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  1. I don't doubt any of what Greg says as being correct in procedural terms but it doesn't get away from the fact that over the last 3 years a majority of elected MPs have acted un-democratically. They are there to represent the will of the people. However you cut it, 52%, 17.something million and 60% of constituencies voted to LEAVE the EU. There was no question about leaving with a deal or without one. The fact is that MPs DO NOT WANT Brexit to happen. All Boris is doing is to try and deliver that. If he has made the wrong call and he loses a General Election on the back of it, IMO that is
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  2. Filled the car up and then had a magnificent 2 hour drive - I love this car😊
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  3. The car has come back from Dan at HPE Auto after its regular service and track day preparations. I got the pulley belt changed at the same time more as a safeguard vs needing to be replaced because of wear. Dan also did his small mod to the rear linkage which has nicely tightened things up at the back. For those asking for more info on the little mod you're best to contact Dan to explain to be honest. Its nothing rocket science but it is a nice little touch and ticks a future maintenance box to not have to worry about. Track day prep and car inspection was good, with the only comment bein
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  4. Hi, I've decided to start a restoration thread to keep track of things, keep the motivation up and hopefully will be of interest to a few others. Also might pick up a few much needed pointers along the way. The car in question is a '89 SE in the familiar 'Esprit challenge on the amiga' spec - Red with tan interior. This must be by far the most common spec/model? The cars history is it has originally been looked after well (receipts from all the well regarded garages) but it has been off the road for 10 years and hasn't turned over for approx 5 years. I'm fairly sure it was wiring iss
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  5. If an MP defects, how come that doesn't immediately trigger a bi-election? If my MP moved to another party, I wouldn't vote for them again............
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  6. See http://www.espritfactfile.com/TSB.html#TSB9
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  7. A couple of pics taken yesterday in the balmy weather by a local pro car photographer:
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  8. The angle grinder has been in common use, the smokey smelly grp isn't too nice though. Cheers for the assurance, glad I'm using a tried and tested method! Dunc.
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  9. She’s the one doing the polishing.
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  10. @trcm I had about a month between the master cylinder (and slave cylinder for good measure) and the hydraulics being done and the clutch going, not sure if it is related. I can highly recommend Steve William Lotus in Maidenhead, it's where mine is now, came recommended to me and I've been very impressed to date.
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  11. I've got out a fair amount Jonny, although mainly relaxed weekend driving & no track sessions arranged yet. I need to pull my finger out of my arse and use the car properly! TBH I'm still coming to terms with the level of attention that the car generates from friends in the petrol head community and total strangers alike over here. The guy who took the pics is an experienced motorsport photographer who has photographed some really out of the ordinary machinery over the years; (his last 'exotic' shoot was a Ferrari 488 GTB with black stealth paint). He was seriously impressed with the
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  12. Driven mine properly now over the last few days and its great. Car pulls stronger and that's certainly noticeable at higher revs. The additional sound of the supercharger is amazing. The general driving noise is very slightly louder in I'd say (if you care, I dont) but not by much and, I would guess its changed primarily as there is now a big hole acting as an echo chamber where the huge airbox used to sit and soak up exhaust noise. Done over 200 miles since it went on and all is good. Top work that man.
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  13. Yes it would be a bit like turkeys voting for Christmas for many MPs. They might like getting on their ideological soap boxes at every opportunity, but if the reality of an election means losing their lucrative jobs, then they’ll stick with the status quo.
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  14. Irish border backstop - this is simply a perverse pressure point being applied by the EU. please do remind me the border checks on the Swiss /EU boundaries. Boris needs to be firm on the border - we won’t be putting any in place - the Eu will be the ones doing so if ever the border checks resume
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  15. That depends on what happens over the next few days and how the election, if it is triggered, comes. If the government trigger it they get to choose the date (I don't think even Boris would be stupid enough to schedule it after 31/10). If it comes via a vote of no confidence and an interim government then the new government gets to choose the date, however that is likely to be after an extension. Boris is desperate to avoid legislation forcing him to ask for an extension if no deal is done by the 19/10 ( the no deal bill cut off date) and will trigger an election before that so that he doesn't
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  16. I can assure you that there are no 'round the clock' meetings going on no matter what Boris suggests. There is only one significant thing blocking the transition deal (and remember this is not the trade deal etc, that comes later) and that is the Irish border backstop. Ironically no deal will mean border checks which seems to go unmentioned by Boris. The EU do believe we will leave without a transition deal, but there is very little the EU can do about it. It is for the UK to come up with an alternative to the backstop and that is very unlikely to happen and certainly nothing has been proposed
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  17. All torqued up, just need to bleed the brakes and tracking. ✌️ Going to change the Water hoses after Good wood. ✌️
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  18. Taken yesterday at the car show linked to the Bo'ness Hillclimb Revival event (thanks to @The Lotus Position for the photo), she scrubs up quite well for almost 9 years old and 73k miles on the clock, .
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  19. The ashtray is in! Been waiting for two and a half years to see it in the car.
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  20. Absolutely ridiculous, another example of an elected representative of the people misusing the powers entrusted to them by their electorate. I'm disgusted by the arrogance of these self important, self centered people, yes people is all they are, in many cases not very bright, I'll informed, and so far up their own asses that they forget those of us who put them where they are. It's just laughable to hear these cretins speak of democracy whilst changing the rule book to undermine a democratic vote. DEMOCRACY IS DEAD
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  21. Paul I generally don't need to top up buddy even in between track day usage. So you should be good.
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  22. She did mine once. She's very thorough; has a dedicated polishing station.
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  23. Thanks for all the responses! Barry, thanks for the hints I'll consider that for the future but not for now - I'm super keen to at least get it on the road first :) Escape, adjustable cam sprockets are getting fitted and the air-con is getting removed as you said (these SE's aren't overly light!). I was going to ponder over the rad situation for the charge cooler once I had them out of the car but thanks for the pointers I wasn't aware of the sport 300 setup. Jacques, thanks for all the advice. On the oil coolers I was planning to replace oil lines through the chassis while the
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  24. Here she is. It's actually the same car which appears in this documentary on the Evora:
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  25. Mine is at 23,000mi at the moment and (knock on wood) there is no sign of need for top ups. Also never heard of this from anyone else with an Exige (there is people here with higher mileage cars than mine). I do change oil every 4,500mi though as per manual for more active use.
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  26. Got a 3d printer for my birthday and spent the last 3 days setting it up and playing. Tried something crazy like this flexi octopus. Took 13 hours to print, but I'm happy with the result. Is it perfect? No, it has a few blemishes and printer settings need some tweaking, but for a hobbyist I love it WhatsApp Video 2019-09-03 at 10.59.34.mp4
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  27. Sounds much like the extended exercise I finished up a couple of years back, so this recommendation may be a bit out of date now. Spent three or four years of on and off searching for a new daily driver but didn't find anything we liked. Eventually got round to Volvo and ended up buying a V60. Very pleased with it as a daily use vehicle but must keep things in perspective. The Lotus are great cars; the V60 is a good appliance.
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  28. ........and from the day before, a nice professional shot taken in the Lammermuir hills south of Edinburgh during the Jim Clark Road Run to the new museum in Duns. Mind you, had the photographer been stationed a mile or so back he'd have got a real action shot, when I discovered too late that the last in a series of crests in the road was in fact a 1:1 scale replica of Beachy Head. Arriving at what could be best described as 'making determined progress' , I did take a fair bit of air and judging by the furrows in the road surface in the landing area I certainly wasn't the first
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  29. That is not correct That only applies under the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011. If there is a vote of no confidence in the government, then unless an alternative government or the original government can win a majority there will be an election. Boris now has no majority and it requires only a simple majority of 1 to form a government. This is why a coalition of all of the opposition parties is the most likely way forward as an interim government with a few rebel Tories joining in. This would also stop Boris proroguing parliament as he would no longer be PM. This is a key factor over
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  30. Today I dismantled the rear suspension. Most of the bolts came undone with relative ease, just a quirt of WD40 and the nuts could be removed. There were a few nuts that needed cutting off to remove the part, shock absorbers being one of them. The lower link arm was taken off with the hub, so as to remove the lower pins on the bench. The pins will be cut off so not to crack and damage the hub. Brakes were OK to remove, but new handbrake cables will need to be fitted. I also got the screw holding the clamp bracket out for the two injectors in the plenum manifold. A better screw will be
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  31. Ehh ? Irish backstop arrangement is to ensure an open border which is a key demand for both the UK and the Irish and enshrined in the Good Friday agreement. If Boris can come up with an alternative arrangement that satisfies everybody then away we go - but it has to actually work not some nebulous enthusiastic ideas and he has about 4 weeks to come up with it! Remember that the 'deal' version of Brexit is simply a negotiating period for the trade agreement whilst maintaining tariff free trade. If that negotiation fails, then if the border is to remain open there has to be a backstop arrangemen
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  32. Agreed. Mine's a 2.7 diesel but it's no slouch and I get mid to high 30s MPG on mixed 'normal' driving. Not bad for such a big old bus...
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  33. Great car, congrats. Welcome aboard! 👍
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  34. Hi Fabian. Ski Racks. Polycarbonate. It's super strong, cuts well, glues well, you can put threads into it and it holds a lustre paint finish. I've a set for my S3. I've a bunch of photos and drawings to send you as stimulus (will need an email) but for you and other Lotus owning skiiers (a niche group) who are interested then a full story is on my Instagram feed 'LotusAndy5' check it out. Lovely Max (who some will know from Max500) tells me the original was a balsa wood prop and the skis were never attached securely. Remember if this is going to work, you might need to
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  35. By way of an update from me, I'm having the 400 clutch fitted, lighter flywheel and all. The chap doing the work races them, so I trust his judgment and he says they (the 400 clutches) are more robust too. I really hope so...…... Will report back on how it all goes.
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  36. And, have a driver’s seat 😁 It’s not actually finished yet, but thanks for the tip.
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  37. Wow, jaw dropping, thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoyed some epic drives this summer.
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  38. Great write up as usual buddy! Your struggles with the dash is partly why I went for the ECUMASTER dash in the end. I am told that they are easy to configure and adjust the display - will see once mine finally gets fitted, hopefully in a few weeks when the car goes back to RRR. They are also going to update the mapping as it is pretty rough at low speeds. Feels great when on it though! What side scoops did you go for in the end? Very interested to see how they turn out as I want a set myself...
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  39. Welcome. There’s no such thing as a stupid question (just stoopid answers).
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  40. That little spring isn’t on my S4s and I’m not sure that is original - I remember seeing it a few times and wondering whom fitted it as it’s very small
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  41. This car looks fantastic 👍🏻
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  42. Sharing a tour that myself and members of the Golden Gate Lotus Club received at The Quail show in Monterey a few weeks ago. https://youtu.be/5HfDrHpJotU Cheers, Kiyoshi
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  43. Taken yesterday by Lotus Drivers Club Scotland at Bo’ness Revival. Great turnout👍
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  44. Happy to report in. For almost 70 miles now, no problems so far. And I switched the hose re-configuration per discussed above. The exhaust valve is back to normal (although a bit sad for no more all time open valve). The car is doing great, the sharper throttle response and charger whistle, splendid! Thanks Imran, what an awesome job! Frank
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  45. Some people may be interested in this
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  46. 9AB034AB-E5A8-401A-8A01-E972EDFB4505.MOV
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  47. Visited Nick at Tomorrow's Classics on Friday to see the car, and she is now around 2 weeks from completion. - A few remaining wires to connect as the car goes back together - The centre console to build now that the ashtray is back from the chroming dude - The waistline to attach and that's about it, other than road testing, fettling and MOT. The pictures below show: Working aircon (through a thermal camera) / ECU mapping / Tacho calibrated with engine running and wheel speed of 90mph / Reversing camera As well as the car in general, having now been resprayed.
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  48. After about 40 years of dreaming of owning one, a year spent researching and preparing, I finally took the plunge. There were other candidates cosmetically prettier with lower mileage but, after trawling TLF for buying advice, I went with one that was mechanically sorted, owned and cared for by an experienced enthusiast and had a well documented history. So yep, I bought Barry's S4 Having been besotted with Lotus for nearly all my life, certainly well before I could even drive, I kind of didn't realise that in addition to the engineering pedigree and beautiful aesthetics, how incredible
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  49. I agree as well. Higher mileage cars might have more maintenance costs through inevitable wear and tear, but less likely to have major issues as they would soon surface when being driven regularly. Incidentally, I just bought an Excel to keep my Esprit company (and replace the Triumph Stag). I've had the itch for a few years, and with prices on the rise now seems the time. Not that I see it as an investment, but there's a good chance I can enjoy it for some time without losing money. Filip
    1 point

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