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  1. The TR is that little bit closer to being race ready once more. Last rallied 39 years ago progress on the engine is now heading in the right direction 😎.
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  2. I hope they can accommodate people from Swindon, there’s a lot of skill and expertise there for the taking now the Honda plant is closing down
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  3. .........removing the rust from, then repainting, the mesh grilles. Talk about losing the will to live, . Worth it in the end though, as they now look a million times better than they did this morning and with the show season just about to kick off, I wouldn't want to give the Porker fan-boys anything to slag. By saturating a cloth in plastic trim restorer solution and attaching it to the end of a long flexible rod which was inserted from the engine bay, I even managed to get the ducts behind the 'shoulder' scoops restored back to pretty much as-new condition. I've now rewarded myself with a nice cold bottle of American hard cider which is going down a treat as I contemplate tomorrow's plan of action to deal with the literally hundreds of stone chips on the front bumper - don't know why that's the only bit of the car that didn't have protective film applied to it. What a great way to spend a couple of days off work but at least the weather makes it very pleasant to spend hours outdoors.
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  4. It is interesting how Leavers & Remainers interpret results in completely opposite ways. The only thing everyone can agree on is that the Conservatives are f*cked.
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  5. A long overdue update!! Fuel tank now in! Also replaced "while I was in there" Filler neck tube (as I had to cut it off to remove) Vapour balance pipe things (satisfying job as mine were absolutely shot). Re-routed the vapour pipes to vent underneath the car where the expansion tank overflow pipe is New stainless balance pipe (should never rust!) All new hoses between the fuel tanks with stainless Jubilee clips I also renewed all the expansion tank hoses, again very satisfying! Not many pics as I end up getting carried away working but here are some: Foam salvalged from previous tank: Tank slightly narrower (for easy future removal!) but was a perfect fit, here you can see it before it was pushed up against the fibreglass bulkhead: And she's in! In other news - headlining, seatbelts and rear window trim in (can't remember if I already posted this!) New header tank fitted (£20 ebay special but seems to do the job but some fettling was required😞 Cam box O Ring replaced and heatshield cleaned up (photos from before, not after!), which cured another oil leak! Daily nearly written off by a HGV while it was parked!! Then to cheer me up my new carpet set arrived from @Steve V8 - Unbelieveable and can't wait to fit!! Some shots during and after a clean following the shit ton of work undertaken: Then after a sporting drive, look what I noticed underneath the garage door (a common site for Lotus owners probably!?) So after basically completely stripping and rebuilding the rear of the car, it was time to do the same to the front (sob) Some rust on the chassis, probably from a slow leak for many years! Needed a bit of TLC for sure: Sexy new rad and fans (thank you China) ready to rock and roll Yes I know people are nervous about cheap alloy rads but for what I paid I am will to take that chance). Mounted on shock absorbing bolts which should aid longevity. And she's in: New supports made from some tube ally I had! Decided it was also a good time to add another earth post in the frunk so I ground down a bit of the chassis to fresh metal and installed a cable/earth post and wired all my lighting, horn, washer pump etc grounds to it: I didn't take pics but I cleaned up all the loose crap off the chassis and then kurusted it before painting it all in black hammerite type paint. Looks miles better and should be protected now! Further updates soon!
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  6. Anybody know the story of this car? Seen it at Mallory Park and Donington but never with owner. Elan+2 with a custom nose. Lotus badge on the nose.
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  7. A few years ago a young frizzy haired chap called @Barrykearley asked on here where he might find a set of carpets for his S3. Being a domestic carpet supplier/fitter with a wife who's a wizard with leather, I thought, we can do that, offered my help, and armed with a roll of paper and some carpet samples headed off to Worcestershire. The rest is history. Things have come a long way...Barry no longer has his S3, or any hair, and tomorrow morning our 50th set of carpets will be shipped off to the USA. So a huge thanks to all those people who have recommended, supported, and helped us get our little cottage industry off the ground.
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  8. Wasn't really looking but was offered a starship mileage Elan that was mechanically very good but with slightly tired painwork. Couldn't resist it as a Spring/Summer daily driver. Wow these cars are so seriously underrated. Driven 400 miles since I picked it up last weekend. Fun car.
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  9. We're planning to have an anniversary display of Elites and Eclats at this year's Club Lotus Trackday which is being held on 25 May - so this is a call for anyone with an Elite or Eclat to bring their car along. See http://www.clublotus.co.uk/events/Club- ... -2019.aspx for more details. The Elan M100 group are celebrating their 30th anniversary there, and both Mike Kimberley and Peter Stephens will be present. Please let me know if you plan to visit with your Elite or Eclat so that I can organise an adequate display area. Anniversary window stickers (22.5cm x 5cm - as above) are available from me at £5 each plus 80p p&p per order - just pm me with your requirements. Revenue from sales will fund anniversary merchandise etc. We may well be producing mugs with the sticker design - watch this space! All the best, Richard
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  10. Today, 15 May 2019, is the 45th birthday of the Elite, launched on 15 May 1974 - also a Wednesday. Happy birthday Elite!
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  11. I'm pretty sure that talent wherever it comes from will be welcome, the new office in Coventry will be Design, advanced engineering and R&D if people have a desirable skillset they'll be hired. Also I will bet my 2 cents that the bulk of the engineering of the upcoming SUV and sedan will come from that centre, because, I'm not buying the "we haven't decided yet". Geely is building a factory in China, the wheels are moving. The SUV will have a bespoke chassis but it will use Geely modules and components. I wonder how many portacabins will pop up near the LEVC facility in the next few weeks.
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  12. Thanks @drdoom I will be keeping a very close eye on the rad! To be honest it'll be around 30 mins work to remove it second time around should it fail as all my new fixings are stainless (and greased!) so no rusty old bolts to cut off next time around It was cheap, therefore a gamble I was willing to take but we will see what happens. Regards the AL pod stays, they are not under any stress so figured AL would be OK, but again we will see! Every day is a school day...
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  13. Llewelyn, that's a truly fine looking car with gold colour wheels really setting off the red shell! Advise you watch that cheapie rad closely, from all who've chimed in on the forums with experience of alloy, including American made. Also I'd suggest you fabricate pod stays in light steel and replace those AL tubes as the difference in durability is great. Well done sir!
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  14. As Bibbo says, no it wasn't. However, we delivered one or two that were supplied with a spare after the PDI was completed. The spare and jack etc were purchased via the Parts Department and fitted to the car before the customer took delivery. One or two owners also retrofitted a spare during their ownership. So the default is no, don't expect to see one there when you open the front boot. But also, don't be surprised if one is there when you have a look. Clear as mud.
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  15. That is a really good call actually, Coventry is not that far away from here.
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  16. Another pleased punter here! Quality is unbelievable and Steve a pleasure to deal with (I'll be needing a boot carpet set soon as well!)
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  17. Royal Blue. The 50,000th Lotus, as identified above by Chipp. It was raffled by The Sun newspaper with the proceeds going to The Princes Trust. Handbook is signed by the bonnie Prince. I hope his father did not drive it..... Now called Ekland, as Britt was involved in the PR campaign. Wonderful history, drives superbly and a privilege to own. Justin
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  18. Don't forget that not everyone will vote purely about Brexit, but I grant you it is the "biggie". Just as a rough idea, if you separate each Party into Brexit lines and add them together: Opinium quotes 49% ready to Leave EU now and 44% either Remain or retaining close ties to EU (i.e. inc. Labour's customs union and second referendum proposals). You Gov quotes 44% ready to Leave EU now and 47% either Remain or retaining close ties to EU (i.e. inc. Labour's customs union and second referendum proposals). So still pretty even-Steven.
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  19. Couple of Opinion Polls - astonishing Opinium Brexit Party 34% +6 Labour 21% -7 Liberal Democrats 12% +5 Conservatives 11% -3 Green 8% +2 UKIP 4% +1 Change UK 3% -4 You Gov Brexit Party 34% +4 Labour 16% +5 Liberal Democrats 15% +5 Green 11% +2 Conservatives 10% -3 Change UK 5% +4 May has said she will present her WA for yet another vote in June. I know that the source of this is a pro Brexit website, but I'd be interested to read any thoughts from those opposed to Brexit. https://briefingsforbrexit.com/the-seven-deadly-sins-in-the-draft-withdrawal-agreement/?fbclid=IwAR2cV42rtkHy_7eO5rpoiyVmd0_pTYzwvtIdHB-vmsIMJEBqGjJVNnu0XNs
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  20. Yeah - it’s just not as colourful......as white😉😜
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  21. Did a bit of work on this today. Luvverly. Very nice to meet Tim @TAR as well!
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  22. When they say Warwickshire, they do mean the Geely/ LEVC Coventry campus, right?! Good gosh This place is going to be crowded with brains, between Polestar, Lotus, Geely design... Geely is essentially creating its sixth R&D Excellence centre - the second in Europe after CEVT in Gotenburg - and the level of cross pollination is going to be off the charts : The London Taxi may become the fastest hybrid taxi on the Nurburgring if both Polestar and Lotus are let loose on it 😁
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  23. Did the missfire start after someone looked at the carbs and perhaps "adjusted" the float heights? I found out how critical float height is in a dellorto myself the hard way as all at that were at Brands 3 years ago will remember.... I had a sticking float needle valve and thought I would "help it along a bit" by bending the float arm a bit. Hmm not my finest hour... The words uttered at the time were: "Head", "utter", "an", "what" and "Dick", just not necessarily in that order.
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  24. Totally agree, M100 very under-rated. Just bought a 24,000 miler, 1995 S2. Seriously enjoyable drive and just gets better the faster you go. When I checked the oil the first time, I wondered if it had any in. Eventually I realised the oil was so clean, I could barely see it. I am used to black treacle not golden. I did manage to break the header rail trim when first lowering the roof. I have removed it (and thankfully it appears I was not such an idiot as it has been repaired before) and frankly it looks better without it. Add lightness. Justin
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  25. I change my diff fluid on a continuous basis....
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  26. TA DAAA! My super duper supercharged Elise S! 😁 I worked on the theory that, supposedly, if you buy something like a 134bhp CR, then in a year or so you'll want a few more bhp, and we all know that selling/buying a car loses a few £grand, so I talked myself into spending a bit(!) extra and going for something that already has ~220bhp*! Tragically the rain today meant I couldn't really unleash all those horses (I'm new to this "amusing" power/weight ratio world, remember!) but I am certainly looking forward to having some fun in this soon! (How many exclamation marks have I used in today's posts?!!!!!!!!!! Anyone would've thought I'm kinda excited!!!!) *Yes, yes, I know...you're going to say that this time next year I'll be sniffing around some crazy-bhp Exiges.......!
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  27. Say the one that doesn't even own a Lotus.
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  28. I think you get a compulsory 2 day ban, and sit in a corner to consider your actions, for mentioning the b word.
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  29. There is a reason i posted that above and why i voted to leave. A reason that is totally lost on Remainers who choose to ignore it. Consistently, since the end of WWII the UK has shown a resilience and an ability to change and innovate its economy that is absolutely unrivalled by any other country within Europe, let alone the EU. We have evolved our laws and working practices to create a truly flexible, and adaptable workforce that has allowed us to transition our economic activity through the creation of a highly capable, mobile, agile and adaptable work force. I know some will find it hard to believe, and will point to the reduction in things like employment protection rights, working hours, job security and conditions, but the stark reality if for non European countries looking to establish themselves in the region the UK has the best market access and workforce to deliver growth and market share. France, Italy, Greece, Spain, and even the mighty Germany have all created a much less flexible, and higher cost, environment that actually only works for Germany if they keep the Euro at a relatively low value to aid their ability to export both within and externally to, the EU. I truly believe that out of the EU, we have little to fear. We will need to transition yet again, to a new model, but our track record is strong and my belief in our ability to adapt to thrive, is strong.
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  30. You have much more sympathy around the Europe than You might think. This European version of the democrasy where man can not have any affect of the policies by voting will come to the end sooner or later.
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  31. Hello All, Years ago, I posted to this forum asking for advice on our project Elite. Here's a recap of what's happened with it since. Before I start, let me say that the V8 conversion (and the front-end uglification) was done in the 70s - decades before we purchased the car. I know the car has shifted away from its roots and that Colin would not approve, but it was too far gone to restore, and a Lotus on a race track is far better than a Lotus rotting away in a garage, even if it's been Americanized. I should also state that we race in a series called "The 24 Hours of LeMons" - a low budget, endurance race series, where races are between 14 and 24 hours -- usually split across two days. Participants in the series take pride in the fact that they don't take themselves very seriously. While the on-track racing is genuine, the off-track antics are very light-hearted and easy going. Mazda (RX7 and Miata) and BMW (3 and 5 series) dominate the series in terms of marque, but you will see an occasional Citroen DS, Wartburg, Hudson, Wolseley, Bricklin, and, of course, Lotus Elite (all of which are extremely rare sights in the US) along with some truly horrible domestic cars - Rambler, Fairmont, Caprice, Pinto, Cimarron, etc. etc. Brief history: In 2003, Lotus announced it was bringing the Elise to the US, starting in MY2005. I immediately put down a deposit. I was not alone, and eventually found a group of friends who were in the same boat. Long story less long, about 6 years of dinners, drinks, karting and track days later, 6 of that group decided to start a 24 Hours of LeMons race team after finding a barely running e30 BMW (that's a 3 series from the 80's for those that don't speak BMW) on an internet site for $250US. We ran that car for a couple years and were consistently placing in the top 10 (out of 100+ cars/teams) when one of our team members decided to sell his refrigerator. The person who came to purchase the fridge noticed my team member's Elise in the garage and muttered something about having a Lotus with a Corvette engine in his garage that hadn't run in years. My teammate's ears perked up and asked if it was for sale. After weeks' worth of back-and-forth we owned a scab of a 1974 Elite with a 1977 Chevy 350 (presumably from a Corvette, based on block numbers and valve covers) attached to a Muncie 4 speed. The rear diff was in the boot, the drive shaft was in the passenger's seat, the interior was in shambles, but otherwise, it was all there. Having lived its whole life in the Southern California desert, outside of a light dusting of surface rust, there wasn't a spec of rust to be seen. Iteration 1: Minimal prep for race. This meant find a way to properly cage the car (not easy, as there is no metal for the A or B pillar stays), properly mount a seat, move the battery, remove the interior, find fitting wheels/tires, and properly cool a giant not-very-well-cooled american muscle car engine with the stock Lotus radiator. Not trusting ourselves with the cage, we took the car to a rally car specialist who made us a beautiful cage. Months of prep later and we managed to take the green at our first race. That race was on a very cold December day... and the car immediately and spectacularly failed. We left a cloud of smoke that would have made James Bond envious, and our top speed was around 60mph. Hours of wrenching later and the cloud was gone, but the top speed remained (this ended up being because of an ever-lengthening throttle cable). Iteration 2: Brakes. By the next race, the engine was running fairly well (though our carburetor did not like to go around corners) so we had the speed, but we didn't have brakes. We swapped out the front brakes for something from Wilwood, but the rears remained drums. Even though we weren't great at stopping, we were *really* good at accelerating - much to the chagrin of the drive shafts, which eventually decided to part ways with the drums - even after moving up to grade 8 bolts. The low gear ratio of the diff (top speed ~90mph, gearing limited) and low strength of the drive shafts meant that we needed another big fix. Iteration 3: Jaguar XJS IRS. We had spoken about it for a while, but the time had come to swap out the rear end for a number of reasons... to get away from the inboard drums (moving to inboard discs), to change gear ratio (the jag runs a 2.8:1), to add an LSD, and to increase the strength of the system. We built some mounting brackets and modified the Lotus trailing arms in the shed, had the driveshaft lengthened, and mounted everything back up. Much to our surprise, it fit fairly well, though the spring rates were completely wrong. After some fiddling, we got the car level and were able to run the car in anger. Our new top speed is just under 130mph, the LSD allows us some power-on oversteer, and rear disc brakes meant we had effective rear brakes for the first time. We added a brake bias for extra credit. The car ran well, but with our new-found speed meant we were putting much higher loads on the brakes - especially the front. We would get massive shudder under braking... hold-on-for-dear-life shuddering... shake-the-car-to-bits shuddering. We found that all the extra weight of the iron-block Chevy was not doing good things to the front suspension - especially trunions/uprights and the sway bar mounts (as the sway bars locate the single-lower-arm front suspension). We had 3 catastrophic failures in the front suspension - we broke three uprights, which we eventually replaced with Spyder parts, and we kept wearing out the sway bar bushings. Replacing the bushings would temporarily fix the problem, but the fix didn't even last an entire race. We needed something better. Iteration 4: Custom-built front suspension. We realized that a lot of our issues with the front suspension were related to the shudder, and we realized that the shudder was due, in part, to the sway bars being overloaded by front-back motion under braking. We needed a more stable locator for the lower suspension arm, so we made a lower a-arm, and designed it in such a way that we had camber and castor adjustment (this was possible thanks to a spacecraft engineer being on the team). With the new suspension meant that we needed a different sway bar. We found the right one after sampling several from a dismantler & settled on something from a big, American truck (no idea which one). This ended up working out very well - completely fixing the shudder and came with the added benefit of more front camber - a necessary addition. Things were going swimmingly. We were ironing out other little bugs and really getting the car to move. We did a race at Laguna Seca and noticed that we were getting heavy oversteer on right turns and heavy understeer on left turns. This didn't make much sense, so after the race we did some measuring. The chassis, of course, is a center backbone with an arm that goes on either side of the engine. The suspension is also on that arm. We found that one arm was 1.5" (~40mm) higher than the other. Iteration 5: Chassis reinforcement. Back in the 70s when the V8 conversion was done, to accommodate the shift linkages, the fabricator simply cut out a large portion of the backbone. There was a giant hole, about 8" long, removing all the metal that is vertical. In other words, 1" flare at the bottom was there, but then nothing until the horizontal piece at the top. Lo and behold, the chassis bent right there. We bought some lag bolts to strap the thing down to the concrete and were planning on winching it back into shape, but all it took was a couple hops on the arm, and it easily bent back into place. (scary). We knew we needed to box in the front suspension, but access was difficult, so we made the nose removable (see last 2 pics below). [As an aside, being able to remove the nose is the single best thing we've done to the car from a maintenance standpoint.] We then added bars from the roll cage's knee bar to the top of each shock tower, and then added some metal around the weakened chassis area. Doing this not only improved the car from a safety standpoint, but it also transformed the handling. Finally, for the first time, we have a car that handles nearly as well as the BMW we started with all those years ago. ...and that brings us up to today. Our last race was last weekend. We had yet another suspension failure (we keep finding and fixing weak spots in the suspension) and are dealing with some transmission issues. Otherwise, several years in, the Elite is starting to feel like a race car. If you're interested in following along, we post updates for both the BMW and the Lotus on our team Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bteamracing/ You can see some of the cosmetic changes here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/churchofbk/sets/72157653489257030, and if you're really interested, there are several racing albums on my flickr account as well. Hope you enjoyed the read.
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  33. https://www.carthrottle.com/post/suvs-are-now-46-times-more-popular-than-sports-cars/
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  34. So, in essence, an Evora 410 with the updated rear bumper? 🤦‍♂️
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