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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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    Name: Lotus Turbo Esprit (1980-1986) Click to view: Lotus Turbo Esprit (1980-1986)
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    Close up for anyone fitting one..... Yes, well spotted! The Bond car has a RM610 ( no graphic equalise) the Stereo I have is a 610E with the extra graphic equaliser panel. Well it's been almost 40 years since the movie so I think a very small upgrade is appropriate, I'm sure Q would approve!
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    Well spotted. Did a food shop to demonstrate the practically of the car to my wife!
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    Hello All, For the benefit of those who wish to rebuild Dellortos, or for that matter other sidedraught carbs like the venerable DCOEs, I suggest one check in at the Sidedraft Central forum hosted on Yahoo by Keith Franck. KF is a very meticulous researcher/developer who has been diligently testing such carbs for well over a decade and has in the course of this created components offering distinct improvements. His most recent are alternative emulsion tubes, which are receiving accolades. As well as the components, which are available at his webstore, there is a great wealth of information available via the forum. There is much to be had in terms of understanding proper set-up of these carbs and not all the conventional wisdom has held up under scrutiny. FWIW Sidedraft Central - Yahoo Groups.url Webstore Online Auctions for Member DCOE_Tuner.url
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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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    The wife has one of those...she uses it for machining XL wooly jumpers into small ones.
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    It's in the large aluminium hooped pipe near the rear window. Two wires and check the earth wire in particular.
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    I think he means an S1 Elise mate!
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    This thread will shortly read... ... 'Just purchased as 2010ish Evora in Denver!'
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    Ok, spoke to Andy and am now awaiting the info from the archives so i'll let you know what comes up. I too have had a Riviera with no AC or PAS so I guess there were options. Yes the car is JSF 450X, is it known on here apart from the above? Yeah the belt has now been changed as have all the fluids, needs more recommissioning but I am very pleased with her. Very low miles at 18.5k but thankfully that hasn't been to the detriment of the car's health.
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    Wales it is, hotels booked! 22-25/7 Maenan Abbey Hotel, As seen in Car SOS episode where they restore a Jaguar Mk II 25-26/7 Hotel Portmeirion, ... rion-hotel Known from "The Prisoner", tv-series back in the 60's
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    Apologies to @theelanman for associating his name with the two other shysters... Gareth is in no way implicated in the financial rip-offs perpetrated by the others, rather he passed over his work on the wishbones to SVS for free.
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    For those of you new to the Lotus you may not know the RM610E cockpit stereo is too long to fit the roof on the Lotus. In order for it to fit the light part of it is removed and the structure essentially cut to fit the bulkhead. A nerve racking job and one I'll be attempting very soon! There is a steel structure to cut through under the rubber moulding. You can see how it fits in the earlier picture of the Bond car roof. A metal bracket grips it to the wood roof moulding at the front and the metal body is shaped to fit the rear bulkhead. A wiring harness fits behind the front trim and goes down the side trim to the footwell area. It's a four speaker system with the main amp in the footwell. The pre amp is built in.
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    Love my cover, always use it when the car is freshly cleaned. I’m pleased it’s quite stretchy as it means it still fits with my big wing!
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    I have and the Mrs have booked up Can the Mrs not have a starter please
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    I have done a few over the last few years in my previous Evora, both with tour companies & self planned. Like Ian mentioned above some (most) of the tour companies are rather expensive but do give you a lot of pre-researched info on where to go & what to do. Doing everything yourself is definitely the cheaper way to do it & is not too difficult on the net. If you want to use a tour company I can recommend Scenic & Continental Car Tours, not overly expensive, well organised & give you plenty of info on the areas you are visiting. They provide suggested routes but you are free to do whatever you want.
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    I've done lots with the guy who runs Petrolhead.Tours. They are brilliant but in no way are they a casual jaunt. If you want fast driving on brilliant roads give them a shout. Not cheap mind you.
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    We've been on a few Classic tours in my old classic Merc SL, both in Europe and this country, mainly with the MSA, although they have stopped doing them now, sadly. There are many other companies doing the same and it is comforting to have the breakdown support should you experience any car issues along the way. You do also get to meet several interesting characters on the overnight stops which adds to the fun. The only problem I would see if you are doing it on your own is that most of the tour companies we've used, issue you with 'tulip' style route maps for which you really need a navigator. Most of the routes used by these companies will have been well researched to give you a mix of good driving roads, places of interest along the way, coffee/food stops and, importantly particularly if in Europe, petrol stations. Much better doing it this way, rather than just blindly following a satnav, in my experience.
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    @Barrykearley - not sure if you’re selling but thought I’d let you know?
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    Pleasure mate. I've a 2010 Evora myself so I'll compliment you on your excellent taste too
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    Awesome. Thank you! And thanks @Bibs, for moving this to the right place and pointing Vulcan grey here. Much appreciated.
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    Hi Craig, There is a Lotus Colorado club that meets in Denver and golden often. The previous club president Peter has an early Evora. You should contact the club, and I can send you a contact email address in a PM.
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    I bet it makes coffee as well with all the shooshing noise as well.
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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.

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