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  1. Just been to the launch of the Black And Gold book. They had the biggest selection of JPS cars ever put together. The book is awesome and available now.
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  2. Wow listening to this thread it sounds like there is no future for Lotus, never have I heard so much negativity in my life especially at a time when under a new ownership there are positive things happening at Hethel, big recruitment drive, obviously a massive cash injection, don’t let the lack of information of future products be a negative, Geely are operating in the way they know best and have made a success in the past. Me for one I am looking forward to some great products in the next few years.
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  3. Don't agree with that @Advantage. I think the Evora is an amazing car, they've struck very good balance between a raw drivers car with bags of feedback and something with some comfortable mod cons. I genuinely think they have not sold in better numbers purely because no one knows it exists. I've spoken to lots of people who like and are into cars and they didn't know the Evora was a thing. I really do think many more could have been sold if people simply knew about it. I'm not expecting Cayman or TT kind of numbers but a more than the current sales numbers.
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  4. No. I'm leaving the Dyson. It's Dexit for me.
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  5. A few late afternoon winterpics when darkness fell, hence the bad resolution and grain. Just to show the fitting of the new Wheels. Kind regards, Jacques
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  6. Product placement and notable reviews are useless unless backed by long term brand awareness strategy. Something Lotus simply haven’t had the cash to establish. I am convinced that if they threw even a marginal amount of cash now at advertising they would see a fairly immediate return in sales of the existing cars (Evora included). Considering the profit margins on these cars it would seem a no brainer and a way to start building more awareness of the name but I can also understand how that might just be seen as pointless if they are planning a complete brand relaunch.
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  7. Installed this today as I find it a pretty good product. No tanks, wiring and remote switche. The product is called Blazecut. Looks quite effective from the promotional videos, but I hope I do not have a chance to test it's effectiveness on my Esprit.. I was told it has a 10 years life span, although we do need to check the pressure every once a while. One end of f the hose has a built in pressure meter. At approximately £200 I think it is a worthwhile investment. http://blazecut.com/small-enclosures/engine-compartments/ http://blazecut.com/videos/
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  8. You don't look a day over 57... oh, wait...
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  9. In my opinion would make sense for the Evora indeed.
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  10. People always seem to lean more negative when things are unknown. I believe the current line-up is dead. Maybe they will do a 450 or something, but I think its the end of the line for the Elise, Exige and Evora. Whether new cars that share those names will come I have no idea. However, if it really is going to take 3 or 4 years to see the new line-up I wonder if it would be in Lotus interest to at least play around the the Volvo and Geely parts bin. Maybe release a Evora 450 with a custom Volvo-bases ICE, electronic keys, and other bits that will make the car more modern. Maybe make the interior higher quality. I think the new looks of the 410/430 is very good, not much needs to change there. At worst at least they have some experience with more modern tech when the new line-up comes about and at best it sells more cars in the interim.
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  11. I’ve used Steve for 3 cars now. @JG220 has used him for several cars too.
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  12. I think that when the original Evora came of it lacked one thing proper marketing around it, then it came out at the time when toys on supercars were becoming a must. Still I do think that if the car did not sell in the number earmarked for it initial (2000 cars per annum) it comes more from the fact that it took Lotus a long time to get its US variant out and about, then DB messed up the GTE roll out, shelved the roadster siné dié and decided not to invest much into the car to focus on vaporware then was ousted which literally did put production of all cars in jeopardy. Then at the the Evora 400 relaunch, the car still did not have the tech which was by that point beyond necessary for casual sportcar buyers, the roadster was mentioned but never saw the light of day and the lack of company marketing money did hurt just has much as the lack of a cost effective leasing/financing solution. A very significant number of F-types and 911s are using these schemes in North America. Then if you factor in the limited network, complete absence of media presence... non sensical marketing campaign ( It's not for you...WTF!) I do think the car has conquest power, if properly equipped, marketed, priced, supported and why not rebranded, if the problem is in the name by all account they should change it. DB wanted to rebrand it Elan after all... If the problem is in the design well people should get other options soon from Lotus hand have had options from others for a while, and also for a lot more money... Regardless what any Lotus car need right now is a lot more support from the factory, the dealers and the service centres. And the car shall be compared with the stuff from Stuttgart so there's no point calling it cottage industry product or smaller carmaker offering... Nope it will have to be as good if not better than a 911 on almost every aspects that casual sport car buyers deem essential, ease of use, feel good/wow factor, available branded tech, after sale service, financing...
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  13. Not this year, but I'm in negotiations with Brands Hatch to see if we can return there in Sept.
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  14. Yep! I will confess to a 'moist eyes' moment when I watched it the other night.
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  15. Fabian, I'm no engine builder though I have successful experience in Lotus Twincam cylinder head work, specifically guide clearance and port/seat work. It's correct to mike the stem diameters for wear but have you tested the guides' ID's for wear with plug gauges? That would be a finely graded set of rods, fractionally larger and smaller than valve stem diameters to be used as " go, no-go " checks. The intakes will tolerate very tight clearances indeed, and exhausts are not a great deal further out when optimal for road use. As to the 2nd rings, they look to be of the Napier scraper type and, if so, are to be run the other way around as you suspect. The ridge/edge functions to complete oil control beyond what the main oil ring assembly will do.
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  16. Well think Inwas wrong. I have measured the exhaust guides and valves. After cleaning them up and measuring they all have hardly any wear. They all have the correct clearance. It appears the play at Cold is correct!the whole top end of the engine is now with the aqua blasters! I think I'm still going to paint it when it returns. Any other thoughts? It's all still going up to see Pete at PNM!
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  17. How can you sleep when your beds are burning? 😜
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  18. Thanks Kimbers, I will pm you about both when I get a chance - meetings now for the rest of the day.
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  19. Eeeeeew, not my style at all but you can see the effort and talent that Wendy put into it. That's a bloody good idea @Kimbers and bound to increase in value over time.
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  20. @Kimbers I did foresee that answer Shaving products for those who object to Gilette and Art for those objecting to Rolf
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  21. Simple answer. Send a copy to my wife and commission her to do something similar but not the same. Then you have an original Wendy Kimberley instead. That's what this person did as he couldn't afford the Original that was for sale! Wendy changed some of it but its a very similar style. It's not her style or colours but she can mimic anyone for the right money!
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  22. Michael, you broke the law. Circumstance, fairness or immorality surrounding the event mean nothing in court.
    1 point
  23. It's the Swindon effect.
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  24. £600 for bumper. Sorry, should have been clearer.
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  25. Once you’ve been married a long time like Alan - it simply saves his missus the hassle 🤣
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  26. Body shops can now take a photo of the paint and then a clever computer will tell them the colour code and any slight deviation so they can mix up an exact match of the colour on the car. More important when doing metallic colours on fibreglass than usual, even more important when Lotus have put the wrong paint code on the car sticker and you’re trying to work out why there is a slight colour discrepancy on your newly painted bumper 🤬
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  27. Paul , just a warning I had S1 Elise one of the first and it was my only car, I still miss it and wish I had kept it, but once you dip your toe in they are addictive, tell me how I know.
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  28. I’m about to pay £500 +vat for the front bumper, to do the bonnet as well was £1050 +vat (total) quoted. It’s labour intensive as it can be tricky to get the panels to line up again properly. Make sure to use a body shop that can put a camera on the paint to work out the exact colour. As I found out, Lotus colour codes are not to be trusted.
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  30. I’d get some clarity on that! Like you say anything can be aggravated by track use, or at least they can claim it is and avoid any payout! Is the warranty backed by Lotus or from the dealer?
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  32. How does that little doll stay on the aerial?
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  33. Happy birthday bud. Don't drink too much Gin tonight!!
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  34. I've only got so many hours in the day Todays update: delayed start getting access to ramp due to finishing Evora clutch job, followed by cutting rusty nuts off your Y-pipe - I won't bother with a photo, no one wants to see your rusty nuts. Dave
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  35. Happy Birthday mate!! Here's to many more!
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  36. My goodness, you and Tracey look fantastic, retirement clearly has benefits!
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  37. No worries @Dan.G. You come across characters like that in all walks of life - most were promoted (punted away) way above their levels of competence many years before and this promotes their inflated view of themselves. A favourite quote of mine (I forget where it is from) is "When you die, you do not know that you are dead. All of the pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you are stupid".
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  38. It's all noise. I originally ordered a valved exhaust from Jim but after a chat with him I changed to a non-valved as I had planed to do UK track days (booked 3, didn't make it to a single one ). Basically, valved closed it quieter than non valved and valved open is louder than valved. The valve must open at 4k rpm and would fail UK track limits. I don't regret going with non-valved at all and have since added headers and sports-cat, sounds amazing above 3k rpm in the car (and awesome all the time outside the car or with windows down and something for the noise to bounce off) and is not intrusive when cruising. Always fun to start the car in the garage and this is only 3k rpm and a phone can't capture the low rpm dirtiness of the noise. Gives you a better idea of the low rpm dirtiness and this is pre-headers....
    1 point
  39. Sure is! I bought a +2 option so our dog could come along too . To be honest, he preferred a car he could stick his head out of, but he always enjoyed the destination. RIP Sherman , thanks for all the great times
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  41. Been a while but the classifieds has just had an upgrade https://www.lotusforsale.com/
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  42. I'm no expert so it might be worth double checking with Jim at 2bular. But I think the non valved version has a louder sound than standard car and possibly a bit of extra performance (although most the performance gains may be in the headers not the backbox). The valved version is essentially the same but has an extra mode to make it quieter. In the quiet mode this may come with a small penalty in performance but I think this is very small and you may not notice it. I believe he can also make a non valved exhaust for the track which is quiet enough to pass the strict sound limits in the UK and also give high performance.
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  43. A couple of recent pics:
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  44. @DaveC72 don't come bounding in with your size 7's and logical thinking. Pipe down.
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  45. @fillpoke, welcome. Some thoughts: Clutch: My 2012 Evora S had done 68K miles when I sold it, and the clutch still hasn't needed to be done 16 months later (so maybe another 6-12K miles on top). The car was used for all kinds of driving, and honestly speaking it was showing no signs of wear. The Pistonheads car is ridiculously close to you, in the grand scheme of things, so if it were me I'd be taking the car for a test drive (show him this thread if he thinks you're a tyre-kicker). At a guess, you're already on the decision track having asked for our thoughts... IMHO there is no such thing as "the right answer" with regards to trim levels, gearboxes, rear seats (sorry Andy) etc etc. Sure, there's popular wisdom, and a general consensus on these things - but, considering most of us on here don't drive 911s so clearly aren't that arsed about this, we're collectively strangely insistent on what the "right choices" should be. Which has always mystified me somewhat. Buying a car is such a personal thing. If you like it when you try it, then buy the damn thing. No-one will berate you for making the "wrong" choice - certainly not on here - and you will have a car that you have chosen, not anyone else. Advice is good. Experience offered is good. The choice is yours!
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  46. PT2 Evidence of more sealant can be found on the underside of the oil pickup pipe. The nuts you can see hold on the middle plate that secures the crankshaft in place. Oil pickup filter. Thick with old oil, amongst other things. This is going to take some removing. The other pipe you can see is the oil breather pipe. Nice to see more numbers that correspond to the engine number. This is stamped onto a wing on the underside of the holding plate, and is not visible with the sump in place. Not a brilliant pic this. The piston has been removed. I was trying to show the condition of the big end journals. They feel nice and smooth. Which is good news. With the piston out we can see the condition of the big end bearing shells. They are showing signs of wear Here we are removing the top fixing of the oil pick up pipe. It’s a 19mm hex, unfortunately we didn’t have one so we used a 19mm bolt with the head in the hex and the two nut trick. Couldn’t get it out with spanners. We did when we used a beaker bar though! This is the front of the engine with the pulleys removed. Will need some fettling. The stud to the right is very thin and long (picture is deceptive) This is an ideal candidate for getting broken off when handling/moving the engine around. Be careful! This is the plate that holds the crank in place, unbolted and on the bench. What you are looking at is where the bottom of the crank sits. The pipe in the bottom left is the other end of the oil breather pipe. You can clearly see wear on all the main bearing shells. Second from the left has what initially looked like a rust spot in the centre hole. On closer inspection we found it wasn’t, just remnants of some orange stuff. A view of the crank with the plate removed. Top left you can see where the oil breather sits. This is with the crank and pistons removed and where the top of the crank would sit. Again signs of wear on the shells. And some pictures of the crank itself. You can see clear signs of wear in the centres. More wear on the crank centres. And you can just make out the spray shield in these next two pics. Conclusions? We think that some of the wear could be down to oil starvation as the oil pickup filter is so gunked up. The crank will be sent away to be re-ground and sorted. We will need new big end and main bearing shells, piston rings etc, etc. I have a list, and my wallet is on standby. Overall no major surprises. I’m pleased Roland
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  47. I was in the sweetie shop that is Howards Lotus today. An irresistible GT410 there, waiting in the warm for a lucky future owner. Whilst an equally pulchritudinous 400 waits outside in the drizzle for its lucky owner - me! 😁
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  48. I would like to share my experiences with my new braking system that @Chillidoggy made on my car. The cooperation with the guys was excellent although, all they promised was performed with the best performance. I chose to transport my Esprit LHD S4 95 to Watford, to guys I do not know, I quickly found that these guys @Sparky and @Chillidoggy were very professional and I became confident. They sent pictures throughout the process and quickly informed if they found things they wondered if they were going to fix. My first experience when I got the car back was, what a difference now the car can brake, on the highway home from Copenhagen to Sweden I could not help using my new brakes at high speed, still amazing. The pedal feels nice hard and I now trust my car, now a little fine adjustment remains so the brakes are as I want them, but also that @Sparky and @Chillidoggy have prepared with a little and good manual that I can read. I highly recommend this braking system that Ian has developed.
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