Try Footman James, I recently switched my SpiderEuropa to "off the road" cover after many years of being insured normally (despite being "off the road") (I figured that I might get it going again soon...but never did )
Thanks guys, I'll remove the grill, mine is mesh anyway
Nigel, the car is in Lichfield and I need to get it to Pauls,
Had a look through How To's but cannot find info on how to remove the key barrel, is this an easy process ?
Also Nigel, my cars heavily modded, will my mapped chip just plug directly into the new ECU ?
Removing the ignition barrel is only easy if you have a key - once you're into the car, you will need to remove all the steering column plastics and some of the electrics (stalk controls etc) and then remove the whole ignition switch assembly from the column - not a five minute job...
Yes - plugging your mapped chip into a new ECU should work fine
As Joe says, there's a thermo switch in the side of the radiator which controls the fan coming on. You have a dead thermostat - they stick open - and the bad news is there are no replacements available unless you are very very lucky and fine one at the back of a dealer somewhere.
There is a heat exchanger between the oil and water, on the back of the mounting block for the filter - the water goes down those two pipes on the front of the engine. So as a rule, when there's a lot of oil and water movement, the oil tracks the water temperature, within a few degrees.
The thermostat should open at 79 to 83C, and the fan normally comes on at 103C (or at least, that's what the internal water temperature tends to be, when the fan's running). The engine will hold at that all day, so don't panic about overheating unless it goes higher. Though you should make sure you have the correct level of coolant and that it holds sufficient antifreeze.
There have been a couple of attempts to replace the thermostat - BBR did one recently - involving removing the thermostat capsule from the inside of the thermostat (i.e. bashing it out!) and using an inline thermostat in the radiator top hose.