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  1. Vipers
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    Just finished converting the Naim Lounge into Cinema Lounge for tomorrow, works really well actually :-)

    Using a bit of Rammstein to warm it all up -

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    Cheers,
    Paul.

  2. It's been a while since I've revisited the Esprit, I've been trying to get some additional finances together to pay for the engine rebuild.

    When the sun comes out it seems to motivate me to do things, so I striped the engine down to constituent parts and tried to catalog everything by taking pictures, although my iphone seems to lose pictures all the time, what is with that! Anyhow all the castings were sent off to get vapour blasted and have returned shiny like new, a thing of beauty I can tell you.

    The Main casting has been sent to the machine shop to get Hone bored to take the +0.015"/-0.02" engine bearings which were the only ones available. Unfortunately this block was one of the 100 to 1 blocks that was rebored to +0.015", and subsequently a right pain in the **** to get bearings for! The crank also needs to be reground from -0.01" to -0.02" and then be balanced, with the flywheel, its fixings, the cam belt pulley wheel and washer. At the same time I've given the machine shop the new series 4 ball bearing for the spigot shaft on the transmission to put in the crank shaft. I've also given the pistons to the machine shop to clean up for me, along with the Cylinder head, which I asked to be bolted onto the block whilst it was machined, it gives the block added rigidity that can only help. Now just awaiting the return of this so I can get on with the rebuild. Update to follow, hopefully shortly.....

    So now I have the block back and the pistons, crank and flywheel plus all the periphery that went along with it, I can crack on with the assembly. Yay!

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    I don't know if any of you have had this problem but it is a right b*gger to get the dry sump off the main block. It's tightened down with 10 x M12 nuts and about 10 x M6 nuts, and once released will come off with a beating from a dead blow hammer......usually! But not this time. I gave up after about an hour and decided to put the little grey cells to use rather than my rather aching muscles. I've now come up with a spreader which I have manufactured using the ends of the casting and 4 M10 bolts to pries them apart. Pictures will be coming shortly.....if it works. And it does....sort of!

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    So after being partially defeated by the main casting I thought I would put together the pistons, how hard can this be! I seem to be thwarted at every turn at the moment. In the manual it clearly states that the gudgeon pin is a finger push fit, well I defy anyone who can push these gudgeons in with their fingers! They came out of the pistons, albeit with a bit of persuasion :wallbash:. I measured the internal diameter of the piston 24.1mm and the outside of the gudgeon at 24.5mm so I suspect that the internal diameter of the piston has bulged a bit. Will be taking it back to the machine shop to get a little bit of material removed and I'll get them to check and assemble them too.

    All in all a fairly unsuccessful foray into engine building! Will try harder next time! 

    Some small successes this weekend, the spreader tool worked to a degree, I managed to separate it to a point then tried to pull it apart with my hands. That thing was trapped, can pull it up 5mm one end then go to the other a pull that up 5mm too, only to have the first end drop by 10mm. Got a bit frustrating I can tell you. In the end I resorted to getting two car jacks at both ends and separated it that way!

    on another note, had the machine shop clean the engine block after machining but there's still swarf and grit in there so I'm going to have to clean the whole block myself, hate that job with a passion 😡. Still at least I'll be able to trial out my new parts washer!

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    Pau lito
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    Here you will find my Blog:

     

    Lotus Esprit Turbo 1990

  3. DaveyT
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    Series of pics from primed and masked to final lacquer coat on. At last :)

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    Re-blacking the interior lid section with matt black per original

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    And underlay on the insides here

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    Gradual build up of the base coat

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    Lacquer coats commence:

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    Oops, bit of short term memory loss while refilling the gun means a bit of extra flatting required...

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    So now on to body trim parts, followed by the suspensions bushes and interior work, not to mention the engine seals, aircon, electrics

    It feels like a small light at the end of a very long tunnel, but at least we're now in the bloody tunnel :)

     

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    Lala
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    Hi, anyone knows what other car has front brake discs same as lotus eclat 264mm would be helpfull.Mac

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    Hello I have a car for sale with a Lotus registration L***TUS. It is not on retention, offers to [email protected] Thanks

  4. [center]Our little Elise is turning 20 this year. She would like to invite all of her friends to visit Stratton Motor Company on Saturday 4th July 2015 for her party.[/center]

     

    [center]We are planning on meeting at Stratton Motor Company at 9-9.30am for tea, coffee and cakes and to see the 20th anniversary edition, which is currently on show in our showroom.[/center]

     

    [center]At 10.30am we will all then convoy to the Lotus factory at Hethel, where we have been allowed access to the factory site and track for a photo shoot with all the cars.[/center]

     

    [center]Once all the pictures have been taken, we can all make our way to The Bird In Hand at Wreningham for drinks, chatting and something to eat if you wish.[/center]

     

    [center]If you would like to avoid the wait, then please visit [url="http://www.birdinhandwreningham.com"]www.birdinhandwreningham.com[/url] or call Alex and his team on 01508 489438 to book a table. Food can be ordered on the day, but there could be a wait depending on numbers.[/center]

     

    [center]If you wish to attend please let James Betts know by phone on 01508 530491 or email on [email="[email protected]"][email protected][/email] so I can get an idea on numbers.[/center]

     

    [center]Hope to see as many Elise owners as possible for a memorable day.[/center]

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    Hi,
    The red ignition light on my Lotus S4s is constantly on and the oil light flickers on at 1.5 revs or below. The car runs at just under 2 bar.
    Should I have it checked out by a garage or is there something I can do?
    Can I still drive the car like this?
    Thanks.

  5. Been a while since I posted anything, but while my engine undergoes its rebuild I've been reflecting on the various works done to the interior over the winter.  The dash came out (there are 4 nuts holding it in, and I defy anyone to get them all back in without the aid of extension bars, universal joints, magnets and lots of swearing), along with all the leather panels for reconnolising and repairs.

    While all this was out, I:

    - put in an electric aerial

    - wired in some footwell lights

    - wired in Spiyda Design's anti-slosh module to the fuel gauge and light

    - fitted a delay box to the circuit feeding the dome light, so it dims to nothing rather than just switching off

    - treated some minor rust to the chassis door mounts and the scuttle beam

    - refitted the choke control - the little clip that holds it in place is an absolute pig to get in properly and I don't believe it can be done with the dash in situ

    - tidied up all the wires with loads of cable ties

    - retrimmed the steering column shroud

    - put new black leather on the dash below the windscreen

    - replaced the rusty steel air vent on the passenger side below the windscreen

    - replaced the rusty sun visor pivots

    - broke the rear view mirror but sourced a second hand replacement (off a Hillman Hunter apparently)

    Hopefully I don't have to do any of these things again for a very long time...

    Anyway, the main purpose of the blog entry is to document how I put in a new console piece, just above the radio aperture.  On my car, this is just a blank panel covered with a strip of leather.  For some time I've wanted to put something in there with buttons and lights and things.  As a fan of Knight Rider in my youth, you can never really have too many of these things.

    Panel design

    Reigning in my desire for a funky but anachronistic air/fuel mix gauge, I realised it needed to not be too crowded to look sensible.  I looked at what I needed in there; and settled on a switch to override the otter switch and control the rad fans, a yellow light to show me that the fans were working (as opposed to the "fan fail" light, which may or may not show me if the fans aren't working, although has been known to come on when the fans do), a blue light to show me that the air con was operating (if I ever get it fixed) and a switch to retract the electric aerial without switching the stereo off.  This last one was needed because the replacement aerial cannot drain properly to the outside, it's just too big.  It has a drain hole at the bottom, but rather than fill up my footwell I prefer the idea of stopping and putting a rubber cap on the retracted aerial if I'm ever listening to the radio in a rainstorm!

    So 4 switches or lights.  At this point I decided I wanted rectangular items, which seemed to me to be more 1980s than any of the circular options.  Note that this is a much harder option than going for circular bits, which can have their apertures drilled.

    Materials

    Suitable switches and lights were easily obtained from Car Builder Solutions.

    Plastic was much more of a problem, as if plastic is rigid enough not to bend on switch pressure, it's too brittle to work properly when you're trying to make a rectangular hole.  I found this out the hard way after cutting out the required size of black ABS (took numerous attempts with my rubbish jigsaw), using a soldering iron to melt out approximate rectangles, and then setting to work with craft knife and file.  Managed to shatter the thing pretty quickly.

    Further research yielded The Plastic People who offer a range of plastics cut to size.  The aperture is 185mm by 37mm on my car, so rather than rely on jigsaw and steady hand I got them to send me this sized piece in a couple of different types.  The best for this purpose turned out to be their "foam board" which is soft enough to have the rectangles cut out with a knife but solid enough (just) to act as a panel.  I did reinforce it with two thin strips of the original ABS along the back of the panel though.

    Here's what the plastic panel looked like with the holes cut and the lights test fitted:

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    The font of wisdom

    At this point, I decided that unlabelled switches or ones made from a label maker were going to look a bit crap.  I needed something authentic but which Doing a bit of research on this forum, it turns out the retro-futuristic font in use on the Esprit up to about 1990 when the old HVAC panel was discontinued, was something called Microgramma.  This was also used on the Elan in the sixties, so is a nice link to Lotus history even if the font on the exterior of the car is different!  To try and match my HVAC panel, I downloaded a font file and mocked up a Word document with suitable legends (attached here).  This can then be printed out on sticky paper and applied to the panel.  Finally, I put on a layer of matt self-adhesive film to cover over the whole thing and make it look a bit more plastic than paper.

    Wiring

    Meanwhile, I'd managed to identify the wires needed for the switches.  Both lights are currently unwired, as the air con doesn't work and I think I need to run a wire from the rad fan relay to the dash to have the rad fan "activity" light work - a project for later.

    The aerial switch just interrupts the 12v signal wire from the stereo to the aerial.

    The rad fan override switch interrupts the yellow and green wire which goes from the otter switch to fuse 13 in the fusebox through a large block connector on the RHS under the dash.  It's not any of the binnacle connectors.

    Putting it in place

    On the home straight now, I used a dremel to cut an aperture in the blank panel forming part of the centre console trim.  This was just wide enough for the switches and lights, as I needed to retain some of the panel to receive 2 self-tapping screws.  This are not very tight (to avoid distoriting the switch panel), but secure it well enough.

    Here's the end result - terrible photo, will take a better one when I get the car back...

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  6. Had a set of custom alloy fuel tanks made up.

    I had the engineer make them slightly smaller to make the job of ever needing to get them back out much easier.

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    Very happy with the result and one step forward in the restoration progress :)
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    hi guys looking for a bit of help as I cant remember, 1985 lotus excel I have 2 wires running along the firewall to the passengers side I have the water bottle connector block that's straight forward but I have 2 other wires as well any suggestions were they go many thanks
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    john genders
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    hi guys shot in the dark any one near north wales that owns an excel need to have a look at an engine bay memory not to good any help would be appreciated
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    boondock
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    2000 V 8 Twin Turbo..

    34000 miles

    Manual 5 Speed//////

    For some reason......Clutch in,, I cannot achieve reverse??????


    Is this a common issue?
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    Hello everyone! I would like to know if anyone has a power antenna wiring diagram or wire color code chart for an 1988 Esprit Turbo. I am attempting to see if this one works or not so I am trying to locate the power on and up wire that is connect to the antenna. I have the blue one coming from the after market stereo, just trying to find the connection. Someone else had the car and mad a mess of the wiring.
  7. As written in title, I found some of the most rare factory fitted Eclat wheels.
    The problem was, the seller knew that too!

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    Even though I had to buy them - and paid what he was asking for :huh:

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    And now I' m able to give some new knowlege about these wheels...
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    jonny english
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    19 Hr drive, 5 day trip through the Canadian Rockies,!
    Its amazing how much camping gear you can cram into an elise.
  8. so 21/7/2014 this is were I stand to date 3 rear brake pipes to fit then the body is going back on then its of to my mates paint booth which I borrowing for a few days for a full inside and out black basecoat and five coats of clear coat, followed by a trip to the upholsters for a full black leather interior in carpets and head liner
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    has anyone any idea what may cause chatter noise from under elise caused by chattering between the two floor pans, should these two be connected together in the middle?
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    The seasons have changed for the better and Spring is in the air with dry roads and glorious sunshine. What better day to give "Mario" his first outing this year. It was up early and on the road for a 180 mile round-trip to the cars and coffee get together in Portland. Every Saturday exotics/rare cars from around the area meet for an informal get together at a local coffee shop, it's become a regular fixture around the USA.

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    This was the first time I had done any distance on the new original shocks and boy does the car ride nicely. Tyres were set to 25 front and 33 rear, the result was a smooth ride and nice light steering. It also seemed to remove the last of the vibration I had all but eliminated last year. I'd also replaced the rear radius arm mounts as they were on their last legs. The left rear drive-shaft was checked for any defects as the right one had failed late in 2013.

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    The Seafoam fuel additive I put in the tanks at the end of Autumn worked a treat staibilising the 10% Ethanol blended gas and there was no hesitation or rough running during the trip. All the work done over the winter was fruitful and 136S ran effortlessly. A brief stop at the Ferrari/Maserati dealer on the way home finished off the trip nicely.

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  11. andydclements
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    Well, since restoring this car I've not used it much. That's not much for a car that I planned to be my daily driver. I used the red one quite a bit until I finally traced the misfire issues and so had confidence in being able to get to the destinations and return under the car's own power. I used the Berlingo when the weather was cold as it has a heather that is effective in less than 10 mins of engine running. I've now purchased a Signum as I'm ferrying my elderly parents around a lot and they cannot fit in the Excel and my Mother had difficulty getting in the rear seats of the Berlingo, and the Signum is more reassuring to drive than the Berlingo so there's less of a fear issue driving the Signum.

    The last few times I drove the gold Excel I noticed a knocking noise on uneven road surfaces. I tried the exhaust, driveshafts,. I tried spacing the damper further from the A arm so that they couldn't possibly make contact.
    With the car on the ramps (supported by its wheels) I discovered that the knock was replicated if I merely applied a small amount of upward force to the subframe. I managed to eliminate the body/subframe mounting form the list of options and so remove the damper. On inspection I have discovered that the damper has a knock in it giving circa 5mm of longitudinal movement without dampening, almost as though low on oil I suspect something inside has come apart. As the dampers are probably more than 2 years old despite the low mileage I doubt I'll the the manufacturer to honour the warranty, and without finding purchase info I doubt they'll even agree to assist in the funding of the repair, so I'm going top purchase just one damper (which is something I'd normally not do) on the basis the other damper (driver's side) is very new and has had very little use so it should be a reasonable match to the new one.
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    Gentlemen,

    Does anyone know what the factory Alternator output is for a 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo ? We have one in the shop which is printing Bad out of a Sun VAT 45. It shows 85 Amps with a voltage of 12.95 V with a full load on at idle. I'm guessing the full output would be around 105 - 125 Amps .

    Cheers
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    Hi Everyone,

    I am new to the forum and would like some advice on my new toy which is a Lotus Espirit turbo 1983, the vehicle has not been driven for a few years & was wondering where and what costs I should be looking to pay to get a full service & cambelt done on the car ?, I am based between surrey/west sussex my local garage is main delaer Bell and colvill anyone had any experience ?, also anything else I need to look our for etc, this is the first time I have owned one and am very excited with the project ahead !!, if anyone can shed any light on if there was a limited edition turbo with the black badges etc the former owner told me so !, any help will be much appreciated ??

    Cheers
  12. I still haven't been working on the silver car as such but have been removing the Air-Conditioning from the red car (the AC never worked since I've had it) to provide some necessary parts for fitting AC to the silver car.
    That's now all out of the red car,but I guess I'll have missed something and be cursing it after I've sold the red one. What it is that I'll have missed, I don't yet know.

    Wheels, I need new tyres for the gold car, it has newly refurbished Speedlines. The silver car has Oz which are in need of a refurb. I could just have new tyres fitted to the Speedlines, or have the Oz ones refurbed and fit new tyres to those, using them on the gold car until it's ready (2015 at this rate). Choices, choices.
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    Lotus Hedge End
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    We are pleased to announce our latest and most excited launch for many years will be held over the weekend of 17th, 18th and 19th of May.

    We hope to have a fully-packed three days with final details to follow, however we wanted to start the ball rolling with extending an open invitation to anyone wishing to visit and join us in the CELEBRATIONS whether you be a classic Lotus driver, past owner, future customer, current enthusiast or just want to have a snoop…. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

    At the Snows Motor Group we cannot claim to know all there is to know about Lotus but what we lack in experience we will make up in hard work, enthusiasm and our commitment to be the best Lotus dealership in the whole of the UK. We appreciate that we will not be able to get to where we want to be without great customers supporting us along the way and that is what we AND THE BRAND need right now - SO PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD and continue with highlighting GOOD NEWS about our favourite BRITISH car manufacturer to counter those that seem to wish for its demise!

    If you intend to attend, please email [email="[email protected]"][email protected][/email] with an idea of numbers in your party and which day you will be coming to help us gauge numbers.

    Thanks for reading and we hope to see you in May!

    The Team at Snows Lotus Hedge End


    [b][u]PS – New Exige S will be on site over the next few days and on the road, we hope, on 2nd April.[/u][/b]

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