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  1. And finally... BC Forged wheels on (sorry @BatMobileI liked yours so much I went for the same design... 😉)
    5 points
  2. We’re all in the same boat with the dreaded D word. I’m fortunate that I don’t have to sell now, the best of my GT430 is yet to come, very glad to have so much to look forward to with it. Starting hopefully later this year. It is an absolute automotive delicacy! You might want to look away now Andy!
    4 points
  3. Yes its under warranty, I should think so. "Grateful" you'r joking aren't you, if you bought a new TV and it didn't work would you be "grateful" to have it repaired? I'm not angry, frustrated is the word. Mainly because it has bugs but I have to take it out, refit the old one, take out he old one and fit the repaired one. As Kenny mentioned above, probably a lack of thorough testing. Not sure why I need to explain this but I will. I work overseas and not in the country very often (<3 months year), I asked for the dash to be shipped to me in January, when it got fitted. I went back to work February and came back to the UK in March. I had intended to send the Dash back in March and had some email correspondence with James Mulley at AIM at the end of March. To quote James "We are not able to do any hardware work in the factory at the moment and won’t be able to until this corona virus situation is over" Further, your rights under the sale of goods act diminish as time progresses from the date of sale. By the way I'm not having a pop at your post about me being "angry", that's what forums are for and that's your prerogative. I respect your opinion, as I have on other other stuff we have talked about in the past. But really George, just because you have done a really good video of the product, which AIM now have on their FB site is no need to try and slate me. Try asking Kenny, Andy and a couple of others the same question. Basically the kit (or perhaps just the early versions) have issues, end of. Plus this kit is nothing like the GARW unit, which has been developed by one man, this is a large company and the kit is twice the price, so I personally expect it to work. cheers Mark
    4 points
  4. I used to add it up but it got very depressing so i stopped adding it up thatbwas about 2.5 years ago nd its still going!
    4 points
  5. Typical frugal Scotsman (tight jock) Andy.😊 It’s the only unregistered GT430 left in the country. Lotus will almost certainly never build anything as ‘hard core petrolhead focussed’ again. The price on any new car will drop as soon as you drive it off, although even in the current climate a £25k drop seems a little steep. Also the depreciation maths is not so relevant if the car is a definite ‘keeper’. Waiting for the new model to come along will be like waiting for Godot. I’ll take your year and raise you 18 months, no make that 2 years before Phil & the gang pull their collective finger out. In the interim we all get older, more senile and less inclined to take up the challenge in driving these fantastic cars.
    4 points
  6. Enjoyed some sunny weather for a change during a long drive and took some pics.
    4 points
  7. It’s a fabulous colour and I loved it but had the itch for something else. I’d buy back if I could afford it as for me the perfect balance for road and track, enjoyed every mm travelled. Trevor.
    3 points
  8. Have to say that I like Olive green also. Took a shot of an Exige 430 cup when I was hanging at Komotec last year, the color was very refreshing to look at in the sunlight
    3 points
  9. Oh dear. Well it does sound like it's going to be the most expensive restoration of a £35,000 Turbo Esprit in the world, but we often put a lot time, effort and sometimes money into our labours of love than their market value. You just got to remain focussed I suppose. The main thing is to drive them when they're finished and get a return in smiles per gallon when they're eventually done. They're much better driven, and I've already out 1,000 miles on my S1 since last July.
    3 points
  10. A 430 Club meet at some point when normalisation eventually returns would be great craic. No doubt it would create a good deal of positive interest for Lotus as well. 😎
    3 points
  11. I can’t really add much to this debate as I decided not to purchase this dash. There is a growing number of comments on here and on FB in relation to a number of glitches and issues being raised. The product on the face of it looks good, but my gut feel is it’s not a complete product. This may of course improve with time. overall the feedback on the product is mixed. I choose not to take feedback seriously from people who push content on products in which they are being compensated for, in whatever format that may be. I hope the guys get their dashes sorted out under warranty soon and the product improves over time.
    3 points
  12. The autotrimmer was thus very useful for making the sill pieces, the floor pieces and sewing the black foot mats into the wheel arches and floor pieces. He also came in handy for the instrument binnacle covering in Alcantara. That was a difficult piece to get the material to stretch over the awkward shape correctly and experience is definitely recommended! Headlining With the original ABS parts become brittle and broken into pieces, and no new parts available, I found a friend with a 3D scanner very useful! So I carefully glued the parts back together again, and took them over to him to capture these so that I could get them 3D printed:- With the parts scanned, I manipulated them so that they were small enough to be printed. This meant splitting the cant rail cappings into 2 and the headliner piece into 3. Here are the parts when received compared to the originals:-
    3 points
  13. I'll bring a camera, 'Corona Raft, the Beginning' - a story of one mans attempts to self isolate in the pond.
    3 points
  14. Finally received funding for an expedition to deepest back garage, so today we set off early to ensure we reached the far wall by dark. I swear we found several new species of spider, and many tools I never knew I had. Finally I caught sight of probably my strangest Concorde possession: a 60-person slide/raft removed from G-BOAE just before her delivery flight to Barbados in 2003.
    3 points
  15. Some guys just don’t know how lucky they are to be able to buy one and have the experience of driving the GT 430. I bought my 2020 Evora GT and spent another $80K to get the car to the GT 430 spec after Lotus here reneged on the car! I love every minute of each drive and never thought about it as a loss! Buy the car!
    3 points
  16. Decided.... mines coming out tomorrow and going back Monday to get fixed. Will also take advice on getting my postage costs back too, why the fook should we have to pay for something to be repaired, that is only months old and that is clearly not fit for purpose? Even if its only £20ish... cheers
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. Chassis prepped and 1st coat of POR-15 applied. Late night 2nd coat.....
    3 points
  19. Took me a long time to sell my '03 Boxster S and decide upon a 2020 Evora GT, and then another year waiting for production to start and delivery. My spec is different from most: Fire Red, no carbon pack, painted roof, also got the lip and wing center section in body color.
    2 points
  20. Filled with Millers running in oil. Hoping to start her this week
    2 points
  21. Must be one of the very few, in that i like the 430 in Olive Green, like most cars they look much better in the flesh and have to say the 430 is one of the few cars that can carry any colour over.
    2 points
  22. Not on iPlayer, but is on YouTube
    2 points
  23. Depreciation sorts the drivers from the posers.
    2 points
  24. Also fresh 3 year warranty. It’s what, £20k under RRP and a gorgeous colour. I’m surprised it hasn’t been snapped up already. Last of the line is also a bonus.
    2 points
  25. It’s very tempting Darryl and it’s been on mind for the last few weeks. The best thing when we have some of restrictions lifted and dealers can operate in a near normal situation is for me to have ride down and see the car. The biggest dilemma is do i buy a nice low mileage sport 410 for half the money or go for what is probably in my opinion the best new Lotus for sale in a showroom at this present time.🤔
    2 points
  26. hi Mike thanks for your help please see some pics ,I have had this car for about 10 years but sat around till last year when i started her.
    2 points
  27. Fixing that: And finally... BC Forged wheels on (sorry @MrP_ I liked yours so much I went for the same design... 😉)
    2 points
  28. If a jobs worth doing it’s always best do it yourself, as owners we build with love and care where commercial restorers built for minimal cost. My bills on the mini have cover to £22000 now ( Don’t tell the wife 😂) but I know it’s done well, every drilled hole has been painted first and top quality wax oil used everywhere so should out live me. Look forward to seeing it on the road again Barry with a smile on your face as you are pursued by wasps and bees in the Yellow peril 😁 Dave
    2 points
  29. Engine and chassis are looking really smart Barry, good job the gasket failed when it did before something else went bang, that pump could have jammed and took all your belts with it 🙄 You should be back on the road by June at this rate. 👍🏻👍🏻 Dave
    2 points
  30. Has he accepted yet??? That’s a very strong offer - as that chassis will probably snap in half when you remove that body.
    2 points
  31. Is it possible that we have been victims through being early adopters? I haven't had either of the issues detailed above (yet!), but there are clearly issues, such as the HVAC back lighting problem, which is a major oversight on AiM's part, or a distinct lack of testing, either way, they seemed less than bothered when I spoke to them other than accepting a warranty repair, with the hassle and cost of removal/refitting and shipping being on us. Pretty rubbish for a company that I previously held in high regard selling a product that can hardly be described as cheap. I do realised that any product/manufacturer can have issues, but the mark of a company is how they deal with those issues. The dismissive take it or leave it attitude of the contact in AiM support that I spoke to left me in a position where I'd struggle to recommend the MX2E dash at this stage. I've no doubt that it can be a great product in time, but they do need to look after those who pulled the trigger early on, as it would appear that we are doing the testing on AiM's behalf.
    2 points
  32. Tribute tonight 7.00 on BBC 2
    2 points
  33. ^ at the right price you could afford to get them repainted. 😛
    1 point
  34. So here are the finished panels ready to go into the car.... and in place....
    1 point
  35. Can I help too Corkers?!
    1 point
  36. Mate, the times I've toyed with inflating it!
    1 point
  37. Thanks @LOTUSMAN33 - to be fair - yes I think that the head gasket saved this from being a lot worse. one things for sure - that gasket would have failed at some point. It’s the Cheapo aftermarket crap gasket which has failed in the typical place - but also - I was told the head had been skimmed previously - but check out what was found on the fire ring of cylinder 3
    1 point
  38. As far as I know Bell and Colvill as still as this 430 for sale and the last time I looked they where offering 50/50 🤔 thats got me thinking I could worry about the the other £50k in two years time, but not sure Linda would agree lol. Looks like i might be in for a sleepless night with a Liquid yellow 430 on my mind.
    1 point
  39. Hi guys been a while, keep tweaking my Nightfall BlueEvora GT 430 spec here in the US! Wish Lotus had sent them stateside but it has been a glorious experience! CF buckets going in on Monday! In case anyone is wondering it’s all LOTUS OEM from Bell & Colvill
    1 point
  40. An AIM dash would have to work 1000% better than the ones currently on offer... see other threads for how BAD they are.... sorry, but its true.
    1 point
  41. Totally agree... and basically in could be fooking dangerous..... Do they have a Facebook page where we can "give some video" feedback? I suppose they would take notice then ....... cheers Mark ps lights on warning buzzer missing too not incorporated (later cars only?).... not so plug and play is it, more like read and weep!
    1 point
  42. The aircon hadn’t worked since I bought the car in 2007, so it was great to get the system up and running. Definitely a good idea when the car is still stripped. The aircon filling engineer found a leak in the aluminium pipe running along inside the passenger sill. So here are some piccies of the finished bodywork… So I must say a big thank you to Specialised Paintwork for allowing me a space in their workshop for 5 months and supporting me all the way through with whatever I needed at the time. Great support from them. Now it was time to take the car home and start on the interior. Of course, I could have guessed how much time this was going to take…. (another year...!!)
    1 point
  43. After Lacquer coat – sorry can’t resist lots of images – too lovely to miss… It’s a shame, the finish will never look quite as good again as in these photos. Out of the paint booth and ready to start the rebuild. Total time so far since starting, around 8 weeks. But as these guys will tell you, it’s easy to strip the parts off the body, but expect at least 3 times longer to put everything back together again… Putting in the door wiring harness. This had split a long time ago, so I naturally wanted to re-cover the wires with something stronger. I went for braided stainless steel, but after a few hours, the boys persuaded me that this was not the best solution, because if the braiding wore a little, it would fray, and then do much more damage, so I switched to a nylon braiding instead. The workshop is a dusty place. No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to keep the new paintwork clean… The new window seal strips ready to go in. Repainted window frame.
    1 point
  44. Previous photo is the damage to the front after the lower spoiler and bumper have been stripped off. After 20 years, there is plenty of rust to remove. Here is the exhaust bracket and rear bumper bracket, and a hole in the heat shielding. Here is the NS rear wheel arch extension after removal. The embedded attachment bolts are always fully rusted, and stay in the holes when you pull off the arches. It’s an odd way of doing it and despite meticulous measurements, it is very difficult to glue in new attachment bolts onto the arch and get them in the right place… trial and error was my method. Radiator tray after removal showing damage to one of the A/C condensers. Fortunately the radiator itself survived.
    1 point
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