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  1. Passed by the dealership garage today and while showing the mechanic the problem which is the fan not working, I noticed the fan was working. Of course, it suddenly works for the first time in two weeks when I'm at the garage. Anyway I explained the issue and they investigated and found what the problem was. Turns out the fuse was fine but one of the terminals in the fuse socket was in too deep so the fuse for one of the fans wasn't always in contact with the terminal which is why it was sometimes working sometimes wasn't. Took them around an hour to get it working but now its fixed. On my way back to work the temperature was hovering around 90 unless I was in traffic and then it would go up to 94 until i started moving again and it would drop back down quickly. AC was flawless as well.
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  2. Well it's been sometime since i posted anything so thought i'd better do an update on my progress. With plenty of sanding, filling and more sanding and no skin left on my finger tips I was pretty happy to finally get the finishing coat on, after building a make shift spray tent in my work shop.
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  3. I'll have something official for you shortly, will chase up the details in the morning
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  4. It's taken a while to get around to going through them and uploading them, but here's my set of photos - mostly shots of the parade on track (including some panning shots)... https://www.flickr.com/photos/furlined/albums/72157682332474524
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  5. May as well give this thread a bump - happy to be be back home after a ~1200 mile road trip. The excuse this time was the Calgary MG club putting on an annual British car show in the Village of Radium Hot Springs (I know, the very name is enough to give the health & safety types a fit). Anyway, Radium is about 600 miles from home on the more mountainous and scenic route, so off we went. The initial plan was to drive the Europa but as the date approached my wife and I decided it would be a bit daft to drive that car. We did the same route in the Europa when younger but who wants a few days of shake and bake now that we are comfortably into our 60s. Thus we succumbed to the creature comforts of 1200 miles in an Elise. We decided to split the journey and only went as far as Osoyoos the first day. Some mountain driving and on to semi-arid wine country for the stop. The second day took us across the Kootenays where there was still some snow at the roadside, although not on the road, at the summit of the Kootenay Pass (elev. 1775 m.) through the Selkirk Mountains. The last hour or so of the journey took us north up the Rocky Mountain Trench past Skookumchuk, seeing the headwaters of the Columbia River and on to Radium. We didn't encounter wildlife on the trip there, other than some interesting roadside statues of various creatures, including a sasquatch lurking in the woods. There was more on the return trip as we saw bighorn sheep and various deer on the roadside. The biggest excitement was just before the Kootenay summit on the way home when I had to do some heavy braking from 120 km/hr when a moose decided to trot across the highway just ahead of us. That was a bit of a dodgy situation as mama moose left her calf behind when she crossed and I am quite aware that moose are very large, very strong, generally ill-tempered and very protective of their young. As soon as I saw that junior had doubled back behind us and mama had gone into the trees it was down to second gear and get out of there. All in all a god trip but, as I said, happy to be home.
    3 points
  6. Got lots of bits today, including the preverbial rocking horse s.., rear wheel rolled edge Lips! I now have the correct front and rears! I also have spare lips and Barrels for the rear and front which are perfect for a five stud wheel, which I will be selling. Lotusbits have lots of new steering racks so I went with one! Very good value, call Mike if interested. Also got a very nice stainless trim piece to hold the lower engine cover. Lotus bits are making all the hubs and adjustable upper links with increased sized bushes. They will allow me to set the wheels exactly on the rear, something the original dry sump design didn't facilitate.Thanks to Danny I have the Compomotive lower links and the radius arms. Its been very expensive but I now have everything required for a Compomotive wheels and suspension Bond car. Matt has helped buy supplying the handbrake mounting plate and seat belt plates with a high quality finish. Will be installing these soon. Matt has also lent me the petrol cap in copper fire which will be paint matched, thanks mate! Happy days! ????All details of the paint supplier I will post here in case anyone else would like to go fYEO Bond!
    2 points
  7. Looks like a castrator to me - and a posh one at that.
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  8. 33 degrees in the office this morning so not 1/2 day and took IB10 out for a spin on Dartmoor with a happy wife, off course pub lunch was what really made her happy! ??
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  9. Your car is looking stunning there @Jaws - clearly an example of an OCD owners love and care The angle of the shot, the colour and the countless layers (I am sure) of wax/polish really shows off the stunning lines of the roof too, an often overlooked little detail of what still is a stunning, clean and crisp design to my eyes. Looked long and hard at the weekend at changing my S1 for an Evora with a 4 in front of it, and just cannot do it, I just cannot get the man maths to add up when I get back to my S1. The only issue this leaves me with is that I think the "only" car I can buy after my S1 will be an MP4! Now that is praise indeed in my eyes for what lotus did with the original Evora. The Evora's with a 4 in front are lovely cars, but for £45k (in my case the Evora I was looking at would have been £58k) plus my S1 in px they are just not that more special enough. So it would have be something even more special like the Macca to make me part with that sort of cash so the saving fund continues..... Unless of course, Lotus ever get round to doing an Evora Spider....
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  10. Just a little Summer pic! Coming up to one year of ownership, with the exception of the odd orange light coming on, no issues to report - still loving it!
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  11. Yes I did ask the price and told him if he gets anywhere near that for it I've got another one he can sell hahaha
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  12. I'll just leave this here.
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  13. That went up, tripod an all !! Needed some lube though
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  14. You must pm me which massage parlour you are using these days
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  15. Let's see now................... .............no, we don't.
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  16. Great afternoon out on the B roads, I think a M100 will be staying in my life as such a rewarding drive with the sun out. Anyone want a Dry Sump? ?
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  17. Yes, my first Lotus after more than a decade on the wish list...
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  18. My missus says that women have no spatial awareness when driving a car, and are generally unaware of anything happening outside the cabin. At least that's the case around these parts. What state's the flywheel in? Oh, and put some plastic bags over the CV joints to stop any shit getting in!
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  19. On a roll with the rear bulkhead area, so next mini-project is to fix up the cabin rear window trim. Have removed old marcasite trim, removed and painted the rusted brackets, fixed up a few cracks, and fit Dynamat Superlite on the inside. This should also reinforce the 40-year-old plastic that is prone to cracking. I think I'm going to get it trimmed, just so I can have something pretty and finished to look at. This will force me to commit to a scheme for the interior. Have been thinking for a while now that I'm not a fan of the original marcasite and to hell with originality I'll do it my way in a combination of black leather and tartan. Tartan would be on the areas where the S2 originally has the contrast trim, so sections of the seats, back pocket, door card inserts, etc etc. I don't want an S1 Bond copycat though so I'm thinking a black/white tartan. Found this: http://www.scotlandshop.com/tartanblog/index.php/2016/02/tartan-projects-car-seat-upholstery/ ScotlandShop provided the material for this Exige Sport 350 and does the same tartan pattern in black/white. I'm having some swatches sent. I think a black/white tartan will break it up quite nicely, all black leather would be too cavernous. Menzies Black/White Modern PolyViscose BA048T
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  20. PS: I've got an auto gearbox as well, and it sounds perfect with it ... and autoblips are insane ! never use it on touring/auto mode, though ...
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  21. I remember having the camera in the bladder.......via the 'todger'....... it wasnt so much the camera that bothered me......than the entire class of student nurses watching........
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  22. I had an endoscopy after a Colonoscopy in the same "sitting". I never did ask if they used the same camera!!!
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  23. Hi Mark I've had my 380 since late March and haven't had the AC problem you mention. Assume it will be a switch issue somewhere and should be easily sorted at first service. I'm just booking mine in as I'm approaching 1,000 miles. Getting carbon hatch cover fitted and soft top mounts cut out at the same time. Carbon hardtop has been on order for 15 weeks and still waiting, but I'll use the soft top for most of summer, save for hopefully squeezing in some track time, when I'll swap back. It's fun with the roof off, but bloody hot, or at least it was yesterday. It's strange but you only feel the benefit of the AC when you slow down for junctions etc. The rest of the time it feels like the car is pulling in hot air from the engine and the AC isn't up to the job. Fortunately, I doubt I'll have to worry about that too often given our climate. On the plus side, it sounds fantastic with the roof off. Cheers Mick
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  24. More like: However, I was 'seen to' by four very nice ladies. In and out in a flash, so to speak.
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  25. Had to insure mine yesterday. No claims, no convictions, no accidents etc. but not very old, have only had my driving license for just about 3 years and never owned a super/sports car before (all insurance companies I spoke to asked about this) so the best quotes I could get through mainstream insurance search engines - confused, moneysupermarket etc. were in the £3k range. However, I also wanted track day cover so started calling specialist insurance companies I found through this forum (thanks a lot!). Some highlights: Manning straight out refused to insure me while CCI quoted a whopping £12k premium! Spoke to a few other companies with equally disappointing results so in the end I figured I'd just go for a "normal" insurance and get track cover on a day by day basis. And then I heard back from Classicline - "due to bla bla and not having previously driven a car of that type your premium will be rather high", "*sigh*, so what is it?", "£2095". Holy shit! And that comes with track days as well. This should also hopefully go way down next year once I've clocked at least a few thousand miles in my Exige
    1 point
  26. Barry - it's the owner that's fading and got the runs!
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  27. Barry I have sympathy, decided to sell wife's Fiat 500'as I never use the BMW so hid her keys so she has to use it. On sunday I thought I would have a little look around the fiat see what needs to be done before sale. This is a pic of one wheel, they are all like this it's got a crack in the back bumper ( it has parking sensors) and the leather is cracked to bits it only done 15k in 6 years I call it interference parking which you will appreciate
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  28. 21 July - mine's a pint of creme de menthe.
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  29. It's then a slightly strange decision to keep the stock interior and not to strip it out and put a couple of buckets in there:
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  30. Had a good run today, there's an annoying squeak or chafing noise from the engine compartment that I'll have to investigate. That aside, everything works, the car runs well, and we did a run of maybe 50'miles. I'll have a another check underneath to make sure everything is properly secured, and get on to finding out what the poxy noise is. Also, the the blower is so much better after @Sparkynoticed the diverter was disconnected. I might actually buy him a drink.
    1 point
  31. Sorted. Big thanks to Matthew at Lotus Silverstone who emailed them to me in less than 24 hours. So if anyone needs them let me know (or contact your local friendly Lotus dealer). Mark.
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  32. I'm back with an Elise in the garage It's an Elise S 2008 with 1,8L and 136cv, finished in chrome orange. Option are : - Sport pack (forged wheels, probax with harnais, double oil cooler, and stronger suspension) - AC - Antispin - Cup airbox And just to know it's not a pruis, I've add any Elise parts exhaust It's difficult to descibe how cool it is to drive a lotus after so long time without Just a bit more than one week and 2000Km after I'm full in love, a week-end in the Vosges mountaint in France was so so good
    1 point
  33. We finished off the wiring for the new heater solenoid, and a big thanks to @swindon_alan for his tracking skills in locating a suitable on/off switch. A wrap of insulating tape, was sufficient to pack out the spindle, I tapped the knob pin hole out to M4, and used a cone-point M4 grub-screw to lock it. I had to use a larger diameter washer to fit it to the fascia, as the switch thread was smaller than the original, but it's all lined up perfectly! I won't know whether it's been successful until I drive the car, but it's not leaking, so that's a start. The beast that is known as the binnacle cover proved difficult, but we got there. When I bought the car, the cover was not secured in any way, so it's nice to finally have one that doesn't move around when I'm driving. The engine trim panels are still waiting to be resprayed before we can fit the new carpet to them, and get them installed, but that's out of my hands right now. The interior is finished, and just needs a good clean, which is of course not my part of the ship........
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  34. how about this little guy? One of our guests
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  35. It must be seriously porky, I mean they've, even added three new steering wheel holes to help reduce the weight! Does look nice though I will admit. And as an ex XJ owner I do like how Jaguar can combine a sporty ride with luxury. My XJ was an absolute dream to drive for 1000 mile round trip journeys for work....
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  36. I'll say I've timed the laps that were filmed. I was going to attempt a write-up so think it might be a bit of a spoiler to just get in to that here. The day also proved that there's a lot more to enjoying a trackday than just the laptime also. The Elise 250 Cup never fails to be a reminder for that. There are a lot of caveats to the laptimes, it's not representative of the ultimate potential for any of the cars but I think at least the conditions were equal enough to get a rough approximation of the relative track performance. The numbers certainly backed up how subjectively quick each car felt. The full potential of the 311 was demonstrated by pro driver and GT4 ace David Pittard. The numbers were highly depressing. I got within 1.5 secs of him around Goodwood which I'll take all day long. The difference between us in the 311 around Castle Combe tells its own story and reveals a lot about that car! Just wish I had a bit more time to get stuck into the write ups and get things up next week. Can't see that at the moment but I'll do my level best. I'm guessing everyone here would like to read the 410 one first?
    1 point
  37. Here you go chaps, some more photos for your veiwing pleasure. Just did another awesome run punching through the gears, blasting around the curves, drop it down one no two gears and woosh away we go into warp drive. Don't know if anyone else gets the low down torque that I get, but it just pulls and pulls, bang into 3rd, around the bend 4th and ibto overdrive, awesome! If this car is sold on, I will happily take any serious buyer around the lanes, it really does live up to its name, a real live panther on the hunt... Oh and it shines like a diamond in a goats ass!
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  38. Panther weather, beast is back out prowling... Photos later ;-)
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  39. Hi, Well picked the car up and it truly is a step up from my V6S. Can't cain it yet, but there is, or appears to be more "go" for sure. The 4K rev limit for running in is not really an issue, as I said the car just feels quicker. Car looks amazing, only quibble is the drivers seat seems loose when not sat in it, but no movement when sat in it. Carbon as mention is wonderful, glad I took it. Car has the track pack and has the Lotus default settings ( I'll post the number of clicks later) but it feels like the car bounces a little, nothing disturbing, but my S didn't do it. So any helps here on settings would be appreciated. I'm looking for mainly road use but have 5 tracks days with my insurance, so track settings would help too. Perhaps that's another thread. Came with the latest instrument cluster too, wasn't expecting that and I didn't know it had tyre pressure warning sensors... So the $64,000 question... Was it worth it... YES, Would I do it again, YES. As I get more miles on her I'll post a few updates. Finally, some pictures...
    1 point
  40. At CPH now, awaiting my flight. What a trip! A Swedish clutch that turned into crankshaft removal, and a Danish Stevens started for the first time in 3 years. Not forgetting the Lotus Seven experience. I love coming over here. ?
    1 point
  41. As some folks may have noticed, I’ve added a bit of aero of late so thought I’d add a small update to this journey thread.. A few months back at Oulton I sensed the grounds keeper had been a bit lazy of late allowing the grass area between Island Bend and Shell Corner was somewhat too long… As a considerate person Magpie and I thought we’d give the chap a hand and decided to veer off from Island Bend and cut down some of the grass using our flexible front splitter. Hasten to add the front splitter didn’t hold out to well, however the front ducts do act as excellent grass collection bins albeit not the easiest to empty. The sport front splitter comprises of two parts, the first part is the obvious flexible plastic splitter (1), but it also comes with an aluminum reinforcement plate (2). I was advised by a Lotus dealership the cost for part 1 and 2 would be just under £500, plus labour quoted at another £200 so a grand total of £700. Arguably day light robbery from Lotus (although to be honest I expect nothing but such legal theft from Lotus these days on the Exige V6). FYI: Part 2 is attached to Part 1 via rivets, so should you ever damage the main splitter but the re-enforcement plate is still in tact, just note the re-enforcement plate CAN be removed and riveted back onto the new splitter. You don’t need to order both as some dealerships may tell you! Based on the cost from Lotus, and the cost of installation, plus the back order situation for parts (again well done Lotus!)… I decided to go it alone and make my own front lip out of marine plywood. Removing the front lip doesn’t take too long once the cars up in the air, to do this I just jacked the car up and put it on stands so I had plenty of room to get under and work. I then made a template from the front lip that was a hybrid between the OEM sport lip and the Cup R motorsport front splitter. The Sport lip has an overhang of about 4 cm, the Cup R is around 8cm, so I cut my DIY lip to about 6cm. On trying to fit the new splitter I realized what part 19 was on the parts diagram, these are the inner diffusers used on the Cup R and you need these to fit your flat splitter to the inside mounts of the under tray and wheel arches. A quick call to @Hangar 111 and they where able to source me a pair without too much trouble from Lotus Motorsport. To be fair the price of the pair was actually quite reasonable at circa £70 from memory. Once you’ve got these diffuser parts everything else generally comes together and you can fit the front lip and you’re good to go. As you can see the overhang is not extreme, no issues with speed bumps or car parks. In hindsight, I should have probably gone for a thicker marine plywood as 5mm isn’t thick enough… eventually I bite the bullet and bought the proper LMS Cup R splitter as I didn’t have the time to re-cut and re-spray. To be fair the Cup R splitter is pretty good quality, well cut, and well sprayed… arguably it should be for the price but I was happy with the product. With the help of Dave at Hangar111 I was also able to source a genuine black and silver nose badge which in my eyes really improves the look of the car. Please don’t ask how much as the price is eye watering! As you’ll see from the picture the overhang is pretty big! Generally speaking I’ve had no problems with small speed bumps but would be very cautious with tight multi store car parks! Off to Silverstone to test and was surprised to find the splitter DOES create real downforce - To the point of ripping itself out of the front clam mountings at 145mph! A quick call around and found that this problem can happen, some cars seem to get away with it, others have had similar problems when driven hard… Komotec had seen it a number of times and created their own optional support plates to re-enforce the original clam mountings. Hmm wish I’d known that! Off to get support brackets made and then fitted, Hangar111 now have a proven template and for anyone looking to upgrade to the CupR splitter my recommendation is DON’T RISK IT – Pay the extra and get the re-enforcement plates installed at the time of installing the CupR splitter. Car returns home and after a session at Bedford GT (145mph on back straight) and a few sessions at Combe (hard braking from 130mph for Quarry) I’m happy to report the front splitter is rock solid and no problems. At high speeds it does feel a touch twitchy but nothing too major, I wouldn’t say it creates any major over steer, so don’t believe the forum and Lotus scare stories that installing without the Motorsport rear wing is going to be damaging to your health! That said I was always going to get a big wing but more on that another time….
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  42. Big day tomorrow.... pick up day ??????
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  44. They look stunning, They say wheels make the car, Those babies combined with the recent respray will finish it off great
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  45. its all looking a bit smart mate, when can we see it ????
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  46. Directly from the service notes. It is really very easy. Also a picture of how it looks behind the dash
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