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  1. Told wife it was a four seater as that was what we were supposed to buy. I think I might have got away with it,for now!
    5 points
  2. I'm sure a few people across the world have already seen the new year in so happy new year to all!
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  3. Hello to all members on this interesting site. I have built /restored various kit cars over the last few years. I have for a few years had a project 84 Esprit Turbo sitting in the garage which I might try and get round to doing some work on. This certainly looks the place to get help, info and mental support which is as important as the previous two. I am sure if I do start the complete restoration there will be days that I will doubt my wisdom. What can I say they look so smart and its the closes I'll get in being 007. The car always looks cool the same cannot be said about the fat old guy t
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  4. My very own 2012 Evora S does everything I ever want from a car and then some
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  5. After a job change and an appalling long time of no work on the Esprit, I sent the dash off to a truly lovely bloke for a refurb in November. I never thought that the light coloured veneer looked appropriate for the navy interior, so I asked for it to be darkened a little. It came back just before Christmas and WOW, what a fantastic job! I rebuilt the dash pod today and it looks amazing in the car - just the sort of incentive that I needed to get going again!
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  6. I don't know nuffin' about dirt under the fingernails...but I think the seats are incorrectly installed. Welcome! Justin
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  7. Have a read of Classic Cars magazine this month. It does a 5 car Esprit test discussing the pros and cons of each model be they G or Stevens cars.
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  8. Purely biased but there’s a lot of reasons why I still think the 380 is the best compromise for the road when it comes to the Exige. Still loving it 18 months in pic taken the day before I picked up
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  10. You gotta try a Stevens without doubt, ownership wise, as you have done the G thang. The downside is minimal. If you find love, whoopee, if not, throw it back and you have the knowledge that it ain't for you. Which means you will enjoy your next G or whatever takes you whim, even more. Justin
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  11. Yes, I think that’s correct. Without the spring, it’s just some internal friction that stops it turning. There are three positions on the turret, I picked the one that suited me best, and the electric motors do the adjusting.
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  12. Another Bond car, Balck Swan on 29 th.....
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  13. Sorry to dig this up again, but I've just been out in the GTE and again noticed the weave pattern underneath the paintwork on the rear clam. It's very hard to photograph but I gave it a go. Take a look at the diffused tree refelection area in particular on the right hand side of the image. If you zoom in, it's even more noticeable. I don't notice this effect anywhere else on the bodywork.
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  14. I purchased an '89 Turbo SE a short while ago, which was featured in the first issue of Absolute Lotus. It was more of a 'straw-filled' garage find, than a barn find, but through a very sad turn of events, had sat under a tarpaulin for 10 years or so. The car has been in the same family from new. The car had an engine rebuild before becoming tarpaulin-bound, but seems only to have done 5 miles or since (so the belt and hoses need doing). Whilst everything us there, including the original dealer plates, tool kit etc, the method of storage has meant it's in a sorry old state. In
    1 point
  15. Before we jump into the next decade in a few hours time, thought it would be a bit of fun for members of the forum to name there favourite Lotus of the last 10years. Will start with my favourite which is the beautiful Evora GTE.
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  16. Trying hard not to pick my own car but there’s nothing else made by Lotus since 2010 that I would swap the GT430 for. If it had to be another Lotus I’d go for the Type 25 edition Exige Cup 430.
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  17. looks a little shorter than when you started?
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  18. No problem - just speak to Laura, as she was brilliant and the price was reasonable. If you're passing junction 28 at any time, give me a shout and you'd be more than welcome to pop in for a brew and a look af the car.
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  19. Evora normally aspirated with close ratio box and sport pack. But is the only Lotus I have owned that was made in the last decade so my opinion is (a) biased (b) uninformed (c) still correct. Justin
    1 point
  20. I've had a few Stephen's USA Turbo versions (1989 non SE, 1991 SE charge cooled, & a 1994 S4"S") but this is the only Giugiaro I've owned (1984 USA carb'd Turbo version), driven 2 other Giugiaro's (injected Turbo's) though, but without my bias (being the Giugiaro hands down for fun/dollar value for me), take a look at Harry's garage video, he bought a 1987 & I find the review pretty decent as he's driven a few including later models. Give the video a peek, it's another good perspective
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  21. i checked everything. In the end it was the Divereter valve, even though I could hear the plunger actuating with vacuum, it wasnt flowing hot water to the water valve. When i pulled the hose off to bypass it, rusty water came out, been trapped there for a while. Know I learned heat is only for the feet and defrost.
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  22. Just chuck the abs in the skip and fit a servo - simple to do. id leave a v8 for the aficionados of such things
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  23. https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/lotus/esprit/lotus-esprit-esp-tur-se-1990/10047052
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  24. Hi Dave .Hope alls well .Like a lot of things looking back .My SE turbo was a fine car .one that my wife says I should of kept .yup she was right .now owned by Philip .nice guy .but they are all stunning cars .problem will be finding one .Good luck .Mike
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  25. If you want the ability to get in the car, turn the key and expect it to start on the button (no matter the temperature etc), then go for the SE & onwards. As @jonwat said, pre-cat and pre-ABS is nicer ( particularly in terms of brake feel).
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  26. Thanks Stephen, your S4s was beautiful and in a super colour, always fancied a M100 in Norfolk Mustard. Don’t think I have seen a SE in yellow? That settles the age then so 89-91 is the best way forward avoiding ABS. I have owned so many G cars I think the change may be good although I will keep options open during my search. Dave
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  27. I’ve had both - both classics and characters in their own way. You really need to drive them to best appreciate the differences Dave ABS issue is the biggest problem with the later Esprits although the change in system which appeared on the GT3 apparently sorted that. I loved my S4s and would have another but the early Giugiaro shape is the one I respect more
    1 point
  28. Yup. I could spend the extra £20k modifying the Evora - but I feel that would be a stupid idea or I could by an Evora 410 which is a thought
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  29. I shall be there in the Elise in the 'moderns' car park
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  30. Let me know when you get fed up with the Delco Moraine braking system.
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  31. A bunch of us will be there with our esprits from early
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  32. I regret selling nearly every car I’ve ever owned Paul! But you are correct this one is particularly irritating these days...I have remedied the situation with the Panther and now the white Turbo, so things aren’t all bad! Feels like there must already be a thread on here for “if only I’d kept that til now I’d be ££££££s better off”???? another example here, to keep on topic...
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  33. You’re welcome. Just drop me a PM with your details
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  34. Aha - I bet you regret selling that? I presume you've seen it here... http://www.coachtrimmer.co.uk/ourwork-Esprit.aspx Jeff must have spent £80k on it all in but then sold it a few years later. He owns the Lamborghini Countach from the film The Cannonball Run so I would imagine it didn't live up to it in the speed stakes?
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  35. @ekwan you'll be wanting these - https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/A082N6070F.htm
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  37. The fuel rail / fuel pressure regulator O ring is BS1806-117 sized.
    1 point
  38. I meant internet travels, you plonker!
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  39. Another job which, on reflection, I should have seen coming was the driver's door mirror which had become slack. I know these mirrors are potentially expensive and a bit delicate, so a running commentary with Sparky ensued as he's done hundreds of them before. Door card has to come off, then I removed the pins from the multiplugs. The mirror has a grub screw which locates it, undid that and away it came. Something was rattling around inside, which turned out to be the spring. Thankfully the cheap-shit Mazak castings weren't broken, and after removing the glass (tiny little latch at the bo
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  40. Good skills! Glad to hear you exercised the cars properly. Justin
    1 point
  41. Evora 400 IPS but most likely wait til 2021. Renault Alpine but will wait til they are sub 30k. Renault 16TX but will probably never bother. Renault 21 turbo...fear the running costs as my 5GT has been expensive but worth it. Lotus Elan S1. Hard to find. Lotus Elite Coventry Climax. Noisy, not quick, hard to maintain. Bentley Blower. A legend. But I doubt I ever would. Lancia Aurelia. Just sublime and so pretty. If I can sell two cars in 2020, this may happen. Justin
    1 point
  42. The problem with with bucket list cars is that every time i think of compiling a list it becomes obvious that I have champagne tastes on a beer budget. And whenever I manage to get the bucket full of beer, I drink it.
    1 point
  43. For heavens sake - be happy that the engine is running well. Your plan sounds foolish to be honest. If you want flames and bangs, buy some fireworks.
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  44. I don’t run my HT with the front panel, it serveS no purpose but to obstruct the view for us taller folk the main side bolts secure the roof. to be fair I’ve taken my ht off again as I’ve been enjoying the odd day roofless when it’s not raining
    1 point
  45. I don’t think the extra panel actually secured the roof, it just tidies up the inside. I’ve never not fitted it to my roof though.
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  46. Some steady progress on getting the Jag diff mounted into the chassis this week. I've made a top plate from 3mm steel and managed to bolt the diff into position to check prop alignment etc. I've cut away just enough chassis to get it into position but will need to remove more to allow room for the inboard discs and calipers. Before I do this I intend to strengthen the chassis by welding in 1" box section along the length of the rear section then add several brace pieces to triangulate it all. Once happy with the top I'll flip the chassis to make a frame to tie the original mounting points into
    1 point


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