Tonight's work was fun and relatively speaking clean, easy and fast.
I stopped the Snap On truck today while in Milford at the Post Office and bought a couple new 13mm wrenches,, one as a ratchet wrench, that Atwell prefers. Cheers my friend all the 13mm stuff is now yours, hehe. I also picked up a hot shot micro power unit. It is purrfect for testing relays in comfort and keeping in the car for Lucas Darkness Days. Please look into one as a part of your map box. So on we go,,
Due to the fact my cooling fans aren't turning on and my headlight pods aren't coming up and God only knows what else is not working. I took action at basic levels. I tested all 6 relays under the hood and 4 back by the coil in the engine compartment. I thought buy some just in case and I did not. Glad I didn't now,, all 10 worked fine at 12 volts and they all responded with proper continuity. So my problems are on a positive note headed in the right direction. I did find a connection unplugged back by the coil and hooked it back up. I got a feeling in my gut that is a big part of some of my problems. It was heavy gauge wire, big wire, heavy drain and load wire. I am liking this find. Unless of course my house and car burn down tonight because I put it back together. The car is under the house in the basement. I also checked three fuses back there to insure they function, one was an ancient Lucas 10 amp fuse with the name on a piece of paper in the fuse. Damn that has to be some kind of history there. lol
Next I had to deal with that dreaded vapor tube. Insert four letter words here. I hate this stuff huge. Again Atwell is spot on,, "Jenna replace this stuff, its another fire problem." Sounds simple right,, kinda looks like clear innocent soft hose easy to flex and deal with. The stuff is from Hell. Okay so I go over to look at the side where I set Atwell up with the hose,, Remember that? Get back time is now here. I touch the first piece of vapor tube and it does the shatter like thin glass or pasta precooked. Every piece I touch breaks and soon I have what looks like yellow tapeworms all over the place. No take this one off at a time and replace it. I have a mess on my hands. I remember a story Atwell told me about, "look up look at the routing diagram". Bamm its all there. I go back to work with a smile until I find a T on one shard of hose. Damn its not on the decal, It can be there,, Lotus says so. Bastards!!! Must be a friend of the distributor guy in the Pub.
I want warranty from Lotus. NOW! So I say Okay,, leave it move on put the hoses on the vapor can. 3/16th id hose and the sealing lug on the canister after I spend half hour cleaning it off is well over 5/16th plus some. There is nooo way this is gonna work. So First thought, lube it up and muscle it in,, well that didn't work, Okay get a torch and heat up the hose and vapor canister (bad idea) scratch that,, Okay hair blow dryer,, dangerous yes but no flame and my life insurance is more that adequate. Game on. I have most of the hose on now,, then the hose with the T, okay where does it go, its not on the decal. Earn it, I begin to fish around under the upper lip of the body. I fish around and start breaking off hose right up to the roof,,I got it finely it's the hose to the the other tank fill tube. Now how am I gonna fish that over there let alone get the old one out? It's time to order another ten foot of tube so Friday night I can entertain myself in preparation for the Saturday main event,,,,,,,,,to be continued