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  1. 5 points
    So I thought I'd do a bit of a build thread now that I am coming up to the first year with the car. That and I've got some time on my hands waiting in Frankfurt airport, so I though I'd bring together some of the little bits I have been doing… Previous to the 350 I've had a reasonable handful of Lotus's, S1's and S2's Elise/Exige with a K20 lump in an Elise and a komotec tweaked S2 Exige S, so though I had done my time in them. But for some reason decided I want to get back into the fold. After looking around for several weeks, I decided to order what I wanted. I know financially not the most sensible decision, but I thought I would get what I want as each previous time I'd settled on a colour and spec and always wished I got something else. This isn't going to be a thread about monster build (yet anyway), but general updates and tweaks I've done and am doing as people seem to find it helpful. So after plenty of umming and arring over what model etc. I settled on a 350. Reason behind it was I didn't feel the power was enough to justify the 380, and the 430 was north of £100k at the time which was more than I wanted to spend. I also knew I'd be tweaking and changing things, so paying extra for carbon and power on the 380 made no sense, if I was changing parts and going down the Komotec route eventually then it would again be wasted money. So car was ordered early 2018, and arrived April. Dark Metallic Grey, usual extras like aircon, stereo, NVH, carpets, 2-piece discs, yellow stiching, interior packs and brakes, and carbon access panel. Some would say I should have gone for a shouty colour, but it's just not really me. Car was delivered, and was getting PPF but when I went to look pre PPF for the nose there was micromarring in direct sunlight, so I went back the next day to polish the front end and remove the marring. All done and it looked a bit like this: So car delivered and after a days driving, the first thing to do was to add in harnesses, stick on a 2bular, add reverse camera, satnav headunit, and a sub. So put away in the garage and start stripping it. It spent the first night in my possession having the interior taking out, floors off etc. The exhaust was a lightly used one I picked up way before the car arrived - 2bular track non valved. It arrived looking like this: and after a day of conference calls one Friday looked more like this after I'd been listening and going through plenty of Peek, wire wool and rags (pointless I know, but I was bored and once I got started I needed to finish: 50/50: Finished: Then installed with fresh gasket and bolts, just incase. Nicer sound, and much much lighter Then I installed the reverse camera, flip out head and sub as well as swapping the speakers for focals. Head unit: Also added a remote stereo control for when using harnesses and not wanted to use a pen: I won't repeat everything, but there are the full fitting guides here: And here: Finally fitted the harness bar, and harnesses. I used the Lotus MS version, as I preferred it being behind the roll hoop rather than using the v-force that mounts to the top seat belt mounts. In previous Eliges you would tighten the harness par through the speaker holes, but since Lotus started chopping bits out I don't have them. So getting the harness bar on, tightened, torqued and panel back on was an absolute nightmare - but I didn't want to hack the panel. So after lots of pulling, bending, poking and very very bruised arms they were all fitted. It would be far easier to fit and remove the v-force bar however - and if I hadn't done it a few times already cutting and the back panel to fit the bar would have been something that would put most off. Note to anyone else, if you are doing this just cut holes where the speakers should be and get covers, or if you do it the hard way - DO NOT let the interior light cable fall behind the panel so you have to take it out and do it again! Anyway, harnesses and sub in place: For the new seat subframes (they don't wobble :)) You mount the harnesses different, you do not need the mounting kit I've previously used , the existing hardware works. I found this out after having the kit obviously… Normal belts retained Finally put it all back together, then added front towing eye (colour changed to yellow),and a shortened number plate plinth for a smaller but still legal number plate. Then a couple of days of polishing to correct all the imperfections (buffer trails everywhere, some sanding parks but nothing major). The paint (as it always seems to be with modern Lotus's) takes a while to find the right pad combo, as the paints so soft. In the end it was major correction with M105 and Menz 2500 on a green Rupes pad, stepping down to Menz 2500 on a Rupes yellow. Before a yellow pad with Menz 3800. Going to a softer pad introduced plenty of marring, so remember to keep the slightly harder pad. Then full ceramic coat (Gtechnic CSL and Exov3)
  2. 5 points
    Regarding running in, something to remember during the process:
  3. 4 points
    We're now in the thick of the build and progress is being made... we have unfortunately had a few folks not pay (after multiple promises) which is frustrating but opens a few of the build slots if anyone wishes to take one. Thanks
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    I had a nice threesome in the Workshop over the weekend. The black TE is being stored for the winter, until the owner finds the time to recommission her. The red SE (a highwing with a different spoiler fitted) was in for a service. Filip
  5. 3 points
    Lotus staff got free hot drinks vending machines back in August, was a very welcome move and much appreciated from the people who work there. Sometimes the little things can make a big difference
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    Okay, so I didn't manage to replace the ECM at the weekend as hoped but I've just been out and swapped it over and the fans live once more While I was poking about in the ECM I popped the top off the memcal and took the following snap of it. Do these markings mean anything to anyone? According to Espritmon the EEPROM ID is 6CE5.
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    Dear god. Does he also only put it in half way to save his wife?
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    Always wanted to see what one of the members fromm ZZ TOP looked like without the hat and sunglasses lol
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    Managed to get the re-trimmed wheel fitted yesterday, looks and feels great now, the alcantara matches well with the original lotus alcantara in the sports racer. Top job by Royals, thanks to the opening poster for the recommendation in this thread!
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    I just watched that. Amazing episode; best yet. New found respect for JC. Greatest racer ever.
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    I would think the strap is used because it has fine strands, whereas the cable is less flexible, so it is more likely to fracture and break more quickly than the strap. 170A should be enough I think, but don't forget, the battery is rated at 320cranking amps, so the more current capacity the better.
  13. 1 point
    I just did, and now I can never unsee it.
  14. 1 point
    Ever see a grown man play with holes?
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    I think I'll leave the chassis bare -I think the look of galv is reassuring, but the previous owner went for the hammerite option - without the etch primer. It's his paint not mine! I'd love to have monstrous p.o. repairs on my "Things that could be wrong with a Lotus" post - I mean glued on seat belt mounts surely make my sump bodge discovery look trivial.
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    Excellent Advice. Mine only goes half way in, next month ill try to redine it to see if it goes to the top.
  18. 1 point
    Simon was in the 997, Stew was in the GT-86.
  19. 1 point
    (Preorder a Lotus van ... err I meant SUV?)
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    Agree with that, too nice to hide
  22. 1 point
    @R1chr1ch - so much better! It makes me want to get my winter wheels redone!
  23. 1 point
    Thanks! No airbag delete, went for normal wheel but added some gold stitching on the underside: It's not on the "normal" order sheet, you have to be creative with the Exclusive Programme!
  24. 1 point
    Challengers Charity are organising their annual motor event. The rally is between Dorking and Farnham in Surrey using tulip using professional Tulip Guide and ends up at an amazing private museum . Its all for charity and a great cause. I attended in 2017 in my red HC and will be again this year there are limited spaces so if it’s of interest follow the link. https://disability-challengers.org/challengers-motoring-event-2019/
  25. 1 point
    Let’s not forget the new Esprit is just round the corner
  26. 1 point
    I believe new names are not going to be a thing in the future because of I.P... New names do cost a fortune to develop and maintain worldwide. Lotus is possibly set to to reuse name that is already their intellectual propeRty portfolio so: Elan, Elite, Excel, Esprit, Eleven, Elise, Exige, Evora. Even maybe but highly doubtful Eterne and Ethos that are also in the book because DB. Many companies are phasing out names in favour of codes as they are easier to obtain and protect a letter- number combination à la Mercedes/Benz and now, Audi, Volvo, Mazda Infinity... or just a number BMW is way easier as you don't have togo thru the landmines of legal documents as to who owns what name... And does it work in this or that language ; think Audi E-tron in french very clumsy to call your brand new electric car is piece of shit isn't it. Also think of Tesla, they were supposed to go with Models S, X, E and Y with Elon Musk clear intent to make cars "sexy" again, only to find that Model E was still part of the Ford portfolio, and Ford is keeping it registered even though there's no plan to get a Ford model E or T or L in the future whatsoever, forcing them to go to Model 3 still close enough so that S3XY does still read SEXY in our brains. As to Emotion I do think MB has patented that one not for one of their car, but they own the emotion brand as i think they are planning to brand their electric AWD vehicles e-Motion.
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    I agree, sad part is I wont be able to afford one, I would also like to see than use more English expertise, ie a Quaife box. for the cup version perhaps as there are conversions already from what I have read As this is a new era, I believe new names, sentimental I guess I plan to keep my EVORA 400 as its the end of an Era. Interesting I saw the word Evangelise on a screen and interesting Lotus have the Elise what about Evang. evangelise verb (OPINIONS) [ I ] to talk about how good you think something is.. or the EMOTION, a car I wish the "Beep Beep" that they had made, as still looks good today.... big ask I for Both I suppose.
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    Diamond cut alloys with clear lacquer now gloss black.
  30. 1 point
    Hi Robert The door cards should only have two screw retaining them - both on the bottom edge - none up the sides. The screws pull out because the fibreglass is only about 2mm thick in this area . I'd remove the door cards and lay up a couple of further layers (400gsm matting) of fibreglass in the appropriate area. The key to getting the fibreglass to stick properly is to get the surfaces really clean and suitably keyed with 80 grit. I'm doing some fibre-glassing at the moment if you're not too far away and need some help! Pete
  31. 1 point
    Should the top tier of TLF membership be called 'Black and Gold'? Justin
  32. 1 point
    Well done Bazza, can we start looking forward to ; F ME GENTLY FATHER THERES AN EVORA IN THE CHICKEN SHED
  33. 1 point
    yup the best man won .Good luck to the new owner .Mike
  34. 1 point
    Just discovered your awesome car in this epic spec. I´m really obsessed with special configured cars and your car is a really incredible example. I have one question: You got the whole dashboard covered in alcantara. Now I´m just wondering if you got the airbag deleted or not? Only saw the full alcantara dashboard on cars without airbags so I thought it´s just not possible to order full alcantara with the airbags. Greetings Nicolas
  35. 1 point
    Deposit paid. It’s gone to a proper enthusiast owner - so looking forward to seeing her progress to the next stage of her life. At least she’s now out of her long time slumber and back on the road - just hope the new owner uses and improves her
  36. 1 point
    As Spinney has already said a Desiccant Dehumidifier would be the be the better choice in a garage due to the fact that they perform better at lower air temperatures a typical refrigerant dehumidifier only really works efficiently at ambient temperatures or 20 deg C and above as the air is warm and can hold more moisture so more suited for indoor use. Where as a Desiccant dryer works with the same efficiency down to much lower temperatures of around 1-2 deg C they basically consist of a rotating drum of a desiccant material usually Zeolite that traps the water molecules as the room air is passed through and then on the other side of the drum that is not being used and has already caught the moisture its heated and dried out via separate heating element and fan that then usually expels the worm moist air outside like a tumble dryer. They usually cost a little more to run but are fare better suited to low ambient conditions.
  37. 1 point
    Since the word "wishbones" has been mentioned a million times in this thread thought i would post for general reference what GTE longer arms look like and versus stock arms.
  38. 1 point
    Quick update...can confirm I’m neither a wuss or a jessie. Picked the car up today and drove that baby home. Loved it. The only sad thing was seeing the seller standing there watching it dissapear...he watched it for ages as we went down the road. He was genuinely gutted and I felt a little bit mean driving it away (but only for a few seconds ).
  39. 1 point
    When I had my visit to CLT a whilst back I asked about that, and they told me that some of the new owners are within less than a second of the actual F1 lap times of the period. So I'd say they are being raced hard.
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    Without even a new set of plugs, giving the car a good warm up up/down the A12 and using a small independent garage the car passed its MOT with just a warning about the join between the manifold down-pipe and my custom SS exhaust (looks like I need a new gasket and studs). I'm really chuffed and can now plan to get it fully serviced and a few treats in the spring when that finally arrives.
  42. 1 point
    A VIP (Very Important Package) has just arrived It took just over a week to be delivered from the US which seemed pretty good to me. Hopefully it will cure my fan problems when I get chance to fit it later tonight or over the weekend.
  43. 1 point
    Hi George, In 2017 I had a broken radius arm bolt, while driving the car. Trust me You don't want that.... topic: So after I repaired it I decided to measure and set Toe in/out in the rear and in the front .....this topic After setting Toe in the rear, I can confirm that on my car the number of washers is not the same right and left. I really had to measure and adjust both sides to get the settings right. so I don't think you have to expect that the esprit is perfectly symmetrical. Just use the washers , do a good measurement, take some time and it will be fine. Geert
  44. 1 point
    I had a chance to have a chat with the lovely @Laura Lotus today who's settling in nicely to the sales role at Leven Lotus. You folks have got no chance, you'll all be in new Lotus cars before the years out, she's a big car nut and loving the Lotus brand so welcome Laura to the Lotus world!
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    for setting front and rear toe two equal length pieces of wood or metal at either end of the car with fishing wire tied between them is cheapest way and used in a lot of motorsport so is definitely accurate enough. Rest the beams on axle stands and set the string so that the distances to wheel centers are the same at the front side to side and rear side to side then measure the toe as normal. I did this on my chassis before the body was fitted. Not ideal as without the weight of the body the ride heights are wrong but gives you an idea of twist and at least you can get the steering straight at the same time. BTW in the photos of the turbo esprit above the bolt is definitely not sticking through the nyloc lock nut enough on the top picture and is pretty marginal on the other. Rather than fitting a longer bolt just remove 2 of the 3 washers nearest the nylock as they are doing nothing (IMO). cheers C43
  47. 1 point
    Within 2 months and immediately after a "Winterdiscount" of € 9.000,- sold for € 29.895,- = GBP 26.200,- http://vanderkooisportscars.nl/voorraad/item/?voorraad=18549024:lotus-esprit-s3%20type%2085
  48. 1 point
    Collected my new helmet yesterday. Is it weird to just wear it round the house?
  49. 1 point
    Have you got your CO2 and Hydrocarbons readings? You are a brave man taking it to Halford/Kwikfit etc...
  50. 1 point
    Here`s a couple of rare 90`s icons that you don't see many of, especially parked together Audi RS2 and the Lotus Carlton sat at Weston super Mare


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