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    Happy birthday TLF!
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    My car was in for paint over the weekend getting a few things sorted. First of all was the rear Lotus text. I was fed up of the stickers peeling off and just generally looking a bit rubbish. I decided I would get the Lotus text done in paint, and also that I would use the new Lotus font from their new badge (with a couple of small design tweaks to make it nicer) in yellow. The yellow was laid down first, then the entire black was redone, then a satin lacquer over the top. The job is absolutely top notch, you can't feel the letters at all as it's all flat under the lacquer. Next up was the mirror mounts on the door. There as a third hole and a small bit of damage which was caused by the old TF stalks falling off at speed. All tidied up and repainted neatly. My car has had some scratches in the door shuts for a while. These were removed perfectly, so very happy there too. Last bit was the plastic bit of the 350 gear shift cover. Only resting in the photo as the other parts need to be trimmed still. I'm incredibly happy with the job, it's a very challenging colour to work with and Ken made everything match perfectly. Price was very reasonable too which is always a bonus. Can't recommend Ken enough, proper hard working chap who deserves more work! http://ksdcustompaint.co.uk
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    Probably a closing down sale on. People can't resist a bargain...
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    As mentioned here it is for those who might find interest, THis is Megasquirt 2 soon to be running semi-sequential fuel and wasted spark LS1 coils , running on 7 cylinders with the stock ECU still hooked up for running a bunch of stuff Fans AC Tach SPeedo Emissions Secondary injectors Boost control Idle control Electric water pump
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    When I got my engine out in 2014 , I portmatched in and outletports. I used the gasket between manifold and head. I Placed the gasket on the head and with a marker I could indicate the opening. and I did the same on the manifold. After that I could take material away until ports in the head, the gasket and the manifold were identical, so portmatched for optimal flow. You'd be surprised how much difference there is on the openings
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    You can just see the Esprit in amongst all the others!
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    Do we want to put 22nd in the diary then? @KennyN and @Zippster does that work with you two?
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    But you did get all the receipts for all the services! So the history is there.
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    Who knew he had his own charity https://www.bibs.org.uk/
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    Well, following soldave's post about this, we took the plunge and completed the rally yesterday. For those who dont know about this, the Fireball Rally is an organisation that arrange various types of motoring holidays in Europe https://www.fireballrally.co.uk We signed up to James Bond's Switzerland one that is an endurance event planning to visit 8 countries in 4 days, totalling 1800 miles!! Many people buy cars specifically for the event, usually under £900 but we chose to take the Esprit. Now, my Esprit has never let me down ever, but the closer the rally got, the more nervous I became and sure that I was about to make a monumental mistake. However, with my son about to start at University, it also seemed likely to be a rare opportunity to bond (over some Bond) that may not arise again for some time. He got the grades, freshers dont start till next week and so we were on!! Planning is everything they say and this is no different. I went over the car with a reasonably fine tooth comb, finding a few minor faults and the need to replace all 4 tyres. The week before we were to go, I also managed to slice my index finger to the bone trying to remove some sealant on the rear quarter window. It really needed stitches but we used some superglue in the end (no different to proper skin glue but not really recommended!) Other things needed - check with insurance company that they will cover ALL countries to be visited. Adrian Flux were great about this and confirmed in writing but others had difficulty. The last minute covers are expensive so better to do ASAP. Add to that European breakdown for a classic car - the best cover will get your car back, provide a courtesy and cover all reasonable costs, along with providing some valuable peace of mind. Satnav provided by Google maps was great, as the destinations were given as global coordinates (mountains dont have postcodes) and worked very well. As we were camping, packing the esprit was not easy and infact as you will read later, created one of the worst problems we encountered on the trip!! This is with no clothes etc etc. The sleeping bags actually went in the front compartment in the and and our coats went on the little shelves but you can see the space issue. As we had just replaced all 4 tyres, we ditched the spare (gulp) to get more space and took a puncture repair kit, tyreweld foam tyre filling thing and crossed our fingers!! The Mustang that came got a flat on the first day but a French garage repaired it for free. Despite Brexit, they dont hate ALL of us!! The other fly that hit the ointment was reports of 50cm of snow on the passes the weekend before we were to go. Hadnt really expected that so, after a moment of panic, bought some snow socks. Didnt need them in the end so I now have a brand new set of AutoSocks to fit an Esprit should anyone want a bargain!!! Thursday 12th Sept and we are ready to go!! Ferry crossing to Calais at 0640 the next morning - smooth and event free. Then a 500mile run for the sun towards Switzerland, through France, first stopping at the Reims-Gueux abandoned GP circuit The main road just runs though the old start/finish straight/pit lane and is a must visit if you are anywhere nearby. The next 4 days saw us visit Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium. Amazing. Here are some of the highlights. A thing near Verdun Verdun Ossuary Piz Gloria restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn - On Her Majesty's Secret Service Grimsel & Furka pass (Goldfinger) Goldeneye Dam Stelvio pass Castle Neuschwanstein (get the Bond link???) I could go on and on but hopefully have illustrated the Lotus in places you might not expect it!!! Well, it performed very well indeed. Never broke down. Never failed to start. Was really quite comfortable, the GT as it is. We did encounter some issues though. Traffic jams around Nancy, Bern, M25 etc caused some overheating and coolant loss through expansion. I think this is due to the radiator fans failing to engage above 90 degrees - bad connection somewhere I think. The exhaust also started to blow. We lost a little power as a result but the roar in the tunnels made up for it, particularly when coupled with another roar from the sports exhaust of the MX5 we were in convoy with. The final issue we had was unexpected loss of all headlights whilst in the middle of the Black Forest (aptly named) We think was due to the overloading of luggage in the front compartment pushing against the mess of wiring/relays etc when taking a tight right hander. Not great losing light at this point!! Came back on but was very unnerving each time it occurred. Overall, an incredible trip, great people, amazing sights and putting paid to the notion of Lots Of Trouble etc etc. Everyone we encountered were amazed to see the car and Brexit has not altered attitudes as far as we could tell.
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    Thanks for the input.. Not sure If the MOT man would know! But its all done the fog lights only work with the mains on .
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    That’s better and from memory they should stay on when you switch on the fog lights Not often my contributions have been anything but cosmetic for this project.......this is about as technical as I get
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    Did you see her looking at Donald Trump. Looked like a spoilt little brat. Don’t worry about her though. I read today Michael Mansfield QC spoke at the Labour party conference and says eating meat needs to become illegal. Excellent idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Once the fame has gone and with the aspergers it would not suprise me if she ends up with a whole bunch of mental health issues and none of todays hangers on to help her through it.
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    Thanks very much for the replies. The problem may be solved! Here's an update. I made a little wire frame to emulate how the carb lid holds the floats, filled the bowl to 27mm with a syringe and put the floats in the bowl on the wire frame. The floats (7g )sat around 11.5-12mm from top. It looks like to achieve a 27mm fuel level the float gap would need to be set to around 11.5-12mm, which is a long way off the recommended 14.5-15mm. However, I previously tried a 12mm gap several times and got inconsistent fuel levels from 26-28mm, but mostly around 28mm. My conclusion from all this is that setting a reliable fuel level of 27mm may not be possible with 7g floats on a 907 engine. Perhaps this is due to the angle of the carbs? I then wrapped some wire evenly across the top of the floats to take their weight to 8.5g. Immediately the fuel level started behaving itself. The level could set the level at 27mm, or indeed anywhere through a range of 26-29mm. Any adjustment in the float gap gave the predicted result to the fuel level. The results were identical on both carbs. And the results are consistent. I set the level to 27mm on the rear carb and let it refill 5 times, with the correct 27mm result each time. Checked 3 times on the front carb as well. Achieving a 27mm fuel level required a float gap of 14mm (measured from the gasket). http://sideways-technologies.co.uk recommends a gap of 15.5-16mm, the lotus manual recommends a gap of 16.5-17 including the gasket, (which equates to 15.5-16mm from the gasket). So my float setting is 1.5-2mm off the recommended. Not ideal, but acceptable? (especially as my botched up floats may not behave exactly like genuine 8.5g floats) I think I need to treat myself to some 8.5g floats and some Viton needles too, as suggested. I haven't tried starting the car yet, I'll update again when I do!
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    You say that Fabian.......but why would the fog lights be on without the rear lights being on?
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    Totally agree Barry. Cant help thinking that there’s an element of brainwashing going on with the school children of today as well. Some of those protesting aren’t mature enough to be able to analyse all of the facts and make their own mind up.
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-49795221/thunberg-if-you-choose-to-fail-us-we-will-never-forgive-you seeing this on the BBC. When you understand the management behind this young girl and the way she is being played to an audience - frankly it’s vile
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    I used to use RS29s on my car. They were developed by Pagid for endurance racing and are an improvement on the RS14 pads. RS14s are what Lotus Motorsports used to fit to their race cars. Because they are more of a track pad, you will find that they squeal a bit until they are warmed up. But I can almost guarantee that you won’t experience any fade with them. Particularly on the road. I can highly recommend them.
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    Checkout Purbeck Sports cars, they are in Holton Heath, Poole. Jon is Lotus trained, very friendly and works on all things Lotus. He services and MOTs my Evora.
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    And for me too. Just received 2 renewal emails But as with Robin, my Paypal payment went through on Aug 24th. One thing we have in commom is that we are all '82 Esprit owners
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    I echo what GF has said above, I use Alcons from Dave and am very happy. Straight swap rotors, retaining your original bells all-round (albeit I upgraded to fully floating on the front). Very convenient.
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    Brexit is a minor impact - if at all. The Thomas Cook model is outdated - 500 plus shop in an age where most book holidays online and a company saddled by huge long term debt. Ultimately, a company that did not adapt to change.
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    personally im particular about having the main dealer stamps.. and have avoided certain cars that dont have them.. I wouldnt take the evora anywhere but a decent lotus service centre. i like keeping the service history up to date with a fully stamped book , and would think if i ever came to sell it would be a positive.. but thats just me.. im lucky to a have the excellent chaps at hanger 111 within 30mins , who are very reasonable..£. i like keeping the service history up to date with a fully stamped book , and would think if i ever came to sell it would be a positive.. theres is not much complicated about the standard servicing bar the unusual clutch/brake combination fluid.. swap every two years.. so main dealer/ independant/self is not going to be a extortionate money anyway.. its if other bits pop up, where a lotus dealer will most likely have the experience to resolve quickly, which in the long run will save over a local garage...
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    Very sad but a reflection of how the travel industry has changed, plus the effects of Brexit over the past year. My wife is in the travel industry, running her own villa rental agency and this year has been a complete write off. The majority of people now want to book 'direct' through airbnb etc and those that do want the security of using a bonded agent have been scared off making any commitment due to the constant Brexit nonsense and scaremongering in the news. Like many retailers it looks like Thomas Cook have suffered too by being so big in a time of lower income when fixed costs can consume a business. Too many high street shops with rents, bills and staff to pay when everyone is booking direct online. High street retail is all going the same way. The only thing people seem prepared to leave their sofas for are experiences, evidenced by the number of crammed coffee shops and restaurants in Chichester now. Buying or booking stuff in an actual shop by speaking to a human is an outdated concept it seems...
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    I have no alternatives in mind, but there must be something out there. Maybe Alcantara? I know that when I get round to redoing my Excel I'm going for 1/2 leather with Alcantara in a similar colour scheme for an updated take on it. I'm fortunate in that if I ever have to do my Esprit interior, I just need to shoot a few teddy bears.
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    heres the bad transistor being tested with a LED in place of a coil, it's not supposed to stay on cause that would be overDwell All fixed up
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    Now my desktop wallpaper. The first car to oust my family photo for years. Very cool pic
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    That's an old news story from 28th August.
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    8th is my anniversary so better pass on that one. 22nd is my youngest son's birthday but he will be 28 so probably not a problem.
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    Oh yes, of course they are savvy. Then whinge like fook when it all unravels and their low cost airline doesn't get them there, or home, or when their hotel goes bust etc etc. You bloody read it all the time and stoopid fookers rarely if ever think about insurance. It's all done on the cheap then they expect someone else to pick up the pieces. No excuses for Thomas Cook and in my opinion sod all to do with Brexit. Just a piss poor exec team, poor strategy, and poor execution. As always though its the staff and customers who will feel the pain.
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    It depends on age of your car at sale time and who you are going to sell to. I'd guess a newbie would want a dealer service record especially for a car less than 4 years old. On the other hand I know my service record is wayyyy above the standard of most dealers and the frequency of basic changes of fluids, discs and pads, as well as adjustments of non service schedule items is way above what Lotus ask for. I would imagine that current Lotus owners would recognise this and pay me an ginormous premium to have their hands on my car.
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    What if I told you guys my popping could be attributed to a simple ignition misfire? Chain of events otherwise known as "the demise of my ignition system" ECU repaired previously for unknown reason bought and drove 350 miles home just cruising, shooting a flame on the left when on the throttle noticed it was very under powered and popping on the left at idle for 2 weeks before teardown 15mo. later engine is rebuilt and I put maybe 4 miles so far......... during the 3 or 4 mile adventure it started to progressivly misfire badly under any kind of boost only reaching 5psi shut it down and restared it several times, gave it a wash, yadayada, it's starts to misfire at idle while chasing down oil leaks next weekend the misfire got worse at idle and was barely running made sure the spark plugs were not wet from the wash started pulling on the ignition wires 1 at a time to see which cylinder was missing and I found 6 & 7 where not firing a spark(You can also find with a timing light clamped onto the wires) 6 & 7 are paired together in 1 coilpack and fired together (wasted spark) I priced out new coilpacks/gaskets etc meanwhile I decided to PinPoint exactly where the fault was and where I was going to have to spend my money I pulled the ECM out of it's location, opened up the connector and exposed all the wires, found all 4 coil wires 29 + 49 , 32 + 52 I bench tested all the coilpacks with a home made IGBT ignitor and a 5v power supply, and found that the coils DID actually fire somewhat Next test was to cut and swap the LEFT and RIGHT output wires from the ECU and "WITHOUT" the FUEL system engaged connect a TIMING Light to the ignition wires that were dead (not firing) crank the engine with KEY and found that the problem "MOVED" to the right side! This told me the problem was actually in the ECU (not triggering the coilpacks on 6 &7 PIn 52 at the ecm connector) What did I do? I opened up the ECU and found the IGBT in the board, DEsoldered It, bench tested it with a simple LED and found that it was not turning ON/OFF, it would stay on for a few sec and slowly die away. So I replaced the 14N40FVL transistor for a BIP373 fully soldered it to the board, put it back together, back on the car and guess what? I went from having 6 cylinders operating to having 7 out of the 8 and even then the Popping was gone! WHy 7 out of 8 ???? Well even though I fixed the ECU output, the Coilpack was too far gone and was only firing on 1 tower, #6 and not #7. WHat I learned after all this. Lotus or BOsch used some cheap IGBT on the board but They can all be replaced THe ECU has 8 IGBT on the board but only 4 are being used (wasted spark) THe ECU essentially has accomodations for 8 cylinder sequential spark but they didnt bother After getting it running I hooked up the timing light again on EVERY wire "1 at a time" and could clearly see which cylinders are "firing" and which are dead. I found that out of the 7 working cylinders, "Some" are strobing my timing light very fast, SOme are at 1/2 the speed, and #3 is misfiring !! What does this mean? I need to go in there and replace all 4 IGBT with stronger BIP373 or use the spares that are in there apparantly doing nothing, I also need new coilpacks Where does this Story go Next?......................Megasquirt and LS1 coilpacks because it's about Damn time someone found an alternative to the Lotus ECU, but that will be in another dedicated thread.
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    Hi Years ago i would of said yep, get straight on with, but you have to consider the downside if you ever chose to sell the car as it will dramitacally effect the price of the future sale if you ever chose to part with your beloved Esprit S2 for some reason. It can be done, but you in your post you say you have found a chassis ? Is it a rolling chassis ? As if it is just a bare chassis, nearly all of your suspension from your S2 will not just simply bolt over as the suspension set up on the S2 was different. You would require new front and rear suspension. Used units are now getting pretty rare and expensive from Lotusbits etc and even more expensive new from SJ etc. Then you have the wheel issue, The hubs on your S2 to run the speedlines are 4 stud, The early S3 turbos had 4 stud but are super rare to find, you can purchase from Mike at Lotusbits alloy bespoke front and rear hubs and machine the spigot down to 50 something mill of memory, but again not a cheap option as the materials used and CNC work cost money. I had some machined up by Mike to run on an S4 chassis for an S2 to keep speedlines fitted, super light weight hubs and the quality is fantastic, folks on here had Mike start the project as many people wanted to fit the old compomotive alloy wheels from the early 4 stud turbo esprits ! All of my projects have been purchased with no future sales intended though and most have been as rough as old dogs apart from my silver S3, So chopping out and changing anything has never come under consideration due to the cars not been worth much when i purchased them, a different story these days. I would say, the cutting off of a bracket and re welding it is not a lot of effort as compaired to fitting a different model chassis, that will also not utilize most of your current components. One of the guys on here has done a LHD conversion, i cant remember who, but it should be easy to find on the forums, i suggest you ping them a pm as they may still have the JIG and steer you in the right direction and warm you of any dramas they encountered etc, to make your project easier. Given LHD Esprits seem pretty thin on the ground in Europe, i would suggest keep it bog standard and just do the LHD conversion. I hope this helps
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    Evija continues World Tour in Middle East.
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    Most American V8 engines ( cross plane cranks) SBF, SBC etc etc have an upper rev limit generally of about 6000 rpm. NASCAR engines running to 9000rpm would be the exception and the dynamic balance on those engines would be very tight 0.05gm or less. Rover V8 engines for example manufactures tolerances for balancing were +/- 2.00gm > 1985. After 1985 they reduced the tolerance to approx 1.0gm. For the many Rover V8 engines I have built and where these were to be used for comp safari, rally raid ( all 4 x4) or circuit use we would balance to "clubman Spec" which is +/- 0.1gm. The MGB CC championship cars (3.9 Rover V8 Engines) however use a flat plane crank ( Like the Esprit V8) and running carbs, distributor ignition see rolling road figures of approx 410 - 420 BHP @ 8200rpm. These engines are balanced to +/- 0.05gm Not sure what the Lotus spec was but I would suggest a tolerance of +/- 0.05gm would be good. This would require the con rods to be balanced end to end accurately and the piston masses to be of a similar value. However there tends to be some variation with forgings as there is with cast pistons and therefore the accuracy of the total balance would be as good as the piston weight/mass. Items such as piston pins, bearings, piston rings tend to be consistant with little variation. Removing small amounts of weight from a piston is possible but not advisable ( easy to weaken) whereas removal of weight from con rods is acceptable and adding weight ( tungsten inserts) or removing weight from crankshaft counterweights by drilling or grinding is the accepted method. However care needs to be taken to avoid damage from swarf or grinding dust on the bearing journals. After balancing crankshaft assemblies are normally washed and then dried, oil way blown through and cleaned with pipe cleaners then oiled ready to install. The engine builder should check bearing and all oil ways before assembly. I am reasonably sure that the Lotus V8 crank is internally balanced and not externally balanced as my flywheel when removed some years ago and from memory, had balance drillings but no additional weights bolted to the flywheel or harmonic damper assembly. Internal balanced engines tend to rev more freely and not having weights on the flywheel means if a flywheel needs to be changed, as long as that is zero balanced ( neutral) the complete rotating assembly would not need to be balanced again when the flywheel or clutch cover was changed. In the video posted above which is an externally balanced engine, the weights bolted on the flywheel have an influence of the total balance and if the flywheel was changed and the incorrect balance weights installed or removed, the engine would vibrate, shake and not last too long. There are journals written on dynamic balancing and for a complete write up, and if you have the time and inclination, worth a read but you may find it has the same effect as several pints or a sleeping tablet !
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    Fallen behind with updates again, but picked the body up and got it back to my workshop today. I'll need a second trip to collect bonnet/bumpers/wing mirrors etc tomorrow but here is what I have now. Very impressed with the work and now terrified at the prospect of having to reassemble it all while never dropping a spanner. Still at least the main body/doors/boot are back without incident. Slightly random collection of pictures from the body shop and finally back home in my workshop.
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    Replacement for my underused Exige S1. 3 weeks in pretty impressed just need to get out on track with it now.
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    I've been working hard to secure the first set of Öhlins for the Federal Evora GT. Fed Ex showed up with my Christmas package. Going to sleep a lot better when these are finally on the car. Can't wait to get the car on the 7 post shake rig at OhlinsUSA and see how these perform. Don't worry they will get high speed adjusters before I'm done Nothing like having a little fun at work. I will Dyno them next week when I get back from the track. This is a great place to start improving the Evora.


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