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  1. Come on good people of England. You have won (voted) your freedom. It's more valuable than money or fame, because it contains integrity and cannot by it's nature be subdued for eternity. Or look at it this way: Now the leavers have won, Well, in fact I think everyone in the UK have won. But on the other hand, one might say that during all these many years of being a member of the ec, there have been millions of British people surpressed. And they sucked it up (or what ever the term is), and now it's just the opposite. Nah, I think you all won - the war is over, enjoy the peace untill the next stormy weather. Just take a short walk down memory lane and remember when the eastern wall fell (and the Berlin wall). Yes, money was not fed to the right people, so that many in east Germany did not get a chance to recouperate the advancements that the west side had gone through. Some even today claim that they would prefer to go back again in the eastern communist regime that once was. Because they don't have to think, they don't have to struggle on some levels, and they don't have to decide what they want to do with the responsability that freedom gives instead of a nanny state. But think of all the free souls who fought to escape suppression and died trying. Better to try than kill the soul. My wife was born behind that eastern wall, and I can tell you for sure, that it was not a midsummernights dream. It was hell on Earth. Constant lacking food, constant being surpressed in speaking or writing, constant surveilance. And millions ended up dead or near dead in prisons and concentration camps. As the Romans said: you can control people by deprive them everything or give them everything. In either case, they will stop thinking. Do you think that the ec freely wants to give the same chance you had, to other member countries? In the national radio, even yesterday, they told on the news, that the ec wants to tighten the web over the people even more. Even tighter. Or do you remember that boy who stood alone in front of a chinese tank on the square of the Heavenly Peace? He wanted one thing: freedom. No more tyrany. No more suppression. No more control. I think the ec is a failure and a catastrophe by definition, because it offers money and success to those who are rich enough to always stay on top of things. Where as it offers small crumbs to the vast majority on the scaffort where it sacrified freedom. Crumbs such as save ½ hour when going abroad, make the cucumbers straight, let's survail every single individual, let's lower the salary but keep prices up etc. etc. etc. Do you think Bonaparte offered real freedom and prosperity to the masses after 1789? No, he wanted connonfodder to become a dictator. Another regime in history. I am not entirely convinced that everyone in the UK realise just how lucky you are. Maybe, just maybe, it's like having grown up inside a house that had it all, everything you need, save that one thing. And then one day the door to the entire world opens up, and you step out, out of the house that you have been thinking of as being the whole world, when in fact it was never that. Freedom can be quite overwhelming. Never mind pettyfull little things like a passport, the currency and ½ hour more traveling time when going abroad. I am sure we can come to terms of a trading agreement etc. after a while. Now step out of that jail you've been thinking of as your home for the last 46 years, and enjoy. Some may for a while say "no, I don't want that; it's blinding; it's not safe. Of course it's not safe. Anything disasterous can happen, and sometimes it does. But the same disasters may happen inside the cage. We're just trained not to see it. They are excused. It's only natural. In fact, I believe you'll like it! Today, ladies and gentlemen, you should all be proud and spell your names with capital letters only! Kind regards, Jacques
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  2. While the hostility remains on both sides we will never come together. Those that feel they won should be a little more tolerant and magnanimous. Those that feel they lost need to be a little more accepting.
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  3. As I posted before, some will benefit from brexit some will lose out. Many will do both at the same time. There are no winners or losers as we are all in this together. We are where we are as a result of a democratic event. It would have been nicer if the result had been more clear cut rather than pretty much 50:50 which is why we have had so much antagonistic bullshit posted here and many other places. Half those who voted are upset and half are happy pretty much. Referring to people as 'remoaners' is deeply insensitive and a pointless cheap shot, one that Boris should be ashamed of for using himself. What are users of the term trying to achieve other than being antagonistic - very childish. I don't doubt equally derogative comments have been made about Brexiteers, but surely this forum can rise above the populist tabloid mentality shown elsewhere. As has been posted above this is a once in a lifetime event, unlike a General Election, with no opportunity to return to the EU any time soon even if we chose to. We are where we are, as I said above, so let us move on together and stop playing silly games.
    4 points
  4. OK, the Lightning Yellow 2.2 that I owned before my VXR pictured above in this thread
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  6. It will be really satisfying when you get them spot on Fabian, I had problems getting them right but after perseverance and more Carb cleaning with adjustments they do come together. I agree with Steve about the quality of parts as they really vary, the original diaphragms seem more robust. I love reading this blog, in the long run you will be glad you built it again as I’m sure with all this extra knowledge which helps us all your engine will be 1st class smooth and sound perfect. You really must do a road trip to Cortina with the wife making a Harry style video. Dave
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  7. Maybe take a shower a little more often mate
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  8. If you had read my post, I specifically said that there were similarly unhelpful terms used to describe brexiteers. Competing as to who used the worst terms is ludicrous.
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  9. As said before happy to let any forum owner borrow the kit, I have a modified fuel can with valve as well if needed for your supply. Dave
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  10. £6.99 for a 50p piece! Who makes them? Porsche perhaps....
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  11. Hi Paul. All sorted. The lower reading was due to dirt. Its very easy to blast the pump jet channel out with compressed air. Its better to take the carbs off the car to blast the air through. You have to take the top of the carb off and remove the brass cover. Below this is a hexagonal piece of brass with a spring attached and a ball bearing in the orifice. This might be where the problem lies if nothing is squirting out and the jets are clear. If you look in the back into the rear of the carb using a mirror(fuel could go on your face) you should see the fuel squirting from the pump jet. You can check this on the car before you take them off. If the volume of fuel is to little its the pump jet arm travel. Wind the screws up to increase the fuel. Not difficult theres nothing to these carbs! It took me about 10 mins to take it all apart and put it back together. With Dave's rig you can get it spot on, but it takes a little patience to get used to the test rig. Im about to post it back to him so maybe he will let you borrow it. Advice for using it while I can remember. Bolt your S1 inlet manifold onto it. Screw the test tube part onto a piece of wood and carbs on top tilted so fuel runs down. Apply fuel to both carbs, or do them one at a time. Press throttle from full to idle then wait till the fuel stop trickling out. Do this 20 times. Read from manual the cc pump jet figure, mine was 7 cc per barrell. To increase fuel wind nut up on pump arm. To reduce wind it down. Once you get it correct check it twice to ensure the results are consistent. One test tube more than another dirt somewhere. Clean that pump jet system out and do it again. Didn't take too long and now perfect fuel delivered.I should have done it before!
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  12. My 220 turbo form many years ago
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  13. You’re absolutely right of course. My side lost and I think 90% of us remoaners accept that, but there are still plenty of issues to be decided before the end of this year, so I don’t think anyone can say that the debate ends today. The funny thing for me is that all my family, friends and the vast majority of other people I know voted Remain. It’s only here where I get to interact with the Leave camp! One point to remember about losing a General Election, there’s always another one coming along maximum 5 years later, so you always get another bite of the cherry. Not so with a referendum. Anyway peace to all and let’s hope it all works out fine after all. I will then be happy to hold my hands up and admit I was wrong all along. More importantly I have just been out for a spirited drive in my Evora GTE.
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  14. So readers what Im trying to say is dont always assume specialists are better. You can achieve excellent results with determination and hard work. You can always pay them to do bits if you get into trouble! Half the fun of these projects is the satisfaction you get by overcoming these challenges by yourself. Hopefully this blog is covering all the black hole bits to help you do jobs by yourself.
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  15. Wow, what a start from Wales!
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  16. I had read your post and I actually agreed with a lot of it. The bit I took exception too was your point about the particular term you referenced being deeply insensitive given the terms used against leavers. I struggled to see that point and still do. The main issue for me is that certain people in the Remain camp are just refusing to accept the result and they continue to moan about it. Incessantly. @CHANGES is spot on. It is time for us ALL to respect the decision and move on together in a positive manner to make the best of it. If we do, then we have a good chance of succeeding. The reason we are where we are now is that people have bitterly fought against the result for 3 years. We have had a myriad of underhand tactics to try to reverse it. We have had three years of our negotiating position being undermined and during that time of discourse internally the EU has responded by mocking us, bullying us and trying to subvert our democratic right. They succeeded in overturning key referendums in Ireland and the Netherlands but somehow, we battled through and we achieved our goal. With absolutely no thanks to Remain. So please do forgive me when I say enough is enough. Stop undermining the country's position. Stop talking us down. And get behind making a success of it But if you really do feel that the term Remoaner in the face of all of this is deeply insensitive then thank your lucky stars you weren't on the Leave side. Your sensitivities would have been shredded.
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  17. Hi Guys, Just thought I would share what I found last month. I found a clip of my Ex Chapman car with Colin riding shotgun as Maggie Thatcher was driving him! How cool is that? It was on a Channel 5 documentary about British cars a few years back. Found it on Youtube,-albeit it has Turkish subtitles.... My Esprit (1).mp4 And here is Chassis 970 today!
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  18. Sold the Mclaren ... bitter sweet. However the feeling happy bit is that I have decided to dust the Elise off, change the oil and use the car at it should be. Early morning thrashes, track days and general enjoyment. Loved the Mclaren but its beyond my skill level. Every time I drive the Elise S1 it feels slow until I realise its about braking later, perfect turn in and then pedal to the floor earlier. Looking forward to the spring already.
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  19. Would be more than willing but guys, honestly, in the middle of Winter? Did I not say I’m allergic to salt and wet/cruddy roads? My car’s off the road until March. Yes, when it comes to Winter my car and I hibernate. If you do go have a cracking time.
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  20. Fabian, Your points regarding specialists are well founded, I am very selective in choosing any and generally turn over work that is beyond my scope. It is clear that my obsessive attention to detail will keep me clear of grief that would certainly emerge out of work done by the best of specialists. Case in point, as noted over on Stevens interior thread concerning non-functioning dash vents: in handling my adapted '95 S4S HVAC casing on the bench one of the vacuum control valves moved minutely but enough to fail its function by the actuating cam. It would have quite possibly been overlooked had I farmed out the work and simply plunked the thing in place upon return. Work done by oneself saves buckets of money at the expense of precious time, but at least there's the great sense of accomplishment and often better confidence in a solid outcome. There are many employed as specialists, not so many who are truly up to the task. Lovely work on the interiors! As to engines I generally do the assembly, and check all measurements within my scope after work contracted out, so quite in line with your own preferences.
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  21. 52% against 48% is not 50/50 ..... their is a clear victory of 4% In Barry's world of football results , the brexit leave team scored 1,268,831 goals more .... i think that is quite definitive in anybody book... In F1 you can win by fractions of a second , but its still a win.. People may not like losing , but need to suck it up and get on with life ... That's how you become a winner .... not a winger....
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  22. Great game and well done Wales! Short break to walk the dog before Scotland v Ireland and a cold beer or two 🍻🍔
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  23. Yeah right. After all the name calling and bullshit we've had to put up with coming from some amazingly arrogant, intolerent, and down right nasty remainers? Brilliant. Just think where the majority of the hostility has come from and where it is still coming from now? Protests continue. Even childish stunts like defacing 50p coins etc. The hostility will remain until those that lost finally accept the decision and just move on. What utter nonsense. We can have a referendum any time we want. Just look at what is happening in Scotland. Indyref supporters did not win so they moan like fook ever since and eventually we'll get another referendum. Guess what. When they lose that one, we'll get another one whilst our schools, police, fire service, NHS etc all decline through lack of attention. My point is. Stop griping, bitching and moaning about the fact you lost. What we now need to do is to focus on how we make a success of it. Exactly the opposite of what is happening in Scotland right now so let's learn from that fook up? Or, let's all just continue to bitch, moan and whinge about something that is done. That's all I'm saying.
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  24. This is so true , but is it not very apparent the losing side are making the biggest noise with none acceptance of democracy . They even said celebrating the event last night was wrong ... Is it wrong to celebrate democracy , If so lets just rejoin the EU and become a puppet state without a flag !!!!!... The Brexit camp i feel have been quite candid in their approach to this in comparison the the re-moan side. But it all must end and start a new ... time to move forward..
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  25. Accepting democracy is the key. when we have an election - we never cry for a rerun - it’s just accepted
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  26. 48 out of every 100 people who voted in 2016 didn’t want this day to happen. It has and we’ll all have to deal with it, but why should we just shut the ... up?
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  27. And maybe that was because they were fed up with the BBC bias who would normally be invited in to do it. Like him or loathe him, Boris in my opinion is playing a blinder right now and many who lent him their vote must be happy with his actions on tax, the north, etc. Time will tell if he can keep it up but right now I wish to remoaning doomsayers would just go and do one and finally shut the ... Up.
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  28. Which just goes to show the enormous political influence and effectiveness this forum has. I think taht 3194 posts is about 0,0000001% of the spoken debate posts the parliament and the ec have had to come to terms. Well done TLF! I am sure we'll come to terms on trading etc, just takes a while. And I hope my own country will straighten it's back and stand up and Dexit too. Kind regards, Jacques a suppressed by the ec member of this forum.
    2 points
  29. I Noticed the BBC did not post Boris's Brexit speech on the Morning news.. Only available on You tube .. Is that just not typical of how petty, single minded, and bias the BBC has become ... As a totally impartial broadcaster that gathers its news from all sources , because this was about Brexit positivity they chose to avoid it.. How are we going to come together as a country and move on as an independent sovereign state, if the Tax payer funded international news media have an agenda to sabotage any positive attitude towards it.. ... Not only has its actions over the last 4 years been disgraceful over Brexit , but many other things like the Jimmy Savil affair, and gross over payment of presenters etc... They need to put their house in order and do the job WE pay them to do , or pack up completely.. I for one feel the BBC no longer has a unique position of providing the news and entertainment . If it were not publicly funded with compulsory tax money, then i would have less of an issue with their Bias point of view. ( within the broadcasting guidelines ) Until the likes of the BBC get on side with the fact we have left the EU and start standing up for our future , reporting all the benefits we will have as well as the pit falls , the re-moaners will keep dragging down the spirit of the people with fear and negativity... Yes there is hard negotiations ahead , maybe a few bumps in the road, but what ever it will be , it has got to be better than being ruled by an ever increasing dictatorial federalist European union that is already going down the toilet financially.. At least we are out before it goes round the U bend. !!!!
    2 points
  30. Interesting, I'll check my spare ones later. The manufacturing of that new one looks pretty shoddy, perhaps the tooling is wearing out. I also found that the new gaskets, supplied by Eurocarb, were not as accuately cut as the original 'originals'..
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  31. As far as my engine goes dont take my engine disaster as a reason not to rebuild your own. My engine parts were measured by me and checked by a specialist before I assembled the engine and it still failed. These things happen. It will be rebuilt again better than before. Annoying but not really a problem in the big scheme of things. I'm welll underway with the rebuild. But due to changes at work It will take me longer than I would have liked. It takes how, long it takes to get to the required standard. I'm not really an amature having a history of messing around with cars going back over forty years. But I am by no means an expert and I dont pretend to be. I have been restoring these cars for 6.5 years. I am still learning lots. I'm not sure how long you have to be building Lotus cars before your and expert? It do know it took only three years to get a BSC hons in Physics!
    2 points
  32. Fabian, I've mucked about on engine builds largely successfully yet with an odd instructive failure, I've read exhaustively over decades and associate with a number of professionals and hobbyists. I am not an expert by any means but it seems clear that Dave Lisle is. We are fortunate to have that sort of competence in our community. I had each of my hobby car engines professionally balanced, never thought twice on that. The cost of having it done was quite reasonable in my experience, all those engines ran sweetly and strong by the way. I will choose to continue going this route because I enjoy taking these marvelous machines out for a good thrash from time to time and prefer that they endure. So perhaps your decisions on components and treatments should reflect how the car's to be used. Best regards
    2 points
  33. @Dan E To engineers, yes. You'll just be changing fuses.
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  34. I did not want to comment on this Thread anymore , it goes off in all directions with comments on things most owners have no direct experience in, and using assumption as a guide.. But .... Balancing an engine is PRIMARY .... If you don't you will never have a great unit.. It will work and run fine, but like a wheel out of balance it will sap performance and contribute to premature component ware.. Balancing rods and pistons at home as per you tube video is , SO DIY .. Bloody hell , why don't you just do it right for once ... It does not cost a lot ... I just had the lot done for a few hundred quid. That is Crank , fly wheel . clutch cover, front pulley and belt drive / bolt /washer, rods and pistons , even the clutch cover and fly wheel bolts... That is rods end to end and overall .. All done within a couple of 10th of a gram. !!!!!! Lotus spec is 3 grams ... Most after market is not as close as that ... Only when i have purchased top end equipment has it been within lotus spec, but still not as good as i like or it can be ... But I always check and correct everything... Not doing so is nothing short of guess work and hoping for the best.. I sent Fabian a private mail on this very subject 2 days ago outlining these very points , but here we are with pages of scribble on what i feel is a straight forward important aspect of an engines construction , debating if it is to expensive or worth doing , or should we have a go with the kitchen scales.. And you all wonder why they go BANG... A lot of advise is free, just make sure its accurate and comes from experienced source , .. then how you interpret and what you do with it is up to you.. ( not everything on the Web is correct for your specific engine) .... sorry if this has come across a bit blunt Fabian , but i felt it had to be said , not doing so would be misguiding the readership.. No aspect of the post was directed personally at anyone , it is just an observation..
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  35. Classic Cars magazine at Hethel.
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  36. I thought it was about time we added the VX220 to the list of "other" Lotus cars that we have on here. There's quite a number of Lotus members on here who either currently have, or have come from, the VX220 and if we're honest it is more of a Lotus car than some of the more often lauded about "classics". The car was designed and built by Lotus. The engine was actually a Lotus design I believe too. And at the time, the Type 116 was a bloody life saver for Lotus so I do think it is only fair and about time the car got much more appreciation from the general Lotus fraternity. The VX220 or Type 116 is absolutely a Lotus - the Lotus DNA runs throughout it and there is no doubting that it's mother and father were from the Loti family and gene pool. Below are a few pictures of mine to get the ball rolling. It is mainly used as a track car these days and as a result the upgrades have been more in-line with that type of use and include: Stainless steel brake hoses Supercharger - fitted in Dec 2017 and full Stage 2 with intercooler etc and pushing about 230bhp but I need to map the Dutch software and change the manifold to get around 250bhp (on the cards) Oil catcher - they are well known for tipping hot oil under / on to the nearside rear wheel when cornering 60 ltr pro-alloy fuel tank and Spitfire fuel pump Corbeau Pro drivers seat Detachable steering wheel She's a 2001 car and had a full suspension refresh (all parts coated in Por 15) in 2016 Larini back box and new manifold (2016) - she sounds absolutely fooking mental Spitfire toe link kit fitted in 2018 Team dynamics wheels and ABS cut-off switch She will be in for a service in a couple of weeks (to the excellent Craig Moncrieff in Edinburgh) and she will either get a partial respray due to road rash (front clam and lower sills) or a colour change, most likely at the equally well known and respected Protek in Bathgate. Other work lined up includes a GARW 8" digital dash that I need to install, Carbon fibre door panels (Eltech) and a sills and dash top re-trimmed. The finally additional is the excellent new rear brace from Spitfire to support the rear chassis and some Nitrons that will hopefully be fitted in February. Other than that, she is as she left the factory
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  37. Yes Stephen, steering wheel is unbolted for shooting purpose...😉
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  38. yes it's coming...I hope next week first start... I had nightmare times fitting radiator-assembly-pipes-fans-spoiler-front grille-horns-wiring etc as as always nothing fits as it should and not a single hole for fixing was right... update soon with pics. G.
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  39. I understand the maths but a 2% swing is all that is required and that means a lot of people will be unhappy. In a general election if there was only a 2% swing required it would be a marginal seat. Unfortunately the perception of 'winning' and 'losing' in the referendum will mean little to the realities of the impacts the changes will have on people. If you voted leave and 'won' the reality is that the impact on your life will be partly positive and partly negative in a proportion that is impossible to determine at present.
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  40. I agree , and the break from tradition was a decision of number 10. What i was referring to is, the national broadcaster of news for this nation decided not to feature the PM's speech in their main news slot.. It is irrelevant who recorded his speech they should have featured it.. It is a major national event and coverage should have had his speech included ... They feature other news stories recorded by other sources , to miss this one out is just sour grapes .... shows the bias is still there regardless..
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  41. But what does anything mean? It could mean we are embarking on our next journey. One were having thrown of the shackles and dumped a load of baggage we are able to plot our own course. Yes, the sea may be treacherous, but we are steering the ship and going where we want. An interesting question may be but what does this mean for EU! For the first time ever a Platinum status member has left the club. Will this inspire and embolden others? A major shift in power that now truly elevates Spain to the top table with Germany, France and Italy. Two northern and two Southerns with different views on work, prosperity, taxation, immigration, etc. A teutonic shift. All of the focus has been on the impact to the UK. EU have paid little real focus on what this truly means for EU. It's not just about trade and fishing with the UK, it is about how the very fabric of the EU has changed. A seismic shift in power. I bet the UK will react and adapt to its new surroundings far quicker than the EU. The explosive result for Boris with his huge majority has fundamentally moved the goalposts. Whilst we had a marginal majority and then a coalition the UK was seen as weak by the EU. Oh my, how those tables have turned now and the EU has woken up to a new, resurgent, powerful UK thanks to that majority. We're powerful because parliament can now be controlled. Clarity of purpose and thought has emerged. So what does it all mean? It means seismic change. Opportunity. And rough seas ahead.
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  42. I assumed the disc should be smaller to allow some flex space for the diaphragm. Unfortunately that statement could apply to many new parts bought for these cars these days.
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  43. On the Eurocarb site the default parts for the Lotus Turbo are for the 45s which the HCs used. Also SJ mistakenly list one part which is the HC part. I just changed mine and ordered the part from their site which has the same diameter metal part, which is p/n 9667.
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  44. The relay in the boot switches the heated screen, the black and white wire is the feed from the switch on the dash to the relay coil w1 /w2 to earth, then a direct live from the battery across the relay ( c1/c2) to rear screen element with an inline 30amp fuse back to negative on the battery. The wire with fuse is black because its inline on the negative side.
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  45. Yes, I installed Venolia forged pistons in my LC many years ago (approx 30K miles). They have been faultless. Clearly very little blowby as my oil remains very clean from oil change to oil change, despite running increased boost. Dunno - but I suspect they would have selectively matched items based on weight (I recall there is a specified tolerance?) I did the same when assembling my engine. If I was going for a 'money no object' rebuild, I would also replace the potentially fragile exhaust valves with suitable single piece items - Although for full disclosure I still run cast cam buckets and the original valves and still have a car that can and does run at 'Harry' levels of performance!
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  46. I just quickly rigged up a simple radio mic and audio recorder combo, with initial headphone monitoring. The Zoom recorder has its own onboard mics for the cabin audio, and the GoPro camera has its own audio of course, but that's rubbish. I didn't see the need to fit the foam shield to the Zoom mics. However, the microphone in the engine bay had a homemade foam muffler made from an Ursa Foamie. As the Sony EC-88 omni-directional lavalier mic capsule is bare and very sensitive (£400 alone, and compatible to a Sennheisser MKE-416 super cardiod 'boom' mic). It didn't require an additional full 'fluffy'. On a motorcycle next month I will replace the radio set up for a direct wired omni-directional mic, such as the Boya or Rode, which is small and has its own Rycote style 'fluffy'.
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  47. Just seen this section today 😱 Yes, for those who loved the JPS Team Lotus wedges seeing them win in the 70 on TV and have a soft spot for VX / Opel because your first car was a Nova and the family had some sedans of it, well there was a jackpot feeling getting all together in one car. I love it to bits and hopefully my daughter will appreciate it, when I couldn’t get in anymore 🙏 It will stay the weekender for two. It has a raspy Komotec manifold, Nitrons, upgraded brakes and many other small things. Just this year it has not got any mls. But it will be changed soon
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