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  1. I know I keep saying this, but getting close now. I have taken the opportunity to get the seats retrimmed as they were looking a bit tired, other pictures are of the black detail being added to the body, as well as the referbed wheels, and the reassembly of the body.
    7 points
  2. You make a well argued case Andy. As an EV owner I also frequent a forum of theirs. The evangelists there are very evangelical and I've seen many put downs of the Hydrogen power verses battery power. I've no knowledge myself, but have cross posted one of the better argued positions on hydrogen albeit put in a slightly different context in answer to the "why not wait for hydrogen?" reason to not buy electric. Do you find it convincing? I'm intrigued about the argument on how hard it is to get hold of the admittedly abundant hydrogen around the planet - that, if true, sounds like a killer t
    3 points
  3. just let me tell you a story. a french reporter interviews a french winemaker near Bordeaux. reporter : are you worry about the brexit ? winemaker : we sell wine to british since 800 years... LOL
    3 points
  4. Sun out today so took the old girl out for a spin to a local classic car breakfast meet.
    3 points
  5. Were the brakes especially good?
    2 points
  6. This was re-shown the other evening/morning. The Overhaulin' lot say it was their most ambitious build ever. A 1972 Europa gets chassis, body and engine mods courtesy of Chip Foose. First shown in 2013 (approx 45 minutes long)
    2 points
  7. Afternoon! US dealers have schedule meetings with Lotus Cars US this week (20/21). We should have specs and pricing in hand for US 410/430 by end of week. If anyone wishes for me to ask any particular questions during the meetings, please send me a pm. -Brian
    2 points
  8. Your sealant pattern is fine , There were / are pic's of the sealant and other bits on page 4 of S300 No. 25 Restoration resumed also of the sump page 12 of 412 BHP...THAT WILL DO NICELY...... As the MBH and the block are pattern parts machined as one , this if as you say may indicate the whole engine is of later spec and not original to your Esprit.. Even though the machining is very similar between engines it is very rare to get an MBH from one engine to fit another perfect without line boring and fitting outsize bearings, These bearing are no longer available and the MBH and
    2 points
  9. My custom splitter arrived from Eltech today. Very happy! Quality is great, no flaws in the clear and no damage! Box is huge and weights more than the splitter hahaha. Keen eyed among you will notice it has the exige S/350 style front and the newer 350/410 style winglets on the side. Very happy with this - but we will see how it fits in about 2 weeks
    2 points
  10. Bad thing to say when restoring an Esprit, When they know you have feelings for another car they will cause trouble, Enjoy the the extra dramas during the s2 restoration now you have jinxed it ! lol.
    2 points
  11. @MrP_ Please do some modifications to my car, loving your work!
    2 points
  12. I have used a shim cut from a plastic bottle to help center the seal housing whilst I tighten the bolts.
    2 points
  13. I've said it before and I will repeat it again. EV's on their own are merely a transitory technology and a reason to push battery exploration and innovation. The real commercial future will, I believe be in Hydrogen powered hybrids. Why? 1. The cost and complexities with rolling out national infrastructure to support the charging of EV's at scale is too high - it will cost upwards of £30bn-£40bn in the UK alone to support and there is little real appetite to pay for it 2. The conditions on the UK streets are not conducive to large scale deployment of EV's charging posts and they
    2 points
  14. I'm happy with that being the owner of a nice XC60, a Dry sump turbo, an Elite, 2 x Excels and of course the unusual Lotus Ecup. Geely and Lotus. Whats not to like.
    1 point
  15. Commenced in 2013 and finalised in Dec 17.
    1 point
  16. Having owned both marques, I think the two brands would complement each other fairly well. Lotus seem intent on moving up market so will often be viewed as a natural progression from the rawness of the Caterham. I had two Sevens and much as I loved them at the time, I would never go back. They are just way too compromised for my tastes now and I know quite a few who have done the same as me. Caterhams dealer network is sparse, to say the least and given how quiet Lotus are at the moment, regarding new models, it seems a logical move to me to have another British sports car marque to help
    1 point
  17. The car industry does seem in a bad way... Could the following be having an effect?:- Higher road tax, The changing of diesel from loved by the government to hated by the government Council increasingly squeezing motorists from the city centers with higher parking and and emission controls. The Gov seems to be doing all they can to hit motorist then they wonder why the car industry is in the doldrums?!!!! I am with others comments ref Honda.There was a time when people bought Honda's but they just don't seem to have relevant designs at the moment. Ev
    1 point
  18. Hi Dave, excellent post. I wasnt aware of your other blogs. I have already copied the sump picture and shall read the rest! Im lucky in a way. The MBP is indeed a later spec as is the crank and block. I traced back through the receipts, in 1988 the owner blew up the engine and paid to have a new 1/2 engine and rebuild. The car then had just over 40000 miles when the engine blew and went off road at 66000! This may explain why there is not much wear, coupled with all the new bits bought in the last 10 years of restoration. Like many this one has gone on long before I started on it!
    1 point
  19. Enough about the wife, what about the car?
    1 point
  20. Not that I remember Haven't driven the car for almost 5 months because -20 degrees and polar bears on the street
    1 point
  21. @dsvitesse1 may be able to offer some words of wisdom, I think he's taken one or two to pieces in his time!
    1 point
  22. If it gives me any trouble I'll drag it off the mezzanine with the RR
    1 point
  23. If Honda Swindon is only selling 32,000 cars to the entire EU each year, then there really isn't any point in Honda retaining 3500 jobs at Swindon with or without Brexit. They're clearly not a significant player in the EU marketplace at the moment, so they can easily supply European demand from Japan and the EU/Japan trade deals makes this easier still. To be honest it's probably just "convenient" timing to announce what they were going to do at Swindon anyway and divert attention from Honda's own failings. And this is from a Remainer! I wonder if Toyota, Burnaston will be next?
    1 point
  24. Later 360 has the 350 refinements as they are built on the 350 platform....Mine was number 25 and was a 350 platform built car
    1 point
  25. As someone who owend an Exige V6s and now a 380 (similar to 350), I'd go with a 350 over the 360 Cup. There are a lot of minor refinements to the car in terms of quality that I prefer. Also if you're going manual the naked gearbox is always gonna be hotter looking than the 360 Cup's gearbox.
    1 point
  26. Interesting the Daily Mail has completed its about-turn on Brexit. They reported the Honda Swindon closure today by blaming it on Brexit, not one single mention of the real reason which is the EU-Japan trade deal which means Japan no longer needs production in any EU country.
    1 point
  27. Thats very naughty as any strands there would have ended up blocking the turbo oil feed.
    1 point
  28. Hey Fabian, not very scientific but I put the casting on a surface plate or something very flat and stable and then use a couple or blocks of wood to tap into place. Oil the mating surfaces of course. but with out a large fly press I couldn’t find another way. Other than that find a workshop that can help I suppose. Hope that helps a little.
    1 point
  29. The other killer is long intervals of none use. Having all the tension on the belt in a condensed area can be equally as damaging to the rubber as heat cycles. If your car sits a lot and your using normal grade belts I would not go beyond 3 years. If you want more life then fit the TR104 (blue belt) it’s only $60 USD and IMO worth the extra pennies. My Esprit S1 sits for extended periods due to work commitments. I fitted the blue belt feeling it was the safer option. i reaquired my S1 in August 18 and the belt at that time was 7 years old. The chap I purchased it back from only did 600 mi
    1 point
  30. I believe they do it because of the number of 400 in dealers' inventory. However if Lotus was gearing up for a new model year it would probably be a MY2020.
    1 point
  31. thanks for your thoughts and opinions, I have chosen the colour for my 410 ,ill post some pics up when it comes at the end of march.
    1 point
  32. I might be able to provide a switch and joystick for the mirrors since I've just brought Rolls Royce ones!
    1 point
  33. When I were a lad, I used to work as a petrol-pump attendant at my old man’s garage. That was in the days when there weren’t anywhere near as many cars on the road, but long after things were still horse-drawn (just in case @petecomes swinging in). Five-star petrol was freely available, and no sign of any of those smelly diesels. I remember looking forward to seeing a girl who drove a very orange Bond Bug pull onto the forecourt, but in truth, it wasn’t the Bug I was interested in. For a young lad, it was an education just watching her get out of the thing, skirts being as short as they were i
    1 point
  34. Had a spare one anodised, but you you can get them from Elise Shop: https://www.elise-shop.com/black-fuel-filler-surround-elise-s2-exige-s2-p-502065.html or Elise Parts: https://www.eliseparts.com/products/show/16/66/s2-black-fuel-cap-surround/ Black bolts here: https://www.carbolts.co.uk/products/black-stainless-steel-socket-countersunk?variant=9204034883 You need M5 Countersunk 25mm
    1 point
  35. Found a picture of my old MG Midget in the loft at the weekend, thought I would check and hasn't been taxed for 20 years! IMG_1270.HEIC IMG_1270.HEIC
    1 point
  36. On the V8 the non-return valve in the filter is not necessary because the filter is mounted vertically (nice for pre-filling with oil before fitment) unlike the horizontally mounted filter on the four cylinder engine.
    1 point
  37. Agreed, and although I'd love to see Lotus do this sort of thing from the ground up, we have to remember that so much of this is new territory for them - £million+, electric/hybrid hypercars are not really on their CVs as yet! To develop the next generation/s of cars, they are going to need to develop a very significant number of technologies and this sort of partnership makes an awful lot of sense in order to develop the skills and expertise within their own staff. It is also, surely, the only conceivable way to do it within a reasonable timeframe. A Lotus hypercar that is blister
    1 point
  38. The Range Rover is the boss in the room
    1 point
  39. I'm not engineer, so thought I would qualify that point up front! I'm struggling to see the issue here. Lotus get the flat bed chassis from Williams with the batteries and electric engines all plumbed in as a package. There is nothing stopping them from agreeing with Williams that things like suspension mounting points etc are either supplied to a unique Lotus spec, or, Lotus make their own (just like the lovely alloy ones from the Evora etc) to give them the freedom to "play" with the tuning of the chassis and suspension to get the Lotus feel and superior characteristics. That woul
    1 point
  40. Met 2 more Esprit owners yesterday and couldn't resist posting another group photo:
    1 point
  41. Saw this on face book and thought you guys would like it! ;-) buddsy
    1 point
  42. 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
    1 point
  43. I am not an experienced race / track driver at all. I've spent 3 days at Lotus driving academy driving the Elise 220, demoed a few sports cars on the road and 1 experience day driving a 911 GT2 so I don't have a wealth of experience to compare it to but .... The car is standard no track day upgrades or changes and I found it pretty good for sure I was the limiting factor on my speed not the car. The engine did not over heat and stayed around the 50% mark on the temp scale, the brakes felt solid and never faded one bit, even over a 45 min session. I was very surprised how much later I
    1 point
  44. Hi again.. This week was mainly taken up fitting things for the last time, with some final tweaking on a few parts to get just right. I am now working my way down a final assembly list which always seems to take longer than expected and has a habit of growing as you go down it.... At this stage there is not a lot of progress that can be seen visually but a great deal of satisfaction as each part connects and fits where it should. next week more of the same...
    1 point
  45. Back again, Stage 4 started this week which was taken up fitting the engine into the chassis, Once off the engine stand i was able to fit the new fly wheel and clutch assembly. After one final spanner check the complete unit was lifted and lowered into the chassis, the next task was to start fitting all the peripheries and connecting up the matching sections. The wiring loom will be the next part to fit to the engine which should complete that area . after a final check on all areas I should be ready to lift the chassis engine assembly into the body next week.
    1 point
  46. First may i thank you for your comments it is greatly appreciated. Last week I was busy putting things together, i first completed the shims which are now all set centre of tolerance with the graphogen assembly compound, when this gets washed away by the fresh oil i expect the gap to increase very slightly then settle back once everything is bedded down. To get all the shims exactly the same required each one to be surfaced ground which i was able to do at my local engineering company who very kindly let me use their machines.... Once i was happy with the shims sizes I heat treated them to p
    1 point


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