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  1. Many thanks to all on here for the advice and encouragement over the last six years, especially @slewthy, @johnpwalsh, @molemot , @Buddsy, @Lotusfab, @Paul Coleman, @Matt-watts, @cbclotus and so many others (Not least @Bibs for establishing this awesome resource!) It’s taken 5 years longer than planned due to family deaths, illnesses, relocation and other issues, but finally, just a few cosmetics left to do. It was Soooo good to drive it up to the MoT station, and then have to “go and warm it up properly 😉”, before the emissions test just a couple of taster pics before I retrospectively blog the process a la @Fridge
    10 points
  2. The biggest problem with car restoration is you have to be two people. The engineer who is capable of dismantling, checking, reassembling the mechanics of the car, and doing the electrics and other such tasks, and also a craftsman who does bodywork. Few people are good at both and also few people enjoy doing both. I take my hat off to the people who restore bodywork as I cant stand doing it and therefore not very good at it as I dont have any interest in practising.
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  4. I've never seen a 24-hour advent calendar before.
    3 points
  5. Just keep going, but at your own pace. It's not a race. It's a difficult job at the best of times, but even more challenging as a home restoration due to a lack of available manpower and space. Let alone ability and having to learn new skills. Often with the stress of only a single chance of getting tasks done correctly.
    3 points
  6. Very well, despite my best efforts.
    2 points
  7. Any chance you could pop round and trim an overhanging tree for me? Thanks.
    2 points
  8. Can you please move it all to the uk. I will reassemble your car whilst you make my ski racks!😄😄😄
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  9. Thanks everyone for your kind messages. Im gradually getting back into things albeit still a bit rough. Seems like a mix of dehydration, too much travel and work going on which just took a head and knocked me for six. I'll be back in full swing later in the week. Thanks again.
    2 points
  10. Well I know most of you on here are far to polite to criticise my car. I actually dont mind when things are pointed out as it helps make it the best it can be. There are two things that have to be corrected and will be in the future. One is the inside of the louvre area. This has to be sprayed matt black. The other is the front wheels. The lip size is currently 1.5 inch. The original was 1 inch. Thanks to Bauke on here I have the correct lips, professionally polished and ready to go on. I havent got round to it as I have been driving the car and there are things like the shimming and rear springs to do. I also have been facing certain mental barriers, as six years of restoring these is starting to get to me and I hate fiberglassing and sanding. I have been doing a lot of recently! One day it will be perfected! When you hit 5000 posts do you get a badge?
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  11. Yep thats the car. But there still ws a question mark when trying to prove it. I hadnt noticed the studio car didnt have ski racks which lends support to the fact there were three cars used of which Mikes was the studio car. Its was restored by and now has ski racks and is in Monaco. I believe they were tryingbto sell it and put a video of it on you tube, which therevis a link to on this thread somewhere! Your correct about my memory, I have so much to remember for my job I sometimes forget some of the 4909 posts I have made on here!😄😄😄😄 heres the Monaco car. I leave it to you to judge the resto quality.
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  12. I also have the IPS and enjoy it, always in Sport mode though 😎
    2 points
  13. 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/ Some nice stuff appearing on Facebook lately too. Looks like someone from here has already had one of Buzz Art's prints made up!
    1 point
  14. And next time get the old dementia girl to correct her legal paperwork 😉
    1 point
  15. on the summer drives we have done the Elise 220/250 cups have to work really hard to try and keep up with what id describe as 3/4 speed exige driving (when I had a 350). I admire the bravery to be honest! The Elise is much slower, road or track, but that's obvious given the power difference. It depends what you want - if you are getting bored id go to komotec and give your car a little more fun or get an LSD fitted, if you can't explore the limit try hiring a pro on track days to push you out of your comfort zone, if you just want to have fun at slower speeds then get the Elise (especially if running costs are an issue). I don't think you can go wrong with any of the current lotus cars to be honest and there is no right answer as its just so personal.
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  16. Insults? What us? Back on track, here’s a bit of help if you’re in a quandary about the paint job.
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  17. Thanks @jonwat ...another one that should have been credited above, along with the many Andys and Steves who helped me along the way.
    1 point
  18. I just dynoed my 350s IPS, just with alias’s intake, the rest 100% stock 355cv at 6500rpm 440Nm at 5000rpm really happy with the result taking in account that based on the results I’ve seen in this forum the stock car usually has 325-330 cv dyno sheet coming soon
    1 point
  19. The two tone interior looks really tasty, as does the whole car, well done.
    1 point
  20. Such a great car the 111r, I still miss my SportsRacer edition. 2ZZGE + Elise chassis = magic combination. Liking the personal touches too. Great choice of wheels, they really suit the car.
    1 point
  21. That nova looks really good and the Turbovec wheels are a fantastic match with the car. I'd love one now now but would feel a little daft in one. Cue insults from the usual crowd..... Trevor.
    1 point
  22. Autumn mood. I still love the lights and silver wheels! No plans for mods at the moment, but I think with the next service, I will go with Nitrons and bring the car a bit lower to the ground. Some interior updates planned this winter, but I will do all myself... I just need a few things first
    1 point
  23. That reminded me that back in 2013 (lool, over 6 years ago!) I took some pics with my EX-Elise and my friend, Linda. We did it as a test photoshoot but due to the fact I sold my Elise fairly soon after, we never managed to do a proper session. Something I've been planning to do now for a while. I've got an idea for an awesome photoshoot (not Lotus, though) and a model. But no, these won't be in a bikini, short skirts etc... Anyway, two snaps from the day... I'm sure I've got a couple more that would be worth showing, I just never got to properly postprocess them
    1 point
  24. Been there @Rolls and you are right! By January 2017 I was into my restoration at the deepest. With the largest financial outlay, but just a bare chassis, body shell and many, many boxes of bits with quite a high value. Which I couldn't even insure as a car. It is quite daunting, but a great means of focusing the attention on the build. With each successive item completed I would be one step closer to covering my expenditure. Only now, over 3 years later, have I really covered my arse financially on my project.
    1 point
  25. This is what keeps me up at night... I'll have the perfect body painted to perfection but with bags of parts with no idea how to put the damn thing back together - hehe. How good is that colour in the sun!
    1 point
  26. It’s been the regular updates from the like of you and Fabian that got me there, Roland! Keep up the good work, and I’ll set about detailing the process in the next week or so..
    1 point
  27. Congrats. It’s posts like this that keep us all going 👏👏👏
    1 point
  28. Not to mention the third person who acts as the financier...😉
    1 point
  29. Everything has a price Fabian lol...even has the original B&C keyfob style tag attached 😎 ...but I suspect @Steve V8 might be able to make you one?
    1 point
  30. Very nice, congrats on the MOT. Now go and have some fun in it
    1 point
  31. This morning’s update. Wednesday morning is dustbin collection day. The council contractor works on an alternating fortnightly cycle. It’s not rocket science. Today is finally the day for collection of their offending landfill black bin, which has been standing empty on both their front garden and their access path for the past two weeks. So what do they do? Well they wheel out their green recycling bin of course! The bin men have been and gone now. So the neighbours’ black bin remains where it was and has now been joined by their full green recycling bin, which has the lid open. Both bins now form a pretty effective barrier to their front door, so surely they must realise their mistake and put them back until next time? Or would they rather leave them where they are and pick their way past them everyday? It would appear that I overestimated their intelligence after all.
    1 point
  32. That looks amazing. You must be over the moon with that mot pass too. Now just need to wait for a cold &crisp, dry day for a proper work out. Glad to have been any help or inspiration getting you there but now you are an inspiration to others, especially if you can post your journey too! Made up for you. Simon
    1 point
  33. Right, so that's the car photographed in the sunshine? I've seen it a few times. This one? From Saltburn (North Yorkshire), to St. Tropez (or thereabouts). He's a bit nearer the Alps if he wants to ski at Vars or Isolo 2000, north of Nice.
    1 point
  34. You would have been my hero 30 years ago Barry, but I've moved on, more of an Eclan man nowadays which I bet handled considerably better than the Nova. Good to know Trevors already has a sunroof, sounds like an essential option on a kit car!
    1 point
  35. That’s good to know. What would you recommend? I’ve had the v6 for 5 years now, I think it’s a compliment to the v that the brakes are so good rather that the Elise being bad. for sure the Elise can eat up the miles across Europe in the same way my s2 exige or my VX220 did but the large v6 feels more relaxed. Maybe this is down to fewer rattles or just progress I don’t know but I worry the Elise will be too alive. That v6 can just chug along the roads without noticing. my head is saying keep the v6, is fantastic and I cannot ask for more. My heart is saying get an Elise cup for fun. My heart is also saying don’t get rid of the v6. ♥️
    1 point
  36. You have a short memory @LotusFab @G_Reaper has posted extensively about this, including on this thread, about 3 millions posts ago. The third car was later owned by Mike, after it languished at Lotus Cars. He later sold to a neighbour of mine who used it as part of his business. Then sold on again about 10 years ago. Whilst at Pinewood Studios I believe this car was used for a camera test of the Copper Fire colour, and then used in the Q Branch studio scene whilst the other 2 cars were on location etc. Mike has described to me the little difference he has spotted between the cars.
    1 point
  37. My Lotac ones are dimensionally similar to the purple ones though much stiffer.
    1 point
  38. Sjs remains v hard to fit. Infact the first set of pipes didnt meet the collector evenly and were replaced (with no quibbles btw) by SJs but were still a little off. However, with the no central box option, a great sound improvement.
    1 point
  39. I think I've still got a pic of Mr Clemo's garage which I promised never to share
    1 point
  40. Well, of course you have to realise that if us older generation hadn’t ballsed up the housing market so the millennials can’t afford a house, the problem wouldn’t exist. That’s what my son tells me, anyway.
    1 point
  41. Out of a large group of approx 25% of all UK PfCO holders, I just won 'best pic' from around 40 entries! Woohoo!
    1 point
  42. I was impressed with the levels of grip earlier today even in the less than ideal road conditions. Thanks Al, I’ll get some decent photos once I get the car ppf’d/ceramic coated 👍
    1 point
  43. so excited for you terry, enjoy every moment. Buying a lotus is a special thing and I have no doubt you will fall in love straight away. im now at 250 miles.... we want lots of pics please
    1 point
  44. From black to silver-ish. A couple of evenings and wheels are done. It's time to move to another bit. Thinking to replace the grey alcanatara on the dashboard with a black one.
    1 point
  45. New black console looks soo much better than this old, grey, silver-pretendig cheap plastic in the S2 Elise 😁 Two days of work and it looks better than I expected.
    1 point
  46. I was referring to when the engine implodes...... what a car though 🤩
    1 point
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