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  1. 10 points
    Plan B, the wife is going to help so tomorrow when the rain has stopped its going back in! Once its back in I’ll feel like I’m almost there about five months since it went bang!
  2. 8 points
    So I only went and did it, I've put a deposit down on an 09 N/A Evora LE , it's already on the list being formed on the LE thread. Ive either slightly over paid or got less than I'd of liked for the Elise but, the car has a file full of bills with it including recent clutch , gear cables and a gearbox rebuild with "heavy duty" bearings .. not sure what that's about . With the info I've go I think the previous owner is either on here or on NORLOG. As usual though a list is already forming of stuff to sort, some for now some for winter. So the next project begins.
  3. 8 points
    UPDATE guys, after 3 attempts the beauty has started after 10 years of sleeping , first two attempts have been wrong as I have stupidly routed the dizzy cables 180°out.... but (thanks again Matt...) routed again in the right way the engine start immediately, what a sound! Perfect oil pressure, no water leaks from pump and pipes, no tappet sound, everything is just perfect, it's a Swiss watch! I have build engine temperature to see if the fans works and reached just below 90 they goes on immediately, I have not calibrated anything on the carbs but they are running very well and the idle is stable at about 900 rpm. What can I say?
  4. 8 points
    Oil Pressure Test I rebuilt the pump to as new standard and checked the pressure relief valve. I connected my Makita drill to the aux pulley on low speed setting. I packed the pump with graphogen and didn’t do anything else except - put the turbo feed pipe into a measuring jug, block off the Oil pressure gauge hole, fill the oil filter with oil and screw it directly to the housing. I filled the engine with oil to its normal level. Then I started the stopwatch at the same time as running the drill. After 14 secs oil was pouring out of the Turbo feed pipe. In another 16 seconds it pumped 600 ml of oil into the measuring jug! If I did this again and the pump didn’t perform like this I would rebuild the pump and run the test again. If it still didn't work I would expect an air leak at the pick up pipe. Happy days! I wish I had this info before and maybe I could have avoided a rebuild! Still, on the bright side I now have a far superior engine!
  5. 7 points
    Hoisted the engine up, flywheel and clutch bolted on. The usual problems with lining up, but I finally got the gearbox mated to the engine, and lowered into position. The wife directed the pre and post-install garage clean up, supervised the engine lifting arrangements, and handed me the correct tools when required. By way of a thank you, I’ve put a bottle of cheap Asda Prosecco in the fridge. I know how to treat a girl.
  6. 7 points
    Last Sunday evening I flew to Frankfurt. I stayed in an airport hotel for the night and early next morning I took a train to Hockenheim. Daniel and his Komotec team were at the track for the day with a bunch of customer cars, including a very racy Exige Cup R and Evora GT4. More importantly from my perspective, they also brought my car with them for the long overdue hand-over. I had toyed with the idea of having the car delivered back to me in England, but Daniel insisted that we did a hand-over in person. I made it to the track without any problems and found my car waiting for me in the pit lane. First impressions were that the installation looked superb. The engine bay was tidy, all the parts super high quality, the new supercharger unit filled the space nicely and looked like it meant serious business! The whole thing was at least OEM standard, if not better. Daniel told me to go take it for a drive and then we could discuss any questions. So I made my way down the pit lane, turned right away from the track, through the paddock and found a large empty piece of tarmac out the back of the circuit where a couple of cars were occasionally heading for some basic warm-up runs. I did a few runs back and forth, both at full throttle and at crawling speed, and a couple of doughnuts of course. Full throttle felt very strong but hard to get a full impression given space was limited so could only just about get into third gear. At low speed, there was still quite a bit of the jerky/rough idle that I had before, which was disappointing. So I went back to the garage to pick up Daniel, he plugged his laptop into the ECU and then we drove back out to the space of tarmac. I showed him the problem and he tweaked the ECU mapping. It certainly improved things, but it was clear that it was never going to be perfect. This remains the biggest drawback. The car is not happy at very low throttle openings, as you would be in crawling traffic for instance. It splutters and turns jerky and occasionally stalls. It is manageable, but annoying. I spent a good few hours at the track watching all the cars and chatting to loads of owners of both Lotus and others, which was great fun. Porsche GT3 RSs were by far the most popular weapon of choice, and looked and sounded fantastic on track, but there was a great mix of other machinery too, all of it pretty serious! Then it was time to hit the road for the drive up through Germany to Hook of Holland, where I was catching a ferry back to the UK over night. The drive went smoothly and as soon as the car was out on the open road it was clear that the kit ran superbly. It felt so linear and strong - very much OEM plus in nature. The sound was also terrific. Less supercharger whine than before, but still just the right amount on top of a deeper almost V8 rumble at times. As the revs rise though it really howls, even with the 2bular quiet track silencer I have fitted. The car absolutely rips through the gears now and still pulls like a train in 6th. Even the "Road" map with "only" 400hp feels such a leap forward because of the extra torque. The "Sport" map adds nearly 100hp further, although to be totally honest I couldn't feel as much of a difference between the two maps as I was expecting. That might be because it was hard to really push the limits on public roads with this much power, especially on my first drive, so I need more time to explore the difference between the maps properly. I was absolutely loving life until I was 50km away from the ferry, when I heard and felt a light bang and then a load of rattling from behind me. Initial thought was that something had fall off or got caught under the car. I immediately slowed right down, coasting in neutral until I found a spot to pull over. Fortunately there was a gap in the armco and I managed to back into a safe area. I popped open the rear deck fearing the worst, but fortunately there was no obvious catastrophe - no fire, no oil, no pieces everywhere. On closer inspection however, it was clear that the outer edge of the supercharger belt had frayed and a strip had ripped off and was lying at the bottom of the engine bay. I called Daniel, who was concerned and very helpful. He said that the car would still run as long as at least part of the belt was on but he couldn't guarantee how long it would last. I decided to continue to the ferry as I was starting to run out of time and make a decision when I got there. I limped the rest of the way, sticking to 55mph and avoiding putting any load through the belt as much as possible. It seemed to work, I made it to the ferry and called Daniel again. He said that he would come collect the car, take it back to Mendig and fix it first thing in the morning. He also said he would book me a local hotel for the night. I agreed to do that, rather than leaving the car there and getting the ferry home alone (I was on a tight schedule due to work but decided to juggle it as I had my laptop with me). So I re-booked the ferry for the following night, turned around and headed back the way I had come, still sticking to 55mph and trying to be as gentle as possible. I met Daniel at Eindhoven airport. By this stage it was gone midnight. We loaded the car onto his truck and drove the rest of the way to Mendig together, arriving around 2.30am. We parked up the truck and the Daniel dropped me at my hotel for the night before he headed home himself. The next day, I just left Komotec to fix the car, while I stayed in the hotel working. I got a message around 2pm that the car was ready so I packed up my stuff and walked round. Daniel immediately told me that they had made a small mistake in the fitting and the pulleys were fractionally out of alignment. This had caused the belt to rub and ultimately break. He was highly apologetic and said he had given my car a full geo reset as a token gesture. While it had certainly been a hassle for me and caused a bit of stress having to juggle work, I could not have been happier with how Komotec handled the problem. Daniel went way above and beyond to help get things sorted as efficiently as possible, which says a lot about the man. The set up they have in Mendig really is very impressive indeed and I am sure I will be back before too long! Problems happen, it's how you deal with them that matters, and I can't speak more highly of the service I received. So then it was back on the road again, and this time made it all the way to the ferry and then home without any incidents at all. I even managed to get in a couple more doughnuts for a bunch of kids with camera phones out at a drive-though McDonalds coffee stop where there was a big piece of waste tarmac round the back. The car felt amazing and absolutely ridiculously fast. You can blast past virtually any traffic (even fast moving German executive wagons) in a heartbeat with just a flick of the throttle. I am looking forward to testing it out further over the coming weekend (and in particular exploring the differences between the two maps more fully) and hopefully on a track day soon. Sadly the Evo Magazine day at Goodwood that my wife got me for my birthday on Wednesday has been postponed, but I am sure I'll find something else before long. Finally, in case helpful or of interest to anyone, below is a list of the current specs of my car: Charge cooled Harrop TVS1900 supercharger kit Komotec front mounted radiator and other hardware Larger 76mm throttle body Komotec EX500 larger carbon air intake 550cc fuel injectors 60l fuel tank Moroso Baffled Sump ECU Master EMU Black ecu Bespoke dual mapping by Komotec ECUMaster ADU7 dash Lotus OEM Traction Control Adjustment Dial 2bular EPK headers/down pipe/sports cat Zircotec Performance White coating for headers/down pipe 2bular track back-box/silencer with carbon tips Evora 400 clutch & flywheel Quaife LSD Komotec Gearbox Oil Cooler Ohlins TTX 2 way adjustable (800lb/1050lb road and 950lb/1250lb race springs) Seriously Lotus Forged rims Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres 215/45/17 (front) 285/35/18 (rear) Performance Friction 08 brake pads Alias 23 side sills, full length front splitter and carbon wing mirrors with alloy stems Lotus 430 Cup rear diffuser DJ Racecars carbon rear wing with painted end plates Schroth harnesses
  7. 6 points
    A real meeting! Two Lotus, two beers and a quick blast! Who is up for a meet now then?
  8. 6 points
  9. 6 points
    You should be ashamed of yourself.
  10. 6 points
    Oil arrived today - I finished work mid afternoon. Came home had grub, a game of scrabble with the kids and then commenced in the garage. Coolant filled. Plugs pulled, crank sensor disconnected. Oil filled. Oil primed and checked - took two goes to get it going. 20l of fuel dropped in - plugs in - crank sensor back on - and she fired into life. Oil pressure sat in a good place. Plenty of smoke burning off here and there - run for five minutes and then off. Battery now on charge and I’ve retired to drink some beer and feel happy.
  11. 5 points
    C’mon @C8RKH we both know there’s only one way to spec a modern day Lotus......allow me What a beauty she is!
  12. 5 points
    With wedge shaped magnificence on the cover Haven't got my copy yet, but looking forward to reading our new best mate Harry Metcalfe's tale. My new desktop picture below -
  13. 5 points
    Looks like things are getting back to 'normal'...
  14. 5 points
    Seems the Esprit S1 owners always think their cars are the most valuable, must be something to do with all the wannabee James Bond types that buy them. The "JPS" boys seem to think theirs are the most valuable....lots of wannabee World Champion owners. The Essex Turbo boys are sure theirs are the most valuable...lots of Essex boy wannabees driving those around. Doesn't seem to matter what Esprit we drive, we all think our car is the most valuable. At the end of the day it comes down to the market and what actual cars are selling for. My "JPS" is the most valuable as it will never be for sale and therefore you can't put a price on it!
  15. 5 points
    Vacancy filled.......picked this up on Tuesday! It looks like a micro-machine toy next to the Mercedes but so far, very pleased with it ! ! ! Meanwhile hope you are all keeping well
  16. 5 points
    400 front was something I was not keen on either. However, now owning one, it really has grown on me. The 410Sport is a great front end though, I agree. But I don't like the GT410 back end - looks like a big ole sad face!
  17. 4 points
    Well he's got a point then..
  18. 4 points
    Personally I like the contrast of Black and White.... The silver rim does give a nice touch though.
  19. 4 points
    Haha yep, focus is the lovely sweeping body shape rather than the wheels
  20. 4 points
    Lotus Silverstone are open again, at last. I am having my LF1 prepared , weather permitting I will pick it up end of next week, happy days.
  21. 4 points
    There is no excuse and justification for the rioting and protests at this level. What happened is appalling and the Police need to be held to account. But that does not mean citizens can rampage around and destroy the lives and livelihoods of totally unrelated law abiding citizens. Actually, unlike Barry, what I saw on the news this morning was a high proportion of white women protesting. It seems to me that increasingly we are seeing this part of society almost revel in protests! To be clear. If that was MY Lotus dealership (or my shop, or my home etc). And I was there when people broke in to do damage I'd have shot the bastards as I would be in fear of my life and so self preservation instincts would have kicked in. To reiterate. Shocking what happened to the poor man. But equally shocking that people think this sort of response is justified in any way..
  22. 4 points
    Evora Sport 410 Cup 2 tyres are as follow out of the Factory : Front 235/35ZR19 91Y PSCup 2 XL (RT Tyre) which means replacement market Tyre. Not specific to any car maker Rear 285/30ZR20 99Y PSCup2 * XL (BMW Spec). The star marking is specific to BMW, the Tyre as been developped for the M4 GTS but is the one choosen by Lotus to match the Front RT on the Evora.
  23. 4 points
    Started fibreglassing in the frunk this morning. Due to the number and nature of the cracks/holes I'm going to have to do the repairs in two stages over the next few days. I've rebonded the first portion of the bonnet support structure (not sure what its officially called) to the frunk floor. The clamping looks a bit heath robinson, but its about the only way I could hold everything in place with what I had at my diposal. Hopefully the repair will hold; I'll find out in another couple of hours! I used some of the West System epoxy I bought for the repair mixed with some of their fillers to use it as an adhesive. I then cut back the area around one of the cracks in the floor to removed the badly crushed bits of damaged fibreglass. I blocked the hole off from below with a bit of plastic sheet and then applied three/four layers of fibreglass. No idea if this is the orthodox way of repairing such a crack, but the repairs I've done thus far appear to be working so no reason to change my approach yet.
  24. 4 points
    Just preparing the back garden to welcome a few guests come Monday
  25. 4 points
    Always ask for forgiveness not permission!
  26. 4 points
    Okay, that's enough about bikes for now... A while ago, I started planning for my respray. Part of the plan was to do 430 Cup louvres, which I sourced from @Seriouslylotus (he sells them on his site). They arrived and would work perfectly, but I had an idea and got talking to a mate who does carbon work. So I sent them to him... He made a mould... Then with proper prepreg carbon (not crappy skinned!) he made these This is how it looked straight out of the mould without any work, quite impressive. I decided I wanted the weave to be straight from front to back instead of 45 degree angle, so a second set were made which were pulled out of the mould today! Very happy with how they look, only slight issue now is that to fit them I need to respray the car... Which I don't really want to do anymore. Hmm. (before anyone asks, no, I don't want to sell them)
  27. 4 points
    Couldn’t disagree more. All of my loti have been a serious investment in my happiness
  28. 4 points
    A lotus is like a hooker. You pay your money. You have fun, lots of fun. And a lot cheaper to maintain than a wife long term investment.
  29. 4 points
    The Evora has barely gone beyond 50% depreciation in 10+ years, I'd say that's fairly safe money. I'd expect to put mine up for sale for what I paid for it 2.5 years ago and even if I lost a couple of K, that's ridiculously cheap thrills.
  30. 4 points
    More part arrivals. Chassis is booked in for blasting/cleaning prior to re-galvanising. Will be interesting to see how it looks when I collect it. More parts post-plating to be collected tomorrow.
  31. 4 points
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  33. 4 points
    A few photos of your old car Pat, 3 years on. It is a fabulous car! Rob
  34. 3 points
    I find the two tone combos a bit loud so I went with a classic, time tested setup
  35. 3 points
    Found a car and likely signing tomorrow. Elise Sport 220.
  36. 3 points
    Well it seems that the Dad managed to change the light bulb, but replacing the batteries in their TV remote was beyond him. Consequently they drove him back home on Sunday after his 3 night mini-break. Instead the TV repair man came round on Monday morning to sort them out, poor dears. Sadly, after all this stress, they forgot to put their over-flowing landfill bin out again, even though the man had to walk past both it and all the other neighbours’ bins to get to his car this morning. Unsurprisingly it didn’t get emptied today. No doubt we will now have another fortnight of their litter blowing all round the cul-de-sac as they continue to play bin Buckaroo. One bit of good news for them though. The 3 month drought has killed off all the grass on their front lawn, so they probably think they were right not to bother mowing it these past 10 months.
  37. 3 points
    I’ve fitted a bunch of different coloured wheels to a bunch of different cars, but I reckon black wheels work nicely with the other black accents. Each to their own - that’s how we get variety in life!
  38. 3 points
    My wheels are finished in grey,
  39. 3 points
    Esprit off SORN now - went to the office in it today
  40. 3 points
    For Sale - All of my camouflage gear if anyone interested
  41. 3 points
    Don’t despair @Loquacious Lew Saturday and Sunday I was watching the NASA TV coverage of the SpaceX Dragon capsule launch and docking with the ISS. It just goes to show what America is capable of when it puts its collective mind to it. If I was American, it would have made me proud to be one. politicians, good and bad, come and go. Life goes on.
  42. 3 points
    Just use your public rights to remove the obstruction. Job done. No issue.
  43. 3 points
    Thanks. Still not sure if the car was a misguided purchase given I've done so few miles in it. Hopefully once its running and I start enjoying it these last two years will become a distant memory. I spent this morning on what I hope will be the last bit of fibreglassing on the car anytime soon - I'll be happy not to have to handle the horrible itchy stuff again for a while! There are other minor bits that need addressing, but nothing to stop me putting the car back together again. The damage area to repair in this area was quite extensive and took some grinding back to chase out all the damage. The cracks were all so fine you simply couldn't see them through the black paint on the frunk floor until you started grinding back and they were covered by the tinfoil underneath. I've already reinforced the cracked areas with fibreglass from underneath and in the wheel arch area earlier in the week. You can see the end result of the repair I did yesterday to the left of the picture. Fibreglass all laid up and now waiting for it all the harden. I decided to further aid the repair I did to the front body stiffner yesterday by laying a little extra fibregalss over the lip on stiffner where it meets the floor while doing this repair. I then mixed up a batch of the epoxy and hardener with the filler fibres to make up more adhise to stick a bit more of the body stiffner lip back to the floor. I used a brush and an old credit card to get as much adhesive into the join as I could manage to ensure a good bond and then used a jack under the floor to close the gap up and remake the join. Hopefully it will hold. Finally I laid a bit of extra fibreglass under the other repair I made in the floor yesterday. I evidently didn't do a very good job of scarfing the edge of the crack and there was quit a step in the join, so I laid a thin strip of CSM in the gap to fill it to neaten it up a bit. Once its sanded back and painted it will look good as new. That concludes my week holiday in the garage. Sadly things are going to slow a bit again now I'm back to work, but I'm getting ever closer to attempting an MOT.
  44. 3 points
    It's a shit situation and the lack of communication is appalling. A simple update either on progress or that previous plans have collapsed would be appreciated I am sure and not that hard these days. It's not as if they'd have to walk 20 miles to the nearest Telegram office in Norwich! The silence though is utter shite and gives the impression that Lotus just is not bothered even though this will not be the case. In the meantime CMC continues to fly the flag and truly delight customers with an open transparent approach and solid workmanship to keep current owners cars on the road
  45. 3 points
    Today is a good day - last night I looked at taxing the car - however the mot expired on the 22/03/20!! Wash the car off - take it for a quick spin. Turn it round in the lay-by down the road - boot her hard out of the gravel and she ran like an utter bag of spanners. Limped home and upto the garage. Some brief head scratching - and grabbed the airline and blew all the water out the spark plug wells and off the leads. Never wash an esprit without the engine cover fitted!! anyway - she’s now back home - having passed her mot just the geo to get set up now
  46. 3 points
    The silver S2 which sold recently (Dave referred to on one of his earlier posts) is now subject to a restoration blog. Stumbled upon this today:
  47. 3 points
    Meanwhile here in Denmark, many of the same talks were similar. But when schools reopened, there was no rise in affected people. Then most of the working people returned to their jobs, there have been no rise in affected people. It is also found that children are pretty good in handwashing, in fact better and more often than grown ups who now are getting sloppy because "they know better". I have been on work during the whole time, and I have found children to be very worried about getting ill and I've had to have talks with them to ease their worries, and to be honest, they are really good at social distancing. Now down to 1 meter. We also begin to let classes at the same grade mix a little bit while being outside. While I know very well, that all the children will return to their former behaviour when we say go for it, I must give them the thumbs up for their meticulous correctness and involvement. For example noone is screaming "get back" or whatever. Instead they come with a friendly remark. I will have to agree with some of you though, that grown ups and teenagers are letting it loose and not giving a toss about social distancing for the last 3 weeks. The breathe you right in the face when they pass you in the supermarket or elsewhere. Pretty strange. It's a little bit like the incredibly stupid retarded scientists whom we seemingly adore so much this day and age, who says: "look mum, I invented a bomb with a super dangerous virus with a 100% kill rate. Why would you do that? Just because I can". Or the everyday weaponized electronics, invented by the same incredibly stupid retarded scientists whom we seemingly idolize so much this daya nd age, who says: "Look mum, I invested a 5G cellphone system of gazillions of masts so we can make every one on the planet ill. Why on Earth would you do that? Just because I can". Not even a teenager would do something that stupid and retarded. So it seems that even teenagers are smarter than scientists. Who would have guessed that? Thanks to everyone out there who have done an honest job in helping other people during these last few months. Kind regards, Jacques
  48. 3 points
  49. 3 points
    You need to run the compressor at least every month if not every week to lubricate the glandseal that stops refrigerant escaping from the compressor input shaft. The compressor doesn't actually hold much oil and is lubricated by the oil entrained in the returning refrigerant vapour from the evaporator. You can recharge the system checking the amount of suction superheat returning from the evaporator but the better a safer way is to charge the system by weight and the golden rule you can get by with the system being slightly undercharged but never overcharged as more refrigerant doesn't equal lower temperatures just a damaged compressor
  50. 3 points
    @Dan E Esprits are where it's at Super car Shiny too Easy to buy Xray

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