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    Hi all, I'm the guy in the video. George from Soup was kind enough to alert me to the discussion. I made that gate in order to solve a problem I was having with excess shifter movement that a new bushing set didn't resolve. Though my ability to engage gears wasn't an issue, the shifter would return to the 3rd-4th plane no matter what gear the car was in. I used to track this car quite a bit and the fact that the shift knob would return to the neutral position screwed with my muscle memory, causing me to miss shifts. The gate wasn't really there to help me get it in gear but more to help the shifter stay in a position that matched the gear it was in. You may notice the gate openings are quite wide, so there was plenty of room for the linkage's native imprecision. Perhaps there are better solutions but I never regretted the decision to make the gate: it improved shifting, looked great (IMO) and had that satisfying metal click to boot. But I wouldn't suggest making your own simply for aesthetic purposes unless you're really committed to making it work correctly.
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    Hello All! Despite everything I've been told and read I couldn't resist....I have always loved Esprits! I'm not shy of picking up a socket and have built/modified/restored my fair share of cars in the past, so when this car came up I think the fact that it was modified, and that it has pretty high mileage under its wheels (78k) it put most people off, but I was intrigued. It is one of the first "facelift" V8s (built in '97, registered in '98) and is Nautilus Blue. I bought it from a lovely 76 year old Lotus nut (also has other Lotuses) in Cheshire and who had had it for a few years and had looked after it pretty well. Before he bought it the previous owner had modified it extensively with forged pistons, new liners, chargecooler, hybrid turbos, ARP head bolts, Forge waste gates new fuel tanks, Quaife LSD, Alcon 6 pot front and AP 4 pot rear brakes, OZ Novas, round rear lights and centre exit, as you can see its has been pretty heavily worked over. I had PNM look it over, and although there are a couple of (usual) things, it got the nod from Pete so I decided to give it a shot. Its with PNM right now having some of the jobs done (gearbox oil leak, new engine and g'box mounts and make the heater work), so I don't actually have the car yet and hope to pick it up next weekend. So, here's the rub.....and where I need the help of the forum if possible. At the moment the boost comes in with a bang at 4,000rpm. The guy I bought it off said that it used to be much more progressive, but its been stood outside (under a lean to) for the last couple of years and I think the lack of use has affected something. PNM are going to have a quick look to see if anything obvious is wrong, but if anyone has any ideas what may be causing this I would massively appreciate your advice. Boost control leak, sticking actuators? Also, if anyone knows anything about this car, or who modified it (or had it done) please let me know. Apparently it was a guy called Roy, who lives near Doncaster - so if that's you, please drop me a PM - I'd LOVE to talk through the history of the car with you and get it back to full fighting fitness. There isn't a lot of documentation with the car, and no invoices from the modifications so I'm trying to work back. Before you all agree too quickly with my self diagnosis of automotive madness, I should add that the car has run pretty well faultlessly for the last few years since it was modified (according to Barrie who I bought it off), and the boost problem is relatively recent, so it seems that the work was done well.... So any info, ideas and help will be gratefully received. Here's a pic (from before I bought it)....
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    Hello everyone I have a late 81' S2 Eclat in black and gold with a Riviera sunroof but with no decals saying so.. Apart from thinking the decals are missing which I don't think they are as the car is all original. Can anyone clear this up? Cheers Rich
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    Yes, that's it. I'd call it more a kids car than a sports car. you know, somewhere to put the darling little shit machines and the nappy wagon in the boot.. The sports car would be for us men and women who leave the kids at home when we go vroom vroom.
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    As I said when I introduced myself, thank you all for making everyone welcome; it’s increasingly rare for an online forum! Picked it up yesterday and had a wonderful play today, oil warm, half throttle, up to 3500 - the noise, the sensation, just wow. Cannot wait for the brakes to bed in a little more, but getting there. They said in 1997 if John Major had met everyone personally, he would have won the election, I’m not sure of that, but if everyone who wanted to buy a sports car to drive and not pose, then all Lotus have to do is get them in one for 45 minutes - job done. A couple of questions and observations - Does anyone have all season/winter tyres on the OEM rims? If so, what brand and tyre - struggling to find some at the moment? - it seems like the rubber strip under the front splitter is no longer supplied, is this right, or should I mention it at it’s run in service? - is the supplied radio the most complex bit of IT in the world, or am I getting old? Overall it’s just great. A couple of photos Thanks Stewie
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    £20.00 from ABE Books if you want it cheaper.
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    No mention of not taking a pee in there?
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    Hi Greg, Yep, still got the X-Bow although I have it up for sale at the moment because I need to free up some space - awesome weapon. Ive had some fun with that car! Know anyone that wants one?
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    Just made a new investment with a new machining centre...I could have got a nice new Lotus but I chose this ;-0 Still it made me happy a new toy to play with. buddsy
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    This will fix it POR15 Small Fuel Car Tank Repair Sealer Kit £59.99
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    First ever pop-ups back in 1936...
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    Lol, like it. 400, 450, 500, 550bhp - yeah that's plenty for any road car, especially a Lotus if they shave 100 kilo's off the weight of the current Evora for a similar sized new model. The Evora is what around 1260kg right now in GT430 guise. My understanding is that a lot of the "weight" is the Toyota V6 and supercharger which is not exactly the lightest engine of that dimension in the world. 163kg is I believe the service weight of the 2GR-FE V6, so including the supercharger and chargecooler we must be looking at almost 200kgs, or one sixth of the total Evora weight. Get a new lightweight V8, say 3.6/4.0ltr in there, even with 410/430 bhp which should be achievable easily for an NA and shed 60kg from the engine+supercharger+chrargecooler total of 200kg, get rid of some of the stupid +2 wasted space and shrink slightly the cars length, whilst mounting the engine lower (in what was the +2 area) and you probably have one hell of a superb, sweet handling, low centre of gravity, weapon! I think that would be my perfect Evora and at £115k for the priviledge I'd be in. Then, lengthen the wheelbase and either add 2 doors (a la AM Rapide) whilst keeping the svelte profile and you have the ideal family guy 911 killer. I can dream. Oh please Geely, please make this car for me in Fire Red!
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    What a pleasure to meet the designer of the original Elise for a article in Absolute Lotus, gave me a great insight to his time at Lotus and some amazing stories that I can not repeat will post more photos of what was a amazing day. Just like to say thank you to Julian, Ian stent for organising the shoot and the article and to Patrice for taking the great photos and last but not least to Bibs for posting on this forum the opportunity to meet a true iconic lotus designer.
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    Hi, We did buy it with the intention to restore and then sell on so will keep you updated with progress and let you know when we are ready for selling. Many thanks Have had a look at this and it isn’t broken and has been helicoiled at some point
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    Another day yesterday lost to this, not got even a little bored of it yet!
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    This is my new Evora GT 430 with special painting ( Gold Leaf) by hethel factory. The car is waiting for me at Komo Tec Germany. You can see the car this weekend in the KOMO-TEC Box in Nürburg /Nürburgring/Nordschleife.
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    As some of you may know, along with Nigeniga in his Europa S, I was involved in a crash on the M20 back in May. Niges Europa S was sadly destroyed, and my Esprit was damaged. Although the damage did not seem that bad and was virtually all cosmetic, the car was writtten off. Devastated I thought long and hard about what to do, but the car simply means too much so I decided to buy the car back and get it repaired. The initial assessement was done by Beaconsfield Workshop, who are Lotus approved and also a Rolls Royce & Bentley approved bodyshop so its in good hands, I have seen their workmanship and it's excellent. So to kick things off below are some pictures of the damage after the crash.