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  2. 1968 Plymouth Barracuda 1983 VW Scirroco 1989 Jeep Wrangler 2000 Lotus Elise
  3. Yes my manual pull works - I had to use it in the past - because teenagers.
  4. Glad people are finding this handy Mik, I can see the wear mark on your hammer just on the corner, where it is just catching your latch pin. Does your manual cable work okay? My whole issue was that that the manual cable tilted the mechanism (because it is attached to a higher point of the hammer lever) and the hammer slipped behind the latch pin. Out of interest, how many washers do you currently have per mounting bolt? And remember, if you do adjust it, make sure everything is aligned correctly and bolts tightened before you shut your boot (and the key is in your hand). Otherwise you could cause a bigger problem than you already have. There is that old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it
  5. Because nobody in their right mind would use them. And stop calling me Shirley.
  6. Think you need to notify AWS first.
  7. Thought it might be interesting to see what cars people have had in the past and what views on some were, I've had a few stinkers and a couple of gems. 1) 1984 VW Passat Hatchback. 1.6 It was my Mums, before, handled like a boat. but was pretty reliable, uncool. 2) 1991 VW Passat a saloon, comfy but a big barge, and not cool. 3) 1996 Honda Prelude VTEC, had it lowered on Honda kit. went like stink and corned on rails. Great reliable car, miss it. 4) 1998 Jag XJ Executive 3.2 Straight six. most comfortable car I have had, but was like parking a supertanker. Sold to a chap in Munich. 5) 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo, no need to say anything 6) 2005 Fiat Stilo 1.9JTD. Cheap as chips to run and still going strong! but crap electrics, blows headlamp bulbs constantly. 7) 2007 Alfa Romeo 159 3.2 Q4. 4wd drive and a great V6, drinks like a sailor on shore leave and being an Alfa, breaksdown. 8. 2016 Suzuki Swift Sport, fantastic car, fully loaded, goes well handles great. Highly recommended.
  8. Great description and discussion. I threw my phone in the boot without removing the cover, but can still see that I would probably benefit from the same “+2 washers” tweak to move the hammer out a couple of mm...
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  10. Yep. Completely agree. Other than magazine reviews I haven’t seen any marketing for the exige cars. It’s an area of the business that needs to be massively developed and invested in.
  11. Shirley the first place to look is in the sump. And why's no one mentioned f-ing silicon based sealants.
  12. If the engine stopped turning because a piston contacted valves then you may well have bent the stems so they'll no longer seal & you'll have no compression on that cylinder. Have you watched this video on changing V8 belts, he mentions the engine being on the engine being on the exhaust rather than compression stroke when inserting the pins at 2 mins 30 seconds? Good luck.
  13. Pretty much everything I’ve been told too. I wasn’t given any guarantees but had Lengthy conversation with Scott walker at the factory and pretty much said that the Elise and exige platform probably had 18 months to 2 years before being retired. The 430 would have some bits replaced but as no plans to increase power as warranty implications would negate any benefits. Lotus future focus is turning to cars that would comfortably drive you down to the south of France.
  14. Anyone know where I can access 4 x 13" crome trims for my Elan S4, I believe they came from an Escort MK1 1300E. Thanks Gordon
  15. Coincidentally, there's a woman in Wisconsin who calls me that...
  16. Happy Birthday Spanky?
  17. 17. The Art of Glass (well it is a 1978 car...) Apologies, I’m running out of puns of Bond film titles. Probably for the best. It is fair to say that I faced fitting the windscreen and rear hatch glass with trepidation. I had read so many things about the preparation and process that my head was beginning to spin. I desperately wanted this stage to go well, as failure would mean a whole setback in preparation and cost. I had been given the name of an independent mobile windscreen specialist 2 years earlier by John at the paint shop. Paul (not Ringo), had arrived just after that Easter to remove the windscreen and rear hatch glass from the car. Which I had safely packed away in large thin storage boxes made from sheets of specially purchased hardboard, and stored in the spare room behind a wardrobe. It was time for me to unpack them and clean them up, which I tentatively did. I’d called Paul to arrange a suitable day to refit them to the car. However due to our busy schedules this turned out to be very tight, as I also needed to get the car away for tuning that afternoon, due to tuner’s availability also. The stainless steel inserts that assist the corner alignment of the windscreen chrome finishing trim were a very tight, if not impossible, fit into the slots. I therefore had to painstakingly file them, but without taking off too much. This required continually filing and then carefully assembling the trims on a soft and flat surface, so as not to mark their outer polished finish. I have no photos of this process, as it was so tricky and had to be done slowly. It took at least a dozen iterations to get each corner to fit correctly. I also carefully filed the ends of the trim to smooth off minor burrs. It was worth all the effort in the end though. I had also very carefully pre-shaped the trim sections to fit the curvature of the roof line and 'A' pillars etc. Not for the faint hearted, as one press too hard could kink this fragile pieces. All that had went well thankfully. However I was afraid that Paul wouldn’t realise how fiddly the fitting of the glass would be, having read about the process on other restoration threads. Which I once again poured over, at least twice. Yikes! In a mild panic I messaged @Lotusfabas I knew that he’d documented this extensively, and had just done the same with his Esprit Turbo. I was now at least confident that I could instruct Paul in anything that he was unfamiliar with, or at least not expecting. Thankfully, Paul immediately put my mind at rest. He had recently fitted a new windscreen to one of my other favourite cars, a Ferrari 365/GTS ‘Daytona’, and he was not fazed in the slightest. So I knew he was up to this job! He understood the complexities associated with this type of job, and I helped out where instructed. I was quite nervous to say the least. Especially helping him carry the glass on the hand suckers to the car. This is no understatement. It had to go well, and on time. The pressure was on! The windscreen took about 2 hours to fit, but the rear hatch glass went in about half that time. Oddly, considering it has trim on all four sides. This included making our own seating blocks from solid Styrene Butadiene rubber to raise the glass to the correct height to meet the surrounding trim sections. I made the executive decision to also fit the matt black vinyl strip to the base of the windscreen, even though the screen had been correctly masked. It actually finished off the installation well. Though I cannot see it retaining a clean edge over the years, but could be easily re-applied. Again, I didn’t have the time to take any photos as I had to remain focused on the job in hand at all times. However, I was extremely happy with the finished results. For the first time in three years the car now looked complete. Amazingly Paul would only except a small charge, and absolutely no more. Having loved the opportunity of fitting a screen to an Esprit. I now had little over an hour for lunch and a tidy up before my pal Mark would arrive with the trailer to take it down to Malton for engine tuning.
  18. Hi! Sorry for the thread resurrection but I've just got an Evora and it seems to get pretty damp inside - and I'm pretty sure it's far worse when the air con is on. So I took off the undertray as suggested and found one obvious pipe that seemed to already have had the valve removed, but I'm really struggling to find where the other pipe is. Please could someone give me a clue about where the second pipe comes out (or should have come out)? The undertray isn't entirely off at the front in the pictures as the U-nuts had rusted through and been replaced with (also rusted) nuts. I'm waiting on some new clips before I fix it
  19. Nice write up Dave! I made this simple jig up when I had to deal with helicoiling stripped threads. Simple enough and worked a treat. Not going to be any use for sheared studs though. Pete
  20. Hi @jonwat yes, I suppose if I hadn't changed them at this time I would have noticed eventually, once the car was roadworthy. Then been asking questions! (whilst frothing at the mouth probably)
  21. They're there in order to stop the fuel in the float chambers frothing, caused by engine vibrations, which manifests itself as the engine misfiring normally at high speed. My first Esprit, an S3, had been serviced by a "sports car specialist" garage who'd over tightened the nuts so the rubber O rings had forced the lead plugs on the carb faces into the drillings so they no longer sealed properly.
  22. Happy birthday Sparky From Copenhargen
  23. You can say that again! But not for long...
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