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  1. Today was a good day at Bedford. The GT4 and Exige where very well matched on track and we had a few great runs together. I would say (and the GT4 owner did agree) I did have the lead. Even on the back straight the Exige held its own and created a leading gap which did take me by surprise. I didn't manage to go out against the GT3. Both owners where very nice chaps, approachable, and great conversation through out the day.
    3 points
  2. I still find it strange that Esprits are so well recognised and much loved by so many yet Porsche command much higher prices. Aside from the drive, just look at the how the silhouette of each has changed over the years... IMHO it's pretty obvious which is a better looking design.
    2 points
  3. just got in .engine and box in .Sorry about the delay Had to connect pipes from chassis etc.Bit. Stressed Eric lol...Only problem is one is cv drive shaft does not go I.n As far as the other .But all suspension bolts back in ....Any ideas .Might of been like it for years don't know .Anythoughts on this Mike
    2 points
  4. May take longer spannering with a mate rather than getting a garage to do it, But you will suprised how much you will pick up Mike, also think of the money you will have saved, but most of all will be the satisfaction you will feel when you hear the rumble from the V8 ! Knowing that you have done it yourself, that itself is priceless imo Also there are some fantastic workshops out there but for the many good ones there are sadly also many bad ones especially when it comes to conversions , who will not put as much love and effort in as you would do etc.
    2 points
  5. Hi Dan .You are right .Only problem being I am useless with spanners lol.I have been at the mercy of a friend who helps as and when he has the time .Asked a few garages local to me but they were all busy .But hey I have waited this long .But it's been frustrating ........If all goes well I will post some pictures laters ......Thanks for all your support .I need it .i admire any one that can do this type of work themselves.But from an outsider it's all very tired e consuming........Mike
    2 points
  6. I still think that the German V8 does it perfectly...
    2 points
  7. When I installed a braided clutch hose on my 1990 Turbo SE, I needed either an adaptor to suit, or I had to drill and cut thread in the clutch master. I chose the later, as it's one link lesser, one seal lesser. Works perfectly as the new thread in the slave is bigger than it came with. I use the Landrover 2b I believe it's called, in aluminium as well. No problems what so ever since cutting the thread and installing. Kind regards, jacques
    2 points
  8. It's a shame Lotus never made a limited edition JPS of the Stevens. It looks great in this pic (though the font needs to be smaller).
    2 points
  9. Yes. This is the problem. How many of us actually have factory spec? Although I'd say more than upgrades @alias23 is one of the best drivers I know and has the approach of a meticulous racing driver which will have far more impact on lap pace. I regulary "have the edge" on many a GT4, GT3 (and even once a 918 on Silverstone GP) in both the Caterham and the Elise. That certainly does not mean these are quicker cars (although I have no doubt are more fun). Lotus attracts better drivers I suspect because of the well discussed reasons. We really need to do something like @The Pits did at Com
    2 points
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  11. Local car show today, my sprint with a +2 and an Elite. Best 3 cars there IMHO
    1 point
  12. I may well be about and would love to join in! what colour have you gone for Jonny?
    1 point
  13. No repainting of the front Clam if done correctly its a fairly simple process that requires precise cutting.
    1 point
  14. Just not Esprit special though is it. That's the point to me to be honest.
    1 point
  15. So gents, My attention has moved outside for the time being, and the paint overall is pretty good, just a few light cracks where panels join and a bit of lacquer peel, all I will sort in time. Some areas have clearly been played with, the big one being the spoiler which has always looked awful compared to the rest of the paint. Today I took it off to strip and respray, and wow did it need it! I will completely strip it and remove the traces of old filler which is still a bit soft. The old paint had reacted badly, but it strips off in large chunks which is handy and aside
    1 point
  16. ha ha mine has gone (again 84 esprit turbo). Wish I had one, as my wife says it would stop the oil leaking all over the garage floor C43
    1 point
  17. As an example of the marque and how Lotus were trying to push boundaries, this car has obvious attractions - however, from a day to day perspective, I doubt if that value translates anywhere beyond a museum (and a Lotus one at that?). It is going to be either extremely costly to get the original set up working (if it is at all possible to work out what was originally intended?) and without it, it becomes just another rotting classic with an interesting past (IMO).
    1 point
  18. Brett Looking at the design of the alli rad, I cant see why the support latts cant be removed ? You could always email Steve at sj and ask him to ask the supplier. Yes it will affect the warranty but i would put the question across as it looks to me like the rad would be fine without them as when its bolted in place on the esprit bodyshell that will act as support also. I would get the grinder out, but that is just me and i have not just forked out for a new radiator But i cant see a problem Just depends on where Steve gets them from, if they are made locally i.e UK in a s
    1 point
  19. Heating it up with a hot air gun could help. Levering it carefully from two points 180 degrees apart usually works...both together and one at a time, to make the pulley wobble it's way off. As ever, it's a lot easier with the engine out(!)
    1 point
  20. I much prefer running cars mike ? Once ive finished the current chicken shed I'm having some time off and sorting that S3 cant wait to see a pic of yours outside that garage running
    1 point
  21. And put some copper slip on it before you put it back
    1 point
  22. I swear the front of my car lifted when them fans kicked in
    1 point
  23. Proper man cave Wayne, and even a pit Car looks stunning btw ,
    1 point
  24. SSC do a harness bar that fixes to the factory harness bar points behind the roll hoop. Cannot rotate. Enables seat to go all the way back, bar clears the speaker covers and only small openings need to be cut in rear trim. Easy to fit - without removing the rear trim panel. Fits S2 Elise / Exige and V6 Exige. http://www.simplysportscars.com/shop/track-and-safety/10439-harness-bar-kit SSC also has a longer bar for the latest V6 Exige which has a different roll hoop. I think the roll hoop ( frame seatbelt anchorage ) change starts with the Exige 380, but not in the Lotus literature
    1 point
  25. I saw this topic and was going to exert my mods powers, but I could only think of calling the thread B.
    1 point
  26. Yes we do Tom, when is the Red Baron going to be run-in?
    1 point
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  28. Happy Birthday Ian. Hope you had a great day
    1 point
  29. Yup. And here's the big downer... because I was witness to some nightmare incidents in the first race and being called to the stewards with video footage I forgot to replace the memory card in the VBox. That means my first ever race win is also the first ever race I did not have he camera rolling! However the race will be on Channel 4 and Motors TV in the next week or so... hopefully with me balling my eyes out cut from the broadcast!
    1 point
  30. Happy Birthday mate, bought you some.
    1 point
  31. Very interesting read guys, I have two friends with 996 porkers sat in their garages awaiting reasonable cost replacement engines. One went at 86k and the other one was around 70ish I think. I spoke to one of them recently and the cheapest motor he could find was £6k plus with resonable mileage. I owned a 1979 SC for a while and although I did enjoy the experience it handled awful and never turned heads like my 1984 Turbo I swapped it for. You live and learn in life so these days I would not look twice at one. One of the owners also owns a Boxster S which seems a much nicer car to own an
    1 point
  32. Happy birthday Ian ....Have a good one ...Mike
    1 point
  33. Congrats Tom a great day you'll never forget. Winning in identical cars is no mean feat, Oulton is a serious track too. Huge achievement.
    1 point
  34. Fabian you really need to spend a bit more time looking at the detail of this rebuild. This slap dash, anything will do attitude is not good enough. I bet your cd collection is in alphabetical order isn't it ?
    1 point
  35. "Catching" me up for 2 days mate. Have a good one!
    1 point
  36. As promised pictures of the garage. Very used ATM. Needs a good clean after I have finished the car.
    1 point
  37. First chance I have had to give the L'il Fecker a good wash, polish and wax.
    1 point
  38. All done. One was a pig but all out successfully fully so now another go at putting the box in the car
    1 point
  39. A mere stripling!! Have a good one,Ian....
    1 point
  40. @LF1, was the GT4 a good tow car up there?
    1 point
  41. And no doubt there'll be a bill from Europcar for non-existent bodywork damage to the Peugeot hire car on its way to you......
    1 point
  42. On my S1, I removed one of the little springs that 'fires' the flap open to introduce some 'added lightness' to the system so now it just pops up clear of the bodywork enough to get a finger in and open it the rest of the way manually. Colin P's photo 'stolen' and edited to save me going out in the rain to take a pic of mine.
    1 point
  43. Let's be honest here. Both cars capabilities are far beyond the reach of 90% of the people likely to buy them, so the buying decision is purely subjective. 'Better' is largely irrelevant, you will buy the one you most desire. For the vast majority that will always be the Porsche. Their scale, their (perceived) quality, their reputation, their marketing budget (and skill!!). I don't know why people get hung up on which is better. As driving machines both are clearly superb and while the 'racers' may have their preference, for the rest of us it's an emotive choice and the Porsche is, a
    1 point
  44. Happy Birthday John Sounds like you had dramas regarding the insurance lol But regarding everything else besides the car dramas, have a great day
    1 point
  45. Hi John .Happy birthday .....Have a good one ...Mike
    1 point
  46. Happy birthday Moley! Have a fab day buddsy
    1 point
  47. Last week I was out with Magpie at Donington Park. I was able to spend some time on track with a Komotec KT460, for those that know Blinky (Eric) this is his car under new ownership, for those that don't know the infamous Blinky... his car is potentially the most modified Exige V6 I know of in the UK, its had a lot of money spent on it, including and not limited to full CupR clams, CupR Aero, TTX Ohlins, charge cooled Komotec 460 kit, upgraded final drive kit, and lots more... When it was for sale in my opinion it was the best track day bargain for the money. Here's a brief video of Magpie
    1 point
  48. Back from service and successful MOT but also had some additional work done. Springs, suspension and wishbones dismantled then sand blasted and wax oiled, put back together. A great job done by Maidstone Sports Cars and it all looks very tidy underneath now.
    1 point


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