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  1. I'm with Sparky, but also take account of the parts coming off Vs quality of the replacement. If you take off a part that was good for 30yrs so obviously relative free of manufacturing defect, and replace it with the cheapest compatible item, then expect to introduce problems.
    5 points
  2. Awesome, thx for sharing! I'm really behind on updates here but I'll try to do my best soon. Just a small teaser: was at a trackday yesterday. Day in the rain so was pretty exciting on semi's. Only one guy faster on soft wets, you see him passing me here. Oh well, I wasn't even close keeping up with that thing haha
    4 points
  3. Follow the Esprit service schedule to the letter and you're probably as preemptive as you need to be. For 40 years I've witnessed people taking maintenance shortcuts (the Esprit is a major victim of this) and getting all kinds of expensive surprises as a result. I print the service checklist for every Esprit that comes in, and I address every item (generally excepting geometry which is very much individual). I seem to spend a lot of my time giving bad news to owners though! But yes, this is at least preemptive. Many major issues can be avoided in this manner. As we all know, the Espr
    3 points
  4. Saturdays game was just awe inspiring wasn’t it. The way England systematically dismantled the All Blacks provided probably the best game of rugby I’ve ever seen. I think the final is going to be brutal but if England play as well as last Saturday then they’ll be hard to beat. I can’t wait to see it
    2 points
  5. Sorry but I'd tell them to swivel. Fix it or you walk.
    2 points
  6. Pre-emptive all the way; if the Esprit breaks down at the side of the road in the pissing rain in the middle of nowhere, I want to be able to say to the wife it wasn't anything I did, or didn't do. Ignorance and bodgery are the biggest problems for an Esprit.
    2 points
  7. MJK Bibs Rachel Cliff Sparky Madame Sparky ChrisJ DanE Kim.com Martyn Dave Ex Ann Ex (Venison well done please) Mr internets Mrs internets C8RKH Yasuo I'm delighted to confirm that we'll be joined by the Lotus superstar that is @Mike Kimberley for our meal again this year
    2 points
  8. A Shipright's Disease list of things to do when the engine and trans are out would be a Good Thing. (Isn't that the FIRST thing that @Barrykearley does on any new acquisition?) With the Esprit, its not the cost of parts that are ex$pensive, it's the labor, especially when paying a shop.
    2 points
  9. Time for a new cambelt, and no garage as car has been in a container mostly for last couple of years, so my son obligingly has a ute and a recently installed side awning for shade, much needed as it was hot. Job done surprisingly easily. Trunnions oiled, old fuel replaced, and it started as it should when finished.
    2 points
  10. Turbo Fixed! The ignition mod and new fuel pump seem to have made a massive difference. Started first turn of the key with practically no cranking! Sounds good. Will have a drive tomorrow if the weather holds.
    2 points
  11. The world population is almost double what it was when I was Greta's age in the 70s, urban population nearly triple. 80 million new consumers, and CO2 and methane producers a year. The problem with the world is too many people. What does Greta propose to do about that?
    2 points
  12. Please excuse me while I have a bit of a long rant here as I'm getting heartily sick of some people adopting the moral high ground based simply on misinformation or a complete lack of understanding of how nature actually works. So, just to set the scene. For the past 30 years we have lived in the same house. We have some mature trees of our own and the property backs on to a large area of woodland which has a huge number of very large mature trees, a lot of shrubs, mainly Rhododendron, and is mainly used by dog walkers plus a few recreational walkers. Every year for the past 30 years, bar
    1 point
  13. Out and about in the Autumnal sunshine.
    1 point
  14. yes, a small, with thin brushes, brass brush lightly used does it. Kind regards, jacques
    1 point
  15. I love a roar on startup. Signals intent.
    1 point
  16. If I was looking i go for silverstone Car even if it was going to be £3k more as I would want no issues with car ? i know that many of those mot issues are solvable just seems a long list but then again you can cut your cloth ?
    1 point
  17. No one complains - they just think you’re a douchbag
    1 point
  18. Driving that car condemned me to 5.5 years and still counting of Evora ownership
    1 point
  19. I'll be looking to add anodised black mesh to the rear of the internal scoops to stop any 'bad' stuff getting in (just like the 430). However on the air intake side you would need to add the mesh yourself (as I don't have your intake scoop - you reuse the factory one). So the scoops won't be completely open on the kit supplied. Im very happy with the carbon weave and finish and would class it as good, being honest OEM weave is better and would class as 'excellent', but I dont think you would notice in reality and I dont feel the difference warrants the high OEM price. @GFWilliams and @RRS
    1 point
  20. Had this with the brake pedal switch. Original was assumed faulty, bought a new one (from SJ), it failed. Went back and cleaned the connectors of the original, all fine now. Lotus might be accused of using cheap parts sometimes, but compared to modern cheaper equivalents, maybe not so bad.
    1 point
  21. Most important thing to check is it boosts nicely at 100% WOT Your next list on PRA is drop the rad pack. Most other things are in order. I’m sure there was a service checklist in the workshop manual breakdown cover is useful - but I’ve never needed to use it (yet)
    1 point
  22. Yes, should be interesting to see! The car performed great. Also, during the day, all of a sudden a white Cup 220 drove up with an older guy who just bought the car 3 weeks ago. It was a komo-tec 265. He was interested in doing some trackdays and came by for some info. Gave the guy a helmet and took him for some laps as passenger. He had a blast. Always great sharing the same passion with people. Even with the rain, it was a great day!
    1 point
  23. And the spray from the ridiculous amount of downforce compared to the Cup 250. The amount of grip was stunning, even if he was driving on soft wet racing tires. Absolutely bonkers. He was actually only 4 seconds a lap faster than me. Which is kind of amazing on a small track like folembray. He did 1:01:XX and I drove 1:05:XX on my semi's in the rain/damp. Once again this confirms what an awesome machine the Cup 250 is. Horsepower is overrated. There even was a professional racecar driver there who drove formula 3, 24h Le Mans, 24 Zolder (and made podiums) and he was driving 1:10:XX in a
    1 point
  24. That was my first long termer, loved it! I looked after all long term cars as if they were my own, and the Lotus Press Garage maintained it very well. Great colour too, very classy https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/long-term-tests/lotus-evora-long-term-test-an-introduction-to-our-new-car/ If I didn't already have one, I'd buy that.
    1 point
  25. So after being made an offer I couldn’t refuse by Ken at Snows Lotus, I picked up my new GT410 Sport this morning. Felt like a child at Christmas picking it up. Even though this is my third Evora it is still a buzz! First impressions are really good, even in running-in mode the car feels livelier and more purposeful than the 400. Ride is still excellent and although there is no doubt it has a much tauter feel it is by no means uncomfortable. Looking forward to more miles tomorrow!
    1 point
  26. Brought new 410 in for its first service and get directed to park in front of my old 400. Looks like she has a new home with a Custom plate on her. Anyone on here?
    1 point
  27. https://www.bookaclassic.co.uk This place has a couple i think
    1 point
  28. I've not been on a drive and not seen them, quite a few times too! Put your foot down Clive, the red line is there for a reason
    1 point
  29. @internets an excellent point, very well made. He should stick to cam-belts, that photography is pathetic. Maybe the shorts got in the way
    1 point
  30. Somebody put a flyer on my S1 windscreen at a car show once asking me if I wanted to rent my car out to complete strangers. The deal was I would deliver it to their address and then pick it up at the end of the rental period having covered the insurance for them OR... you could bugger off!
    1 point
  31. Great little cars and a better choice than a Cayman, drives better but lower quality feel to it. I’d have one if the prices dropped a bit. i can’t reply to Internets as I’m still laughing that Sparky claims to have a mate Trevor.
    1 point
  32. It's been over three years and I only just discovered this !
    1 point
  33. You always fill the space you occupy Bill @bgalbraith I had, and still have to be tidy, and methodical. I had no other option unfortunately. Challenging at times, and once the painted body shell was back on I could only really work on it outside on the driveway. Especially when the doors went back on. Which meant rain free days only.
    1 point
  34. The 503 is finished and onto a new project, love this car.
    1 point
  35. I try and drive my car once a week but the journey tends to be a school run of 20 miles round trip, with slow traffic often in the journey. otherwise I don’t get many chances to drive the car for more than an hour this week I am working away in Isle of Man and yes great place to take Evora but as I am taking my partner she hates going in car so I am taking company car and I supposed to use that for works travel anyway? i don’t know if infrequent use contributed to starter motor failure ? Or was it previous owner and my use on shorter journeys with multiple starting ? I don’t
    1 point
  36. Mr. Vizard's credentials are impeccable and I've read through much discussion in forums in regard to his Polyquad theory. The concept is persuasively described in the articles, however not a single example of the outcome realized has yet been presented by anyone, including well established tuners. It has also been noted by some of the professionals who contribute that some of the desired swirl has been accomplished by nothing more exotic than offset grinding the 2 intake cam lobes per cylinder several degrees apart. That said, I do not presume to know enough to dare challenge the like of DV in
    1 point
  37. I live in a beautiful, productive, rural part of the country and many of my farmer neighbours are falling over themselves in their rush to get planning for schemes from 3 to 3000 houses on their land before they sell it on. It's driven by greed. Range Rovers, Holiday Homes abroad to buy and kids to cart off to very expensive schools. Never seen so many people with Rolexs on their wrists, designer labels on everything and fat bellies full of the finest wines, food, champagnes etc. Go figure.
    1 point
  38. I was refueling my Evora at a Shell filling station this morning and a bright purple metalflake BMW M8 with really aggressive styling and aero' add-ons pulled up to refill. M8 had German plates and a 6ft 6" man mountain with really aggressive styling got out. Black leather trousers, a black string vest style shirt, pecs and biceps covered in tattoos that were bigger than my thighs, gold bangles and his hair tied up in a bun at the back ... looked like a cage fighter and certainly not to be messed with. Paid for my fuel with him waiting behind me and I returned to my car, fired up and wa
    1 point
  39. Colleague of mine tested one twice with a view to buy, but couldn’t make his mind up. He also tested a Cayman but was unimpressed. I suggested he try an Elise. He now owns a 220 Sport.
    1 point
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  41. As Donald Trump has proven over the last couple of decades, the truth and facts matter very little when it comes to peoples convictions. You can present the most cogent argument and it won't make a dent in people. This is why the world is the way that it is. As for Greta, she is a child, and should be treated as such; we all thought we could change the world when we were 16, before wage-labour and cyncism ground us to a pulp. She will disappear and resurface in about 12 years working for Goldman Sachs. In the meantime, I'm gonna keep on rescuing the world, by not having children and
    1 point
  42. I'm disappointed no one picked up on my wee addition of "lamb basting". I mean, who doesn't enjoy a good, well basted leg of lamb with roast potatoes done with goose fat and rock salt and some nice fresh roasted heritage carrots?
    1 point
  43. She's clearly both ignorant and nuts. Perhaps there's space for her at the bottom of the leaf pile!
    1 point
  44. Owen, I've rounded my fair share of those hex bolts. On every occasion (except one that required grinding the head then turning out with locking grips) I've succeeded by tapping in a larger torx bit.
    1 point
  45. What - you mean you can turn them inside out and use them again?
    0 points


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