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PostPost by: Davidb » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:05 pm

Electric fuel pump is the way to go! Mine is mounted on an aluminium panel that is held to the front boot panel by Zeus fasteners-it also serves as access panel to the diff.
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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:11 am

Finally got around to pulling my leaking clutch slave cylinder, circlip was a pain and the cylinder fairly stuck in the housing, but finally got it. Debated long and hard about the master cylinder, finally decided to screw myself under the dash to get to the bolts - I think I need to do yoga to figure out a better way in. Glad I did, though - it's a wonder I had any clutch at all.
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PostPost by: innesw » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:11 pm

Separated the diaphragm on my Girling brake servo to unleash a tidal wave of brake fluid. :shock:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:57 pm

Pulled my dashboard to pull the heater out & replace the fan motor:
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While I'm in there I'll....
1. Service the wiper motor, it runs slow
2. Replace the dash loom to engine bay loom connector (read about in a separate thread...)
3. Replace the steering column bushes
4. Tidy up the wiring
Oh what fun! :roll:
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PostPost by: disquek » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:11 pm


Consider changing the gauge bulbs with LEDs. You can actually see the gauges after!
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PostPost by: fireblade » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:53 pm

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Despite having had a light dusting of snow last night I decided to take my Elan S4 SE for a drive to Sissinghurst Castle near Cranbrook Kent for a Birthday treat this morning. Not my Birthday but the cars. 50 years to the day my Lotus Elan was first registered to a Mr C Castle the car being supplied in kit form by Manchester Dealer Sports Motors Ltd. The car never fails to put a smile on my face and is at its best on the B roads around Kent and Sussex. I wonder where the Elan will be in another 50 years if it survives one things for sure I won’t be around.
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:43 am

Hi all
Drove it to the gym it still performs as good as ever hope I don't regret this comment
Keep up the good work lotus lovers


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PostPost by: John Larkin » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:26 pm

disquek wrote:Phil,

Consider changing the gauge bulbs with LEDs. You can actually see the gauges after!

Do not change the ignition warning light/charging light bulb to a LED. I did this and and was stranded. LEDs allow current flow in one direction only, and the ignition warning/charging bulb must be an old-fashioned incandescent type that allows current flow in either direction.

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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:46 pm

I bonded in the new screen and surround on my +2130/5 . My hands are now encased in black gunge. The screen is held in place with loads of pressure from ratchet straps but I'm not confident it isn't going to pop straight back out in a couple of days when I release it.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:08 pm

i've been (started friday evening: 3d so far) restoring my original crashpad - you won't believe the hours involved!!! mine was a mess: dash top almost disintegrated: as flat as the rocky mountains: pictures (step by step) to follow sandy
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:56 pm

Clutch slave cylinder- seal gone, has lasted about ten years iirc.

In order to drive up the ramps, one needs to have a working clutch! I did a quick and dirty bleed-job to get something like half a pedal and managed to get it up in the air.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:56 pm

The heater is in....
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:48 am

Looks good Phil.. Try to position the clamp for "easy" access in the future, if need be, like through the
radio opening or some gauge opening.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:52 am

Phil - Snap, well almost. The dash is just a trial fitting.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:35 pm

Mazzini, where did you find the trim for the bottom of the dash?

Nice work Phil!
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