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  1. After a long wait, it's finally arrived. Picked her up today and took it to get window film + PPF installed.
    10 points
  2. So I have done this with my Eclat 520. I first of all fitted a Ford 4 speed to my then 2.0 engine. You must change the pedal box as the brake pedal for the auto prevents you fitting a clutch pedal. Either way it must be removed as there is no room to remove spindle shafts. My Eclat had the hole blanked off in the bulkhead for the clutch cable so that was easy! I had to also change the propshaft as the auto box was a different length. Remember to also install a needle bearing in the end of the crank for the manual gearbox input shaft. This is not required for the auto box. The gearshift aligned perfectly with the cut out in the centre console so I had a local seamstress make me a leather gaiter to replace the auto box handle gaiter. For the switch box, I just left mine in the neutral setting and pulled it back into the dash board. Always meant to remove it but so far, its still there. Getting rid of the auto box will also allow you to get rid of the auto box oil cooler and associated pipework. Finally get a world championship badge to neatly fit in place of the automatic badge on the rear. A few months later, I then upgraded my engine to the 2.2 ltr unit and subsequently blew the gearbox on the motorway. That when I installed the Getrag gearbox. This required a bit more fettling. I had to cut away some of the gearbox mount to get the tail end of the gearbox to sit into the tunnel. I also had to fabricate a centre mount to carry the forward weight of the gearbox. the lead weight on top of the gearbox around the gear lever also had to be shaved to allow this to sit right into the V part of the chassis. Once all this was done, I had to cut and shorten the propshaft to get it to fit. All of my previous work was perfect for the Getrag. These box's are expensive and difficult to get but well worth the installation work Picture of the mount that was custom made to carry the Getrag gearbox. Don't forget the needle roller spigot bearing!
    3 points
  3. Unrelated to my Exige, but Caterham have lent me a 620R for a few days. I went to see my friend who bought my old Caterham from me... The 620R makes the Exige seem tame, the gearbox is just savage and to be totally honest it's very hard work on the road due to the paddle clutch. I'm glad I didn't put one in my Exige! The feel of a Caterham is definitely superior to a Lotus, and the playful nature certainly makes it more fun. My old Caterham was too slow really (150hp), but on the road you could drive 100% flat out most of the time. The 620R is just too fast to drive flat out on the road regularly. Tonight my mate is driving the Exige and I'm driving the 620R, so will be interesting to see how they compare, although unfortunately it's got a brake sensor problem so is stuck in touring mode. Hopefully I can get that sorted tomorrow morning at back on track!
    3 points
  4. More aerosol paint cans? 😁
    2 points
  5. Since setting the carb float heights the other day I also cleaned out the jets which had a bit of crud around their tips (oo er) and gave everything a good soak in carb cleaner. I wasn't able to test drive it as I needed to replace the fibre o rings on the balance pipe banjo bolts. Well I fitted them today and went for a spin to see if things had improved. Vrrrooommmm!!! The performance is transformed - I can't believe how quick it is for such an old girl, very impressed I bought a Dellorto carb rebuild kit today from Paul Matty and will pull/rebuild them anyway at some point but I'm chuffed to bits that it was a simple fix. At least I can actually drive it now. Priority is the cambelt then it will be a case of slowly going through everything (fuel tank also high in the priority list). Also noticed my cam tower is dripping oil onto the manifold so this will need doing soon. Chuffed with my progess today
    2 points
  6. Deposit all paid, collection this Friday!
    2 points
  7. Did anyone mention a knackered cheap esprit in bits for sale?
    2 points
  8. Lynx deodorant works the same as easystart, is half the price and smells good too.
    2 points
  9. Gents - apols if these have been posted before but both were new to me - from Italdesigns FB page - The first plaster model of the Esprit - Turin Motor Show, 1972: Giorgetto Giugiaro and Colin Chapman talking with Italy's Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in front of the Lotus Esprit -
    2 points
  10. Word about filters: 33-2011 has the largest flow area, 12% more flow section than the stock. IMPORTANT: Don't forget to transfer the rubber edge seal to your new filter. The rubbery edge around the mesh is 3.6-3.8mm thick and inadequate to seal off the perimeter of the air box and hold the filter in the right place. Re: an elephant trunk I'm going to change it later this Summer. I'd love to use a single contiguous AL tube 3.25-3.5" diameter, like Mike Rodrigues did on his 87 Hyper-Esprit. Without taking out the rear wall, single tube insertion may be bit difficult, thus I may use two sections and a couple of silicone couplers.
    2 points
  11. Likewise: Tomorrow, I'll spoil it and cover it with some stickers...
    2 points
  12. Nice to meet everyone. What a great day, had the track virtually to myself by 16:00. Lots there during the day and areal mix of driving standards, plenty that didn’t want to let you past but over all not bad. I short shifted or backed off past the meters and dint get spoken to but the other two 430’s get their very own pics for the day with dB readings 😂. After that they both followed suit and had no further bother so Silverstone is fine for our cars with a little regard to the meters. Trevor.
    2 points
  13. Just got back from B&C, The empire green did look lovely, and with the tan leather, I had to rule it out as it was a 2+0 though. Jamie took me out in the original one I went to see (Ardent red) fantastic car! Everything all checked out, and it had a new DAB alpine double din system, and 3rd pre cats removed, and the MY12 gear linkages, recent service too Very impressed with the test drive too, first Jamie taking the car out, showing me what it can do, then leaving me with the keys for 40 mins on my own! Really helped me get used to the car. He’s going to get back to me later today hopefully, ir tomorrow morning with a price for the GT, certainly think I’m going for this one though! Very special feeling car
    2 points
  14. Become a full forum member and we'll help you x
    2 points
  15. Enjoying the V6Cup in its natural habitat.
    2 points
  16. Just picked up my first V8 esprit. After having a N/A Stevens model I've never really lost the lotus but and after a stint in Mercedes Sl, TVR cerbera and Porsche 911's I finally took the plunge to buy another esprit. Here she is.
    1 point
  17. Possibly lashed down horizontally on a trailer.
    1 point
  18. They are bent as some knobjockey bellend fool has jacked it up and sat it on axle stands all incorrectly
    1 point
  19. Interesting, as advice here for CAI after fitting is : “Run the engine at idle for 10 minutes to let the ecu relearn the new airflow characteristics of the intake system. Once this is done you are good to go” http://www.simplysportscars.com/shop/img/cms/INSTALL GUIDES/170 T3EX01 A - INDUCTION KIT, V6 EXIGE INSTALL GUIDE.pdf Not sure I would be patient enough for 300 miles 😂
    1 point
  20. I have a set of those...👍 Still, that brass is really soft. The CC bleed plugs DO corrode easily! Have dealt with several that are knackered, once removed. (The hidden message is: you MAY want to search a source for a new one before you try really hard to twist yours off. 💪 )
    1 point
  21. And am to busy cutting the wire for the paper clips.
    1 point
  22. Still too busy making paper clips I’m afraid
    1 point
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  24. I guess that depending on the quality of finish you need and how handy you are with filler/sanding/rattle can determines how much you need to spend. I'm strictly an amateur that has DIY patched up body work before in my youth a few times. I recently repaired a dent on my Esprit rear bumper where they had damaged the top dropping the engine in/out together with some scrapes on the rear wheel arches. My bumper required some indentations/cracks filled and prepared for spraying - 5/10 difficulty. I used black filler specifically for bumpers circa £10 and spray cans (I needed 2 x orders) from Ebay @ 2 x £30 per link below - one would have been enough for my bumper alone. I guess it also depends on whether they source your colour? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opel-High-Quality-Spray-Paint-Kit-A23-Calypso-Red-01-06-Free-Gift/370968885561 I feel that I got an 'excellent' colour match and finish from the paint and it was simple to mask of the bumper in situ (clear panel joins for masking tape to avoid join lines) and blended the paint in the repaired/primer areas with the existing paintwork e.g. I didn't spray the whole bumper completely only about half of it evenly either side of the middle where the damage was. On reflection it may have been easier to spray the whole bumper, but that would have required more paint. When I applied the lacquer the 'ambient' conditions weren't great and I would rate my effort as only 8/10 for finish. However, my feeling is that this was plenty good enough for me for now and at some point I will get the whole back of the car sprayed professionally. Had it not looked good with my DIY, efforts then I would have sought professional help sooner. I don;t know how bad your bumper is, but if minor, you could risk £40-50 and your time patching it up, but if you are hopeless with paint cans or want a perfect finish, dig deep 'West End Prices' and leave it to the professionals. P.S. The guy I bought from claimed he'd been quoted £200 for the bumper repair at a paint workshop in Canvey Island - but that could have been just to encourage me to buy it!
    1 point
  25. Bibs I am resurrecting an old thread just to say this is my favourite game of the moment. I bought an Xbox One X last December specifically to play PUBG and I'm ashamed to say I've never won a match on Xbox, had some 2nds and 3rds but never the top one. Since the mobile version came out it's all I play and I haven't really touched the Xbox. Even my wife, who has never played games, is into it. Her, our daughter and I are now regulars and have got a lot of wins behind us. I just find the aiming easier on the mobile. For anyone reading who had previously turned their noses up at mobile phone gaming (like me), you should definitely give this a go it is incredible. The graphics, controls, progression system, matchmaking, everything about it amazes me for a mobile platform.
    1 point
  26. It sounds like a conversation that we've not yet had with Bibs... but we're not bespoke remapping the OEM ECU here. Dave
    1 point
  27. Yep, i reckon you need about 30 !
    1 point
  28. High time you got your wallet out, then!
    1 point
  29. I've just swapped my Maserati GranSport for a MY12 Evora S. I do miss some aspects of the Maser, but the Evora is a fantastic car and really shines on bumpy B roads where I do most of my driving for pleasure. No regrets!
    1 point
  30. It might be lighter (and cheaper for Lotus), but I think that looks horrible without the covers and “Lotus Performance” plaque on the supercharger. Just as well they’ve ditched the glass hatch so you don’t have to look at it. 😁
    1 point
  31. Start here... There is possibly a "how to" guide somewhere, but essentially it's a case of taking the wheel arch liner and 'A' Panel off (keeping track of the spacers for refitting) and then drilling out the remnants of the old bracket. Then putting it all back. You'll need a screwdriver, spanners, a drill, new mudflap bolts and a rivet gun with rivets plus patience (and beer)
    1 point
  32. yes, I was running on standard pads, I would try the pf08 first.
    1 point
  33. Andy, and others. Something potentially of interest to anyone who drives in the UK. I do, where we have Teslas on the roads, hence I highlight such information. This is re Tesla testing here by Thatcham, currently on the BBC News, Technology section. Of special interest to Tesla owners such as the chap I spoke with a few days ago who regularly uses the 'Autopilot' on motorways. It seemed he was quite unaware of any such issues. The BBC piece covers more, but here is an important extract. "To demonstrate the dangers of partial automation, Thatcham took a Tesla out on its test track at Upper Heyford, in Oxfordshire. With the Autopilot system switched on, the Model S kept in lane and slowed to a halt when a car it was following encountered standing traffic. But on a second run the car in front switched lanes at the last moment, and the Tesla was unable to brake in time, running into a stationary vehicle." Just the sort of lane switch that happens. An unfortunate stationary driver would likely not even have been aware there was a Tesla a couple of cars back. A dangerous vehicle lurking in attack range, I will allow myself to say! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44439523
    1 point
  34. All clean ready for Le Mans
    1 point
  35. I have one you could borrow😀
    1 point
  36. Following a quality Elise!! 😉 Out of interest anyone on here? I miss my Evora even more after driving @JayEmm's yesterday... probably one of the most underrated cars of all time!
    1 point
  37. Thanks for the input, Dan. I'll attach a photo taken on the day the old girl was released from long-term storage, showing that the gaps are perhaps not so bad. I've been working for some time on the stripped and sanded pieces and those, understandably, present larger gaps.
    1 point
  38. A red DeLorean. Discuss.
    1 point
  39. I’ve been contemplating the same switch but I have a series 1 not the 2.2. The folks at Octagon motor group think it’s doable. Key is the right gear box however A couple of questions that we couldn’t find answers to, is the gear shift in the same spot or close enough to avoid modifying the consul Do we fit a full peddle box or add just a peddle and the cable / pully mount that inevatably snap the cable of not sorted properly so in short term decided to have the auto rebuilt so far and it’s a short period I’m much happier after the rebuild while not as engaging as the manual and ultimately you only have 3 gears it is a much better delivery after the rebuild than before so for now I’m putting the swap to manual on the back burner until I find the energy and commitment i did think about the zf from the sunbeams but I’m assured it won’t fit
    1 point
  40. I’m not fooled. You took it out with a grinder, those spanners are window-dressing.
    1 point
  41. No, It does actually make a difference , I did some flow comparisons when I did my latest adaptation. There was a marked improvement in flow volume at the same velocity when using the same O/D pipe , one ribbed one smooth.. I used that information and combined it with the minimum amount of bends, also making them as smooth as possible.. As a result we saw a lower MAT compared with previous set up under matched testing.. This is all on my Esprit which is very different , but the principals behind it are the same.. I will also say that it is only one part , so the results when isolated show improvements in flow , but its full potential and benefits may only be fully realised when used with other tuning mods.. Saying all that , during my tuning process we did identify this area as one of the primary chokes in the induction system .. so it should give some benefits straight out of the box . A lot will depend on your air filter and post filter delivery system.
    1 point
  42. Wendy didn’t bat an eyelid when this rocked up today.
    1 point
  43. Was Ermintrude original too?
    1 point
  44. Some photos from Friday's trackday:
    1 point
  45. My order of track upgrades were as follows: Performance Friction 08 Pads - Toasted the first set of fronts quite quickly. Upgraded pads make a good difference on long days. Avon ZZR tyres all round - great tyre, loads of grip and relatively long life. Combined with the PF pads greatly reduce braking distance and increase turn in speed. Nitron 3-way dampers and full Geo - Transformed the car completely. Eltech rear carbon wing and carbon front splitter - Just got back from 3 days at Portimao and it has made a significant difference. Next step will be Seriously Lotus front disc upgrade as the current ones are dead, then TVS1900 for more power.
    1 point
  46. Sorry for the lack of update, finally got my car sorted after a bunch of teething issues, ended up with the dealer having it longer than me but then i am quite fussy and wasn't going to let anything go. Its now run in fully, had the soft top conversion and is ready to be enjoyed. It was also man handled by elite car care in maidenhead who ceramic coated it, i think they did a great job for anyone looking for a company to do their car. @david_pittard I need to speak to you as i would like to use your services on my first track day - do let me know a good time to call you (Bibs has given me your number).
    1 point
  47. I managed to spend a bit of time sorting a couple of issues I've been putting off due to enjoying road trips and Car meets of a weekend. Firstly was the intermittent/fluctuating temperature reading on my instrument pack. I thought it might be the IP itself being dicky as it wasn't affecting performance and the reading via OBD and torque app was stable. Cocopops recommended changing the temperature sensor which being a £5 part on Amazon was worth a shot. Hey presto it worked - cheers Lee. It is quite awkward to get to, you need to remove the Airbox lid. However, I thought it would be a good time to clean the K&N air panel filter so 2 birds with 1 stone. The only thing I've noticed is the reading at 80c is about a third up on the IP where before it was just under the half way mark but at least it's a stable reading. The next item on the list was changing the mudflap brackets to Miguel's stainless steel ones. What a bitch of a job it is to remove the old rusty remnants In all it took me about 7 hours from start to finish (including beer breaks). On a positive note though it still looks brand new behind the wheel arch liners.. I can't recommend Miguel's brackets enough, they are a spot on fit - cheers mate. Next is to fit a decat pipe. However, I started and noticed one of the diffuser bolts has a rounded head and decided I couldn't face another weekend of drilling out bolts!! The hangovers are painful these days.
    1 point

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