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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:22 am

I "Federalized" my plus two..

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Federalized


(Really I did this yesterday and just went for a drive today :) )
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:38 am

mbell wrote:I "Federalized" my plus two..

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(Really I did this yesterday and just went for a drive today :) )


AWESOME! (As we say in The States :mrgreen: )
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:00 pm

While not wishing to cast aspertions on the cousins you cannot be driving your Elan properly unless the cupholders are only there to hold the empty beverage container.
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PostPost by: Bud English » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:57 pm

Richard- He's putting you on. In Texas they drive with the beverage tucked firmly between their legs. Wow, talk about thread drift. :D
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:09 pm

Sorry, I didn't realise he was in Texas. So, if he is in Texas, where does he put the handgun? (I presume the rifle will be on the gun rack|)
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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:22 pm

rcfurse wrote:While not wishing to cast aspertions on the cousins you cannot be driving your Elan properly unless the cupholders are only there to hold the empty beverage container.


It's Texas, so I start with them full, by the time I get to a Lotus suitable road they're all empty!

No gun in the lotus, would just be added weight which isn't needed with the handling and standard fitment oil slick feature aiding any required escape.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:38 am

Pulled the carbs off the Elan. Discovered a broken internal throttle spring on one of the 45DCOE's was the cause of the throttle wanting to stick partially open at my last race meeting. I had temporarily fixed the issue with stronger external springs during the race meeting. This is a common failure and I will remove the internal springs from both carbs and use external springs that will not risk jamming the throttles open if they break.

This failure does not appear to happen on 40 DCOE just on 45's .... dont know why

Drove the Esprit today as the weather was perfect 23 degrees fine and Sunny here in Melbourne

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PostPost by: rjaxe » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:47 pm

Just completed the refurbishment of the pedal box on my S130. All the pivots had developed significant play with the wear taking place mainly in the bores of the steel tubes welded to each pedal. So simply replacing the pivot pin that goes through the tubes was not going to sort it. Determined that I needed to increase the pin diameter from 12.7mm to 14 mm to take out the wear, the worst of which was in the throttle pedal. I ordered a length of 14mm silver steel ground rod which I cut to length and machined a groove at each end for “C” clips which I prefer to split pins to retain the rod. I set each pedal in turn and bored out the pivots on a universal milling machine. Took several hours to complete the machining exercise on the three pedals and the bores in the casings.
In addition to the wear on the pedal pivots there was also wear in the fork end pivots connecting the pedals to the master cylinders. These I simple drilled out to 10mm and fitted new clevis pins secured with “R” pins.
Assembling the pedal box was fiddly rather than difficult mainly trying the get the pedals and shims aligned to enable the pivot pin to slide through. But using a generous amount of grease the assembly was completed ready to refit to the car.
Before I did this I decided to add some reinforcing to the pedal box mounting
, to this end I made up strips of 5 mm thick steel to fit on the underside of the mount sandwiching the fibreglass between.
Refitted the box using sealant on the joint then set about blending both brake and clutch circuits. Tried a new piece of bleed kit which uses an air supply to create a vacuum via a jet pump easy to use single handed. The clutch was easily bled but the brakes still felt a bit spongy when I got fed up and went to the pub for lunch.
Need to recheck the brakes and need also the set the stops on the throttle and clutch properly next week.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:57 pm

Applied new (correct LHD) stickers/transfers to my steering column binnacles
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PostPost by: baileyman » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:15 pm

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Took delivery of a few new parts.

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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:55 pm

a few new parts???? you sure there's not a full size Lotus car inside?? :lol:
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:34 pm

It's a circlip he bought on Amazon. That's how much packaging they used.
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PostPost by: SENC » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:35 am

Mine came in a slightly smaller box, but my "new" 23D4 arrived today from the distributor doctor, along with parts for rebuilding my existing.

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PostPost by: davidc » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:42 pm

Girling servo rebuild. Really easy job. :D

Mechanical fuel pump replacement...... won't be doing any hand modeling anytime soon :twisted: don't need to say anymore than that!
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:36 pm

If you're doing the fuel pump in situ you have my sympathy. I've never spent so long doing up two bolts and a feed petrol pipe...what a sod of a job!
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