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  1. Thomas Cunningham.jpg by Thomas Cunningham, on Flickr
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  2. I always take a Ferrari cover in case of breakdowns.
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  3. A subtle yellow Esprit HOONING about industrial estate in edinburgh. Just kidding. Saw it coming out of the end unit near TPS where I was picking a recirculating valve. Ironically I was the guy in the skoda holding you up parking... the shame looked nice by the way
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  4. Hi Guys, Firstly I want to say a big thanks to David for all of his organisation, and to his good lady for her emergency gazebo run (who knew that was something I'd ever type...?). I really enjoyed the event, despite the Scottish summer weather. Anyway, Carolyn took quite a few photos of the track action and I've posted them to here - http://s935.photobucket.com/user/stevecowen/library/Ingliston%20Revival%202015 They are the full size jpegs, so you can download them and edit them as much as you want. Let me know if you have any problems accessing this as it's the first time I've used Photobucket... It was great to meet you all, and I hope we can do it all again sometime!!! Steve p.s. Dom - I hope you get the car fixed quickly without too much hassle...
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  5. You've got a point here. Let's take the late v8's. (No personal interest.... ) 1 There's a limited supply. 2 the majority of owners are on TLF (?) 3 if we all agree not to advertise below £45k, that will become the de facto price. If you want a v8, the only supply is priced at a minimum of £45k. Then we can all sell up. The market will crash and we can buy them back at rock bottom prices! What could possibly go wrong...
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  6. i`m starting an openly editable spreadsheet for parts interchange for our cars, the link is here, feel free to log on and update it as necessary, just copy my format if you are adding a new section, and feel free to amend things if you are 100% certain they are wrong, and put a note in the amended notes column at the end when you edit something someone else has added as to why.. delete teh previous amended note if theres one there already. hopefully people will keep adding to this so that we can end up with a very complete list! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Dl6NNMkE13QQGbQfun8DgEumyGQh358etpCn9v88Xo0/edit?usp=sharing cheers, Mark
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  7. He certainly did, the morning was a washout but after lunch the blue sky arrived and he had lots of fun. I did too and i was only a passenger.
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  9. Well Barry's one of your criteria is a tick then - or is that two? . She probably knows as much about cars as she does about old homes or dodgy walls. Come to think of it while still considering your main criteria - Sarah Beeny?
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  10. Exploded is correct , the rear undertray was cut forward of the rear axle, so no diffuser ,this removed the undertray link to the rear wing endplates, which caused the wing failure after Monaco, the 109 has wire cable links from the gearbox to the endplates to steady the rear wing . The front wing endplate was also cut back to the front of the tyre at the same time so the picture shows an early front and later rear . The Mugen V10 engine was narrower than the Ford V8 so the upper chassis tub and engine cover on the 107C was narrower than the 107B , you can see the taper in the chassis start just behind the mirror position. the smaller fuel tank volume was sorted by the introduced refuel pitstop . I think Neils 103 graphic should at least end up on one of the Lotus magazines front cover .
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  11. Federal refers to spec of cars which were shipped to the US. federal cars have horrible little orange/red reflectors on the side of the bumpers, or fenders as our friends across the pond like to call them! And they have the steering wheel on the wrong side too! :-) Steve.
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  12. And came from the Sport300 afaik. I second that of Vanya. Cheers, Jacques.
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  14. One man or woman does not make a party or government, even if they are called Margaret or Tony! There were many people who we duplicitous in both those Governments and some from Tony's are still around. I dislike Andy Burnham, he is Tony without the brains and I think JC has taken a massive step backwards with his all male all white front row. That is quite a scandalous start. Don't be fooled by Germany's apparent financial strength. There's a lot of history behind it and their strenuous efforts to keep the Euro fown to drive their exports and damn anyone else in Europe. Having worked with German workers and companies the efficiency, like the quality, is a myth. Yes there are gteat and good examples, but no mote so than in British engineering and other places. A lot of large German international companies are run like Cabal's. It's certainly not all good. France has hugely strong workers representation, probably the strongest in Europe, and just look what a basket case that economy is and their manufacturing base is a mess. Without the heavy government intervention they would have gone right down the tubes. We're going through a period of fundamental change, but let us not forget it was 12 years of new Labour that got us in this mess. Their lack of ability to control and effectively regulate acroos energy, financial service and welfare has totally screwed a generation and they still will not come clean and accept the part they played in this. I dislike intensely personal attacks, play the polocies not the man, so let's see what those policies are. But I still think tjis is pushing us back, not taking us forward.
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  15. Thanks everyone for all the info and kind comments. After seeing 1994's superb images of the 107C I have tweaked the shade of green on my illustration slightly, as well as adding the headrest and gearchange blister (see below): I would love to do an illustration of the 102C with the Isuzu engine. I know there were bodywork changes to accommodate the engine, but I've no idea what they were, so anything I created would be pure guesswork unfortunately. Also, here's the Type 103 in front of Ketteringham Hall. I e-mailed the hall asking if they had any high quality images of the building they could send me, but I never received a reply, so this is the best I could come up with from a Google search: I agree with you completely Bravo 73, it's a crying shame the car never hit the track. Enjoy! Neil
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  16. Hi all, just to let you know I came second in the local paper favourite dragon vote with 17%, 5% behind the winner who ended up at 22%. I would like to thank all those who voted, thanks for your support. The next part is the important part, getting as much money as possible for IndyGoGo500. http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/dragonfly_is_norwich_s_most_popular_gogodragon_1_4232683
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  17. For David & Andy, (No. 4 & 5) Now Craig has fitted mine if you are interested he is saying he can do it for an hours labour if you are interested. I know that you in particular Andy profess to have little or no skills there, never mind want to lie in mud to do it. Craig is usually brutally honest with me (sometimes too brutal for my sensitive side!) and I asked for his opinion and he likes it for what it's worth.
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  18. As self appointed Esprit retro-marketing officer we also need a par of original cars, one G one S, to be each (or both) offered to Petrolicious and Jay Leno's Garage for features. They'd both most likely need to be state side (the G car should have Euro bumpers and spec) and they both should come with owners who can talk ad lib.
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  19. Hmmm - I'm thinking you may well working in the banking sector
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  20. I'm in. Mine can go up as "original, for restoration". What do you think, €85k too much?
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  21. A few of my shots to add to the collection (with the last one obtained using my patented remote triggering device aka SWMBO). A further selection of general shots and some video footage to follow later - the videos are taking forever to upload thanks to my high-speed (NOT!) internet connection.
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  22. Can one of us gents please put an Esprit up for a million pounds just to take the piss?
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  23. Taking the body off twice - respect due!. Since it's your first post on the forum I'm sure there are more than a few people would would like to see pics of your car. So can I be the first to extend a warm welcome to you!
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  24. He appeals massively to me. He talks an awful lot of bollox though. It should help to make politics more interesting. Folks need to learn basic responsibility - it's not for the state to look after you or your kids - that must be your priority. The state should give a safety net - but for a very restricted time and only for the really needy. It's up to individuals to be responsible for themselves and others. By that I mean you shouldn't expect someone else to pay for your problems - back to the basics of responsibility. I think he will engage some of the younger generation in politics - mainly because new labour was a complete lie. It's damn right they just don't understand a mess labour made of the country in the 1970s. In this country I see endless opportunities for the younger generation. But we have politicians talking the whole of a youngsters future down, almost making excuses for everyone just to not bother. Politicians should enable a culture in our country where we reward the folks that step up and get on. I'm afraid if you don't bother then why should you have a big house, good car and the life of Riley. It just doesn't work like that. We do have a culture of entitlement which frankly is distasteful. The energy markets are not working for the people of this country. The banks royally fucked up. The railways whilst nice are a joke in terms of transport costs. Transport is a complete laugh - has anyone been on a bus recently and thought - ooh I must do this again?? And we have generations of families that have never worked since the 1970/1980s - how can that possibly be right. It's unfair on them - they have no aspirations and do not improve their own social standards. I moan about the benefits culture - it's wrong - but these people are just written off by the system and left on the state. Yes it's their responsibility to sort their act out. But surely when they can't be bothered it's up to the state to ultimately take this responsibility on and force them to mobilise. Immigration is a hugely misrepresented issue. Most come to work and contribute. Let's face it if the jobs didn't exist they wouldn't come and the same folks that whinge about foreigners stealing jobs are the very folk who are just using it as an excuse for not bothering. Our nhs would simply close if we didn't have "immigrant" workers...... But I say again - this really is a great country - imagine how good it would be if we had 100% of the people positively contributing??? Rant over - cabbage crate chucked into the fire....
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  25. I prefer the wing with the uprights painted to match the body color. To me, unpainted uprights makes it look like the wing is just "stuck on" instead of being part of the overall body. I've thought of adding the large LOTUS letters on the top of the wing but the black painted portion of mine came out so nice that I didn't want to distract from it. I later settled on adding small decals on the endplates. Eventually, I will be getting HKFever's cf wing to go with the rest of my cf (engine cover, A-pillars, mirrors, sail panel, side scoops, diffuser, diffuser finisher), Even then, I will be painting the uprights body color to match.
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  26. No worries George, we're here to have fun I like Range Rovers btw. And I like round Momo gear knobs because they are efficient at their job. Your're right about the parking effect. If one parks far away, all by itself, the second you're gone to the shop, a geek drives into the parking lot, see your car and thinks that he'd better park right NeXT to you. Next thing are his 34 Little children, WHO slam the doors up.... into your car. And as that wasn't enough, when they leave, they push the shopping trolley into... your car. Leave a note? no way it's ever going to happen. Speaking of which, I think that Esprit V8 did very well as an off-road car with full leather interrior in Patagonia? Anyway, I like all Esprits, being multi coloured or not; leather interrior or spartan cloth Btw. I seems to remember, that the wooden gear knob on earlier Esprits were chosen for their function and lightness. Cheers, Jacques.
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  27. Who was it before, Hammond?
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  28. If you are trying to helicoil or tap in situ..MAKE SURE THE VALVES ARE SHUT!!! Otherwise it is very easy to run the drill or tap into an open valve and wreck it. Some dull bugger in a proper machine shop did just that to my brother's Alfa...the firm had to take the head off and replace the sodium cooled exhaust valve. I can remember seeing one of their hairier old mechs. using Engineer's Blue to check the valve to valve seat fit...bet they wished they hadn't left the original helicoil job to the apprentice...! If you are trying to use a tap, it is essential that you get it aligned with the original threads...assuming you did put the plugs in cross threaded, this isn't that easy. Using a tapered tap first might make aligning it easier. The essential thing about spark plugs is to ONLY EVER SCREW THEM IN BY HAND. Only use a plug wrench or socket once you are happy that they are going in correctly. If you can't screw them in by hand, you must find out why. Check the threads on the plug.. and on the head, too. The latter is not easy....I recently bought a cheap Lidl endoscope so - at last - I can inspect such threads and down into the cylinder too. Cost me less than £50, too!
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  29. found this website with an animated rendering of the 3-11 : http://squir.com/product.php?id_product=33565
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