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  1. Cleaned mine today! New performance mod added
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  2. I'm loving the gear knob trim there. Is that from the Lotus Motorsport dept? Here's one taken when collecting new arrival, also a Club Racer.
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  3. Nice big parcel arrived this morning from Hangar111 More updates to come....
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  4. Well got the tunnel in after a lot of adjustment. The choke linkage needs more work as the nut for the switch is missing! So will have to dismantle the top part again. But at least all the screws and stereo are in. Wonder what tape to play? Good job I found this one lying around!x
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  6. and canards.... and gear/cross gate cables Cant wait to get it all on the car!
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  7. Well - I'll put my hands up to a bit of Lifted. Just not off the throttle
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  8. A thoroughly great review from someone else that has discovered - and become addicted - to "Exige S V6". Congratulations and enjoy :-)
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  9. For the full article click here
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  10. Clearly only manly rock type stuff that makes you go "grrrr" through the track (he says, hedging his bets!)
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  11. Correct no nvh pack, so no radio or sound deadening. My previous one had but I actually prefer the extra noise.
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  12. "Side opening luggage storage area/warming rack/defrosting oven" I actually defrosted a pizza in the Esprit boot on the 5min drove home from the store. Didn't realize, and stacked it vertically in the freezer. It accordion-ed into a a pile in the box.
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  13. This may prove more informative -- AIM factory website (Italy) ….. http://www.aim-sportline.com/eng/index_car.htm
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  14. Ryan, I'm using AIM equipment …. AIM data logging dash (MXS) coupled with the AIM SmartyCam. It's getting data from the ECU with an OBD bridge, as well as from additional sensors which were installed by my race shop. AIM also offers other ways to get the ECU data-- less costly method, use the AIM SoloDL with ECU bridge plus SmartyCam. Hope this helps……. http://aimsports.com/products/mxl-chooser.html
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  15. I nominate Mr. Walsh as our Doric Columnist.....(!)
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  16. What's that in Canadian time? /Holidays are coming /
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  17. oops! sorry to miss you out. Hope the day is bright and sunny like today, but warm unlike today
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  18. Hi all, The Evora is a "Gentlemans Sporting Carriage", it's far too practical and nice to drive to be included in the list of cars that are compromised by their focus on outrageous looks and "Top Trumps" performance figures . I would call it a GT, and I don't mean to disrespect it by stating that, rather I would hark back to the real meaning of GT which is to say "Grand Tourer" Nice forums btw
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  19. Gone but not forgotten. We've had a brilliant few weeks and a few thousand miles in the Evora 400 but it's off to its new owner now. Expect a full report and video review to be published very soon...
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  20. I did a blog on this but for some reason, the images no longer appear - they were from my photobucket account. Here is the text anyway as it might help? I will try and repatriate the images. When the coverings are removed, the inner structure is as shown. As Choppa said, its a wire frame on the 'axle' thing, with 2 sheets of thin foam stuck on either side. The chrome mounts just slide out and cleaned up nicely.The wire had rusted quite badly though.The wire frame was wire brushed and repainted. The original visor was really quite flimsy andnot just because of its age. I was keen to produce something more substantial. several things have been suggested for the 'filler' such as thin card, poster card, thin ply wood etc. I decided to go back to my old favourite, closed cell foam sheet. Infact, I used a tool chest top mat. Its about 7mm thick and easily shaped.I cut it out to the original shape and then 'inset' the frame buy splitting it at the edge - very easy with a sharp stanley knife. It was then glued in place. Next, to soften the lines and feel, I glued my headlining material which has a thin foam layer on each side.Next, I cut out the headlining cover and matching Alcantara pieces and sewed them together on 3 sides with the machine (I'm getting the hang of this now)Then the visor was squeezed into the new cover and the free edge hand sewn - by far the most difficult bit.
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  21. The Lotus Motorsport one is actually made by Swindon Engines afaik. The very early ones were machined from solid billet ali, they were like £2.5k…. The newer Lotus baffled sump is to the same design but in cast metal to reduce the cost. It will have been well tested and proven I'd imagine under full operational load. The others on offer will probably be constructed from peices of welded ali plate to form the sump. How much testing they will of had is questionable, as I imagine they are just being made to a basic baffled sump design and won't have facilities like Swindon do to bench test it on the engine to was designed to be on. You pay's your money….
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  22. Interesting Post post to all the above and close this out I suppose. Passed emissions and its safety inspection, such as it is, in Delaware. Gave up looking at and worrying about the warm up spots hitting the floor. Handbrake gabbing to point of smoking now so will not put that back in use until looked at. Still only getting it driven once every week or two but just driving it and not really caring anymore. Seems quite lively and now trying to find a 3" or 3.5" exhaust mandrel pipe setup on the next shop visit to Sportscar Shop in Sterling, VA - so far the very best shop I have found to date. Reasonable and honest. Additionally, check for oil and fluids, brakes, and perhaps getting them to try Espritmon / Freescan on the car and even a rolling road attempt to see what i have now. Certainly much much quicker than the stock car I bought in 2012 so something good has taken place. Hell, even have Sirius working now, heater and A/C works too. Thanks to all so very much for your support. SPARKY, offer of the beach here in August / September still open. lol. Cheers to TLF.
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  23. Can't. It's halfway across the country in the vicinity of St. Louis and I won't have garage space for it. That's reserved for the S1 when it's complete. But I can look and remember... [Sniff. Sob.] Plus Eric would probably want at least $64,500 for it!
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  24. Thanks guys. Yes, by 'jiggle the door card round a bit to get it over the handle' + 'using a screwdriver to lever it through so the card pops off', I eventually got it off -> OK, now the serious stuff will start... to figure out why I can't open the door from the outside! I'm preparing a video to show you the problem.
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  25. I agree, but the F40 is an Esprit on steroids. I mean, if Lotus had the budget that Ferrari had, their car would be similar. They made many of the same techniques, composite bodyshell and then some, just to another budget. In my view, it's more easy to design a car like the F40 with a huge budget, and over a longish timeframe, rather than do what Lotus did, to design a supercar with such great solutions, on a very very small budget, and in a short time. While the F40 is nearly the only Ferrari I like, and it surely is a true supercar with performance and abilities to match, I instead choose to take my hat off and bow to the Esprit instead. In my humble view, it's a bigger accomplishment. It takes a good cook to make good food with everything at their dispossal, but it takes a great cook to make great food out of nearly nothing. Cheers, Jacques.
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  26. Hi all, New member on TLF just the other day but been browsing around here since some time. Have been admiring lots of beautiful Lotuses and great car restorations. Forum members and mods seem very friendly and helpful! For me, the Elite/Eclat/Excel section is naturally of prime interest. I am already a big fan of CharlieCroker and his fantastic work with the “slammed” Red Panther (even if my own intention is to try to take my Elite back to close to stock, if possible). Reading other restoration and project threads by e.g. Mikeeech, Soldave, Esprit s2 and many more, has already given me invaluable information. Very happy to have found TLF! Some background: 1976, with just a year and a few months from the age of getting my own driver’s licence, my family visited the UK for summer holidays and it was then I first saw an Elite in reality. It was an amazingly beautiful purple one that somewhere north of London overtook us on the motorway. Still remember shouting to my father; dad, dad, please follow that car – and he actually followed it for a few minutes. From that day the Elite became the car of my dreams. 1986 I found an Elite for sale here in Sweden. I had just finalised my education, got my first real job and earning some own money. What could be a better idea than spending them on a twelve years old Lotus? The condition was already a bit gloomy and the price was about the same as any new reliable hatchback - but that didn't matter to me. This Elite was also purple! Everyone around me told me I was an idiot – but I bought it, drove it a little, repaired it, drove it a little and repaired it again, and again, and again. Still loved it, almost every day. Already during 1987, things started to turn worse I met the girl that a year later would become my wife for 20 years. 1990 something good happened; my first son was born, and something bad happened; we bought a practical and safe Volvo 745 and our first house. The Elite was put for, what would become a very long rest in my parents’ garage, some 300 km south of Sollentuna, where I live. Our own one car garage never had room for a car, it was always filled with a lot of trash. My plan was however all the time to bring the Elite onto the roads again, as a summer car. That didn’t happen in 1991. 1992, my 2nd son arrived which was good, and no Elite that summer either which was not so good. Then it just went on in the same way, year after year, not with more sons – but without the Elite. In recent years life has turned far better again. My sons are grown ups, I have managed to ditch the old wreck (and here I am not talking about the Elite). My new woman doesn’t care about cars but at least she is not bothering me that much as she keep herself occupied with her dogs - and I have bought a new house with a two cars garage! Finally its time to try to awake the Elite from its long (not so much of a) beauty sleep. Hopefully I can put it back in roadworthy condition during the 30th year of my ownership. Ouch – this became a very long intro. If I haven't already bored you to death I hope you in a few days can find the beginning of “The Purple Challenge” in a new project thread in the Elite/Eclat/Excel section. Cheers, Per (I know what you think – luckily my family name isn't Vert – even if I guess loving an Elite would qualify for that…)
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  27. My car was at Allon White Sports Cars in Cranfield last week for a bit of a re-trim, plus harnesses and tow eye. Basically they re-trimmed the seats in black alcantara with yellow stitching, plus added the same alcantara to the airbox cover, instrument binnacle and door centres. They did a superb job, I am very happy with the finished result and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. John Bellenger was extremely helpful throughout including sending me material samples in advance. A picture of how it looked before the re-trim And a couple of external shots (pre-tow eye fitment).
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  28. OMG! How far apart are we mate? Have never understood what people see in that one, have tried, but it's up there with Dirty dancing and Grease, as one of those musicals that have a huge following but is of no entertainment to me at all. Really hate the music too. Turn off the telly time if there's nothing better on... Soz,
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