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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
  9. 2 points
  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 which forums specifically, but similar thread had been made, only for the poster to be tarred and feathered for having valid grudge again the manufacturer’s vehicle defect or shortcomings. Seems though TLF and LTF are self-regulated by conscious members and observant moderators. Shortly after posting my rant/thread, I received a call by an English gentleman by the name of Mr. Ryan Watson (his title is “head of Lotus cars USA” per voicemail). He sympathized with my frustration and has found solutions for my current situation. I didn’t even have to re-tell the story as I suspect this thread was presented to him by a concerned Lotus enthusiast/moderator/owner. That alone was a relief, as I hate repeating and re-living the same nightmare repetitively. Shortly after speaking with Mr. Watson, I was contacted by Mr. Brian Shepherd who is CS manager at Lotus USA. So, they are on it like white on rice. And again, followed by a different PPP service manager, Josh. Ryan is sending/flying over two technical engineers to Park Place Premier (PPP) and overseeing the warranty work. To my surprise, I received the call and a subsequent message from another service manager at PPP, letting me know that they are replacing my HVAC unit. Not surprising, the whistle in the HVAC unit was not normal, thank you very much Mr. Cody H. 1. instead of me picking up my vehicle, he is personally having engineers drive the vehicle to Fort Smith Arkansas, where I live. 2. Ryan also assured me those engineers are fully capable of figuring out any problems that I may have had and the solutions for these problems. They will be essentially test driving my vehicle from Dallas to make sure that it is in tip top shape. 3. Not interested in getting a better deal out of this, I just want my car back. As others have mentioned and others have forecasted, Lotus has indeed rolled out the red carpet for me. To be honest, I was grinning ear to ear while Mr. Watson prophetically apologized for my situation and that Lotus brand does stand behind their products. I was smiling because as a former Porsche owner, I’ve had my share of problems with the car, but I doubt any bosses from Porc would every call me, no matter how dire the situation. That and British accent is pretty freakin cool IMO. On an unrelated note, some have mentioned the “lemon law” or consumer protection law for cars/trucks known as “Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act” in the USA. Unfortunately, I’ve already had an attorney look into this matter. More than likely case, I would have followed up with pursuing this. Though I should mention, lemon laws differ state to state. And to note, in the state of Arkansas (one of the more fiscally conservative state of USA), the laws protecting the consumer from “lemons” are very strict. My attorney was able to checkmark every part of the Arkansas lemon law statute and consider the problems a significant defects, however it would have been a costly fight, as to consider my Evora dangerous or hazardous defect that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury. This may have been arguable. Moreover, it would have been a heartbreaking experience to do something like that to Lotus, my favorite car manufacturer. Regardless, as aggrieved as I was, I was willing to spend my money to justify my anger until my resentment was satisfied. However, my antagonism was toward PPP and not Lotus. Thus, in the end, I was contempt with taking a significant loss on a vehicle that had 2700 miles. And lick my wounds as I look for another sports car. Though my primary reason to post this thread was to vent, my ancillary reason was in part due to my optimism that this thread would somehow reach the right person @ Lotus. And it did so with a help of a fellow forum moderator. Again, I want to thank everybody in this forum for the constructive responses and recommendations. I am looking forward to seeing her again, within the near future. If all aptitudes are fulfilled this time, I am likely going to keep her and cross my fingers that I won’t have significant defects. But I can assure you, PPP will not see my car nor my business. Ever! Though I was cryptic, I do want to single out Mr. @Bibs @ TLF… I want to especially thank you for going above and beyond to help another Lotus owner from State-side. I’ve had some issues with my Porsche as well. Even under warranty, my 987-2 had 3 visits to the shop. Especially that darn TPMS issue. But even with other significant issues, they were able to get the problem resolved under a week and notified me of the problem on a regular basis. Heck, a Chevy service center will do that. Moreover, they were only 1.5 hrs. from where I live, something I can live with. But Jackie Cooper (service) in Tulsa, has a good reputation. So the saga continues, I will keep every posted. -Jim
    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 the tale of answering the front door to a delivery chap and as they often did, the cats walked alongside her. As she opened the door, the delivery chap looked down, saw Chuck looking up at him and immediately took one step back while asking, "is it friendly"?
    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. 2:38 ... thats a time ... wow ... would mean pole position in the Porsche SuperCup 911 GT3 RS category... must still be possible to go faster at more optimal temperatures and with a sequential box ... below 2:35 could be possible if @Win911 goes for a sequential box ...
    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. 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! A machinist messed mine up and tapered it into a trapezoid, which made the cam belt try to walk off!
    1 point
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Rubber doesn't last as long since RoHS standards were adapted in the early 2000s. RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Compliant rubber bits would actually MELT after 3 - 4 years after that. My most vivid memory was the story of a Morgan owner who left his car in his garage in disgust, after he had brake trouble and couldn't get the hydraulics apart. 30 years later he got back to it (found a wrench he though he lost, too!) and made his car operable again. A couple years after that, he replaced all the worn tyres from the 1960s...and he was PEEVED when they only lasted 6 years! HaaHaa, welcome to the 21st century.
    1 point
  27. Here you go! See what you mean with carbon,damn pricey!thanks for that will come in handy
    1 point
  28. I was very pleased to discover they are fitted to my Evora
    1 point
  29. 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
  30. 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! A package arrived about half an hour ago, and upon opening, these beauties were revealed............. Hopefully, I'll get them fitted later this week (once the weather permits working outdoors) and by their apparent quality these brackets should outlive the rest of the car.
    1 point
  31. 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 410sports still knocking around so i'm gonna call those dealers and see what offers there are. They are Porker 911 money indeed. and as you know, a fantastic drivers car. i can live without the new bumpers for a £20k saving and they have the carbon race seats I want as standard.... But having said all that, I am still in love with my NA and it will break my heart to sell her. The cost to change by the way is not an issue for me as the Evora NA has not lost anything and anything I wanted to buy new would be around £80-£100k anyway. So that really is not the issue. I've just always been frugal (read tight) when it comes to buying cars as when the kids were born we only had one income and life was tough. These days, I'm 100% debt free, I've got a super well paid job, no kids, no mortgage and lots of spare cash, but the old frugal ways are still there and I hate being in any form of debt. £100k on a car is 5 times what I paid for my first house!
    1 point
  32. Solution for your Mirror.
    1 point
  33. 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
  34. I’m gonna pretend I understand that above picture. Can I have a red square please
    1 point
  35. some info about my #951.... its also interesting, there where 4 owners before me, 1th 81 - 83 2th 83 - 86 3th 86 - 11 4th 11- 15 and now me, car is almost done (complete rebuild engine, all parts are new inside) back in 1986 the car shows 27.766 and now the mileage in 2018 is: 51.200
    1 point
  36. Ive looked at a fair few and bought many old nails. That’s one hell of a wish list !
    1 point
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. As Michelle says "you are easily pleased"
    1 point
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. I thought the Comps had the outer-facing edges sanded off to expose metal and the inner edges black? Is that possible with powder coating?
    1 point
  43. Centers picked up yesterday from powder coaters. Look lovely. Clearly the wife was out as they are on the kitchen table!
    1 point
  44. Jonny Congratulations that is a fabulous car in a brilliant colour.
    1 point
  45. Yeah, carbon fibre always looks tacky!
    1 point

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