kph » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:44 am

Thanks for the photos and quick response. My solenoid has the two small holes which are untapped so must have taken rivits.The diagonal holes match two in the bodywork which are much larger, no doubt made when it was drilled out.
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PostPost by: elated » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:09 pm

I think that you will find that the OE fasteners were "self-tapping screws" - very sophisticated!
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