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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.
    4 points
  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.
    2 points
  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. For that sort of money I would want one in close to that condition that hadn't been restored.
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  11. Closely followed up with a red Turbo if he gets on a run
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  12. Frinsbury Park Mosque- Wasn't that where Abu Hamsa used to preach?
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  13. That went up, tripod an all !! Needed some lube though
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  14. err, can we change the subject please.... starting to whince here....
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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. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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
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  22. Barry - it's the owner that's fading and got the runs!
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  23. 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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  24. 21 July - mine's a pint of creme de menthe.
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  25. 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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  26. Nice one Kimbers .Hope alls well mate ....Mike
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  27. 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.
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  28. Update time. This car will be the end of me. About two weeks ago, we were all set - the suspension was back together. The only thing left to do was to was refit the brakes, change a driveshaft seal, and enjoy the weather. After a marathon session we went down the checklist torquing things up per the service manual. The last item on the list were the nuts on the coilover top hats. 20 Nm. No sweat. Yeah right: RHS: LHS: I almost had a fucking breakdown. Luckily my little brother, who is more level headed than I am, was present and managed to calm me down with some words of wisdom - better it happen in the garage, than out on the road. True that. So, my spirit quasi-broken, we retired for the day. But not before fishing my old coilovers out of the trash (just in the nick of time as well considering the next day it was all emptied). This is why I hoard old shit. Luckily we were also able to borrow an awesome tool my friend had made for compressing the front springs. Luckily as these bastards are under so much tension I dread to think what would happen if more shade-tree methods are used: While picking up the tool I also got to see a minty-fresh Essex Esprit in the flesh, undergoing a major service. Good stuff. While the old top hats were at the shot blasters, we disassembled the new (original parts mind you...) coilovers to inspect what had gone wrong. After 5 years of tinkering I know what 20 Nm feels like and the damn threads broke well before I'd reached that point. We weren't even talking hand tight either. I swear some of them broke before the nyloc thread reached the washers. It would appear that some penny pinching had gone down wherever the damn things were made: If these nuts look familiar, it's probably because they are. After all, most of Ikeas furniture is (barely) held together by them. Not. Fit. For. Purpose. So anyhow, the new top hats, freshly painted satin black and looking better than original, were refitted: And once again we picked up where we left off: Note worthy of mention: those following this blog will recall I had some issues fitting the front wheel bearings a while back after purchasing a generic set from a <well known parts supplier>. This time I bought my own set of SKF and Koyo bearings which fit like a charm. Didn't have any issues fitting or setting the correct end float/resistance. As many a wise man on this forum has said previously: buy cheap, buy twice. Truer words never spoken. Not pictured, but carried out, we even replaced the left side drive shaft seal, which seems to enjoy pissing gearbox oil in biannual intervals. The car is now resting on its wheels awaiting a test drive. I'm very curious as to how it will feel with all new suspension and bushings....*touch wood*
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  29. 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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  30. 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
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  31. Hi Paul and Pat H - I'm slightly embarrassed to say that I bought Pat's white Turbo Esprit from Paul Matty. I woke up on the Saturday morning and saw it and galloped from London to Paul's garage and just made it as the shop was closing at 12:00 - I tried to buy it on the day and texted Paul who suggested that I wait until Monday am - I rang as soon as the shop opened and I think you were reaching for your credit card at the same time Paul. I'm sorry to pip you at the post like that. It really is a beautiful car and I've been looking for a long time for one as good - Pat you have really treasured this car I can see from the folder of receipts etc. I've been cruising around this weekend in the sun with my six year old daughter and I can't believe the amount of people who come up to discuss it - I was trapped for 45 minutes at the petrol station yesterday! Looking forward to engaging further in the forum. Rob
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  32. Oh, very impressive. This car has a lot of time and money in it. Definitely a proud owner. I am just starting to make treadway with how it drives, and making some next level times in auto cross. I certainly wouldn't sell this car for a loss, as it hasn't let me down!
    1 point
  33. Update... Well 200 miles in and only day two, want to reach the magic 1000 this summer. Someother minor things, not sure if anyone else has this... 1) The fan and AC didn't come on once, had to stop the car and restart it before they would work. No amount of pressing the AC button or changing the fan speed would make it blow. Anyone else had this? 2) Road noise. The amount of road noise is way above my V6S. I speccd sound proofing but I didn't spec carpets, only mats. Wonder if this is the issue, but I don't think so. again anyone else picked up on this? 3) Cruise Control. Not as slick as my Audi, but functional, good for road works this average speed cameras a la M60 4) Fekkers driving Ford ST badged cars. why O why do they drive right up your arse and when you pull over they drop a gear and screech past? Actually Astra owners do it too... FFS 5) Kawasaki Green. Jesus, everyone and I mean anyone when I stop or park up just salivates on the paint work. Great job by lotus! 6) Got a parking ticket too. Couldn't get on my sons drive due to the length and incline and my lack of road clearance. Parked outside his house, a Cul-de Sac' miles wide, no schools or anything, just double yellows, was there 5 mins and slapped me with a ticket... [email protected] Anyway, really pleased with the monster of a car that it is and got used to the different suspension, it's now not as noticeable now that I've done a few miles. cheers Mark Oh, and I found a USB charger on the lower left hand side of the dash. Also order engine covers too. cheers Mark
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  34. Bought a brush and cleaned up the engine bay a bit today and took the photo below which I think looks prettier than the previous one I posted. These carbon parts really make a huge difference.
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  35. how about this little guy? One of our guests
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  36. 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....
    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!
    1 point
  38. 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...
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  39. 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. ?
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  40. 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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  41. Big day tomorrow.... pick up day ??????
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  43. Read Polestar will first spice up all Volvo models ... May ask Lotus engineering to help out with chassis tuning if the purchase of Lotus by Geely goes ahead. Then far into the future, they may also use Volvo design projects as their own like that coupé we've all seen a few years back. That thing was just beautiful to look at and I really hope Volvo or Polestar brings it to market, if anything to compete with the new Lexus LC500h. And if they ask Lotus to land a hand on that one well they'll have yet another car that will sell like hot cake.
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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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