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Old 11-01-2011, 11:07 PM
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The center ground pad attaches, along with several other ground wires, in the lower part of the left rear fender near to the rear lights. A good clean and polish here could help alot.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:29 AM
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The center ground pad attaches, along with several other ground wires, in the lower part of the left rear fender near to the rear lights. A good clean and polish here could help alot.
Yes, I found that ground connection earlier and cleaned it up, but it made no difference. Are there any other grounds to the body for the rear lights?
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:45 AM
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I assume the trunk lid is 'grounded' only via the hinges. And thus the ground path is somewhat indirect & needing to pass through the hinge pins. If you decide to add the dedicated ground I'd suggest a loop of wire around a hinge similar to the way ground straps are often attached around engine mounts.
I just thought some more about this. Even if the hinges are the only "ground" attachment for the trunk lid when opened, once it is closed the latch mechanism will add a very good ground connection to the lid. I have the temporary jumper wire connectled to the latch right now and the 3rd brake light works correctly so even if the ground connection is poor with the lid open, it will be good with the lid shut and that is the only time it matters that the third brake light works properly. I think I will just go ahead and permanently attach the jumper wire to the lid in a hidden spot that wont corrode easily and be done with this.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:07 AM
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Well, OK then.

Now on to more important matters - two pages and not one admonishment about posting photos! We gots rules here you know - even if they are unwritten. So, how about some pictures - Spiders, Loti, pretty women, whatever...
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:42 AM
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I knew that was coming...... I'll work on posting some photos when I get home from work tonight!
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:42 PM
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Due to the lousy weather outside, these are the best photos I could take of the Alfa Spiders due to them being confined to my garage/workshop. I will try to take some better photos of them outside if we ever see another nice day again here in WI now that winter is settling in..........

The '86 Veloce which is in decent condition.
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The $400 '87 Graduate that I'm using for parts that the Veloce needs.
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Both of these cars are running and driveable, but the Grad is in rough shape while the Veloce only needs a few things repaired to make it 100%

And here is my '05 Elise in the "Lamborghini" elevator at the Lotus dealer when I had it there for service once.
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