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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? 😁
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  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
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  6. Deposit all paid, collection this Friday!
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  7. Did anyone mention a knackered cheap esprit in bits for sale?
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  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 -
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  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.
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  11. Likewise: Tomorrow, I'll spoil it and cover it with some stickers...
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  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
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  14. Become a full forum member and we'll help you x
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  15. Enjoying the V6Cup in its natural habitat.
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  16. Honestly, those pictures with bits and bobs with heavy corrosion; that is the prize to pay for using the car all year round. What a bad idea. I am sure sparky will mend it all as usual. He just can't help it Kind regards, Jacques
    1 point
  17. By a bellend knobjockey.......
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  18. Second pair of hands arrived tonight. One person simply can’t hold the beast of a contraption which crushes and forms the steel brake pipe ends. all now assembled - paper towel left overnight to check for weeps - won’t be any though Bleeding was ummm fun. It’s been at two “specialist” in the not too distant past. One it has literally come straight here from. Brakes were bled as per the manual apparently. Well - I can say with 120% confidence that’s a utter fairytale. All four brake nipples haven’t been touched in many a while - and all four were solid. After seeing @Sparky interesting calliper issue earlier today I will confess to closing my eyes and looking the other way whilst clenching. Im gonna recommend he changes the rubber hoses at the back end - and very urgently indeed thats not nice - the rears were a bstard to bleed. Passenger side wouldn’t go at first - had to do the drivers side - and then we could get the passenger side flushing. thats the sludge out of the one side........ now have a nice firm pedal 2345 - and it’s time for a well earned cider before bed. I shall stick the wheels on at some point tomorrow and road test before mot and setting up the wilwood. this is gonna be one very happy owner
    1 point
  19. And the nipple abuse, don't forget that.
    1 point
  20. Possibly lashed down horizontally on a trailer.
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  21. I vaguely remember his talking about a BMW Z3. I believe he was planning to artex it.
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  22. @stephenwhyte yes it is. After seeing it in the flesh on the 380 cup, it was hard to go for something else. Fell in love with it. Here it is parked next to a friend's 1M. Just before I dropped it off for window film+PPF
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  23. They are bent as some knobjockey bellend fool has jacked it up and sat it on axle stands all incorrectly
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  24. and it could go on. and on ....... the auto has some serious electrical gremlins on someearly cars , with wiring looms that needed replacing. nothing is going to be trouble free.. couple of leggy evoras came up last year one 98k plus miles clutch done at 78k miles (was still ok) another at 80k miles still on original, dailiy driven cars, its a high performance car.. and unfortunately some will be driven as they are made to do so, at high performance.. take it on the track your pushing everything to the extreme. i think evoras are ultra reliable, for a high performance sports cars, but as all cars take it on the track and it s driven hard your pushing all the mechanicals to the extreme. they are high performance cars, the higher performance versions the more loading the parts take.. it stands to reason. pinging round a track off rev limiters/ standing starts, / burnouts, are all going to seriously reduce the life span of any car over say uncle jimmy who trundles back and forth to work , and for lazy sunday morning drives, therefore longevity of parts / wear items will be susceptible for replacing at quicker intervals.. anyone can drive fast, driving fast with mechanical sympathy will add to the life span of parts - design faults aside... good cherished loved one, you can get a ECU printout that can give you a hint on its usage.. (lotus use it to void warranties) will be absolutely fine, with no doubt trouble free motoring.. ive had more issues with new cars than ive ever had with any lotus... dont even talk to me about LR
    1 point
  25. The above Thatcham experiment was properly videoed - dramatically! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-44460980/this-car-is-on-autopilot-what-happens-next At the end Tesla basically says "not a problem". Thatcham disagrees. I know who I believe, both re the validity of the experiment and the conclusion.
    1 point
  26. Sure, we can certainly take a look at it for you. Please try Bill at our Service Centre, so that he can do some research with our technicians.
    1 point
  27. Not sure how the airboxes changed over the years, but I had issues with the bulb seal and the K&N filter on my '85 not sealing totally at the corners of the airbox, allowing grit into the intake and hastening a rebuild. Check to make sure you have a good seal on the engine side, I ended up adding soft foam on a perimeter plate for a better seal.
    1 point
  28. Yep, Schroth Profi II-FE ASM is what you have Dave
    1 point
  29. 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
  30. Opted for a complete rebuild to standard spec with brake and suspension upgrades.
    1 point
  31. This is Sylvester, our resue cat, very friendly cat, and even tolerates Willow... He came first, and certainly shows her who’s the boss!!
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  32. MSG looks amazing is strong sunlight
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  33. My Evora sold by the dealer I px'd it too before I'd even px'd it! About as tough to get rid of as a jar of nutella in a primary school. Lol....
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  34. heater levers designed... and i figured out how to draw in different planes so the back panel will be next
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  35. 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
  36. There is another way of viewing chargecooling for the V8 that doesn't mean upgrading of gearbox and internals. On hot days with high inlet temperatures, the standard car is not going to make full power. The ECU is dumping fuel to compensate for higher inlet temps and causing a noticeable drop-off in power. Many V8 owners will have already recognised that power feels down on really hot days. Installing something like this or another method of intercooling is going to give you more dependable power regardless of the external conditions. A cooler inlet temp is also better for the engine health and puts less strain on engine cooling and less heat into the oil. It doesn't have to be coupled with the need for elevated boost and significantly bigger power outputs.
    1 point
  37. This is the way she normally parks on the drive. Blocking everyone else in !!! Couple more from today, but not quite George Williams quality !! Also pic of my old Kawasaki green 380. A fantastic colour imo.
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  38. Pic from Silverstone today
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  39. Good shout! Here's one of mine from last week. Not the best location but late afternoon sun is my favourite light for this colour.
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  40. In the local station car park the other day were 3 400s - and it wasn’t an organised meet. In these parts you’re more likely to see an Evora than a 911! It’s a wonderful place to live...😁 Greg
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  41. He did - she didn’t bat an eyelid - just said nowt would surprise her
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  43. Was a great meeting, thanks - feel thoroughly introduced to the Lotus fraternity, now!
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  44. Was Ermintrude original too?
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  45. When the Delco Moraine ABS was brought in the rear calipers differed from those on the earlier non-ABS cars (not sure what the difference is but the part numbers changed) and these necessitated the rear limiting valve because, according to the service notes, the hand brake parking adjustment can be over adjusted if excessive force is applied. The service notes cite, as an example of excessive force, stamping on the brakes when stationary. This situation probably only occurs during the MOT 'brake line bulge' test or if you just did an emergency stop and the ABS was no longer in action. The design of the later Brembo calipers meant the limiting valve was no longer required.
    1 point
  46. I personally think prices will drop a lot more as we Brexit. It doesn't matter unless you have to sell. I have restored two car s now with labour and parts you are looking north of £50k, and that's if you bought an S1 for £20K to start with. a purchase at £40k your talking £70k plus. You can see the figures don't stack up. If you do all the work yourself you might save 20k. To restore a Turbo to as perfect your talking even more in labour costs,as there are many more bits. This is why the big guys havn't totally rebuilt a Turbo. With the hours it has taken me it's done purely for a hobby and not to make money. I know one thing though. If you really wanted a perfect one it would be a very good idea to pay extra so you can get in an turn the key. £50K for a resto job will end up costing more than £70k plus for a perfect one. There are of course many people out there to who £100k is like buying a takeaway, sadly they don't all like Esprits! I know one thing. If I was offered £100k for my S1 I would have to think about it, but would probably say no!
    1 point
  47. Flattening out the panels to remove any waves. Lots and lots of sanding. Learning how to contour sand. Quite rewarding recreating creases and edges.
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  49. Thanks Bibs for the Piloti recommendation, super happy with them. Really comfortable, well stitched with the right parts reinforced and the extra feel is noticeable. My feet are a little wider than average but these feel snug rather than constrictive. Compared to numerous i tried these are just in a different league - free next day delivery at the moment as well. Anyone here repainted their front tow hook? If so, could you let me know the process you went through.
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