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  1. Very easy journey down. Only 3.5h off the boat to KT. Unfortunately Daniel wasn’t able to meet me in person, but the rest of the team were very friendly and efficient. Will be leaving the car with KT for them to work their magic in their own time rather than having me hanging around breathing over them. Now begins the mission to get home. After pizza of course!
    8 points
  2. Ship ahoy, and hello sailors! Mendig here we come...!!
    4 points
  3. Sure will @Mightymetro engine hoist arrived albeit a bit late cos we’ve had some grief with sheep and a fiat 500 today. application of some ratchet straps and a quick hoik and out she comes push car back in the shed in disgust now I’m really having a feeling of dejavu tomorrow If I can get an hour I’ll whip the head off and see what’s occurred
    3 points
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  5. And this is exactly why I've never tried to build an engine. I would have looked at that and gone "Nah it'll be fine"and slapped it together!! I have no concept of what acceptable wear is and when my engine needed rebuilding I gave it to somebody who knew what they were doing. It was the only bit of my restoration that I didn't feel confident to do myself. So I take my hat off to anybody who can tackle one of these on their own
    3 points
  6. Was watching a recoding of Wheeler Dealers last night (a 1987 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglia) and thought of you! They decided to paint the cam cover, so had it bead blasted before the crackle finish was powdered coated onto it. The guy they took it to went to great pains to make sure the inside was sealed because he said its common for the bead to 'clump' together and not be noticed, then later a lump falls off and blocks the oilways. Like many on here I felt personally gutted for you. You really are an inspiration to the rest of us! Keep up the good work. W are all rooting for you.
    3 points
  7. Spending an ACF-50 winter treatment it is worth admiring the magic components ...
    3 points
  8. I New i had a picture of the this 430, it was in the showroom when I picked up my car so this makes 2 in Australia
    3 points
  9. Suspension parts back from the platers. I was told that it wouldn’t be a good finish like just Zinc and they might not be to everyone’s taste but I just told them I wanted them as corrosion resistant as possible so these are zinc nickel with passivate. New Lotac bushes fitted (I got a local motorsports company to remove and fit them and they turned up some sleeves to help fit to avoid damage). picking up the rear upper and lower links today as they had to make a tapered sleeve to get the Lotac bushes in and ran out of time yesterday new SKF wheel bearings all round every Nut, bolt and washer is new and new split bushes for the rear aluminium uprights. Just on with cleaning them and the radius arms and then hopefully start assembly this week
    3 points
  10. This pic of my car has been here many times, but anyway it is Peal White with an Aspen stripe. You decide....
    3 points
  11. Are we talking about Racing Green Lotus'? Here's the most recent one of it being clean, at Caffeine & Machine. 8,300 miles in five months means it's rarely clean!
    3 points
  12. Our second meet this year will be in the west at The Tea house on the Loch in Drumpellier County Park Tea House on the Loch Lochend Road G69 8BE Glasgow As it is still winter let's not go to far just in case there is any white stuff falling from the sky and this spot is just off the main roads. It is also dog friendly they do gluten free food all points covered. As always get your names down please just to help with catering. Andrew
    2 points
  13. Hi Jay, I'm not sure what issue you are having and maybe I got lucky but the belt I ordered from SJ fitted perfectly and after removing the dry sump oil pump to re-gasket, all went back together and functioned perfectly. Anyway, you wanted some pics of the oil pump, hope these help. Cheers, Steve.
    2 points
  14. I know the V8s have a different ECM to the 4-pots, but on my S4s I believe the fan override wiring to have been the cause of my ECM's demise due to the lack of a protective diode. Not sure if the same driving mechanism from the ECM applies to the V8, but worth considering if you plan to use the override long term.
    2 points
  15. And that’s the very reason you will be tasked with making my pc work on my newer laptop with my usb lead whilst I drink tea and admire your pc literacy skill next time you are up this way 👍
    2 points
  16. Morning everyone. Great news. The lotus centre are producing a set of shims to pack the dry sump oil pump out so that the distance can be adjusted to fit the available oil pump belt! You then return the ones you do not need! I’ve placed an order. Should be available next week!
    2 points
  17. Also, I haven’t been able to start working on my Spal fan upgrade as the support rings for the abs frame where awaiting plating too. dont think it will be a really hard job to do, 👍🏻 looks like the plugs are different though but I’ll have to wait until I’m back under the car to check and sort wiring
    2 points
  18. Roma Italy, EUR Square Coliseum and my Piece of Art
    2 points
  19. Trouble is I think the flash bastard might have left them in his LE when he flogged it and joined the jet set
    1 point
  20. You need to plug your iPhone into the aux socket it someone’s fitted it. In the glove box of mine it has a usb which connects to the radio as iPod. radio reception isn’t the best - oh and the sat nag is pretty crap but does half work
    1 point
  21. Drive it there and back! 😎
    1 point
  22. Thanks Barry I will have a look tomorrow, that saves one job 👍🏻
    1 point
  23. Well today was the day to collect and bring the Evora home and my first ever drive! I set off at 5am taking three trains to Sudbury from Plymouth to be collected by Giles Cooper who is a fantastic chap and I can definitely recommend him if anyone is looking for a good car, he has a superb motorsport background and really knows his stuff being an Ex Lotus and TVR dealer. The Evora was better than I imagined and looked stunning at his 16th century home parked alongside a gorgeous TVR. Well was it all I expected....oh yes what a superb car and the blue fin exhaust sounded awesome heading through the tunnels on the M25! Shame they decided to shut part of the M4 as my Tom Tom decided to take me down some horrendous back roads adding a couple hours to my trip with snail pace traffic. Mind this proved what a capable car the Evora really is handling the traffic with ease. After 300 plus miles my ass felt like it had been kick by a bloody horse but I expected that with the race type seats fitted which have limited padding. The engine torque is fantastic along with the cruise control which proved invaluable on the long journey allowing some relaxing of the old legs! What was impressive is the speed it adjusts the throttle with steep hills maintaining the revs perfectly, the manual finger adjustment was equally as quick. Not had a good cruise control like this since the DB7 or S Class so well done Lotus! I returned 38.2 MPG according to the trip which I reset as I hit the M25 which was superb for a GT car although I maintained around 75 MPH at 2000 RPM for a large portion with the cruise on. Visibility is better than the Esprit and the mirrors are really excellent allowing easy reading of the road behind, blind spot vision is not great but expected like the Esprit. Gear-change is pretty good but the cables have been done along with the clutch. The mirror adjusting switch is in an awkward place behind the door handle but that is just being picky TBH. Things to sort; I am getting quite a bit of wind noise where the door shuts in the mirror region both sides, it quietens completely if you put your finger along the area. May need new door seals? The Allen headed screws on the scuttle and holding the spoiler are quite corroded so stainless will be fitted. The Grille either side of the exhaust has some minor bubbling so will remove and powder coat. The battery drains after a week or so, I will plumb in a charging point for the maintenance charger to save removing the battery cover/carpet as I use my motorcycle mostly for work etc. No Mats, where is the best place to get these? There is a USB on a lead in the glove box which I assume someone has added but I will fit another somewhere on the dash area as use these all the time. The leather on the sills is easy to scuff getting in and out so not sure if they do protectors? The leather on the dash in the centre behind the screen has slightly pulled apart from heat/sun and shrinkage so will try to think about a smart repair as only interior defect. The Blue callipers need a refresh if being fussy but not urgent and will overhaul when I do the discs which are 50% through their life cycle I reckon. The boot release cable under the rear seat needs looking at as not working although the electric release is fine. The little plastic covers which go over the seat belt D rings are missing, anyone know if these are from something else or a Lotus part? Not an issue either way but need a pair. Good news is it fitted in the garage next to my 1960 mini which was a concern 😀 Got home at just after 7pm so tired but looking forward to a good Sunday drive out on some lovely roads in our region with the better half. Really pleased and thanks for all the advice helping me make such a fantastic car choice guys. The Evora really is a massive step forward over the Esprit which I will always love and can only imagine what a late Supercharged Evora is like! Dave
    1 point
  24. Had a trip to Komotec this morning...
    1 point
  25. Lex/All I have updated as people have given me info but TBH since I did the heavy research with the key forum people not many more cars have been added. Anyone who wants a copy just PM me as too big to paste now. Any updates please send them on. I am happy for someone else who owns a dry sump to take over the register also if preferred. We had more info than Andy Graham who has the latest copy and made a few changes although these have since been disputed by people so not sure the Lotus records are 100% with the very first dry sumps but bang on from 1981 onwards. Dave
    1 point
  26. Pizza was good! No need for a hotel as was just a day trip
    1 point
  27. Well I advise against aqua blasting! 😄😄😄😄
    1 point
  28. Yup, the S4/V-8 parts/service manual seems to have been Lotus' culminating effort to compile everything they had from the Turbo forward into one great resource. I have reviewed my PDF many times in regards to one thing or another and find it to be my only guiding material for the dry sump system.
    1 point
  29. I think there's a separate discussion on the annulus, the collective wisdom seemed to indicate that it was symetrical. The two parts wear together so putting them back incorrectly orientated would be a problem, I'd guess much as swapping pistons to liners other than the ones they bedded in with.
    1 point
  30. Thanks Robin, Wondered what that was. I'll check it out. Cheers Derek, I'll just try configuring the USB one more time. If no good I'll take my desktop PC into the garage (it does have a serial port) and try that. If no good, I'll pull the ECU and have a look inside. Really appreciate the help everyone's offering. I'm kinda enjoying this problem solving experience and when it eventually runs properly, it will be a great moment. I should have an update in the morning. Andy.
    1 point
  31. Dunno - I’ve not stripped one down completely - but in the S4 manual it definitely says about noting the orientation of that annulus. Which made me wonder if the pump is the same as the abs pump in operation
    1 point
  32. 😓 No, please no.........
    1 point
  33. I wonder about two things top do with the below: https://www.pistonheads.com/news/blog/the-porsche-718-gts-bombshell--ph-footnote/41676 1. Have Lotus and Geely woken up to this? 2. Could this be a future purchase for me in Convertible Boxster form? (no matter how much shocked you think you are, I guarantee you will never be as shocked as me for writing that!)
    1 point
  34. If you cannot get the ECU to go into field diagnostic mode I would be surprised if you could get ALDL communication. I would pull the ECU and check it out.
    1 point
  35. I ended up getting the last one from sj sportscars however I have reconditioned my old one which is now surplus to requirements. Here’s a couple of pics:
    1 point
  36. Time to get nasty. He's going to regret ripping me off. First up I'm going to file a complaint with the Romanian Association for Consumers Protection, requesting that he is investigated with the potential for legal action for fraudulent trading. He's been doing this for at least four years. Secondly while we're still in the EU (!) I am going to file a Small Claim in the Romanian Courts and get my money back. GRRRRRRRRR
    1 point
  37. Found one. Available to loan for the princely sum of return postage, if you're interested...
    1 point
  38. All in good time @Lotusfab I'm still writing up the assembly and publishing in a logical and chronological order. Having got the car running and set up I'm now tackling the finishing aspects, so you'll have to wait a while. There's no rush.
    1 point
  39. Sorry to hear of the problems Barry, I’m sure you will get it back on the road in no time. 👍🏻
    1 point
  40. Suspension parts back from the platers. I was told that it wouldn’t be a good finish like just Zinc and they might not be to everyone’s taste but I just told them I wanted them as corrosion resistant as possible so these are zinc nickel with passivate. New Lotac bushes fitted (I got a local motorsports company to remove and fit them and they turned up some sleeves to help fit to avoid damage). picking up the rear upper and lower links today as they had to make a tapered sleeve to get the Lotac bushes in and ran out of time yesterday new SKF wheel bearings all round every Nut, bolt and washer is new and new split bushes for the rear aluminium uprights.
    1 point
  41. @Lotusfab it makes pulling the engine out a piece of cake - so much easier than a crane. I’m thinking your probably too far for Jacko to drive it though 😂
    1 point
  42. Sorry, I will miss the event 😕 I just got new car for pictures and I will be shooting it in London from 7AM on Sunday. but that's OK, cake is going to be next month and I won't miss that!
    1 point
  43. Keep up at the back. That was posted in the GTE thread on 21.11.19. It’s gone to Komo-Tec, Germany and presumably on to a new owner from there.
    1 point
  44. Used a daily driver, my SE has covered 15344 miles in 2019 (yes, I keep an xls 🤓). Can anyone beat that, or do I get a prize now? 🙂 Filip
    1 point
  45. Epic drivers cars! (click pics for better resolution)
    1 point
  46. What if money was no object two black and gold 430s yes please.
    1 point
  47. https://autowise.com/2021-lotus/ "The boost in revenue was attributed to a stronger presence in the markets, and more sales in emerging markets. At the end of 219, Japan was named as the brand’s biggest market, followed by the brand’s home market of the United Kingdom, and the USA, Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and China also making large sales contributions." Sales revenue are up 12% for 2019.
    1 point
  48. Hi Dave, it's mine 😀 I think we've already swapped emails so I'll keep it brief and not spam this thread as a seller! I love it to bits, I was only supposed to keep it a year but that was over 18 months ago. I've used it every day and also been to Le Mans, Scotland, and toured Europe including the Route Napoleon and Swiss Alps as well as briefly touching 147mph on the Autobahn. It's great. It was my only car until just before Christmas but now I've gone back to having a "normal" car and hopefully I'll get an Elise again for weekends in the future. I've dropped the price to one I think is pretty keen as I'd like to move it on before spring comes around.
    1 point
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