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  1. Well lads, I have just secured the Grey 410 😁
    6 points
  2. Hi all, I joined the sports racer club today! I picked up this 2014 NA this morning and loving it so far. I have been driving an Elise S for the past 4 years but having a 3 year old and 6 year old means I need some rear seats. I guess I need to start reading all the old threads on which car seats fit the best.... I have been looking for a while and found all the info on here really useful so finally pleased to have joined the club! cheers Rich
    4 points
  3. Happy today. Lets make that 2 days. Great weekend at Glamis with 38 cars out of an expected 42 One so dedicated that he stayed up until four in the morning to repair a rear end shunt had had on Saturday so that he could be on the stand for 10 am Sunday morning, now that's dedication. David, you'r a star. Also heard the Brian Angus came on the stand for a visit and of course I missed him. Thanks to Jim Selkirk (Twin Rotor) for the video which is one of many showing some of the cars from Saturday and most of these came back on Sunday plus a few additions. Our Saturday night meal and dram went do
    4 points
  4. And pigs fly out of Biggin hill😂😂
    2 points
  5. @bibs I was only doing Sunday but I can’t miss a chat about powder coating and chickens if any left I will do both days
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  7. I don't usually blow my own trumpet, however It's encouraging to hear that everyone who has converted their system is very pleased with the result. It makes me wonder whether there could be some Esprit owners who don't drive their cars much because the Delco system is so dreadful.
    2 points
  8. ^^^^ That Evora looks Furka-n great!
    2 points
  9. I've just bought this.. It's the 1985 British Motor Show car and Caterham's press/demonstrator car that was extensively magazine/brochure featured. It's also the first Seven that I ever sat in (at the old Caterham showroom) and within three months I was working there! The start of a thirty year (so far) career with Lotus and Caterham.
    1 point
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  11. I replaced the seal on the drivers prior to the resto, and cutvit with the frame in. The passenger side was the original seal. Have you teste pd the electric window yet? Frames seem easy to put in , but then the problems come when you try to use the electric window and it doesnt work. It stops short of closed The reasons for this are numerous. I spent months perfecting mine. The frame angle causes resistance to the movement of the glass unless it's shimmed correctly! Simple if you marked the frame position on the beam and the washer numbers before removing!
    1 point
  12. When you have adjusted the frame it really isn't wise to move it. . I use a small sharpe blade prise the seal away and trim it little by little to get the best fit if it's wrong water runs down inside the door when it rains! I have another small problem. I diligently recorded all of the washer quantities and positions for each door when I took them apart. I have now lost the piece of paper!! That will cost me hours and hours of work! If anyone has any ballpark figures I'll be interested! You can't buy the door ajar lights anymore, not the originals anyway. Maybe they are used on other ca
    1 point
  13. With the bushes or the garage
    1 point
  14. It's not just you. My 400 had a handful of small niggles from new or that developed soon after I took delivery: boot release button not working (replaced under warranty), broken seat back tilt release (fixed under warranty), boot lid latch sticking (fixed myself by adjusting), 400 badge flaking red paint (scratched the rest off so it's now silver), TPWS not working (magicallly fixed itself), low screen wash level warning light not working (not really bothered about getting it fixed). All minor stuff that didn't stop me from using the car or cause me to make a special trip to the dealer. Given
    1 point
  15. Before you bought the car you said it had been off the road since 2015 and had been serviced by an Alfa specialist. Was it them who did the 'recent' suspension and bushes and were they done before it went off the road.
    1 point
  16. You would be better off fitting the LOTAC polybushes. Be aware that 1998 was a changeover year for the front lower wishbone design. Front lower wishbone, trailing - LOTAC 05454 Front lower wishbone, leading, pre chassis #5517 - LOTAC 05459 (parallel bush) Front lower wishbone, trailing, chassis #5517 onwards - LOTAC 05458 (conical bush)
    1 point
  17. Phil Managed to get my standby coverd for Saturday
    1 point
  18. Not sure if this has been posted before? But an interesting documentary on the DeLorean with a lot of Lotus input. I can't help but wonder what they would have produced as an encore? Would the original car have had the longevity of the Esprit? Some interesting stories from Mike Kimberley as well talking about the back drop to the project... https://silodrome.com/documentary-delorean-man-car-people/
    1 point
  19. Ah, yes, I see. So as long as they stay within the same line as the body by the support bar they will clear the tanks. I feel something homemade coming on...
    1 point
  20. Finished rebuilt and one door handle fixed. Frames soon!
    1 point
  21. Oooh. I bet @JAWS disagrees with you...
    1 point
  22. Had the opportunity to meet the designer (Julian Tomson) of the S1 Elise yesterday for a future article in the Absolute Lotus magazine and have to say what a charming person he is, he seemed to love driving my 250cup and gave me a great insight at his time at lotus and still a Lotus enthusiast to this day, got passed the latest Absolute Lotus, which I think is due out this Friday and the Esprit Showdown is a fantastic article thanks to the owners on here.
    1 point
  23. It's a good trick if you can do it! 🙂 I honestly think that some won't realise how awful the system is - as you get used to dealing with it - like early braking and the expectation that no two braking experiences are the same. I also agree that there are many Esprits not driven often.
    1 point
  24. Thank you! Nope - suspension is standard. I’ve made a few small changes - black and silver badges all round, Alcantara trimmed steering wheel, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto head unit - but mechanically standard.
    1 point
  25. Found a perfectly good one at Frederic Koninckx Motors near Antwerp 🙂
    1 point
  26. That looks mega! Should be fine with the fibreglass right?
    1 point
  27. That's seen better days! New leather me thinks. I'm glad I got it correct, it takes a large mental strain punching all the holes out, no pressure!
    1 point
  28. Taken last weekend on the cars first run out with the Lotus lads and lassies up in sunny Perthshire Scotland😎
    1 point
  29. Breakfast club at shelsley this morning. saw this beauty - showed wendy the pics when I got home. She said if I sold a Lotus I can have one........ told her I need to sell a barn first
    1 point
  30. The Service Notes for the Kelsey-Hayes 415 system is pretty useless when it comes to describing brake bleeding. The only mentions of bleeding is under overhauling the master cylinder and replacing the electro-hydraulic unit where it states 'bleed the brake system in the usual way' and 'bleed the unit using conventional techniques until all air is expelled from the system' respectively. I would have expected some cycling of the solenoids in the unit would be required. In light of the lack of detail I would pressure bleed at 2 bar starting with the longest brake line and working my way to
    1 point
  31. The S1 looks still the best.. 😉 ..totally unbiased of course..
    1 point
  32. The PNM wilwood kit includes new brackets, braided lines and new rotors if you choose to add them on. I thought it made sense to swop the old solid disks for proper new, ventilated ones. The old brake shields are to be discarded in the process. This narrows the front track by 2-3mm on each wheel. It brings in the rims closer to the upper wishbones. I had some balance clips on the rim inside and they actually touched the wishbones on full lock. Had to replace them with glued weights further in on the rim. Rest is all good. Brakes feel good. I’m using the standard wilwood road pads. Make sure yo
    1 point
  33. Photo, just now - Another MOT (+10 years no advisories) and another run over to N Yorks. HC was high and CO low, so I'd clearly turned the mixture down a little too much - but still within limits. A/C continues to work perfectly (anyone still think an Esprit wont benefit from A/C this summer?) Unfortunately there is a noticeable increase in NVH from the Alunox system, I have largely reduced this by swapping back to a mild steel silencer mount and adding a 'damper' (bracket) between the turbo & cam towers. I guess it wont be helped as this is an all 'polybush' car. However the
    1 point
  34. Cool from outside BL!!!y hot inside
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  36. Did I ever post this one of my ex Excel?
    1 point
  37. Quick up date ! Had a pleasant drive upto Nottingham today for the Livid Green Cups first service. All straight forward and a couple of rattles resolved. The switchable Exhaust valve switch was also installed and what a noise the car makes !!!. It doesn’t make all the pops and bangs my 380 did when decelerating but has a fantastic deeper bassier sound at low revs. It is a simple install and with an Ecu update Boot release has had the strengthening upgrade and picked up my Colour coded 430 front tow Eye . No doubts the car is seriously quick but it’s the composure it
    1 point
  38. Also available in clean!Power to weight ratios should be equal. The black and gold theme is one of the best colour schemes for the Exige. I hadn't expecte the carbon roof to blend in as well as it does, but at least here in Southern France I'm spending most of the time with it off anyway.
    1 point
  39. One of friends from Hamburg has an S1 where the rear was modified in accordance to the original design by Julian Tomson, before the engineers modified the aerodynamics. This car is actually an Audi conversion, quite impressive performance, but a bit whacky handling.
    1 point
  40. For one Silverstone, I give you a...
    1 point


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