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  1. Not to get too bogged down with backstory: I've been on an endurance racing team that runs a heavily modified Elite for about 9 years now. The Elite has grown near and dear to my heart, so I've had an eye out for a half-way decent, road-going one for years. Last March, I had a work trip to the North Carolina/Virginia area (to drive a Radical SR3 at Virginia International Raceway, but that's another story ). I have two brothers, one of whom lives in that area, so rather than a quick out-and-back trip, as my coworkers did, I scheduled my trip a few days early to spend time with family. Not even 48 hours before I was to start the trip, I saw this post on Facebook: It just so happened that my *other* brother (I have 2) lives a couple towns over from the seller of the Elite; and that was about a 5 hour drive from my work meeting. When I landed a day or so later, rather than visiting brother #1 as planned, I pointed the rental car south for 5 hours and visited brother #2. A few hours later, I was the proud owner of one of the brownest cars you've ever seen. As luck would have it, brother #2 had room to store the car while I went back to work and arranged for it to be shipped to its new home in Los Angeles. Timing wasn't great, as I was in the middle of a DIY home renovation (one that took over a year, but that's yet another story), so the Elite has sat mostly on the back burner until recently. Now that the house is complete, the Elite is getting more attention, so I thought I'd start this thread as a place to store updates as they come and while they're fresh in my head. More to come...
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  2. And on that note, we’ve just returned from the vapour blasting shop. Much to their surprise, she rummaged through their workshop tool box drawers to see whether they met the required standards before leaving the engine parts on their premises. They agreed to finish off stripping the red wrinkle painted parts for another tenner, so no-brainer, really. The bits should be ready next Wednesday. The finish the vapour blasting achieves looks very good, kind of silvery-satin, less shiny than polished alloy, which is exactly what I want. It is a shame that so much of the engine is hidden in the Esprit but that’s the way it is. I’ve found a guy about 50 miles away who is willing (and supposedly able) to fit the gearbox LSD and do the reseal job, hopefully that will go smoothly and not leak this time around. Waiting for parts is probably going to be thing that will hold up the job, although I now have a chance to have a good clean up in the garage ready for the next stage.
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  3. Sorted it (phew) Bilstein fitted the spacer tube to the bottom bush but what I’ve realised is that is was all the way into the bush so when I put them both together the top bush only had about 2mm of the spacer tube inside so just squished everywhere as there was no support. Pushed it further in so it’s about 10mm inside the bottom bush and now it’s about 10mm in the top bush and the squish is much better and can feel a definite nip 👍🏻 thanks for all your help and here’s a picture of them compared to the ones I’ve just removed from my 35,000 mile v8
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  4. With the test carpet proving to fit nicely, I went the whole hog, and got a set made up in nice thick carpet. Its somewhat frustrating having to remove the interior to then re-fit but definitely worth it! The new carpet thickness is much better and really adds a bit of luxury to the car. At midnight last night (after kids in bed, food, and finishing up work) I managed to get the full carpet set installed and start to retro fit my old handbrake console to the new 350 gear surround (involving lots and lots of dremeling!). Tonight I'll start the re-install of seats and if time allows the new battery I can highly recommend a move to carpet, completely changes the look and feel of the car!
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  5. Oooops!!! I thought I was meant to have all red circles on all of the time whilst driving to make sure my car is working properly. Sometimes when in top gear a change down just to make sure they stay on constantly. Am I doing something wrong ?? M.
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  6. A few pics from my archive. On 25 October 2003 - the day after the final commercial landings - some staff attended a final viewing of 2 of the fleet (coincidentally the 2 I'd flown on) in the hangar. This was the last chance to get up close before they were decommissioned and delivered to their respective resting places. A sad time, as we always thought we'd manage a last-minute rescue deal, but it was not to be.
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  7. Hi everyone, I own a 1989 Esprit turbo and am contemplating with the idea of electric power steering conversion. Tired of the heavy steering. I heard Hilly had some pictures posted could you please point me to the right direction? By the way I leave in Los Angeles. Thanks Roger
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  8. The gte's came with genuine bigger paddles, they do block part of the displays though. Gav
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  9. Very quick run out in the MSG special today. I had forgetten how special these cars are. Gearshift cold and tight to begin with, V6 is so smooth and refined at low rpm. Might be relatively big for a Lotus perhaps but still a very small, compact car compared to everything else. Feels tailor made for me. Weight and response of all the controls so beautifully balanced, not the work of a day. Ride is without question more compliant than my Focus RS yet body control is next level too. Incredible chassis, totally different league to the Aston V12 Vantage (which I loved). That steering seems to communicate even more vividly through the alcantara wheel. You feel textures that epas systems don't consider necessary. Didn't get past 50mph at any point but it was just exquisite. Mark of a great sports car is one that's rewarding at all speeds. Felt every inch the petrol keeper today. Finding it hard to imagine how anyone, Lotus included, could come up with something that might make me consider giving this up.
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  10. I just helped you realise your dream car - and never even asked for a fee! It’s all about the Lotus community spirit for me.......but in a couple of years when it’s back worth over £100k, I’ll be back in touch👍😉
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  11. Yeah at best 😆 expensive toy indeed, I blame @stephenwhyte
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  12. Yes, one of the best to seal alloy flanges etc... zero thickness.
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  14. It's not an online shop, contact by telephone, or e-mail. The website is http://www.gtoracing.co.uk/
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  15. Thank You! Yes I’ll be looking to supply them to folks but will make them to order which will take about seven working days to make.
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  16. Hmm So the national grid can cope with lots of BEV charging? This is currently powering our house and cattery and has been doing so since Sunday
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  17. Brian Angus wrote an article about sealing these some years ago in Club Lotus magazine. He mentioned ambient temperature when you do this work....Many weep as they are adhered in too low a temperature (EG. A cold workshop). Brian was senior vehicle engineer at Lotus for 35 years. Justin
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  18. Hi Cyril, I'd start a new thread regarding brake discs. It's good to keep threads on track with their title subject. Hi Alan, For the adventurous engineering type, the Toyota EPS route can be a good little project, can be completed for under £100 and is reported to work very well. Definitely not for everyone though. The cost of a conversion using later Lotus parts would likely be huge if you could do it at all. Andy.
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  19. I had a spate of Porsches and got a new 718 Spyder... didn't gell and got rid for a 410.... Love it and yes I have the override button works in all modes.. fitted by Silverstone. I think it doesn't sometimes work in race and sport at lower revs dependant on software version.. Great car, so far fitted better lights, stereo speakers and need a harness bar.. I'm debating a 2ubular back box but to be hoenst it sounds really good.
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  20. Nothing that sedate! Suffice to say it involves a Burroughs gauge and a live chicken. I've said too much...
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  21. I take it this is changing a Cam Belt whilst lying in a pool of coolant whilst oil fills up you nose 😂 Mind you he's probably already done that !
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  22. Hornchurch Exotics? Do you have a certificate of incorporation? There's also the initiation ceremony...
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  23. Well there is one. A JPS elite was used as a course car at the Brands Hatch GP in the 1970's. Had the reg no JPS 2. Whether or not it was a genuine road car/for sale etc, or just a show car for JPS and Lotus only being used off road I dont know, probably Andy Graham at Lotus may know the answer. Also there is a picture of the same vehicle at a 1981 Lotus photoshoot at Brands Hatch with several JPS cars.
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  24. I would be interested as long as post 1990 cars are ok to go ?
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  25. Yep I'd be there for that Martyn, particularly with a 'club' area. I went to the June scramble last year and also agree - great all round array of motors and a very organized event.
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  26. I had heard they had bought an old Enterprise and where canabalising the dilithium crystals for the S3 Evora Warp. Gavin Kershaw was last seen driving round the Hethel track screaming "I cannae tak' it any more Popham...."
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  27. I recently heard a story from a TR3 owner. As part of a club event, they all went in convoy in their Triumphs to a professional training centre where young mechanics are trained. Upon the future mechanics approaching the cars, one of the to-be-mechanics asked the owner of the TR3 where could he find the OBD port for diagnosing the car.
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  28. Please be aware as @ChromeOrange has posted above - there all sorts of "internet miss-truths" about the Evora and you need to buy this model or that - the wiring harness is just another one of those... The clutch and track days is another one - the clutch will likely get more grief driven poorly in stop/start city traffic / traffic light launches every day than the occasional thrash on the track. Best advice is drive the car. Buy on condition and service history and the chances are you'll be fine. Even better if you can get someone to look over it for you first who really knows the Evora.
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  29. Oh, yes the technical complexity of refilling the washer bottle is far beyond the capabilities of the millennial man. If it can’t be done on a mobile phone, then it can’t be done at all.
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  31. I would be up for this assuming the Watford Exotics Gin Dept pulls it’s finger out
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  32. Just given the wife her Valentine’s Day present. I know how to treat a girl.
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  33. That will look great, but you'll need antimacassars on the head rests😁
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  34. But you need to remember to put the oil filler cap back on after you top it up, I thought it's suddenly gone very foggy when looking out of the rear view mirror when I gave it some beans down a dual carriageway on my journey to Goodwood. No harm done - only lost 1/2 a litre or so, but did go home rather than the track day (I was only 5 miles from when I did this). This was in 2014, and after doing it, I remembered I did similar back in the early 1990s.
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  35. At one point in time, Lotus sold a baffled oil pan for the SE and later Esprit 4 cylinder. The local track-day drivers also recommended to overfill oil by 1/2 qt at the track to lessen the chance of starvation.
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  36. Agree with Andy on this, and would add that oil surge control was found to be in order as well. The 912 brought a redeveloped sump with radial baffle, in addition to the sturdier main bearing panel. Early Esprit must be very carefully monitored if used to their limits, as many an owner knocked out big-end bearings due to oil feed issues. My S2 will be built with a dry sump I recovered from an early Turbo write-off. Cheers
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  37. The answer is to ask the reverse question: Why did Lotus start building a dry sump? The answer to that is that when the Turbo engine was developed it was found to bee too strong for the existing block/sump arrangement, so they went from wet sump to dry sump to stiffen it. Once the 912 block came about, it was stiff enough to take the extra power, and so no need for (an expensive) dry sump arrangement.
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