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  1. 2 more sleeps..... IMG_2688.mov
    6 points
  2. Nothing new on the car, just a photo update...
    5 points
  3. Paint is the cover , prep is the foundation.. the cover will always settle and sink if the foundation is not done properly.. Pics of foundation. Repair , prep , polly coat, flat, re-prep, 2k prime , ....., undercoat.. etc etc. All the stuff you never see being done which is the biggest/ longest and most important part of the job.. The area's showing repairs were not obvious , just gel cracks in all the usual places... easily missed if you don't know where/ how to look .. It to late after the paint is on .. ('' you have got to l
    5 points
  4. Hip? Due to years of Lotus ingress/egress?
    3 points
  5. This should be with me soon, love his work!
    3 points
  6. My very generous better half bought me this stunning print for my birthday this year. It really looks amazing on the wall, the Compmotives gleam just like the real thing. The first print actually arrived slightly damaged in one corner after being manhandled in the post but Ella replaced it without hesitation and the replacement arrived in much sturdier packaging and is now pride of place in man cave at home. Her prints are very expensive but make a really nice gift for a very special occasion. She has been great to deal with throughout. http://www.freireprintz.co.uk/
    2 points
  7. No not really . You have to search for some of them. The odd cracks are easy to see if you know what to look for . most of the time they are in the stress points and where the two halves of the shell join... For example , pic 1 shows a small crack (visible) which does not look much in the door shut gap. .. BUT ... when you investigate and follow it to its end it goes into the font wing panel area.. when you fully chase it out you find the reason is a void left from initial joining of top and bottom halves.. See pic 2. This is not at all un common. I see
    2 points
  8. Yeah - I got one of his White Esprits
    2 points
  9. That's too big a question for me to answer, but best to express it as I want something to move to from the Evora. Just as my Elan, plus 2, Esprits, Elises, 2-11 were best at the time, the Evora is no longer the best it can be. I want a lower c of g, a better manual box or a sports dsg, interior gadgets that add something to my driving experience or comfort. Evolve or die a slow death. I want a replacement.
    2 points
  10. Capping rail and trim in position. screen trims fitted well. please with the outcome. head lining and seats back in next. After the leather has been re colonised.
    2 points
  11. I use mine daily as my only car, as others have said i'd recommend a late S2 onwards (one with aircon and a hardtop). The only issue I have is excessive windscreen fogging for the first 5 - 10 mins of driving, but I've only owned my current car for a few months and haven't had a proper look at the fan/aircon to see if all is well. I also don't have a hardtop on yet so i'm hoping that will help a tad. You will not regret it, especially throughout the summer months when you can take the roof off and throw the car into corners! I even returned to an Elise (Toyota) after owning an A
    2 points
  12. I think I can imagine the Hyundai being the winner, particularly if it's an automotive journalist(s) judging them. I think performance cars can get tiring if you drive them all the time, and the freshness of a car that's fun and exciting to drive but also one that you're able to (somewhat) sensibly exploit is easily enough to make it stand out. I largely agree with the Evora comments too. Driving experience? Phenomenal. Mechanical construction? Brilliant. Cabin construction, materials, feel and construction? Not up to what you might expect in a one hundred thousand pound car, which they
    2 points
  13. Have you looked at spal blowers / fans? https://www.spalautomotive.it/centrifugal-blower Maybe they have something that fits? Sizes etc are in their catalogue.
    2 points
  14. Love all that carbon. I have only the carbon sills but at least some to look at inside
    1 point
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  16. I finally removed all the valves from the head today (17.10.19). This wasn't too bad a job as I had a valve removing tool and they came apart really easily. All the guides are worn, with one inlet valve being very sloppy on number one, but the valves don't look too bad a condition generally. Some ports you can see blow by on the inlet valves, which obviously would be contributing to low compression. Seats on the exhaust valves were very thin and looked like they were not creating a good seal. I think once all the faces have been machined, new guides and the valves lapped in, the head wil
    1 point
  17. That's a great print! Here's some old Esprit art I've collected over the years.
    1 point
  18. Which colony are you sending the leather to
    1 point
  19. When you restore the bindings Fab make sure you mark them 360RD to be more precise.
    1 point
  20. Really nice Spec. I also collect my new 350 this Saturday Sorry to rub it in
    1 point
  21. At least no-one can accuse them of pro-British bias. Trump voters will be incensed by a Korean hatchback ‘beating’ the new Corvette. Maybe that’s the idea - to get everyone talking about R&T. Seems to be working!
    1 point
  22. That's very interesting and could work. Probably better too. Something like the 008-B100-93D even if its housing has to be removed. Fabricating a new mounting frame to fit around it that matches the plenum.
    1 point
  23. Something different. And add a bit of "Zeekraal" (Salicornia) in the glass.
    1 point
  24. Good effort. Now the fun begins! Enjoy the process. I did. I have a spare motor, but don't really want to part with it. However if you are stuck and make it worth my while I could be persuaded as I have a budget shortfall to make up on my restoration cost. If you note from my restoration write up one side of the heater box is spot welded. I had mine media blasted and powder coated OK.
    1 point
  25. Bloody lovely, many don’t like the black accents but I think it break up the car a little and looks great. More so on a lighter colour which is my dilemma as I’m not that shouty.
    1 point
  26. Jamie @ B&C confirmed its mid nineties. From collection day
    1 point
  27. Chocks away, Ginger!
    1 point
  28. Nothing you guys haven’t seen before but unexpectedly my 350 is at Leven already and Laura kindly sent over some photos. It’s looking like the 16th before I can collect due to work commitments so the sleepless nights now begin!
    1 point
  29. 8. Leave and Let Dry Whilst I had been busy with the engine, gearbox and finishing off the chassis, John had been rubbing down and repairing the body shell. Thankfully little really needed doing as it was in really good shape and my hunch was correct that the car somewhere in its past life been very well cared for. Very little cracking was present and was only paint deep. Possibly in the cheap and cheerful repaint as a tidy up in the past 15 or 20 years or so. When I next got to see the car it had a primer coat on it to check the evenness of the body shell surface. A process that h
    1 point
  30. No, I don't remember ever seeing a Belgian black SE with a V8 bodykit. Too few Lotus to see on our roads... I did get lucky and could park next to a lovely red Turbo Esprit at a meeting yesterday.
    1 point
  31. Today in the Swiss Alps.. empty streets, as normally the mountain passes are closed in November.. but not yet today.. lucky me
    1 point
  32. To each his own, but I to prefer the original Stevens look to the Thompson redesign. Also, with so few miles, whoever made/ordered the changes can't have spent much time with the car as it was...
    1 point
  33. Not sure what the mileage record is but at least one Elise has done over 250,000 miles. 1.8 Toyota 1ZR engine would probably be my choice for racking up high miles but as Kevin and many others have shown a well maintained K-Series can run and run too. Have you considered the modern Europa? They are very rare now but use the Elise chassis with a Vauxhall 2.0 turbo from the VX220 and were built for better long distance comfort. Great cars. Very quick with fantastic handling. This one's over budget and probably nicer than you need but will give you some idea. https://www.pisto
    1 point
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  36. Prices still seem high. Here's how low prices got around the mid noughties, when Esprit S2's to Turbos were between £4k and £10k.
    0 points


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