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    Past owner of Lotus Elan +2. Builder & driver of street Westfield
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    Midland, TX
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  1. Chop: You haven't said what the pedal feels like. Presumably, it has about the same or less resistance than it normally had. My Westfield has an AP Racing clutch master and it really doesn't like American brake fluid. The English seals started to dissolve into the brake fluid and the only remedy was to switch to DOT 5.1 brake fluid. (Brakes and clutches use the same hydraulic fluid) I'm not sure about Girling, but this is true of AP Racing. If this is the case, you need an overhaul of the master, and possibly the slave cylinder, for new seals. Dan
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    I bought one of these when I finished my Westfield. Works great, but the quick disconnects leak.
  3. I don't know how active you are in other things, but I use my Alumina as a flat bed utility trailer as well as a car hauler. I added a pair of tie-down strips and the trailer is far more useful than a trailer without a flat deck. https://www.uscargocontrol.com/shop/Enclosed-Trailer-Accessories/Airline-Straps-Hardware/L-Track-Tie-Down-Rails I've hauled furniture, a Bobcat, even a Bridgeport milling machine with 4X4s as a load spreader.
  4. Yeah, you need to check what exactly hits when the trailer deck rises above the ground. It wouldn't be very nice if it hit the brake lines.
  5. I have an Alumina 6812HTILT and loading my Westfield couldn't be simpler. First, unlike a fixed bed trailer with ramps, the bottom of the car negotiates the transition just fine. Then, as DaveMK points out, when the front wheels pass the pivot point, the bed tilts up but with very little force, as Nick says. I drive the car up and pause to let the bed tilt up, then drive it to the chocks I bolted to the trailer bed. There's no concern for hitting the nose, as the chocks prevent that. I even have a Stanley toolbox bolted to the deck at the front of the trailer to hold the tie-down strraps, lug
  6. I got bored one day and measured various things around the house and shop. Here they are, all 3 ft from the source, and all dBA. The A scale is most appropriate for hearing sensitivity and loss. I used a dedicated Radio Shack sound level meter, not a phone app. Fridge: 40 dishwasher: 51 breadmaker: 61 variable speed range hood: 51 to 61 dust collector (woodworking shop): 84 Rigid shop vac: 92 Craftsman shop vac: 94 If I use the shop vac for more than a few seconds, I wear hearing protection.
  7. IIRC, the industry standard for noise measurements is 1 meter from the source. Closer than that will give you an artificially high noise reading.
  8. When I bought my Elan, one of the front motor mounts had completely failed, as the rubber was gone. The steel plates were still there so I made a dam with duct tape and poured in some 60 durometer castable polyurethane. Worked great.
  9. Pardon my ignorance, but has there been one in the past? Dan
  10. Does it have dish symmetry? If so, turn it upside down. I'm not familiar with what's under the wheel and I would never advise anyone due to the safety aspects, but if it were my wheel, I'd drill 3 more holes to the Momo pattern. (that is if I didn't turn it upside down)
  11. I had hoped to make it, but can't this year. Dang. It's a 12 hour drive each way, my GF can't get off work, and I just declared my Westfield not roadworthy. It's the first problem I've ever had, which is that the Brit rubber parts are dissolving into the DOT3 Castrol that I used to fill the system. I thought (wrong, it seems) that the days of brit rubber needing special brake fluid were over.
  12. Dzus fasteners are common on airplanes. Try Wicks or Spruce: http://aircraftproducts.wicksaircraft.com/category/quarter-turn-fasteners http://www.aircraftspruce.com/search/search.php?s=Dzus&x=14&y=15
  13. Heh, that reminds me of my favorite blonde joke: A blonde, wanting to earn some extra money, decided to hire herself out as a "Handywoman" and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house, and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do. "Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint my porch," he said, "How much will you charge me?" The blonde quickly responded, "How about $50?" The man agreed and told her that the paint and everything she would need were in the garage. The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said t
  14. I haven't used lexan polish, which may be most appropriate for this. However I *have* used the 3M version of headlight clarifying goop (my terminology) and it works great. It comes with several grades of grit and you sequentially use the finer ones. The reason I bring this up is that, if your scratches are deep, it may save a lot of labor getting deep scratches out. For scratches rather than yellowed plastic, I would recommend not using the two coarsest grades; just skip over them and use the finer grades. I've done 3 cars' headlight covers and it works great for that application. I woul
  15. No Mazda chassis or subframes or A-arms used in the Westfield. Try a Catfish or Exocet. I *think* they use the Miata subframes.
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