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  1. Few more from my side. The rest you will see when Bibs post them on TLF
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  2. Thanks Pete and Dan you are correct The car is a Prototype confirmed by Mike Kimberly and Brian Angus. The car is as it left the factory and has matching numbers. It has never been repainted. The sills duct air into the engine bay as a turbo. The Vin Plate calls the car a Type 79B . The cam covers are development covers different to production ones they are cast differently to the later HC units. I had seen such covers on a prototype Sunbeam engine. The car has many unique features I will post up more details some other time I also am collecting the 4th wheel and seats on Sunday. The car will not be for sale, I'm very much looking forward to restoring it. The car is on a excellent galvanized chassis and all the running gear is like new, its only done very low mileage and has been dry stored for many years. Matt
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  3. Summary G car picture for no other reason, but I like it!
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  4. Ummmmmmm, Ohlins Mechatronics....
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  5. For a while I'd been umming and ahhing about adding some side air intake covers, finally took the plunge and fitted some today. Four small packets of white Sugru, a little patience, and an hour later...
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  6. Someone got a good shot of mine from the roadside at the St Neots PH meet last month. Thiught I would share. ?
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  7. Thanks very much for the welcome Dan. I might have explained incorrectly before, but Boss, are selling me the three parts, the front S2 valance and two S2 sills, I gather he has all of the moulds so just punches them out as and when., he'll do them in a white gel coat. So I guess I will still have to get them sprayed. So when I say 'do it myself' I mean just the swapping over of the parts, if I attempted fibreglass work myself it'd come out like this =
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  8. Love this photo! Did some Photoshop on it:
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  9. some pics from the festival: a strong turnout from the 2+2 wedgies!
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  10. The flake in Motorsport Black is gold, it's silver in metallic. This is Motorsport Black on an Evora 410... The gold shows up in bright sunlight, in other weather is appears mainly just black. It's a lovely colour.
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  11. There's a real mystique around the original material in JPS cars, but from what I've seen it's corduroy. Have seen samples and lots of talk but nothing solid to the contrary or contrasting photos of the two supposed different materials. I've only ever seen fabric like in the photo attached below. Corduroy is measured in cords or wales [the ridges] per inch. You're in a great position because your car is original so you can count how many wales there are and take that measurement, and a door insert or arm rest to a fabric supplier and compare. I'd be surprised if it wasn't a standard colour. But is your seat leather in bad condition? Leather restoration can be to a very high standard and it may be nicer to keep as much original as possible. Good luck with it
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  12. I'd tell that lardy arsed builder to get his hands off your car @Bibs. Jeez, some people don't half take the piss. Bet he asked to take it on the track too!
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  13. Most of you have seen some pix of my Copper Fire Esprit I recently posted in the pix section on TLF. Here's a quick fly through of the restoration of my 1982 Esprit Turbo. A friend brought this car to my attention in October 2016. It's been on sale before but the engine ran poorly and stalled after a few minutes driving which put off other buyers. I loved the tan interior but the paintwork was faded, patchy and needed a complete re-spray. A deal was stuck and in early November it was delivered to me on a trailer. The body was straight, it sat on Goodyear NCT's, 64,000 miles on the clock, there was a great car underneath. At this point I knew a Copper Fire exterior would complement the interior perfectly. I'll leave it to the community to discuss whether I should have changed the colour but it seemed an ideal candidate since it needed a respray and how else was I going to get myself into a FYEO Bond spec car with prices rising? The car had been sitting in a barn for several years so the engine needed a good going over. I undertook servicing the usual suspects to get it running smoothly again. Fuel, oil, air filters were changed. Cam, water and alternator belts swapped for new items. New fluids added and I completely stripped, ultrasonically cleaned the carbs and rebuilt them with a service kit from Eurocarb. One of the Dellorto accelerator pump diaphragms was stuck shut, the accelerator jets were blocked and there were lots of wax deposits inside both units, I thought I had found my poor running culprit. Some pix of the resprayed intake parts and carbs before reassembly. At a similar time my friend requested a rebuild of his Esprit S1 carbs. I only ultrasonically cleaned mine due to them being hidden under the turbo inlet tract. Since S1 carbs are on display more we decided to have them vapour blasted by CC Aqua blasting. I can highly recommend Nicks work. http://www.ccaquablasting.com Unblocking the carbs certainly freed up the engine and I could now take it out for 5 minutes at a time and rev up the engine but it would still stutter and stall once the engine was warm. I also replaced the dizzy cap, rotor arm, spark plugs, leads and installed a Lucas 3 ohm sports coil (removing the original coil and ballast resistor). It suffered the same symptoms. It was now late November and the body had a date with the bodyshop so I diverted my time to stripping it down. I find the Esprit quite easy to strip back into its component parts and felt better knowing parts were separated as much as possible so the bodyshop could concentrate on the prep. The car went into the bodyshop where it lived for 2 months. I highly recommend taking copious amounts of pix and notes whilst taking the car apart. They will be a life saver come re-assembly time! Throughout the strip down I searched for the correct paint codes to spray the car similar to the For Your Eyes Only Esprit. The A19 code is unique to Lotus, further digging was required to find the formula for Copper Fire. I found Ditzler PPG code 61513 and Autocolour 0311B on the paintref.com website. A goldmine of information that my local paint supplier could finally use to prepare some swatches. http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?code=A19&manuf=Lotus&rows=50 I saw the Autocolour swatch and decided it would be the best formula for my car. After agreeing the paint my supplier chose to mix his own supply from PPG pigments! Strangely it looked the same in the pot but once applied it came out lighter. Luckily I noticed the problem early and the correct paint from Autocolour was supplied as requested. I was fortunate to keep a swatch of the Autocolour shade otherwise I would only have noticed when it was too late. Here are some pix of it during painting. I had some time off work so could keep an eye on the progress. Being such an application sensitive shade I requested the final coat to be applied with the doors, bonnet and headlight pods in place so the paint 'settled' at a similar rate. I wanted to avoid shade differences between panels. I trailered the car home in December for my Christmas present! Now time for the re-assembly. In winter I sub assembled the bumpers and minor parts ready to put back on the car and ordered some excellent 3d printed mirror surrounds from Martin @MML . Martin, you saved me a large headache supplying those parts, many thanks once again! I bought the apparently last remaining NOS Esprit Turbo factory exhaust from SJ Sportscars, thanks for your help in supplying my parts Steve! I fitted a new brake master cylinder after noticing corrosion in the main bore. With that fitted the reservoir looked grubby in comparison so I treated it to a dunk in my ultrasonic cleaner, the only way to clean the inner crevasses. The interior only required a cleanup and new carpets supplied by Coverdale. http://www.carcarpets.co.uk/lotus-esprit-302-c.asp By March this year most of the car was back together. I purchased a set of 4 stud hubs from Mike at Lotusbits and prepared a set of my split rim Compomotives for their new home. Tim Hannam at Hannam Polishing spruced up the rims. I sprayed the centres and assembled them myself. http://www.hannampolishing.co.uk/automotive-and-marine.html Spun aluminium wheel centers came from Supaspin. https://www.facebook.com/supaspin With the Goodyear NCT's installed and script painted they were ready to install! Gold stripes and Esprit Turbo graphics were supplied by Decal Fever. http://decalfever.co.uk/webpages/lotus.html With the car back together it passed the MOT first time, even with the warm running issues! At this point I was running out of ideas but I did notice a lot of oil fouling the spark plugs. The intake plenum was full of oil too indicating the turbo oil seals had worn. I sent the turbo off to Turbo Rebuild for refurbishment and balancing. I can highly recommend their work, it came back looking like a new unit! https://www.turborebuild.co.uk Once the turbo was fitted it would still only run for 5 minutes before spluttering to a halt. At this point I remembered draining the tanks by disconnecting the fuel line before the fuel pressure regulator. It took a long time to drain but when checking fuel pressures it read 4 psi on start up. I reconnected the pressure gauge and took it out for a drive. After 5 minutes the car spluttered to a halt again. Barely managing to tick over, I looked at the pressure gauge which showed a reading of zero. It seemed low fuel pressure was the cause of the poor running so I bit the bullet and ordered a new fuel pump. The unit installed on my car was built by Sytec. It looked relatively new but I decided to order a Bosch 0580464070. There are many cheap fuel pumps on the market but I paid 3 times as much for a genuine Bosch part to ensure reliability. It ran better for a few hours but the stalling returned. Disconnecting the fuel feed pipe to the pump, it dripped rather than flowed out. On further inspection lots of contaminants were found inside. Looks like I'll have to take them out for a good clean but for now flushing out with fresh fuel has cured the pressure drop and improved its driveability. It took me 7 months in total to restore the car. A lot of late nights and early mornings. I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the summer in the car and hope to see you at the 2017 Brands Hatch TLF Lotus Festival. PM me if you are ever in a bind with car issues. The Esprit is a mare at times but when running sweet it makes the skinned knuckles and heartache worth it!
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  14. Went to Brooklands American Day on Sunday. Here are a few pics. They're big, heavy and handle like a fast wheel barrow. Took my 69 Mach 1.
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  15. Did anyone see a yellow LHD Ferrari 308GTB there? If so I'm sorry, my mate Phil turned up in it. I've told him he was a dickhead. Nothing worst than seeing a Ferrari at a Lotus meet!
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  16. Just posted a few Vettes.
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  17. Thank you Bibs for all the organisation another great day especially as this was most unexpected. Where can I find the official photographs that were taken?
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  19. Agree, test drive of an Evora moving from my isf is what sold it to me. Drove both over the same roads and the Evora dealt with the bumps and undulations much better which blew me away. It's such a composed car but then flat cornering. It's lotus magic.
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  20. Heres a few, took my dad away around Linconshire to where he grew up, the Evora was faultless
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  21. This post is just for the craic... ????
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  22. It's been quoted at c.£3000-£3500 to renew 6th. Quite frankly i don't have that money. I've decided that regardless of the outcome of the quotes coming in i'll be most likely stripping the car down at home via VSI guidance and some friends taking photos/helping (so we know how to put it back together again - one is a race mech and the other has done loads of engine work at home) and pulling the engine. Once it's out i'll either split it myself and send the 'box on for reconditioning or send it as a power unit and take the hit there. I literally had done 5 miles since my new exhaust had been fabricated and fitted. I enjoyed about 20 minutes of trouble free lotus motoring and without warning a single light load, cruise control enabled gear change has buggered me. I came close to WBAC out of anger yesterday evening. As for the problem itself - i'd done the research prior to buying, seen that it only seemed to occur in launch cars (bearings failed on 4 cars in the US i'd noticed and on a few Toyota cars too) and saw the clutch as a bigger concern than the gearset in the MY2011 range (any potential buyer reading this, that statement is clearly incorrect). My car did suffer an oil leak c.December last year that was traced to a nylon plug and the seal at the gear change lever input but that was rectified under warranty and 'no oil was lost' from the overall amount in the box - i took that to say that it had been overfilled in the past. It will be interesting to say the least when i drain the gearbox oil. It'll be done on video and the amount will be counted to affirm if this is/was the case. I'll post the video up shortly - its got a lot of swarf going around in there and sounds like children rummaging through Lego.
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  23. Two Nokia in car kits - one with a phone..... seems such a shame to ditch them - but can't see a market for them. be like the bloody roof stereos one day I suppose and I'll be kicking myself new racking dropped off by my mate - just need some ply to go on them - will give some space to layout bits Ahh bollo£ - you know they've been reorientated..... we don't discus emmissions - it's all a bit like vw ?
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  24. Yip Mike - the one in the intro here.......
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  25. I've always liked the idea of a black and gold Lotus. But I really like gulf blue too! in terms of actual spec, I know what I want.. carbon aero package carbon roof carbon sills harness bar and harnesses towing eyes front and rear air con qr steering wheel 2 piece brakes (not sure about getting a radio - maybe, maybe not?). Like the idea of being able to have a hands free call. So just need to think about the colour now - maybe Nardo Grey would be a good shout? Honestly, the colour choice is the hardest bit!
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  26. Wow. I found this post from 2 years ago. Up Date I guess. I tapped into the heater core return, lower LH side above the Air pump, for the low side cooler supply. The return, hot high side, went into the return out of the block. This summer there has been no issues with the temps. Having this system on later models I think the coolent system handles it just fine. The bigger reason I did this was to thremosyphon coolent through the Turbo once the engine is off. This hopefully fights off heat soaking within the Turbo bearings and oil.
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  27. Great to see the TLF crowd yesterday, thanks for organising @Bibs!
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  28. Great day, thanks Bibs! :* I'm starting my work on photos from the event. A lot to do...
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  29. So happy, can't believe it's mine
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  30. Ha ha - no, I was just trying to convince myself
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  31. 250 Cup now ordered Motorsport green (whole car including rear wing) Yellow stripes (Vinyl, just in case I change my mind afterwards!) Black forged wheels with yellow calipers (dealer will probably need to get the calipers painted) Yellow interior stitching and yellow painted centre console surround Sound insulation, mats, stereo, air-con. Harnesses (dealer to fit) Thanks to Aimee at Silverstone for arranging a factory tour, and to Scott Walker for making it such a great experience. Both my father and I were very impressed and it just makes me even more enthusiastic about these fabulous cars
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  32. First chance I have had to give the L'il Fecker a good wash, polish and wax.
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  33. 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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  34. 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.
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  35. Bugger! I've just bought an S2!
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  36. TiNO finally got an airing...........................
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  37. ..and when you do drive the car in icy weather then if the knowledge it's a cold day or evening, it's freezing outside and that the road is obviously going to be slippy will make a little 'It's cold' light seem a bit pointless. Might as well have a 'sun/moon' light to tell you if it's night or day outside of the windscreen, or a 'it's raining!' warning buzzer. A light that warns you the next bend is greasy, oily, covered in loose gravel or riddled with potholes would be more use that one that draws your attention to the bleeding obvious. The Elise has no ice warning light, i don't see this as a missing mega usefull safety feature, the last time i drove the Elise in icy weather i had just spent five minutes scraping ice off the windscreen so a little snowflake symbol inside the car telling me its winter outside was not really required.
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