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  1. Why is the wheel in a bucket? Draining the air without spilling any??? 😆
    6 points
  2. Mass testing does what exactly? It just gives a picture at any given point of who is infected Concentrate on those self isolating so those NOT infected can return to the front line. Anyone one else who has symptoms - test them so they can what? be isolated from their families after it is too late. Germany seem to have dominated the available tests (towels at the pool anyone?) but to what effect? It doesn't stop the spread - it maybe makes the stats look better because you have more positives v deaths but at the end of the day it is a total waste of resources. If we had a vaccine maybe it would help target the use - but we don't. Focus on being able to identify those with antibodies already. Far more use. If my wife (an NHS worker) tests negative tomorrow - so what? Is she going to be tested daily to prove she hasn't picked it up since the last test. What happened to common fking sense in this Country? Stay indoors. If you feel ill come and see my Mother in Law. Get well soon Boris
    3 points
  3. That link always has about 40 gallons in it 🤪 anyway - much swearing (mainly from the wife as I should be doing other jobs - apparently) and here we have it
    3 points
  4. Self-isolation... Could be worse.
    3 points
  5. No1 on the list has to be a track exhaust otherwise in the uk at least, you’re having to keep one eye on lift points rather than just enjoying the car. no2 has to be a track geo aiding turn in and front end grip and lowering the nitrons. no3 has to be driver tuition and until you can maximise every inch of power and grip, then nothing else is needed. cup2s are perfect for track days. once you’ve mastered the car then do what you want. however in reality most people will blame the car and add power to mask their own shortcomings.....
    3 points
  6. Great meeting and lovely breakfast. Thanks to @Andrew C for organising this.
    3 points
  7. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10163147712655527&id=731645526
    3 points
  8. Hi Forum folks! About to offer $47k for this (see pics) 1986 S3 Turbo HC. Literally 1 lady owner and only 17k on clock. Have driven and all great and running well! Service history is patchy as the current owner had local mechanic keep her up and running. Been garaged and only used as summer fun. Mechanically had a check over and thumbs up. 47k USD is about 38k UK - Seems like a good price as car is in great shape. Would love to get some of your wisdom, been 15 years since I owned one back in UK. Car is in Los Angeles btw. Cheers! Andy
    2 points
  9. I’m pretty sure that Esprits sold in the states were all different to those sold in the UK at the same time. For example the bumpers remained black on HC engined cars in the states, the seats look right for one over there and the decals were likely optioned without. It looks a beauty - if you’ve driven it and it drives well I’d get it bought as you’re unlikely to get the opportunity to get another in this shape and low miles😎
    2 points
  10. The only thing they have got right are the bonnet vent holes. Other models have the later holes as in the Dezer car which are wrong. This white car also has the wrong bonnet. My car is also wrong the part under the vents should be satin black and the gauze is missing.
    2 points
  11. Thanks for this thread - saved me a lot of time.... Mine were last done by Murray’s Edinburgh at the 3yr service where final warranty issues were sorted. Hadn’t really noticed them deteriorating, but when I spotted their scruffiness it screamed at me every time I looked at the car again.... I bought smoothe (satin) finish “paint onto Rust” Hammerite. A quick coat of wax onto the surrounding paintwork - which sounds silly but will explain later, masked it off and gave the grilles a wire brush to remove any loose bits. Inspired by YouTube I used a beard trimmer to cut down the bristles of my brush - which did indeed make it much more stable for the dabbing method needed. It was impossible to avoid paint getting onto the bumper aperture so masking is essential. and since the masking was the time consuming part - I put 3 coats on. Removing the masking revealed that I hadn’t been as vigilant as I thought, but since the paint was freshly waxed - any excess Hammerite came off easily with a plastic scraper and a quick wipe with “sticky stuff remover”. Other solvents are available. Looks a bit better. Centre grille section Bumper grille side sections
    2 points
  12. Really sorry, I totally forgot. I fired off an email to the wheel people just a minute ago! In the mean time, another pic. I went shopping, and when passing Ham Common I spotted a quick photo op with a fren An Evora Finds a Fren: A Short Story. by Alex D, on Flickr
    2 points
  13. To be fair that is the spot price which has fallen of a cliff and does suffer huge fluctuations both ways. There is a big difference between that and dairies buying in the UK - although it will have an effect down the line if it remains that low. It very much depends on firstly, the contract you have and who it is with, and then secondly what the milk is being used for, liquid milk, cheese etc. What is certain is that there is huge uncertainty and cash flow problems for the dairy industry as with others and it makes for worrying times again for our clients. The problem comes trading in a global commodity when the world is in lock down. https://ahdb.org.uk/dairy/uk-wholesale-prices I had heard that the beef situation (via a supplier to ABP) is that they are short of the cheaper cuts which are flying off the shelf, but have lots of the more expensive cuts that they cannot shift which is causing them cashflow problems. Buy some steak everybody ! And just to put all of this in perspective, we have lost 2 clients to suicide in the last month. Food on the table is taken for granted in the UK and there is a complete disconnect between that food and where it comes from. I'm not a farmer, but have many good friends who are and it is without a doubt the toughest job in the world, physically, mentally and financially.
    2 points
  14. That is all true but does nothing to explain the driving down the prices below production costs, surely in this time of emergency that is just greed and profiteering at the cost of others(bloody hell I am almost sounding like a Curbyn supporter).
    2 points
  15. Nope all open. This does not affect us directly being small with other income streams, I am also sure there are other sectors affected as well. I am just stunned that some businesses are taking such advantage of the situation to their own gain to the cost of others when simple decisions to match pricing etc. to pre-pandemic times would be so easy and they could still make their money.
    2 points
  16. Well best to over engineer as it will last, looks like a bugger to make and fibreglassing is not the nicest material to work with. Nice job and attention to detail especially with the bindings as well.
    2 points
  17. Hi everyone, I've been a lurker in here for quite some time - mainly for gathering info purposes prior to buying, as you do - so with the now abundant time in our hands I decided to properly introduce myself. My name is Yiannis, originally from Greece, been in the country for quite some time now - since 2005 in fact. I know a few people in here quite well (TOAD community) and I joined their Stelvio tour a few times. I've been exposed to these cars since early days but living in central London without a garage is quite tricky for a Lotus ownership. Years went by, circumstances changed so I'm now a lucky owner of a solar yellow V6 CUP. This car used to belong to Simon (C1RCY) who very kindly passed it over to me:) Personally I am sucker for a hot hatch and I do own a beefed up Renault Clio R27 which I never intend to sell. I just think that bang for buck they are the best thing out there, cheap fun! A few pics of the beast; DSC01829 by YiannisR27, on Flickr DSC01919 by YiannisR27, on Flickr FC9R7655 2-1 by YiannisR27, on Flickr IMG-20160906-WA0006 by YiannisR27, on Flickr DSC02020 by YiannisR27, on Flickr And a few pics of the newly acquired V6 CUP. DSC02345 by YiannisR27, on Flickr DSC02332 by YiannisR27, on Flickr DSC02364 by YiannisR27, on Flickr DSC02360 by YiannisR27, on Flickr DSC02367 by YiannisR27, on Flickr 2020-03-29_11-42-29 by YiannisR27, on Flickr The car is absolutely immaculate and over maintained - credit to true enthusiast Simon who does love his toys - always a bonus when buying cars from such people. It is in OEM state (which I plan on keeping) apart from an Alias23 induction (sounds great - the guy who designed it did a superb job ) and a set of CF engine covers. It's on CUP2s which is also a bonus and DS2500 which I plan to change. That's about it really, no other plans as such apart from a Lithium battery, a cup holder and a soft roof mainly for the trips in the Alps. Excited to start my Lotus ownership albeit tricky times to enjoy anything these days... Thanks for reading and stay safe! Yiannis
    2 points
  18. Thought it time to hold forth on the S2 work, in due regard for community spirit despite feeling quite sheepish about the time taken sorting out HVAC issues. The looming engine layout program has been on hold so that the cabin, HVAC and upholstery concerns can be brought to conclusive results. At present the HVAC has been closed and sealed up following thorough refurbishment of its inner workings, admittedly compounded by way of substitution of modern evaporator for the original. On the positive, I have relieved the car of 5 1/2 lbs. mass that is carried at chest height below windscreen base ( i.e. normal placement ) by way of the exchange. A craftily fabricated little mounting for non-standard heater flow control valve took meaningful time as well. Final confession on offer concerns conflict having arisen between the vent lever/pivots assembly on the HVAC case and the bonnet latch operating crosstube. I'm pleased to have combined the bulk of a low mileage '95 S4 unit with the blower adapter duct originally fitted to the S2 as the guts and bushes of the S4 unit are in much better nick, plus the vacuum/lever assembly is much better on later cars. When it became clear that insufficient clearance exists between scuttle beam and HVAC for the bonnet crosstube, I fashioned mounts and links for mini linear actuators to operate the 2 bonnet latches via a window lift type switch. At least the Dr. Frankenstein stuff will be forever unseen, other than a switch discretely placed in space formerly occupied by the driver's face level vent. Cheers
    1 point
  19. The spirit of Les Dawson lives on 👍🏻😀..
    1 point
  20. It’s most likely the bumpers on UK HC cars did not meet US type approval. The car is definite an HC engined car as it has Bosch injection.
    1 point
  21. The number plate is ok! Interesting fuel caps, wheel centres and thru wheel arch trim, The good thing is they are keeping the dream alive! Mine should be rolling with skis very soon!
    1 point
  22. Thanks, yes done with the red. Softtop is going on tomorrow! Come on sunshine! I am thinking about replacing the wing to finish the projects this season. Any suggestions?!
    1 point
  23. I quote: " The panic set in the European continent by the new coronavirus is likely to be amplified by a news story that shakes one of the most affected countries. The tests for detecting the new coronavirus are also infected with coronavirus, writes Capital.ro, citing several European publications. The shocking disclosure was made today by the Telegraph publication, which cites sources within the London Ministry of Health. Testing laboratories across the country were warned Monday, via an email received from Luxembourg, to expect a delay in delivering new coronavirus tests, after traces of viruses were detected in some imported components. . The announcement comes after the government commissioned several private companies to import as many tests as possible for the new coronavirus, hoping that the population could soon be mass tested. More providers with the same problem The alert was issued by one of the suppliers - the Luxembourg company Eurofins - which sent an email to UK government laboratories Monday morning warning that the delivery of key components called "probes and primer" will be delayed because it has been contaminated with coronavirus. . The company acknowledged that there was "a problem" and insisted that other private providers suffered the same problem. It is unclear how the contamination occurred, and British journalists cite government sources who say the problem will not greatly affect population testing. Meanwhile, the Downing Street government has accused the British public health department of providing ministers with incorrect information about the number of coronavirus tests performed after Michael Gove claimed that 10,000 were completed on Sunday. Only 8,278 tests were performed that day. The London government has proposed that by mid-April it will reach 25,000 tests per day. 24 hours after Mr Gove, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said the government's goal of 10,000 tests a day was hit, ministers now imposed 25,000 by mid-April, writes Capital.ro." ------- That's a heads up! Kind regards, Jacques
    1 point
  24. Don't be silly, that said goodbye to me by entrance ramp 3 of the Eurotunnel at Folkestone 😉 I've got these on under the splitter (sorry pics taken from my 'gram hence the "@"): Got a spare box if anyone wants it
    1 point
  25. Thanks so much to you all for responding so quickly and with so many thoughtful pointers. I’m going to go for it and be open to the fact that it’s likely I’ll need to put the car through a major mechanical check up and be hit with some initial costs. Intend to eventually put the car through it’s paces, but will get it there with patience! sadly the maintenance history in terms of records is non existent, but can belt was supposedly changes 3 years ago and so will replace straight away. As for seals, injection system and suspension, I’ll be sure to keep an eye and get them checked. One thing, the removable roof is not glass like some of the HC’s I’ve seen in reviews etc, and does not come with a clip in roof spoiler but wonder if that’s because it a 1986 and not ‘87 which many of the reviews seem to cover? is there much difference between the 86 and 87 that you know? cheers and thanks again!!
    1 point
  26. Why not a new paint?
    1 point
  27. Draining fuel? Suspect tanks? Not the yellow ones? 😱
    1 point
  28. I saw this mentioned over on LotusTalk. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1977-Lotus-Esprit-S1-/264673233906?hash=item3d9fc10bf2%3Ag%3AM7QAAOSwLfNec-jL&LH_ItemCondition=3000|1000|2500&nma=true&si=Y1qRzclelgy%2FmR8FrVW06RAD61U%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
    1 point
  29. You could rearrange Shan's cleaning station...
    1 point
  30. This is simply disgusting. Eggs - there’s millions in the supply chain every single hour. Makes no sense to me at all. There’s tens of thousands in every shed I’ve wired going out on trucks everyday. This should sort out the toilet roll crisis once the panic buyers are egg bound. Now might be the time to stock up on laxatives 🤪😂
    1 point
  31. As we just discussed it above, the Lotus Track Exhaust could be an option to reach more circuits. But of course this is not a "performance" option. In terms of performance, I would say, in this order : - Find a good chassis setup (toe, camber, dampers) - Look for / test tires with more grip - Perhaps then only (as also suggested here), if seems necessary, a LSD All these things without forgetting to constantly train / improve what is between the bucket seat and the steering wheel 😁 So that every modification can be correctly felt. Of course in race mode or with TC off. IMO 🙂
    1 point
  32. You have my sympathy. No idea why prices are crashing to producer, went shopping on Thursday ( first time out in almost 3 weeks) and the absence of "special offers" meant a normal £60-70 shop was a £100! The supermarkets have been coining it in. Very few eggs, milk, toilet rolls (still, FFS each house in the UK must have 40 rolls already), fresh meat (chicken, beef and pork). I'm also appalled that produce from overseas is being put on the shelf over local. That can only be about price, unless the UK abbatoirs/meat factories have all shut. But would have thought they'd be classed as essential.
    1 point
  33. @GazzyFizzle Can't see an image or link I'm afraid but this is a link to the H4 bulbs I bought https://www.classiccarleds.co.uk/collections/headlight-led-bulbs/products/pair-of-warm-white-led-headlights-h4-hi-lo-beam-conversion-9-32v-excellent-beam-pattern?variant=8239029715039 Each light pod on my Esprit has a H4 bulb for the main/dip lamp and a H1 bulb in the other which comes on for main beam only. Each bulb comes with lead with a little IC box part way down, and I fixed both little IC boxes inside the light pod using the double sided adhesive tape that is used to attach number plates, one on each side of the pod . I didn't need to buy the extension lead. I have no idea what bulbs are needed for an Exige and how you might fit those IC boxes but Duncan at Classic Car LEDs is really helpful so I suggest you give him a call
    1 point
  34. Had pneumonia myself once, it's really horrible! Get well soon Kev, get knotting with the macrame, and make an owl to relax yourself. I have spent most of my time in the garage with projects....
    1 point
  35. That was brilliant!
    1 point
  36. The best investment is driver training ....😉
    1 point
  37. Hope everyone's keeping OK The engine and gearbox have now been completed (massive thanks to Dave) but collecting it is out of the question for now. In the mean time I've started work on the rear suspension, I've got the RH off the car and I've got a couple of studs to drill out there. The wheel bearing feels a bit rough so I'll replace them at the same time as - adjustable top links, new springs and dampers and fresh bushes.
    1 point
  38. I will wait to see the data that shows the number of deaths in 2020 across the board compared to total deaths in other years. The current lock down is ALL about protecting the NHS and maintaining capacity and control of numbers. End of. In a normal year, the hospital where my wife works would be full to bursting - no beds etc etc This year - currently, 200ish empty beds. Tell me that a large % of the population don't totally abuse the NHS. I hope this seriously starts a proper debate about elderly care (outside of hospitals) - it is desperate. Old people should not be in Hospital, simply because they have no where else to go.
    1 point
  39. @MrD a few pics. Twingo 133 is so under-rated, turn-in is just a hoot. 5GT, legendary and so glad mine is not mint, so I just use it, lend it to one of my closest chums and keep clocking up the miles. Late last year I did circa 350 miles in day with it, so comfy yet sports car fun.
    1 point
  40. Valhalla awaits all those Swedes who die with a G&T or summer berry Cider in their hands...... And then a baby boom will start for around 6 months in January 2021 to redress the balance. There is only so much twiddling with the knob on the game controller that you can do before you start to twiddle your .......
    1 point
  41. Its marmite I know, but still my favourite cockpit of any car! Esprit S1. (note: not my car or photos)
    1 point
  42. Took the Esprit for a trip down memory (Potash) lane! 😁
    1 point
  43. No, you misunderstand. I'll be hitting up the free bar before the slideshow. Planning to be there around 1430. This isn't off-topic; here's a picture of a GT3:
    1 point
  44. Today was a driving day, not a show day.
    1 point
  45. Out and about in the Autumnal sunshine.
    1 point
  46. This S1 is probably known by some on here. It was Imported to Australia 6 years ago. Great colour and classic interior. Car was entered in the Motorclassica Concourse, and yes the Stamp is of this car
    1 point

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