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  1. TLF was born! Over a third of my life ago now, I'd just turned 30 when I pressed the big green 'go' button! Wow! Did anyone bring cake?
    20 points
  2. Moving on . We now have the damaged section removed at the rear and the rest of the structure solid.. I have shimmed some wooden blocks into place where the new section will sit . This is so it will be in the same plane as the one removed.. Before we can proceed with the body work there is a small section on the chassis that came to light needing addressing.. This is very common and a real pain to do neatly when not fully re - working the whole chassis .. However i do have a very effective and strong way of dealing with it .. The cause is the turbo outlet pipe bu
    15 points
  3. Out for a blast on my local roads.
    14 points
  4. This pic here may give you a better perspective on getting all the corners in the correct plane .. Although its only when you do an eye level view that you appreciate the full accuracy .. A good indication here is the strip light reflection as it goes from the h/lamp pod to the bonnet .. This shows they are in the same plane ..
    13 points
  5. Esprit (and others) at Jim Clark's birthplace.
    12 points
  6. Last one for a while I promise lol. Today.
    12 points
  7. Esprit with necessary Oil Rig!
    11 points
  8. All four skis now fitted tested to 70 mph! You would not know they were fitted unless the window is open. Then you can hear an increase in wind noise. I am sure you could go a lot faster without any effects, but those tests need to be done on a track. I will film the next one and post it!
    11 points
  9. We can now start the repair procedure. The first job is to address the rear body to chassis mount on the O/S . This has had an attempt to repair previous, unfortunately it was a bit DIY and had failed again .. Having an M10 bolt instead of M12 fitted did not help it much.. Once I remove the crumpled steel patch we exposed the problem . There is not a lot I can do with that , the bobbin has gone and very little structural strength left in the immediate area. To correct this we need to strip back the whole area, cut out, then fit a proper repair section . By cutting
    11 points
  10. A sad day. The temperature dropped sufficiently to necessitate wearing overalls for the first time in 2020. Even our heating came on this evening! Anyhow, cambelt replaced today. Still awaiting an aux belt, so can't quite sign it off yet. Seems this engine is a @CHANGESbuild. Very nice work! Point of interest: written on the alternator is 'Early Excel' I see i failed miserably to photograph it. This Kevlar reinforced hose proved tougher than the Mother-In-Law's gravy. It defied most attempts to remove it, or even move it a millimetre. I tried expletive
    11 points
  11. Thanks folks. It's really been a joy. Many downsides to running a busy website like this but the upsides make up for that and then some! All being well, we should click through 20,000 registered members this week. We did look on target for hitting 1,000,000 annual visits too but that may have to wait until next summer now - either way lots of people are getting a lot from TLF and that's what counts
    10 points
  12. Some recent shots from this week. Photos by @brian_automotive
    10 points
  13. link did not work as intended.., here we go
    10 points
  14. I parked the Evora up on Sunday for a leg stretch in a German Autobahn Service station for 15 mins. A chap arrived 2 mins after me in his Porsche (And a very nice one Identical to picture) and parked up 3 spaces away from me and we both sort exchanged an appreciative nod. Another 2 minutes later a large coach pulled into the service station and I could see loads of kids pressing their noses on the windows looking at the cars. The coach stopped and parked up further into the Services. As soon as the door opened 7 kids ran over to the Evora and started posing next to it as other kids took pic
    10 points
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  16. Not sure what happened there so will try again.... GRP V3 lights on Evora 410.
    10 points
  17. Finally made it out of the garage. I actually went out for a drive in it! Sorry about the van....
    10 points
  18. Club Lotus Italia last meeting in Calabria (Italy), a glamour night in Rossano Calabro with over 25 Lotuses
    9 points
  19. Well it had to be done! I stumbled across a number plate with the same font with the exact number 8. I contacted them in Ireland and they had plates in stock from the 1980s. They kindly went above and beyond helping me to complete this project. Anyone who wants an accurate period plate can’t recommend them highly enough. Very reasonable pricing and came to the UK the next day, thanks Michael! Heres their website and a picture of their work, should anyone else be crazy enough to build a Bond car! https://www.fancyplates.com
    9 points
  20. I’ve just very recently completed the 3 day Lotus licence package. Fortunately the weather was perfect throughout & LDA have managed to introduce a very effective COVID prevention system with the cars, helmets & equipment that did not take anything away from the training. There were a great bunch of people on the course, with plenty of banter and everyone was keen to learn. I was in the highly capable hands of Rob Barff throughout which provided good continuity and built up a solid instructor/student rapport. The comprehensive back to basics guidance Rob provided was a complete ‘r
    9 points
  21. A quick wipe down, and ready for first Lotus Breakfast Meet of 2020
    9 points
  22. With little to be done mechanically at the mo, thought I'd put some effort into cosmetics. Have never really bothered with a proper cleaning regime for my cars over the years so decided to do a little genning up on detailing. Blimey, didn't realise so many people were so into it!? Didn't get some of the products recommended in previous threads on TLF, just used what I already had to hand. Did buy a clay-mitt though and invested in a DA polisher (total waste of time, effort and money imo). Washed with Simonez Wash and Wax, G3 Clay mitted with Dodo Juice Born Slippy Lube, an Autoglym super
    9 points
  23. I had a 'by invitation only' viewing today at the new Scottish dealer, Parks of Hamilton. What can I say other than various slightly used body parts, such as a kidney, a lung and part of my liver, will be appearing for sale on Fleabay in due course, .
    9 points
  24. New addition to TLF HQ...
    9 points
  25. Went to a business meeting. made me smile. (and also lots of other people).
    9 points
  26. I am the second owner. I was looking for one with a yellow roof but with the side sills painted black, which I was going to get done myself. I had seen the exact same colour combination 400 drive past my workplace a few times and I fell in love with it, so I thought if I buy a yellow 400, I might have to get the roof and sills painted. Then this came up with the alcantara interior that I was looking for and the forged wheels. Lotus lettering on the back was painted at the factory. I thought this was a nice touch. It turns out the previous owner worked near me and it was the same
    9 points
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  28. Whilst removing the various panels and parts I was extremely disappointed by some of the assembly work done by the company that previously painted and converted the Esprit to later spec.. I won't dwell on this to much , but the amount of loose and incorrectly fitted nuts and bolts was shameful .. The rear bumper only had partial stud plates on top with rubber rivet nuts on bottom , most were finger tight .. The front bumper spoiler was in place but again no lower stud plate, also no belly trays or rad ducts were fitted ..This means, No air control on radiator and under body at all .. very
    9 points
  29. A bit of garage wall art fun, bought for 99p on you can guess auction site Original 80’s sign, not immaculate so suits my car and garage well Dave
    8 points
  30. https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/10807752?cId=10758509&cId=10680223&cId=10806533&cId=10517597&cId=10189611&cId=10615053&cId=10673264&cId=10827125&cId=10807752&cId=10714528&cId=10545063&cId=10100388&cId=10680217&cId=10123244&cId=10720546 this is now going to be my 3rd lotus ownership
    8 points
  31. Moving forward, the next stage was to lay up the GRP on the inner faces . This will secure the section solid in place and enable the Cleco and bridge plates to be removed . Where the bridge plates were in the way we needed to work around them first and then do a second stage of lay up .. This second pic shows how neatly the rear panel lined up and with one layer of woven with two layer of mat, fixed very firm .. The outside need addressing now .. First the big grind .. This is tough because this panel being part of the crash structure is thicker than other sections.
    8 points
  32. My name is Brent and I have a serial Lotus buying habit! I bought my first in 1969 and have been doing so ever since. This is a self help group session isn’t it?
    8 points
  33. End plates came back and I'm absolutely chuffed with the results. The Motorworks did a fantastic job spraying the exterior of the endplates whilst also giving me a nice edging which really makes the wing look OEM+ and less bolt on. Over the weekend I met up with a few fellow folks from TLF as we commissioned a private day at Thruxton skid pan. A great time with friends and learning a bit of car control. Next up vents incoming for the front clam
    8 points
  34. Running real sweet, shame about the plate! I finally cracked it today. The was a very slight stumble at 2600 rpm on transition to main jets. I reinstalled my 43 idle jets (from 40) and its running perfectly! I look forward to doing 1000s of miles! Its been a long process but I am finally happy, apart from the plate!
    8 points
  35. Great turn out for today’s’ breakfast meet at Dave and Megan’s, who were amazing hosts and thanks to @ChrisJfor organising - super fun morning
    8 points
  36. It was close but no cigar.. Even though the way I cut out the section , means all the cut joints are covered or out of sight when joined up ; The one 20mm small area that is not, did not match that well . It is really just sod'd law that it was just that one spot . Typical .. You can just make it out , the lower lip is much deeper on the original panel and the angle is slightly off.. But hell its all going to be ground out and GRP'd so not problem .. however it will need building up all the way round to be consistent.. If you are aware of the underside shape you will realise
    8 points
  37. Part 9 Matching front wings to bonnet and front panel and head lamp pods , continued. After establishing where the shape form needing building it was just a case of process. Because of the amount needed in some areas , we used GRP for the primary stage , then used a quality filler to level out detail . From the above pic you can see how much work we saved by concentrating on reshaping the wing tops instead of the bonnet .. I do realise it was the bonnet curvature that was distorted , but fortunately it was in a consistent. This did not mean the bonnet did not nee
    8 points
  38. Had our first run out to a local meeting at Evegate near Ashford on Sunday. Everyone I spoke to was so relieved just to get out of the house!
    8 points
  39. Adding to the trail of 430 pics. This one by GF Williams.
    8 points
  40. Paintwork done and looking to good compared to rest of car so I need to knock it back a little but very pleased with the results, I think I will paint the roof and capping rails along with rear valance and that should do it. Half tempted to not fit front repeaters as although I have them I do like the clean lines and many S2’s never had them like the S1’s. Unfortunately all the JPS did A little flat and polish on the other 3 marker light panels today and that’s all my fibreglass repairs complete.... oh other than the fire damaged engine cover so may attack that soon.
    8 points
  41. Before I bought my first Esprit a year ago, one of my pre-requisites was to build a garage for her beforehand. Took ages doing it myself, but happy with the result. Garage sized to ensure enough room for an S4. Hadn't done any groundworks before, or built anything bigger than a wood shed, YouTube is an excellent training resource
    8 points
  42. Part 7 Matching doors and front wings . This was an interesting match up . The contours drifted off and panel alignment was challenging.. The swage height had already been established as the default position so the rest would be where it landed .. From the next pic you can see the top of the wing will need extra building if we were going to get any flow across the gap. This was not where the sculpting would end . As we progressed down the face, the top section of the wing was well out of alignment. For those thinking why not move the top of t
    8 points
  43. Yes I have a Superformance GT40.
    7 points


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