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  1. Success! Engine running! And within first crank of the starter every time! I hot wired from the starter to the positive on the coil (alongside the ballasted white wire) and started first time, fantastic - thanks for the pointers. The ignition amplifier must be working as it's sending the timing pulse off to the coil correctly, must be a loom fault somewhere. I measured the resistance from the amplifier to the coil, presume this is the ballast resistor, at 400 ohms. This is the first time I've seen/heard a lotus engine running, took it nice and steady up to a working temperature (years of oil and my redex burning off still), increased revs gently to about 2-3000 Max on this startup. Was quite surprised to notice how slowly the revs drop when decelerating, presume the distributor is mechanical/centrifugal - sticky mechanism or is this a characteristic of the engine? (as I see it's not a vac advance system). So, now with at least engine peace of mind, I can start stripping the car down for the next stages.
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  2. Happy New Year to you all and Lots Of Throttle Usually Sideways
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  3. Ok, ok, so you guys love a deal! So we've extended the £95 service offer. Book your Lotus Elise in for an A service in January, February or March before the 31st January and pay only £95 (+VAT). Check out all our Lotus Servicing prices on the website at: http://www.analogueautomotive.co.uk/lotus-servicing/ Please email Steffen on [email protected] or call if you have any questions, or to book in.
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  4. Before we had ours put on i had heard that it required cutting the grill. It was done by the dealer before we collected the car, when i saw it my immediate response was "ah, so you did not need to cut the grill then?", you really don't notice... The rear towing eye has to have the under tray removed to fit, it is a much bigger job. Track days only require one, the front is much easier to fit. Like Bibs says, if it's only £34 to replace the grill it's not really a big deal. We leave ours in place, looks quite good, although we already have red accents on the car:
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  5. I had a problem with my 82 turbo,when I changed the turbo oil supply flexy hose. I hadn't realised that the union where it fitted to the turbo incorporated a restrictor. I ended up going back to the turbocharger specifications and oil input flow requirements, then measuring how much I was actually flowing, and finding it was far too high. I calculated what size orifice would be needed to get the correct flow rate...and found that it was the same size as an identical turbo I had that had been fitted to a Mini. I incorporated this restrictor in the oil line and have had no problems since. In my case, application of right boot after much idling did give a cloud of smoke...but if you drove gently, this didn't happen. So maybe this hose is worth a look? You may find this account of my efforts amusing.... http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/1939-bridge-to-engine-room-make-more-smoke/?hl=%20bridge%20%20to%20%20engine%20%20room
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  6. Few more pics taken by Pete from GT Scotland.
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  7. Happy new year to everyone from Luxembourg!. And plenty of Lust On Tyres Usually Speeding in 2015
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  8. Happy new year to all! I have started off 2015 by torturing myself. I test drove the Evora S Black Edition that for sale at the big expensive dealership located North of me. LOVED IT. The car does anything and everything you ask of it, like... right now. But alas, I can not afford it. They have it priced at $100k US and offered me peanuts on my Esprit V8 which I still also love and will not give up without a better fight than that. I hope you are all in good spirits! I would still like to make it across the pond at some point, maybe 2015 is the year for that. :-)
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  9. Bear in mind that my Evora was an NA so performance comparisons aren’t very fair! Having said that, I’m very impressed with the Exige’s torque. Even sticking to a 4000rpm running in limit its ability to dispatch slower moving traffic is impressive. From behind the steering wheel the Exige looks and feels like an Elise. It has the Elise probax sports seats which are fine, but not as comfy as the Evora’s Recaro’s. Once you start to drive it though, the Elise comparisons end – it feels far more planted on the road than an Elise – more confidence inspiring in much the same way as the Evora does; I guess this is down to the longer wheelbase and increased weight. Compared to the Evora the Exige feels harsher, noisier, less comfortable and more cramped! As a daily driver, the Evora is a better compromise and if I was continuing to use a Lotus as my every-day car, I would probably have upgraded to an Evora S rather than an Exige S. The key word above though is “compromise”. The Exige isn’t compromised at all. It focusses on one thing – going fast. And even within the running in restrictions it is clearly very good at it! The Exige IS the more exciting Lotus. Last year I took the Evora down to the Nurburgring for a track day. It was SUPERB on the journey down – at no point did I feel like I wanted to get out of it. It was then excellent on track, although it did feel a bit like a road car on a track (if you see what I mean). If I do the same trip in the Exige, I’m sure I will be glad to get out of it after 400+ road miles, but I’m equally sure I’ll have even more fun when I get there With the Evora I never used to get up early on a Sunday morning just to go for a drive. I think I will be doing that in the Exige. On the other hand, the Evora used to make even my daily commute a fun journey, and this element I will miss
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  10. Hi Jon, If you want accurate esprit decals I spent months sorting them. The info where to get them is in the exterior section on here if you haven't already seen it. The decals supplies by some dealers are inaccurate.
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  11. Get the snow brushed off and get driving, it'll be fine.
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  12. Take Waky with you this time for the Ring trip But beware our Belgian Stig has to race for my friend's team on 4 and 5 april at Spa and he's racing at Dijon on Mai 1 and 2, together with the Lotus Cup Europe. So no Ring trips then :-D I don't know how good your French is but if you want to do Dijon as well; this a good website for Dijon and for trackdays in general in France. Let me know if you want me to translate
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  13. Excellent Richard, I will e-mail them next week to see if they have their calendar organised for this year yet and post on here with the date if so
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  14. The reason I went for the wing in black is because I really wanted the liquid yellow spoiler struts to stand out. I think in Phantom Black (which is the same colour as the B&C Black Edition car) will look really nice and glossy against the Liquid Yellow with its flake pop. I'm also having the dash and steering wheel trimmed in Alcantara with yellow stitching. Like the below but not in orange
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