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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:50 pm

I fitted a new braided clutch pipe.

Nasty job, but what a difference. No more stickiness. It's still heavy, but now I can feather it to prevent jerky pull offs and gear changes.

I think the old pipe was either kinked or the rubber section was swollen. It ruined the clutch feel completely.

No longer! :D
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:26 pm

My 19 year old pulled the noisy diff in two hours, took it to Promotor and now tells me he can pull the engine and gearbox tomorrow to fix a gearbox tailshaft seal. There is hope for him yet and if he rebuilds the front suspension over the weekend which he says he can do I will put him back in my will. :D
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PostPost by: Davidb » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:57 pm

Can he come over here and do an oil pan (sump) gasket for me?! :P
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:42 pm

He has a Canadian passport (long story) so he says as long as you put him up and send him the airfare and he'll be right over.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:13 am

In that case I will compile a Very long list of tasks! 8)
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PostPost by: SENC » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:25 am

I'll share the airfare if you'll send him south for a bit!
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:52 pm

Today he pulled the engine and transmission (on his own). It took him 8 hrs. Wish he had started before 12 though.
Box to the gearbox guy on Monday to see if there is even a seal on the mainshaft because, judging by the size of the leak I wonder if there is one.
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:11 am

rcfurse wrote:Today he pulled the engine and transmission (on his own). It took him 8 hrs. Wish he had started before 12 though.
Box to the gearbox guy on Monday to see if there is even a seal on the mainshaft because, judging by the size of the leak I wonder if there is one.



If he did not know to drain the gearbox before taking it out, you would have got a 'massive leak' when the prop shaft was pulled out of the tail of the gearbox, there is then nothing to stop the oil pouring out.
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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:45 pm

Yesterday was getting to grips with the small of petrol in the boot that the Plus 2 has been tormenting me with. With the help of my mate Dave, we've persuaded the tank to leave the confines of the boot, with a bit of judicious moving of the rear parcel shelf and the removal of the rear body reinforcing brace. We couldn't shift the drain plug (even when the tank was out) and the banjo bolt was only finger tight. Investigation of the banjo fixing showed a lot of mastic smeared around the brazed joint, which we scraped off. It looks like the join between the banjo lug and the tank has been repaired and was still weeping - not good in a glass fibre car, and presumably why the banjp bolt was not pulled up tight.
So onto SJ Sportscars (couldn't get through to Sue) and a new tank and various ancillaries are on their way. Hopefully have it back in operation next weekend - in the meantime I'll strat on faultfinding the lack of indicators, and low reading instruments!
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:56 pm

Well . . . . . He didn’t get the massive leak until he tipped the engine in the lift. Then, as perfectly described he got a large pool of oil.
Stripped one side of the front suspension today. Will do other side tomorrow.
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:26 pm

Set of Keith Franck's VF Tubes, idle jets and 36mm chokes :D

Mains were almost plug and play, the idle jets needed some quality time with the wideband to set up the AFR but WELL worth it!! almost ever aspect is better it cruises so much smoother now, full throttle just pulls like a train...... I thought i had it running quite well with the standard jets but these are a couple of steps up at least!!

I will have to put a couple of tanks through it before i will know if the MPG is better but on first impressions it seems to be.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:10 pm

Diff back in - finally.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:20 pm

Well, I didn't do this just today! When I bought this Elan, ten years ago, I told the previous owner that I was going to paint the bumpers and wheels gold--I finally got around to it. Each bumper took a week to strip, repair, prep and paint:
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Comments? I have painted the wheels on the left side gold and have left the other side black until I decide which colour I prefer.

This is how it looked before:
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PostPost by: paddy » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:51 pm

I replaced the boot lock with an NOS one from Ebay after the keyhole cover snapped off. I have to resist using it to lift the boot lid ...

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