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  1. A call out to Neil Turner from Lotus Customer Service. I have had to request help from Lotus on a few occasions when I have received the dreaded “it’s on back order” from dealers and just now from Autoglass. Neil has ably demonstrated that this was not true but more importantly, sorted everything out such that I am huge fan of Lotus’ Customer Service. If only every company was half as good as Lotus in this respect. Thank you Neil !
    6 points
  2. You’re in GT430 owners Forum... what do u expect? Porcs and Cows?
    4 points
  3. Hi All, I've just joined TLF, but I've had my Evora for nearly 2 years. They're great in snow - with winter tyres anyway. I was one of the few that made it in to work today!
    4 points
  4. So the first outing of 2018 didn't really go to plan...to say I'm disappointed is an understatement, but cancelling the day was the right decision. Thankfully it did give me the chance to have some Quaife assisted fun on the way back to the south coast, mostly in McDonalds car part, taking me back to my Essex roots :-)
    4 points
  5. 1st Pics of my Beast... unwashed, sent to me from Hethel now let me know what you think of this One Off paint.
    3 points
  6. Hi All, Just thought I'd post an update. So I'm very happy with the service I got from Hofmanns, the car is running very nice again. The work was carried out on time and to a good standard. Good communication from them about whats happening and they even did a couple extra bits and bobs like an firmware update and most importantly they adjusted the gear shift so it is working sublimely now! Very happy about the service from them, I would definitely recommend them and happily use them again.
    3 points
  7. Waiting for valet parking at the Grand in Brighton. Caused me a moment of Ferris Bueller anxiety!
    3 points
  8. Crank seal Half a bottle of tequila and an oxygen mask usually works for me on my "employees"
    2 points
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  10. And powder coating. Don't forget the powder coating. Although I believe yellow might be a fashion train wreck, dahling.
    2 points
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  12. No one here really believes the turbo suddenly makes the car more unreliable. It just makes it even more awesome.
    2 points
  13. Hi all just joined ive got a 1978 elite 504 purchased about 3 weeks ago not run for a year wish me luck.
    1 point
  14. I wanted to give everybody an update. I’ve had some revelations since posting this. Truly a turning point as of Friday. I want to especially thank our fellow Evora enthusiast and our sister forum LTF. I believe there is a particular gentleman who went above and beyond and contacted the appropriate bosses at our flagship headquarter, across the pond. I also want to thank all the forum members who encourage me to maintain contact with Lotus and some of those who supported me during this process. You guys have certainly could have ushered me off or wrote me off as penitent consumer. I won’t say w
    1 point
  15. Meanwhile the Red turbo engine is coming together. Have to keep on top of things, building 2 engines at once. Nearly forgot to torque down the head on the Red car... see what I mean, posted this on the wrong thread...
    1 point
  16. Intake shims are done and all are between .005 and .007 except one that is .009. As I understand it the measurement gets tighter as it wears. Should I be concerned about the .009? Exhaust is next which will be a lot more trial and error. Got the intake done in 2 attempts. Thanks.
    1 point
  17. Going by the price of an s4s that has just come on the market you can afford to buy 2 evora at that price and have change
    1 point
  18. Hello Paul I've had a quick look through the GT3 wiring diagrams and I can't find anything with those colour codes. It might be left over from an alarm system or a hands free mobile kit or stereo system mebbe? Cheers Alan
    1 point
  19. He looks a real character and looking at his frilly ears, you can see he's a bit of a scrapper. So long as he wins! Maine Coons are really nice friendly cats. They tend to follow humans around the house and garden and one of the things that drew us to them is that unlike some of the oriental breeds, they don't yowl loudly. I also like that they are often big - very big! Our brown tabby, Chuck, in the pic above weighed nearly 10kgs when he reached full maturity, was all muscle and the scourge of the wildlife around here. He was always very gentle with us though. My wife often tells
    1 point
  20. Sure, heat cycles could be a failure or age factor. BUT, if you think about it, the stress on a timing belt is worse (in certain places along the length) than if the engine is running. Those stressed areas are the parts that will fail. We've had local owners who 'winter' their cars for 6 months a year and then had an older black belt fray and unravel. That with less than 10K miles (admittedly, 10 years or more. I would NEVER let a TB go THAT long.)
    1 point
  21. Hmmm - should I get my own back already...
    1 point
  22. I had to study that for a couple of moments - but why do both 'prongs' need a pointy bit? PS I'm going to spoil your exciting unboxing threads from now on
    1 point
  23. More unboxing excitement.... Can you guess what it is yet? There's other stuff in the bottom I've not reached yet
    1 point
  24. I thought the time was from when it starts the heat cycles. buddsy
    1 point
  25. Clean any previous thread sealant off all the bolts, otherwise they can strip the aluminum threads out of the head. Use an Excel spreadsheet to measure and sort the shims. but yeah it really sucks if they fall out like that and you have to do it several times (DRY no sealant!). Add about .0005" for the final numbers to account for the sealant. Doing it on a head on a bench is much easier than on an engine! Don't clean the pistons, it'll drive grit down into the rings, where it is impossible to clean. Don't skim the head unless absolutely positively necessary
    1 point
  26. Thanks @Bibs. This forum has been a font of knowledge for me on my Evora journey so far. On a related (ish) snow note - has anyone tried fitting skis in an Evora? I've seen the suction roof racks from the US, but I wondered if getting them inside is possible. I've not bought them yet - or I would just try it for myself! - but the total bag will be about 1.8m. I can confirm that you can fit a Japanese Akita in the back seats of a 2+2 Evora!
    1 point
  27. Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest??? Here's our Coon, finally went at 21 years old last summer. The wife took this pic and only realised afterwards the reflection of white lights in the glass at the opposite end of the room makes it look like he's wearing a flipping tiara! He was big and butch, so wouldn't have been best pleased had he known. His sister, a red tabby Maine Coon 'only' lasted 19 years. We need to get a couple more this year.
    1 point
  28. Here you go! See what you mean with carbon,damn pricey!thanks for that will come in handy
    1 point
  29. I was very pleased to discover they are fitted to my Evora
    1 point
  30. Know the feeling Andy, Exige V6 Cup was (and I'm sure still is) such a great car in every respect. Incredibly cheap to run for the performance on offer, supremely reliable, enthralling to drive each and every time. It was a genunine wrench to part with it. 400 in that spec sounds like a proper GT430 worrier! Some great deals to be had out there currently, that's for sure.
    1 point
  31. If it weren't for a liberal application of bodywork seam-sealer around the edge of my mudflaps, they'd have parted company with the car by now as the OE brackets looked like this when I went to investigate why they were flapping (no pun intended) around................................................. I contacted @Miguel after hours on Thursday evening, a couple of emails were exchanged and by Friday lunchtime he was advising me that a pair of his stainless brackets were on their way to me by courier - fantastic service, especially as I hadn't even paid for them at that point!
    1 point
  32. The Sports Racer interior of your Ardent Red car (and mine!) looks FAR more special than this mate! IMHO of course!
    1 point
  33. Lol @The Pits. I have a very generous arse and it fits in the Elise/VX220 seats just fine. In fact I just put a Corbeau LE Pro in the VX220 and that's a great fit too. No chance of me moving around as my arse acts like a suction cup I guess int he seat. Benefit is I feel very well connected to the car However, I am on a Chapman diet and adding lightness to my body.... That £25k saving on a 400 would give me adjustable ohlins, KT 460 upgrade, Cobra big brakes and still give me £10k for improving the driver. That is a mighty tempting package indeed. Also, there are a few stock 41
    1 point
  34. Solution for your Mirror.
    1 point
  35. Permabond A136 sealant (or similar) for the Cam Towers. A silicone based sealant will form a film between the Cam Tower and the Cylinderhead which makes setting the valve clearances a guess at best. No threadlocking on the Cam Tower bolts or the Crank Pulley Bolt.
    1 point
  36. @Bibs That vid was awesome! A couple which I love the music too which you were missed out.... buddsy in the 70s
    1 point
  37. Ive looked at a fair few and bought many old nails. That’s one hell of a wish list !
    1 point
  38. I have an SE and I absolutely love it, I bought a well looked after one and it's been very reliable and loads of fun. Every now and then I think I could do with the cash but then I come to my senses. I was offered £17k around 18 months ago by a dealer who was so desperate he offered to send a trailer the next day. If I were to sell today I don't think I could let it go for less than around 25-26k maybe that's unrealistic I've no idea. It's the last of the totally raw, unassisted, "super" cars, I love it. I hope you find a good one.
    1 point
  39. Sorry folks, my Lotus in the peak day was June 15, 2017, when my 3-Eleven lifted me to Cime de la Bonette (2,802 m). This year, Dolomites are on schedule. will keep you posted ... Peter
    1 point
  40. As Michelle says "you are easily pleased"
    1 point
  41. It's in Gosnay's hands now. Hope it'll be ready by Wednesday, as I might be across the pond for a few days after that. What a great bunch of chaps! Plenty of banter and Lotus abuse, but I was able to help them with some V8 engine specs, so with luck they'll be nice to me now.
    1 point
  42. Sorry I have got to but in here as I have currently in the garage a 911, Mclaren, DB11, C7 Z06, BMW Alpina, Porsche Panamera Turbo SE Turismo, and a load of of old sports cars the list too long to bore you with but a lot of Lotus 211 Elan's Esprit's Jag's. Also a GT430 a purple one and this is the best car of them all. why ? its not the fastest or the most spacious it has rubbish tech we all agree. But it drives like nothing else on the planet its the best drivers car in the world in my opinion. Its my fourth Evora and they have just got better and better, point to point across co
    1 point
  43. Hi chaps. I make stainless steel mudguard brackets, checkout the ad in the for sale section. They're 316 marine grade stainless steel so should last the lifetime of the car. Also lighter than the bog standard rusty ones ;P
    1 point
  44. Centers picked up yesterday from powder coaters. Look lovely. Clearly the wife was out as they are on the kitchen table!
    1 point
  45. Yeah, carbon fibre always looks tacky!
    1 point


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