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Old 17-02-2019, 01:13 PM   #11
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Great read so far. Keep the posts coming.
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Old 17-02-2019, 01:15 PM   #12
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Thanks gargreen, I have edited the last one so it now makes sense!
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Old 19-02-2019, 10:10 AM   #13
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I am going to enjoy this.
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Longest Lotus restoration ever!

Today’s goal was to get the radiator out and clean up the front end! With the hoses off it was obvious that this little car has been very lucky!!

The original Lotus spec radiator only has an partial end-form to keep the hose in place. Many car had the top hoses come off during the warranty period, which doesn't help with head gasket security...I was very surprised to find my car did not have the updated one when it was built at the factory with the full end form.





Luckily the radiator was being changed as I had to damage it to get it out. Even on a well cared for car, 20 year old fixings can be a tw@t to remove!



Diddy little cooling fan will also be replaced,,, but kept it just in case!



Another tw@t of a fixing needed the Dremel treatment.



Half end-form on both top and bottom hose.



Rad only fit for the bin,,, but is 20 years old to be fair!



Kept this bit to add to my weird collection of automotive curiousities



This door hinge detent wear is typical on an Elise. Not sure yet what I will do about it.








When it was new Lisa had a cheap "meep meep" horn which I hated. so I fitted a f*ck 0ff Fiam air horn. This has see better days and will be going the same way as the radiator.



Things have moved on and this is a serious piece of kit!



Wheels and brake disks off ready for a clean up with APC.





She's looking a bit better... more work planned tomorrow!

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Old 23-02-2019, 09:40 PM   #15
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What a cracking read and project you’ve got going on, looking forward to your updates
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Old 23-02-2019, 10:10 PM   #16
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I have the utmost respect for anyone with the skills to do this sort of thing. My father in law was a mechanic and he taught me how to do basic servicing, changing brake pads & discs its. It was unfair to ask him to teach me more as he was grafting all week and needed time off at the weekend. but i would to be able to do more!

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Old 23-02-2019, 11:30 PM   #17
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Thanks guys.

There is a good reason why this is on detailing world an not another forum. I have been a lurker here fo ages and I respect the skills and dedication I have seen applied to the most modest of cars. What I love about this forum is that I doesn’t seem to matter if you are shining a Sierra, MOPing a Maserati or finessing a fiesta.. people love and enjoy the before, the after, and the journey.

My car is a Lotus.. it has a big back story and it's irrelevant how much it cost.. you guys seem to want the story behind it..

I love that!

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Love threads like this. Well done on the restoration
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I have the utmost respect for anyone with the skills to do this sort of thing. My father in law was a mechanic and he taught me how to do basic servicing, changing brake pads & discs its. It was unfair to ask him to teach me more as he was grafting all week and needed time off at the weekend. but i would to be able to do more!

Looking forward to seeing the progress. Subbed.
P.S. I haven't demonstrated skills yet,, anyone can take things to bits... lets see how it goes back together!
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Longest Lotus restoration ever!

So today i wanted to get this little car looking a bit tidier. Front wheels off and cleaned with APC.



I remembered these tyres have been on a while, the date code shows they were made in week 2 2005..



I remember getting these direct from Yokohama, they are actually tuned specifically for the S1 Elise and have the LTS manufacturer code. They will have to do until the car is built and set up. I dont think they are available any longer!



Wheels dried with my bike dryer and sealed with Poorboys wheel sealant.



The metal valves are a bit corroded, i will change these with the tyres.



Megiuires Tyre shine gives a nice finish.



The exhaust tailpipe spent 24 hours in Bilt Hamber Deox C.. dissapointingly it looks no better. I must be doing something wrong!




With the grease cleaned off the hinge wear looks worse. not sure what to do about it..



All the cooling hoses were removed and cleaned APC and treated with ACF50, which gives a nice finish on rubber and plastics on my motorbike.




That's all for today,, more tomorrow.

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