Electrical issues Series 4

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Re: Electrical issues Series 4

Post by Boris67 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:16 am

"Im pleased Im not relying on this Lemon coloured thing for my daily transport! Thanks in advance for any advice that's not gonna cost me a bomb!"

As a mate of mine in the UK had the cheek to tell me "Don't you know what Lotus stands for - Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious" and the b@st@rd drives a TVR! Karma got him when one of his head gaskets gave up! :shock: :roll:

In all seriousness though once you get through the gremlins and possibly even bring bits of them into the 21st century these things are quite reliable. They do remain, of course, completely impractical! But we get that bit :D

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Re: Electrical issues Series 4

Post by Gollum » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:14 am

I used a S4 as a daily-driver to commute into the Auckland CBD for years, no matter what the weather. I wore a suit and never got (very) wet. The main problem with older Lotuses in general is deferred maintenance from previous owners. The Escort or Cortina never had reputations as unreliable cars, yet once the same running gear was a Lotus it started breaking? It's because they were driven like racers by people who couldn't afford, or be bothered to, maintain them.

Just make sure you do everything properly so you don't have to do the same thing twice. It'll be a 'rolling refresh' but you'll have a reliable car at the end.

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Re: Electrical issues Series 4

Post by Phill » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:13 pm

Yep understood, It hasn't received a lot of love in the last few years, so its overdue for some. Included in plans; Alternator lucas ACR, Starter Roadrunner, Dellorto Carbs rebuilt, New fuel pump, new battery, Electronic ignition and new coil, Radiator top tank removed and cleaned, New bushes and springs in front, front calipers rekitted, new discs. Some of this ive done already and Ive set a target to have this all done before 2019. The rain wont be too much of an issue as I'm in Dunedin!

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