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    Taken on the back streets of Yarco. See it does exist...Had plenty of attention during the day at Great Yarmouth. Buddsy
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    Finally got round to starting a little project I thought up last year (and while we're on the subject of gte wheels...). I've made myself a pair of coffee tables for the man-cave from the original centre lock wheels that came off the red gte. I'm just waiting for the safety glass to arrive to go on top and I'm going to get the discs used as the base painted as they're rusted up somewhat. I couldn't think of any other use for them other than scrap value (which would be peanuts), it's not like they're of use to anyone else for anything... I've still got the 20" rears to make use of if anyone has any cool ideas what to do with them? Thought about making a large wall clock or two and selling one of them??
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    Maloja Pass, south of St Moritz and another from today Arrived at at the hotel in Grindelwald, one that we've used before, where the owners' son was waiting for us so that he could have a ride in the Evora. (knowing the hotel I'd phoned ahead to ask for a wide parking space). His verdict afterwards, "much better than the Porsches and Aston Martin he'd been in before"
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    Hi Guys, I'm still here! Finally moved the esprit to its new (and final) garage! Had a few worries that the cars won't fit, but all fits nicely and with space to work on both Very Chuffed! Looks like I might pickup the gearbox and have someone else do the work for me.. Pretty fed up of waiting for my mechanic to do something! So time to take some action and crack on with re-build!
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    Stephen, The picture was given to me as a member of the family who frequents charity shops always pics me up anything related if they see something lotus. I have never hung the picture so it just sits collecting dust which is a shame. I would be more than glad to remove it from it frame,role it up and put in one of those cardboard tubes and post it to you . You will have to wait until i get uk side though.
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    Think you're a little misguided there. If brand new ones were tight then they wouldn't be called floating discs… There is a 25thou gap on each of the bobbins against the bell when they are cold (the bobbins are bolted firm to the disc and they float in the bell), they will rattle when cold. That 25thou gap between the bell and bobbin will get tighter as the heat of the disc rises, thus allowing the disc to expand and contract independently of the fixed bell (the bell is still attached directly back to the hub so is effectively fixed). What you will find after time (if you don't clean them regular), is that brake dust will start to build up and will clog the gap between the bell and bobbins, stopping the rattle when cold. They will be the noisiest when newest and cleanest... Also, if anything is going to wear first, it will be the ali bell, not the steel bobbins.
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    Glad you're all enjoying the upgrade from S1 to 400, I am sure the extra performance is very, very addicitive. Have to admit the shape of the 400 has really grown on me and I do like it so not in the camp of "purity of the S1 shape etc." as I do indeed like them both. Like the S1, the SR look or "black pack" I think is very colour sensitive, working superb on some colours but not on others at all. But that again is personal choice. I prefer the interior of the original S1 - I just like the brushed metal dash and centre console etc. and I really do not think the button placement is as much an issue as people are making out as come on, be honest, how often do you actually use those buttons? To me the S1 interior just looks and feels more special - all leather and metal whereas the 400 interior looks a tad more, and say this loosely, germanic, with it's liberal use of black plastic on the dash. Not a massive criticsm, i just think a backward step from the S1 which in my view was beautifully simple and clean -very classy in fact - but it would not "annoy" me if I owned a 400, I'd still feel like an international playboy when inside it I'm also with @Colin P re the exhaust. i have never liked the pig snout exhaust, whether on an S1 S, and Exige V6 or the 400. I just think it looks crap and the blue tipped double pipe just looks more, well, just more..... But I accept that is a very personal point. I also love the look of the engine bay of the 400, either through the glass or through the open tailgate. it just looks like a proper sports car engine unlike the S1 NA which just looks like a lump of iron with some wires - nothing special at all.
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    I also went from a 2010 NA Evora to a 400, albeit via an Exige V6. It's not fair to compare the performance of a 400hp Evora with a 276hp one, but just wait until you have it properly run in! it's ballistic at the top end and the exhaust howl is utterly addictive. I think I pretty much agree with your list. I average 26 to 28mpg, so not far off what I used to get from the S1. I could do better, but once you reach a twisty road and the traffic clears, it's impossible to resist clicking down a couple of gears and flooring it Lack of a stowage net in the boot is annoying (even the Exige had one!). The forged wheels look gorgeous, but I agree are a pain to clean - the recessed bits behind the spokes especially! I'm loving the paddle shift. The change is fairly instant (quicker than I could change manually), I love the blip on the downshift, and when hustling it along a twisty road it's great being able to keep both hands on the wheel with your fingers hovering over the paddles - instant changes up and down.
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    Nice day Saturday but unfortunately got caught in the rain on the way home. Very well done to Gary Smith who spent the day having people in out of of his car for a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital. A few snaps below.
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    Not done this before, but I've enjoyed tales of other folks adventures in their V6 Exiges so thought I'd contribute. Had the car about a month now, Took it to Oakmere Lotus in Cheshire for its 1500mile service a couple of weeks ago as it was due when I bought it. Followed this with my first wee road trip from North Manchester up through Settle and Hawes, down through the Yorkshire Dales to Skipton then home. Stopped in Skipton for petrol and was approached by a young chap who asked if he could take a picture of the car, clearly you get a more polite young man in Skipton. Enjoying driving it very much. It's an event. No meaningful driving impressions other than it's got way more performance than you could ever use regularly on the road, not got anywhere near the liimits. Next small adventure is the Aintree Autumn Sprint on Saturday It's supposed to hose it down all day which is not ideal for its first competitive outing.. I'll update the thread afterwards. Here it is the day I bought it.
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    Wow! If it'll stick to a wall that well, just imagine what it'll do on the track.
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    No, the exhaust valve is always shut. With no vacuum it's open, so safety if the vacuum line breaks I suppose. But as mine has vacuum all the time, the exhaust valve is shut, so quiet mode. Does not open when it's revved either, but only stationary. When moving, put it to race or Tour, and no change at all. Plus the override switch does nothing. Must be the valve, luckily it's in at Hofmanns for a service tomorrow! So will get them to take a look, and change it fingers crossed.
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    Following on from the discussion about manuals in the Project Compomotive thread, I thought it's about time we had one about the different owners handbooks/manuals. Here are the covers of the three I have 1st one from new (1982) - unfortunately there was no handbook when I bought the car. So I bought this one in 1987/8 - note no ACBC Was the one being issued with new cars, and came with the following (amongst others) I think this takes the place of the photos in the other manuals - manual is in gold. When I put the car back on the road at the end of 2012 I thought I'd lost the others over the years so I bought this one from SWLC It's from 1983 and for the US spec car. Has a very nice diagram in the centre pages (or should that be center) Pages are red - Note the battery drawing. Doesn't look any thing like the ones from the other thread Let's see your manuals if different, or anything interesting in them.
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    I'll take some photos tomorrow night and get them posted up!
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    Hi nice one...apart from the wait! Buddsy
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    Lol, DB's head on the minute hand would be funny! Who should we have on the hour hand? Swizz beatz?
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    Great choice, congratulations. Under-rated car even among these parts, such a strong package. Does this red have a name? Is it used on other cars? We can photoshop something for you if that would help. Welcome to TLF! I have to ask, do you look anything like that puppet avatar thingy?
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    As we're all saying it's only ever personal taste, but I've always liked the single exit exhaust as it gives me a more supercar vibe, where as the twin pipe ones look a bit more halfords.
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    Fully floating bell and bobbins - 2 piece fixed - Single piece (stock) -
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    Hi Michael Yes we got all the photos, artwork will be coming together soon! No more orders yet, a few more would be nice but we'll proceed with it anyway.
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    How are the BBC getting away with this, surely someone has started an online petition to get their asses discussed in Parliament?
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    I can post in the frame if you wish Stephen, but it is just a cheap black gloss wooden frame, I would think that no matter how well packed it not survive the journey and the broken glass could damage the print so i would think cardboard tube all day long. Nothing Wrong with a man cave Stephen no matter how are lol
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    No dramas Stephen your more than welcome, will be glad to see its not wasted rather than collect dust. !
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    Nearly done with Dynamatting the interior. Next will Dynaliner some sections where original heat insulation was fitted. Dynamat Xtreme is a bit tricky to work with, I probably should have used Dynamat SuperLite in some areas where I needed to get around curves, and also for the central tunnel, which as Fabian mentioned will probably come back to bite me later when I come to fit the interior. I bougth the Dynamat Xtreme mega pack with 9 sheets, and I've used all of it! Got right into the front bulkhead and everything, and also did the doors, which will be handy if I ever get around to fitting speakers. If nothing else, this will be one super quiet ride! Also painted the door posts with Por-15.
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    Ben Hur was a proper man's driver. None of your namby-pamby crash barriers, and run-off areas for old Ben. Only 4 horsepower instead of 700, and I bet he never had a fire-extinguisher, either. If a wheel bearing overheated on his chariot, he just pissed on it and carried on. Today's F1 drivers don't know they're born.
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    /\ The voice of experience...................
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    It's done in weeks so 28 days... /VOE
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    Your too late - I'm in on the deal
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    Damn, I thought I was specially chosen by Miss Rita Benson for her £2,500,000!
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    Reduction in unsprung, rotating weight, slight improvement in heat dissipation. I say slight because although aluminium is a far better conductor of heat than cast iron, the joining area that the heat has to go via is pretty small, so is a bottleneck to heat flow. The OEM 2 part discs are nice, but the cast iron rotors are fixed rather than floating, so you don't get the benefit of fully floating rotors which are happy to expand and contract with temperature, but also don't chime like floating rotors either. So, having just ordered a 350 Sport Coupe myself and pulled out pretty much all the other stops, I baulked at the brake upgrade. Didn't want yellow calipers either. I figure if I feel like it, I can always go for the KT or Nitron/Alcon upgrade later. Oh the OEM 2-parts are the same diameter as the solid discs.
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    I don't have any headlamp pod issues, as they don't let me out after dark.
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    Very cool find, I have the artwork to that in a picture frame it is just the side on version though, very cool picture, just wish it was silver not red lol
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    Hi Guys I just went down to the pub, as they don't officially take bookings, so wanted to speak with the landlord direct. He's very happy for us to come down there, Thursday won't be busy. As we don't know numbers what we will do is when we get there we can just make our own table to the size required. @Hedgehogfromhell We meet around 7:30pm, sitting down to eat around 8 - the only downside of the pub is that they do close relatively early, around 9:30, but they have a nice garden outside we can sit in if the weather is good. Hopefully you'll agree the quality of the food and service is worth it! @Dave Eds do you mind bringing those M100 photos we discussed? I hope to see you guys there on Thursday Best James
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    OK Here are some photo's of my Esprit and your correct I love British cars so the Lotus has a stable mate it shares space with that I thought you would enjoy seeing. I used to race motorcycles many years ago and the climate her in California suits the old bones much better than the UK. I am retired and loving it so I get to drive my cars when ever we have a nice day and my wife loves the Lotus, due mainly to the fact that it has air conditioning.
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    Definitely change the hose; this will of course mean flushing with new fluid so will deal with any air in the system. It could still be a faulty master cylinder though, but the hose should be changed anyway.
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    Do you still have the red clutch hose? Trevor.
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    Nearly took up smoking again last weekend, engine dangling from a strop on the end of my JCB tines. (Note to self, buy an engine hoist!) Engine dropped in fine, all the fresh oil from the gearbox leaked straight onto the floor, bruised hands and a couple of paint scratches but other than that all went well.
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    Maybe get a ride in a rebuilt one so you can see how it will turn out if done to original. No matter what you do its an old car so will be noisy, harsh, unreliable ( not all), hard to get bits for , expensive to have some one work on it etc. NOTHING will work anywhere near like as well as even the most basic modern car. But its a LOTUS ESPRIT so the last 2 sentences can be ignored. I spent 2-3 years rebuilding mine and spent more than its currant value in parts alone. Yes my Passat and Fabia are far far more comfortable and practical than the esprit but I don't ever go and stand and stare at them in the garage. I never get in either to go and drive a 50 mile round trip to buy a £1.50 Florentine cake in my favourite cake shop but I do in the esprit. What Buddsy has said re chopping it about hit the nail on the head. We could probably pop up the various threads over the years for you to read until they petered out. Get a ride in a good one first and then make your decision. either way post some pics as we would all like to see what you are letting yourself in for!!!!
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    Here we go... few more pics of my Mediterranean Blue, 1987, 24K miles Esprit - hope you enjoy. Trip to Le Mans Classic 2014 Oulton Park Parade Lap at Carfest North 2014 you can just hear the engine between my daughters constant chatting! lol :-)
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    I've been looking for something to put these on, it's probably the only way I'll ever get rid of them! More pics when you're ready please Barrie!
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    yesJonny, very nice... . . on me travels... . .
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    A couple of shots of our new toy. Turned out that a white car in sunshine need some more adjustments on the camera. So bare with me that these are so so.
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    Lovely stuff, hope to see it around one of these days, along with your Turbo. Hopefully I'll be in this:

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