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  1. Hi all, just wanted to share some pics of my latest project being a tidy up of the interior of my old S3. Many thanks goes to @Steve V8 and his wife Sharon for providing another great carpet set for me to work with. After removing most of the interior i had a go at removing a lot of wiring under the dash that was left there from all the previous alarms/stereos etc, the car is now lighter ha ha, and yes it did start again and everything works. The carpet set was of exceptional quality and after putting it all back together there are hardly any squeaks or rattles any more, so as well as looking good it also sounds better too! Im really chuffed that another job on the old girl is completed.
    7 points
  2. Hi all,many year ago SJ supplied me with a CP 6500, when I put my foot down it always slipped.When I spoke to Steve he sent me a CP 7000 and didn’t want the first one back. My car is not modified,so I would not fit the CP 6500 to an S4.
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  3. Thanks for pointers on the hole and also the service note above. That's a much nicer copy than the one I had to work off so will put it in the file. The Hella air-con compressor (8FK 351 126-711) arrived and fits perfectly - I'll need to secure hoses to ensure the bypass pipe doesn't make contact with the clutch cover, but plan to do that once the body is back on the chassis. If anyone knows the volume/grade of PAG oil I need that would be handy - I understand it depends partly on the compressor but also on the volume of the rest of the system. Otherwise I'll look further into it next week. Remaining v-belts have also arrived so front of the engine is finally looking virtually finished. SJs sent me the heater pipe running below the plenum, but I need to trim up a bit of rubber hose to finish off connecting it up. Turbo plenum also sanded off nicely and is fitted. Sanding the underside of the body though has been temporarily suspended as I reckon a dustmask doesn't mix with the first cold of the season...
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  4. Well the follow up to the run home. Car No1, the Essex Blue Esprit which had to be left behind. It turned out that the garage hadn't fitted the clutch slave cylinder correctly and the bleed nipple was loose, hence loss of fluid. This was corrected and it's now all good. Just a pity we didn't have time to fully investigate before leaving for Hethel or she would have made it. Car No2 which had to come home on transport. Seem's I was right enough in saying ferk all wrong with head gasket, just that the AA guy hand't filled or bled the thing properly, I mean, two liters of water to refill an M100 after a burst heater hose. Now done and running great with no heating issues. Tim, the owner carried out the work himself with some guidance. Well done Tim, those new spanners will be getting more work in the future.
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  5. not sure if it's been posted ....been a bit obsessed with WW2 lately and came across this...
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  6. Time for a bit of a post trackday report... It was at Abingdon which is an airfield near Oxford. The track is laid out using cones, and is a fairly fun layout, although a bit "mickey mouse" compared to a "proper track" like Brands or Silverstone. Due to the very changeable weather, the track in the morning was changing almost every lap. I decided to drive the Caterham for most of the day and then do a couple of sessions in the afternoon in the Lotus when it was due to dry up. I'll first report on the Caterham. In the wet, the car is quite twitchy, which makes it quite exciting to drive. I think it's too twitchy though as it doesn't really inspire confidence. The car needs some setup work which DPR Racing will do at some stage before it next goes on track. In the morning, the Caterham was comfortably the fastest car on track, although this was quite a lot due to me and my mate not being afraid to push on in wet conditions. The car has a slight misfire issue due to the spark plugs (I think) and felt a tiny bit down on power compared to usual, but just felt quite slow on the straights. It's actually pretty frustrating on a trackday when you don't have the power to easily get past people, but can corner so much quicker. In the afternoon, the track dried out and we did a couple of sessions in the Caterham and it was like a totally different car. The level of grip was super impressive and it was very well stuck. No sliding about and inspired a lot of confidence, but was a much more similar pace to a load of other cars on track in the dry. I then decided to do a few sessions in the Lotus. Now I knew that the Lotus would be faster, but I didn't realise quite how much faster... After driving the Caterham all day up to that point, I had to really re learn how to drive the Lotus on track as it really requires a different driving style. To start with, it's carrying an extra 10-15mph into almost all the corners, so you need to scrub off a lot more speed. Baring in mind the straights aren't very long at the track, that's a big difference! Then the car requires a very different braking technique. In the Caterham I was braking in a straight line, then coming off the brakes to get it turned in. In the Lotus I needed to brake hard to begin with, then ease them off right upto the apex of the corner before getting onto the power. I'm normally pretty comfortable in the Lotus, but it took me a bit of time to get used to this again. I think also that my Nankang NS2-Rs front tyres have gone off a bit as the car didn't seem to turn in as well as usual. Having said all those excuses, the car was just crazy how capable it is. I was passing all the other cars as if they were standing still. In fact, on a few occasions I found myself approaching other cars so quick it nearly caught me out as the speed difference was massive. Que a bit of a telling off from the Marshalls... Strange getting a telling off that's not about drifting! Overall, it was a really enjoyable day, although in future I know it's pointless bringing the Exige on airfield days. I'll stick to Caterham on little tracks, and Exige on the big, proper, tracks! Really happy with the noise testing on the Exige coming out at 90db, that means I can book trackdays next year at almost any track without worries. I now have the debate of which tyres I should run at Silverstone next month. I think Michelin Cup 2s are my favourite tyre I've run so far.
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  7. Before getting the exige I had the last version of the Jaguar xk. The view out over an epicly long bonnet is nice but wears off pretty quickly. The sound from a V8 never wears off, it's the one thing I miss. However, although the exige doesn't sound as pleasing, it sounds violent which fits the cars nature better than a V8 would. How the car drives and your connection to the road is the main experience, if you give that up for what are temporary pleasures you will probably regret it.
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  8. Probably the closest one you will get but comes at a price from South West Lotus. It would need the top and a bit of the bottom trimming off to suit. My original measures 77mm in height.
    2 points
  9. Here's a set of collages of all the Oliver Winterbottom Lotuses (that I could find) that attended the Lotus 70 event at Hethel recently. Already posted elsewhere, but I thought I'd share them here as well.
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  10. I got to see the New A110 at the Australian release at Motorclassica, it’s better in the flesh than my pictures I’ve seen, but it’s parked next to an original A110 1300G. I know which one I’d take home. The new A110 is very well made but no manual and the interior is very production based, I actually prefer the hand made finish of my 400.
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  11. I do, but it's the current Mrs Hs birthday on Tuesday and I think I'm contractually obliged to be there 🤔
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  12. Hi Everyone, A lot of you already know that HiFi Lounge forming is directly connected to PMC, for those who don’t know the story basically myself and Wendy attended a PMC open day around 10 years ago where we heard the mighty BB5 XBD’s, we were so blown away we bought a pair of MB2i’s for home, as we couldn’t fit the BB5’s in our living room, I absolutely loved those speakers and that moment inspired us to sell our house and to attempt to become a HiFi dealer and to set up HFL, so bearing that in mind I am so honoured to now have the first pair of PMC’s epic new Fenestria Speakers on Demo in the UK and one of the first in the world, it really does feel like we have come full circle from that first experience of PMC all those years ago. These have now been installed with the help of PMC and although they are a pretty big and heavy speaker they actually come in several smaller boxes which makes handling and installing them not too difficult at all really, good thinking PMC, you will be able to see from the pictures below. So most importantly how do they sound? well funnily enough until we installed them I hadn’t even seen or heard a pair but my faith in PMC didn’t let me down, I stayed here till 10pm last night listening to a real variety of music from the Carpenters, Bowie, Yello, Muse through to Rammstein and all I can really say is that PMC have created a truly incredible speaker that reveals so much and really pulls you into the music, the mid range which sits in it’s own “nest’ to give it the best performance possible is like nothing I have heard before, vocal’s just hover in mid air in front of you with such a lifelike presentation and the depths the bass go to really did test our demo room which was pretty awesome There are an amazing amount of firsts in these speakers that I won’t go into now, I’ll let PMC cover those in our open day hopefully next month but the most important aspect for me is that I really didn’t want to go home last night as I just wanted to listen to my entire music collection again so I just wanted to say a huge congratulations to everyone at PMC involved in developing the Fenestria, it may have taken 5 years but the end result is completely captivating. At £45,000 they are certainly not going to be for everyone but if you could consider a pair of Fenestria’s I urge you to just come along and have a listen as I am sure once you have fallen under their spell you will be figuring out which organ to sell to have a pair in your life, I can see I will certainly be having many late nights here from now on, sorry Wendy. We will be announcing details of our Fenestria open day shortly so please watch this space, please see below for a selection of pictures of the installation of the Fenestria into our Naim room, I did get quite carried away so there are quite a few, sorry http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-fact-fenestria-speakers Serious Packaging! Decided to unbox them at PMC as easier to transport out of the crates. They made it safely all the 2 miles from PMC HQ! Goodies Box! Now this is what you call a crossover which sits in the Fenestria’s base! The top part twists and locks into to place with the help of this template! Thanks to Tom and Keith from PMC for helping with the install. Starting to look like a speaker now. Here is the ‘Nest’ which holds the Mid and Treble Units, beautiful piece of Engineering in itself. Tom and Keith Carefully installing the Nest section. Next up is to attach the Planar Wings, what a gorgeous finish. There we go, one Fenestria installed, do it all over again and we can have a listen. Ta Dah, here is the other one, actually not too difficult to assemble at all, definitely a 2 person job though. Fine Tuned by Peter Thomas himself, how cool is that :) I’m busy running these in daily now so if your are passing and would like a listen please feel free to pop in anytime. Cheers, Paul.
    1 point
  13. Have you guys seen one in real life? @JayEmm For me sticking with its DNA is it’s success rather that a sin. If you’re going to relaunch an old model, surely stylising based on what it was is an essential ingredient... non? Obviously this isn’t for everyone.. my wife thinks an Intergrale is ugly🙄 Maybe it is?! But the legend and heritage give it beauty that’s past skin deep.. A110 has serious rally heritage success, I’m glad they didn’t stray too far on the first model back on scene. When Geely gives us another Esprit... they’d do worse than to headhunt the team that re invented the A110 and let them re invent an Esprit that looks like an Esprit 😉
    1 point
  14. the large knob is still available - https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/A082P6023F.htm
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  15. I am still looking for a knob for the A/C as shown in the above pictures. These knobs were radio/amplifier knobs made by Bulgin, as marked on them, and they evidently had a recess in the base to hide the nut which Lotus ground off so the back side of them is flat instead of having a nut recess. There is no nut in the Lotus setup to hide as its behind the graphic panel. I hav found similar knobs, also made by Bulgin, and ground off the recess but they are not quite the same design.
    1 point
  16. @GFWilliams as an aside, just watch your "Driven" slot on YouTube, really good and well worth the ten minutes it took. 👍 cheers
    1 point
  17. It's not. I had a strange email exchange with alpine. "Can I get one for review please?" "Sorry, we don't have any available, let us know if your channel changes" "Erm, how will that make a car suddenly appear?" Personally I think the Alpine is indescribably ugly, and it commits for me a cardinal sin - it is deliberately copying a past styling exercise for style alone.
    1 point
  18. Well, pretty much like that but something must be bent or loose - its meant to suspend itself about the suspension heatshield. You might find that its the rear box mount thats at fault. There is some adjustment to be had where the exhaust carrier attaches to the plate mounted on the back of the gearbox. Try slackening the bolts and lifting the back box up. You will probably have to loosen the exhaust straps there also to re-angle the tail pipe so it doesnt foul the exit in the valance. Depends on how much flexibility you have - rotating the box might need the last union that connects it to the middle box taking down. I've always been amazed that the GRP bodywork doesnt get damaged so near to the exhaust but it doesnt seem to!
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  20. Fantastic work as always Fabian, The devil is in the detail and you have got it down to a T Looking forward to seeing some finished pictures of both your Bond cars together also, keep up the great work !
    1 point
  21. Maybe able to get them made to the original graphic. Does anyone else want one if this is possible?
    1 point
  22. The LED is to show the aircon is on, its got nothing to do with an alarm.
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  23. Out of the garage ready for winter.
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  24. Good question Gary. It’s the build perhaps more than the drive. It has however been a dream car of mine ever since I built my Midtec, 25 years ago! Greg
    1 point
  25. Very happy with the results today, it was measured at 90db static at 5k rpm. Will report back on the trackday later, was nice to drive the Lotus and Caterham back to back on track.
    1 point
  26. I went the other way - V8 Vantage to Evora S. I don’t regret it for a second (and wouldn’t go back the other way).
    1 point
  27. What Atwell said. Its to access the radiator bleed. There is a large grommet which fits over the hole. https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/X026B0371Z.htm
    1 point
  28. Could that hole be access to the radiator bleeder?
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  29. Thanks for the kind words, it’s worth the effort of keeping the thread going for the few out there who enjoy it My new 2bular add Ons arrived today in time for the trackday on Friday. They make a noticeable difference, it’s lovely and quiet!
    1 point
  30. The man and his creation... Great to meet Oliver Winterbottom at Hethel and hear some of his stories first-hand!
    1 point
  31. Bugger - ran out of memory for the finished product shot 😞 Will load once I have more memory allocation.
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  32. Fun drive out with Supercardriver today around Surrey and Sussex. Apparently no one has front numberplates anymore Photoshopped my wing to look better to cheer myself up...
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  33. Do OEM wings count? 2018 Exige 380 Cup
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  34. I'm in - Cup R wing fitted from new at Lotus Motorsport (RIP)
    1 point
  35. Well I have just taken a friend for a drive and as much as I hate to admit it, I'm done. I can't push it and the little bit I did stretched my capabilities to a point where prior to my stroke, I wouldn't have thought twice about it. I had also driven down the Coast Road here in Vic a bit after my stroke, but it was 60km/h speed on the road so even the corners were not a hassle. Up the speed though and my mind starts playing tricks on me. I think the highest was about 160km/h and at that speed everything was just happening too quickly. I know only too well that I would be in all sorts of trouble if something awry was to happen. Even if there was enough time for me to have avoided anything if I was compos mentis, I would have been in trouble. So that is two drives and both have cemented the fact in my mind. So it will be Steve Taylor's on the back of a truck to get the spring insulators and ride height set. Then truck it back. Get the paint guy around to sort out some stone chips. A couple of leisurely drives at best and then the market.
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