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  1. This S1 is probably known by some on here. It was Imported to Australia 6 years ago. Great colour and classic interior. Car was entered in the Motorclassica Concourse, and yes the Stamp is of this car
    6 points
  2. Got this reminder on Facebook that my CupR was ready for its plane flight to the USA. Photos courtesy of the fine chaps at Lotus Headquarters. I guess I can't say my car has never seen rain ...... getting wet awaiting loading on to the lorry. Can't believe I've owned this baby for 5 YEARS!
    4 points
  3. Just a random shot from when I was in Wales
    3 points
  4. Bit of luck on the shit front.
    2 points
  5. Nice work Barry. I see your Spitfire and I raise you a 1974 GT6. One owner, 45000 miles and £23k spent on restoration in 2012 😳 Arrived today, just passing through. Will be up for sale after some minor tinkering...
    2 points
  6. Well that didn’t last long - sold today to the first chap who viewed her
    2 points
  7. Last night, I pulled into Tebay Services on the M6 southbound and noticed across the other side of the relatively deserted car park, a Land Rover Freelander with a trailer carrying another car. "So what - nothing out of the ordinary there!" I hear you all say. Well, upon looking a bit closer I noticed that there were 2 large Snap-On tool chests sitting next to it, along with a collection of various automotive bits and pieces, and that the front of the Freelander was up on axle stands. As I walked past on my way to the facilities, the guy working on it slithered underneath, to re-emerge a few seconds later dragging a gearbox with him, . Now, in my time, I've changed the odd bulb, fanbelt, wheel, or even a thermostat mid-journey but I think this guy was in a whole different league. Anybody else done a major repair at the roadside? Apologies for the poor quality pics - I didn't think he'd appreciate being snapped close-up so these were taken from a 'safe' distance away.
    1 point
  8. It looks a lot like one of the wings at Hampton court Palace, it looks like there are grander Sections of the buildings behind.
    1 point
  9. I'm banking on it. We have 600m of post and rail fencing to pay for 🤨
    1 point
  10. I had one the same colour as that in 1978 (BDN 886K - now green according to MOT checker), purchased for £475, ran it for maybe 6 years, before it was replaced by a TR6. They are great little cars.
    1 point
  11. It's basically my twin brother's first car. Same model, age and colour. Sadly not the actual one or else he'd be compelled to buy it off me! It's in lovely condition and the resto company that worked on it kindly sent me today about 300 photos of before and during the work 👍
    1 point
  12. You are making the first mistake people make with lease or PCP cars calling it a major purchase I look at it that with no deposit and the £150 I pay per month for my wifes brand new Peugeot, it's actually one of the cheapest things I will buy. You need to look at it as a rental. It's not a purchase. Therefore you are paying a monthly rent Most of these things, if you buy right and get the right deal, you can get out of them pretty quickly. My Wifes Sportage I got out of after 24 months when it was due a service & Tyres and her Current Peugeot is giving her a bad back after 12 months, cause she is in and out of it 20 times a day in her job. So She is going with a smaller SUV to replace it with, something she steps into rather than climbing in and out. I am happy to assist with advice. We have 7500 vehicles on fleet and none of those are Porkers so can't sell you anything but always happy to discuss options.
    1 point
  13. I had a three year total break, so it´s about time I got cracking! Every project has it´s peaks and valleys, you´ll get there. Currently I am on a berserker run to the finish.. 😄 Trying for the MOT by the end of the week. Luckily I´m off work for the week. Especially, as I have to reserve thursday for helping to take the engine off from the Maserati.
    1 point
  14. I remember those photos well, Jack, thinking one day maybe I'll upgrade from V6S to Cup myself, maybe even with some R aero!!! I know a lot of people respect your efforts in refining the factory racer into your own, not just myself. Here's to the next 5 years!
    1 point
  15. What a great looking car, and even better now you've made your changes!
    1 point
  16. There's nothing wrong with a bit of badge snobbery. A car is a major purchase so it should be one that you feel good about, even if it is just something for getting you from A to B. Let's face it, Lotus owners are by definition car enthusiasts. If you want a Macan and can afford a Macan, buy a Macan!
    1 point
  17. So easily done though....at least you’re getting there faster than me!
    1 point
  18. Maxi, the addition of a little, up to a quart, of the synchromesh additive pictured above (there are 2 versions -- you want the one that says "Friction Modified") did make a difference on the Toyota C60x transmissions used in the S2 models when combined with MT90. MTL ( a 75W-80 grade) would not be the ticket. The combo of fluids was a cure for a 2nd and 3rd gear grinding/crunching many were experiencing with those trannys (assuming the synchros were not already destroyed). The additive increased the "bite" of the synchros to help them do their job. Anecdotally, we also found that changing the trans fluid often appeared to keep the trans happy. By often, I mean with every oil change, change the trans fluid....cheap insurance. We picked up on this "secret sauce" solution (combining MT90 with some AC Delco Synchromesh) from the Honda guys that were having problems with grinding, especially into 2nd gear, on the S2000 cars.
    1 point
  19. Anyone know if this kit would cover most bush / bearing types in likely to come across? Have ordered the 20t press to aid removal 👍🏻 Size wise goes from 18mm to 64mm and a one off 74mm
    1 point
  20. Indicators work again. Gave the hazard switch a good bath in WD-40, which helped with calming down the hazards, but no effect on the indicators. Going through the indicator relay contacts extinguished the indicator light at the dash, but still no indicators. The reason for no indicators was embarrasingly simple. The power wire from the stalk to the relay had no connection. It apperead ok from the outside and had been checked twice, but male connector was actually on the outside female connectors insulation. Silly f*cking me..
    1 point
  21. @rfoster might be able to help, or perhaps @Kimbers?
    1 point
  22. I've got those stamps too, TLF sorted using the car for Royal Mail
    1 point
  23. 1 of 7 JPS tribute at Australia's top Concourse in Melbourne, Motorclassica.The car is for sale and outside with a plethora of other exotic.
    1 point
  24. Yes, you may recollect mine had the CupR kit fitted a couple year ago. Very happy. I'm still yet to weigh the car, so can't comment on differences, though I think @550superfast can assist here.
    1 point
  25. When it's a SUV who cares what the badge on the front is but you'll pay over twice the amount for a very similar, yes not the same, but similar car! Mate just got the Skoda equivalent of an Audi Q5 (which is the Audi equivalent of a Macan is it not) and he is amazed at the quality for the price. But I realise for many, the badge is more important than the money, though that same mate has just got his wife a 2nd car, a new Mazda MX5 top spec and is still quids in over the Audi on the deal. For me, a SUV is a SUV is a SUV. It's just a skip to load all your shit in and take it to the tip, go shopping etc. Every three years I get the wife a brand new pre-reg top of the range Qashqai 4wd. She loves it, and I save on average £12k on list price which gives me a better depreciation cost than a Lotus Evora 400 lol.....
    1 point
  26. We changed the transfer box on the Range Rover (towing an Elan +2) on our newyears trip last year. Broke the casing while offroading (without the trailer in tow), sourced another box, used the Elan to get there and were very lucky a mate offered his driveway/front garden for us to do the swap. As to the original post, I do wonder if he had a spare gearbox in the back or one was coming his way... Either way, a big thumbs-up for doing the job! Filip
    1 point
  27. The wheels are hub-centric, so you could replace one at a time without having to lift the wheels.
    1 point
  28. Jani, look for my posted response several days back in another thread. I explain the sort of fault you're dealing with and how to fix. I think it was in Giugiaro, Interior, etc. "Hazard Switch Schematic"
    1 point
  29. Hello Giz, If you find your clutch is stuck now and then upon start-up after sitting for a time you are among many Lotus owners so afflicted. My old Elan and a buddy's Esprit were two local cars that had exhibited this, the best advice gained was that the clutch plate had become partially bonded to the flywheel by rust. Brakes do something similar on garden variety autos here in moist Vancouver, in steamy Singapore it could only be even more likely. Breaking the clutch loose can be a rather brutal process but once done we found the cars to be normal until once again garaged for a period of weeks. Don't think you've found anything amiss in terms of the copper greased splines. Best drive the car regularly for an easy solution.🙂
    1 point
  30. Can't compete with some above but changed a Cortina GT head gasket on the then Oxford bypass. Had the tools. Dispatched the good lady on foot to seek a new gasket and lots of water. Many motor factors around in those days and people usually helpful to a lady in distress: "You're looking for a whaaat?!" But she succeeded. Good that she'd managed to get a big tub of Swarfega too ........ we just made it in time to a wedding, down in Cardiff.
    1 point
  31. Ah, just remembered my most scary one. Antigua, 1999, trying to get across the island to my family in a tropical storm in my local mate's car. Hit by a flash flood that filled the passenger cabin to our waists, almost washed out to sea, and armed with screwdriver, rags and WD40, I had to get the drenched car started on a diminishing sandbar with rain so heavy I could hardly see, and lightning grounding all around me. No shit.
    1 point
  32. Hey Buddsy! Yes is a never ending story... can’t understand how people can reassemble an Esprit in a couple of months... nothing fits as original but maybe I’m too maniac about details? 😜
    1 point
  33. Not on the side of the road, but when I lived up in the NT, we regularly drove out to a beach called Little Bondi. All set up for camping. Surfboards loaded and food and people. It is 4WD to get there and probably took about an hour and a half once you got off the road to get there. So we were at least 2 hours from any sort of help. No mobile phones and it was a long walk out. Round a corner out of the bush to travel along the cliffs to get to Little Bondi. The Suzuki has a conniption. Engine loses all power and then the car won't start. About an hour later after having spark plugs out, distributor out, turn engine and do an in-bush retiming of everything. Car fires up on first try and away we go. Never caused an ounce of trouble again. I still don't know what happened.
    1 point
  34. Replaced an in tank pump on the doorstep of a Land Rover specialist I had it recovered to, nothing difficult but the tank had to be dropped out of the car. That ☝is just deadly!
    1 point
  35. As a 20+ year old, can't remember exact year, brought a 1100 auto to teach girl friend to drive as gears were one of life's mysteries to her. Brill little car, reliable, cheap to run, many happy memories, including when it collapsed due to the rear cross member under the rear seat no longer being there due to rust, it just sagged in the middle, looked a bit like a banana. Regards to all John
    1 point
  36. Thanks Chris. Having a break befor the ski rack phase!
    1 point
  37. snowrx thanks, I've heard vacuum is very low on 4 throttle bodies. some put 4 in 1 with a small damper before the sensor. Alpha-N only needs barometric correction with an sensor in open air. some will do a hybride of Alpha-N with speed density part throttle. I want to see what MAF will bring... just a testing/learn curve. Andy, yes FI is not for more BHP, BUT it gives the points you mentioned above plus I like the fact that the leaking carbs on top of the dizy are gone (and the dizy itself) plus my carbs are in a very poor state so why put a lot of money in them for a rebuild/tune . engine will response better as well because the spark timing is more accurate and better to program. laika, I need a new pump and new fuel lines anyway. a fuel regulator is at the end of the fuel rail and a single return to the tank. thinking about a intank fuel pump with a semi swirlpot inside.( a folded sheet metal spiral around the pump so in a hard corner and low on gas the pump will not suck air. did this on the europa and seems to work well. I only see good points with FI
    1 point
  38. I figure that I’m driving around with parts from at least 3 of these
    1 point
  39. Looks like you may have bagged a real bargain, and Phew with regards to fitting some wheels of an appropriate style.
    1 point
  40. I got myself some 45mm jenvey throttle bodies (a lot cheaper than what I have seen on the "classicfuelinjection" site.) and an EMS fuel injection ecu. but many universal sets are available (even diy sets like megasquirt or KDFI , VEMS) I paid for the ecu/throttle bodies/coil/fuel pump and some used injector around 1000euro. I love the fact that the leaking carbs do not sit above the distributor anymore (both are gone) plus the spark timing is way better controlled compared with the old sytem. can't wait to finnish the europa so I can start with the fuel injection on the esprit. btw go to the megasquirt forum you learn so much about EFI so you can pick the correct system for your needs.
    1 point
  41. All home - 12 months mot, insured and taxation class changed to “historic” down the post office so I can also have 12months free tax a few fettling bits and she can be up for sale
    1 point
  42. To step up to a new GT410 Sport from my NA I was quoted my car plus £10k + £800 a month for 4 years. That was far too steep a cost for the step in performance/car for me. It sure was pretty though!
    1 point
  43. @au-yt I just want the car that I ordered from Lotus and that they were suppose to supply. We know that didn't happen. That doesn't stop me from getting what I want. I'm just taking the hard way. More to come!
    1 point
  44. A couple of pics from a dawn run last weekend to liven up an old thread. Not been driving much this year as I have a project on at home. Hopefully I can get a trip to Spa before the year is out.
    1 point
  45. Now has the holy trinity. Dry sump, Panasonic stereo and compomotives.
    1 point
  46. Enjoyed that drive home tonight 😃
    1 point
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