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  1. Went out for a bit of blast this morning.
    11 points
  2. Thanks to @woodyrvf750, who is a top gent, I am now the very proud owner of a 2013 white Sports Racer. I've literally just arrived home and took a picture on the way at the services so apologies for the poor quality! It's a wonderful thing and I'm so happy. Off out to explore some familiar roads!
    9 points
  3. Its now on its way collected from the seller, next stop Savannah in Georgia. It took three collection attempts as the transporters were too steep to load such a low car. Dave
    7 points
  4. I decided to do away with the crappy lights behind the heater panel and bought an EL sheet on Ebay. Cut with scissors and punched the holes and fitted behind the panel, only took a few minutes. A small inverter powers it. The brightness is perfect but the pot on the dash has to be turned fully up. It would have been nice to have some headroom but the overall result is so much better than the bulbs.
    5 points
  5. It was also more ordinary tv-series that brought a spark to nice cars, such as when "Pamela" had a black Corvette. Nice car! I then went and bought a COrvette poster. And motorcycles as well. The Kawasaki GPZ900R Ninja, that Tom Cruise drove. All my friends talked about that bike. Some went to buy it. When I had jsut bought a 750 Suzuki Gsx750es, it was something to go to the cinema and watch Days of Thunder. Actually a girlfriend and I went to see it twice in a row, because it was Winter and we couldn't drive the bikes. It gave the sense of speed. Remember "I feel the need, the need for speed"? Same with James Bond movies. When I was a child, there was James Bond cavalcade during the Summer vacation. Go see one for 1 pound. Of course we did that al the time. Or when we rented a vhs moviebox machine and one or two films. Mad Max was one. The point is, that at that time, we had to invest energy and do something to obtain the possibility to go see a movie (with a fast car or otherwise). You know. Call on the landline telephone, arrange a meet up with the friends; buy bus tickets, go buy cinema tickets, wait for the movie to start, while buying popcorn, check out the girls in the cinema, etc. It all took some energy and you actually had to do something. Today, on the other hand, you click one button on a cellphone, and you have 86" tv screen in front of your pillow. No energy, no smarting up, no bus tickets, no rental shops to go look for a good movie, no meeting up with friends. It's lazyness that killed the cat, in todays "I have enough in myself" or "look, I am as popular as James Bons because I have 9.999.999.999 followers on flutube, twitter, pipper, flopper, flacebook and what not. Ego thing really. Another example of this is when I ask a pupil in my class: "What do you want to be when you grow up"? "Nothing, I just want to be popular" is the reply (3'rd grade). But popular because of what? "Nothing. just popular, so I can have followers watching me, and I get free gifts from campanies such as clothes and shoes and hand bags". Because of that, there's no real strive and no real satisfaction of for example getting a "real" car or watching fast movies with fast cars. I wouldn't say pride, but the satisfaction of working, saving and finally buying the sportscar, for example, is very satisfying. On the other hand, the super expensive hand bag from a famous brand, is a much short term thing. One day it's the bees knees, the next it's nothing and the Greta population will use every oppertunity they can get, to put you down on the web. O course, as they have no guts to tell it to your fae, as they would take the risk of talking to a real person. Oh no! Wouldn't dare that. It's easier to spit on people virtually. If there's no striving, there's no inclination, there's no goal, and one just have to take a look at Fomula One, which is loosing spectators, everything has gone astronomically expensive, and the Greta generation is complaining about noise. Of course the aforementioned super expensive handbag being made from expensive rare what not material, is made so far away, that they can close their eyes and pretend it doesn't matter to them. So, with this attitude of everything being very swift passing by, why should there be a lust for watching a nice or funny car in a movie? Why even bother buying one yourself? No wonder everything is going down, with the odd exception. Back in the days, when we went watching Days of Thunder, everyone wanted to build their own racecar. Of course we couldn't. But we all had the inspirationa nd that stayed in our minds to later on, when we now keep an Esprit, for example. Today, peoples minds are directed the unreal world of online simulation of shooting things up and pretending to be someone important online in a virtual world. Not much interest in the real world. With the exception of physical life is suddenly threatened, such as during the chinese cirus discease period. Then suddenly youngsters want to spend time outside doing something, talking to real people, rather than being dug down in their bunker (room). The idea of a long time effort to obtain something is just not there any more. To many young people, and children as well, there is not this awareness. So it becomes more about pretending. Look how many videos on flutube of Lotus Esprit's and Esprit GT1... Sentences such as "I built a Lotus Esprit GT1" is tehre all the time. What a load of crap. Driverless cars, trains and busses are the buzzword this day and age. But that doesn't speak to me. I want to do things myself. So, it is up to us to inspire and plant that little nagging thought in the back of their mind saying: vauw, I go to have one of those Lotus'. And there are hopes. Just yesterday, while refueling the Esprit, I was approached by a two different families, who wanted to ask about the Esprit. And it was the little boys who took the initiative. Cheers, Jacques
    4 points
  6. Your headlamp motor's 'pucks' may be falling apart. This video shows how to replace them, they are available from many sources. M100 $ Stevens Esprit have the same motors. Actual disassembly starts at ~5:25
    3 points
  7. There is an interesting speech By Sacha Baron Cohen, he comments that the likes of google, Facebook, instagram etc are the most powerful propaganda tools the world has ever seen. Social media is driving this
    3 points
  8. says this as well '1984 Fiero/Lotus Esprit' 4-Cyl. with 4-Speed. Looks like there are a load of different body kits for this car https://www.carthrottle.com/post/wgdr2z6/ The last one is the best though. ETA: Oh gawd, there's another one for sale: https://www.kijijiautos.ca/vip/14943409/ image won't display here, too much of an abomination I guess
    3 points
  9. With the rebuilt engine and gearbox now back in, and only the tidying up jobs left to do, I won’t be posting on this thread again unless there’s something interesting that develops, and even then I’ll probably post elsewhere on TLF. Hopefully, it’s been useful to TLF members, that was my sole intention anyway. It certainly wasn’t a vanity project, as I wanted to share the pitfalls, successes, the processes, and how I coped with what turned out to be a totally unexpected bloody marathon, when I’d only expected a sprint. All the work I’ve done has been in an attempt to improve and maintain reliability. And reliability is the key word. Roll the credits - A well-deserved special mention and thanks goes to Dave Lisle @CHANGES, for his sage advice and the loan of his engine building tools. Also, Connaught Competiton Engines for their precision work and knowledge of machining processes, and Paul Matthews of Forge Engineering for the UN1 gearbox rebuild and Quaife ATB install. Pretty sure I’d have been a lot worse off without them.
    3 points
  10. Regards the Esprit: Yes, it is illegal to run it to redline in any gear over second. 🤗 I DO try to do that once a month. Officer: Did you know the speed limit is 25 miles per hour? Esprit Driver: Yes, but I wasn't planning on staying out that long.
    2 points
  11. @Simon Bateman yes it's where the Michelin headquarter and europeean R&D Center are located Not sure about the castle as, like in the UK, we are lucky enough to have a few around here. The Track is Charade. You're right, it use to held the F1 French GP. It's located in the Volcano area 10km from Clermont-Ferrand and is pretty hilly . We use it also for Tyre testing many times a year. Here are 2 videos where Chris Harrys takes on the BMW M2 competition and the best Macca out there (600 LT) on this roller coaster :
    2 points
  12. thought that was illegal
    2 points
  13. Well, happy to see that our products are ticking all the boxes for most of you. Of course our competitors also do great tyres, often cheaper but lasting performance and wear rate are not always there. And without competition, the technology bounces wouldn't be the same.
    2 points
  14. It sounds wonderful, louder than the launch edition I drove and gets a ton of attention. Been out in it all afternoon. Can't wait for the next go!
    2 points
  15. Congratulations Dave, a fantastic car. I'd love to have a JPS sat alongside the Essex one day.
    2 points
  16. 2 points
  17. Or maybe the Government knew a crisis was looming, one that would potentially see large numbers of people being laid off in big companies as our service focused economy started to grind to a halt due to a Global pandemic. That in turn would further hit the "service chain" as people would not be going to work, so food, clothes, transport purchases etc would all take a hit and many more people could be laid off/leave work as small businesses folded. So, understanding this the Government thought ahead and came up with a Job Retention Scheme - the clue is obviously in the second word there - Retention, NOT Redundancy. The intent was for the Government to help out all businesses for a period of time to safeguard and protect, in the first instance, the jobs of hard working citizens. Sounds like a great plan to me, and smaller businesses have been further supported with rates relief for the whole year, access to cheap (0%) Government backed loans etc. So first and foremost. Let's have some positive gratitude for the politicians in our Government who actually have done a great job, in this instance of trying to support their citizens. Hip hip....... However, some businesses, large and small, have, as ever, tried to "cheat the system", taking tax payers money whilst continuing to pay dividends and bonuses to some and planning to make significant furloughed employees redundant at the end of the process. Others, have used the facilities to generate "free money" that they have squirrelled away with some bordering on fraud and some down well committing fraud as part of the process. So secondly, let's name and shame these companies and lets show them we have a long memory when it comes to showing them our disgust, by refusing to buy their products or services, in the future. Boo hoo....... So, the Government, recognising some companies (BA, wonder where you fit in all of this with Sports Direct et al) were basically taking the piss has put in place a mechanism to haul their asses to account. Hip hip.... I for one am very happy we have a conservative government right now. Fcuk knows what state we would be in, right now, if that muppet fence sitter Corbyn and his cronies had been in power. It really does not bare thinking about what a damned bloody mess we'd be in. I'm saying this government is wonderful and perfect. But in comparison to the alternative....
    2 points
  18. Awesome that you did that! All I did was print the decals. Me and a sewing machine would result in a visit to A&E, somehow.
    2 points
  19. Over the last few weeks my wife has been making scrubs for our local Scrub Hub team. She's made dozens in loads of different material prints that the Hub sent over, and I'm very proud of her. I'm modelling an "Esprit louvre" style mask made with some left over Big Digger material from one of the scrub sets. All my own work but I was closely supervised while I put it together using her sewing machine. It tickles me that in a hospital somewhere in the home counties there are some NHS staff wearing bright blue scrubs with pick up trunks and diggers across the front of them. As for me all I need now is something to go out and protest about while wearing my face mask.
    2 points
  20. This is all well and good, but to what ISO standard does it conform? And are you able to point out where it sits on the chart, because that filter medium looks suspiciously gusset-like to me.
    2 points
  21. Excellent news... https://inews.co.uk/news/business/coronavirus-uk-latest-rishi-sunak-hmrc-draconian-powers-covid-19-support-claims-444690 I was amazed that companies like IAG were getting our tax pounds to pay wages when they're a company with £8.5bn in cash reserves. I always thought they should have said any company with enough cash to cover 6 or 12 months of costs or a limit of £10m in cash would have been an easier way to see who should or should not have been able to use the furlough scheme. I believe that you can't claim benefits if you've got savings, how was this any different?
    2 points
  22. The bbc reporting of this saturdays events in London is an absolute disgrace. Last weekend we say mass civil unrest, police ran away, statues vandalised, memorials daubed with graffiti, flags burnt. It was apparently all a positive peaceful protest according to the media. yesterday - police turned up in droves as it was the wrong group protesting, full riot gear. Kettled groups repeatedly and while at least two individuals have had their throats slit by POC - the bbc are more interested in a bloke having a piss. The media and the bbc are not helping the cause in anyway at all by not providing balanced reporting. All this is going to do is fuel yet more hate. I am utterly disgusted by the human race this morning.
    2 points
  23. Forgot to say all the time I spent calibrating the pump jets using Dave Nobles rig was very well spent. The acceleration stumble is completely gone. The engine pick up has been transformed. I would say the pump jet calibration is essential if you are rebuilding your carbs.
    2 points
  24. Turbo pipe Well the square centre lower gasket is correct because the outlet from the Turbo is square. The issue is the oil return pipe. The top of it should be square but its round! This makes sealing less than ideal. The centre of the Turbo rotates. Mine was rebuilt and the original angle was wrong which resulted in strain on the Corrugated pipe. If you loosen the bolts the centre. can be rotated to any angle. I had to stretch it to get it on! Andy explained Lotus did this at the factory and had a lot of claims after the pipes had cracked! Andy just happened to have a braided pipe, which he gave me, so its now installed with no strain and new gaskets. Be careful what gaskets you use there are a lot of paper ones out there which really are not ideal. Another test drive tomorrow and then rack up the miles!
    2 points
  25. I didn't use the esprit much lately and because an old Esprit that doesn't drive is destined to fail, I thought it is better to start using it again, so here we go . Lets start with small neighbourhood blasts , after a proper warm up of course. What always amazes me when driving it , is how quick and nimble it steers in and out of bends on B roads at speeds between 60 and 100km/u And it is such a dramatic shape. I have it for many years now and it keeps me wanting to turn around and look at it when I walk away. Also I keep getting tumbs up. 2020 20200606_133713 by gvygvy, on Flickr
    2 points
  26. Here's my 2p worth... I think the classic car hobby is dying. There are a number of reasons for this: 1) The sweet spot for car values is what people remember from their childhood and when they reach their 40s and 50s they have the disposable cash to buy what they remember. Currently cars from the 60s and 70s are worth the most - don't agree? Name me one car from the 30s, 40s or 50s that isn't a prestige brand that's worth anything. The people who remember them from their youth are either dead or too old to own one, so their values are low. 2) The youth of today are just not (on the whole) interested in cars, 99.9% of them wouldn't know what a Lotus Cortina was more less care. 3) Petrol is on the way out and electric is the future (love it or hate it). As time goes on petrol cars will be banned from cities and I think in some parts of Europe they already are. In the future if you're seen driving a fossil burning machine down the road people will be throwing rocks at you. 4) Look at the popularity of 80s cars as those who remember that decade are now starting to get a few bob to buy what they remember. But as time goes on a lot of cars will be difficult to restore because of all the sensors, electronics and computers no longer being available.
    2 points
  27. Thanks guys. I've been waving at every lotus I see. Hope to see some of you lot on the road
    1 point
  28. Just looked at your location......I stayed at a lovely chateau at Clermont ferrand a few years back. Can't remember the name but it had a knights Templer archway near the swimming pool in the original part of the building. They used to run the French grand prix back in the day on a circuit at Clermont I think?
    1 point
  29. Only when you truly beast an esprit can you appreciate one. much like a good woman really
    1 point
  30. The Conti 6 tyres have a laughable wear rate. Laughable until you realise the cost to replace them after so few miles. I had these from new on our Civic type R. The fronts were all done at 10k. PS4s tyres over the same commute/usage profile and already covered 18k miles and have over 4mm tread remaining. I don't know how MIchelin do it to be honest. Brilliant tyres, that work great in the sun AND rain, but like all summer tyres, don't like temps below 4 or 5 degrees, albeit in a much less compromised way to the cup tyres.
    1 point
  31. All brilliant insights here, lads! To Paul's view on old car values, one with which I quite agree, a former workmate who was mad for Model A Fords found he very nearly had to gift it to a distant museum once he'd done with a very prolonged restoration as no one remained with much interest otherwise. Yes, those cars which had gotten under our skin during the impressionable years will later have their days in the sun but only for a time. Over here in N.A. of course the mania is for hot and colourful American iron with rumbling V-8's and flash bits like hood (bonnet) scoops. Correlates entirely with Paul's thesis though I'd add that there are certain aspects of fascination one should also bear in mind, one such being the eternally glorious sound of those V-8's. Some American cars have real beauty of form, for instance the stunning lines of a perfect resto-mod '61 Chev Belair I spotted while shopping yesterday for fans at at speed parts vendor. Our Lotus have worthy aspects in spades, still appreciated by young gearheads like my 28 year old nephew who is himself neck deep in frying tyres with his drift car. Most all of us who came of age decades ago were of the mindset which equated the automobile with liberty. It is a fact that the car was one of the greatest emancipators in human history, less so nowadays due to costs, crowding, and alternatives.
    1 point
  32. The hole should go to a rubber tube down to the crank case breather hole
    1 point
  33. Wow lovely. White ones are the best
    1 point
  34. I'll check with the factory tomorrow to be sure.
    1 point
  35. Congratulations mate, you're going to have many, many happy miles in that
    1 point
  36. This is the one you want. Dual purpose knicker / mask. You choice which order they are worn in and when they are cleaned etc.
    1 point
  37. ^ What he said. Current offer is a £100 pre-paid card if you buy 2 or more too! https://car-offers.michelin.co.uk/uk/june-2020 @rallyesax knows all there is to know about tyres, especially Michelin, so could possibly give you some insight into why the PS4S is such a good all round performance tyre.
    1 point
  38. My circlip had rusted away and you could just pull the input shaft out of the gearbox... You can see how it had started to push the bearing into the end of the crank... So I fitted one of Harry's uprated circlips but I didn't fit the spacer behind the bearing in the crank as I was concerned how I would get the bearing out in future if I needed to. To remove the old one I packed it with grease and then hit a round bar into the hole to force the bearing out... So I wasn't sure if that would work with a spacer behind it and with the new circlip is shouldn't be a problem anyway.
    1 point
  39. Here it is in ‘bloody-hell-that-is-very-orange’ orange. Should have it in a couple of weeks. Getting paint correction, PPF and fully sealed before delivery.
    1 point
  40. I think we are all frustrated with the timescales and lack of information. My personal frustration with Popham et al is running fairly high.. At least Bahahahahaha actually got some designs and demo's out for crying out loudly like a crying baby.
    1 point
  41. Try wiggling the steering wheel whilst trying to put the key in. If you have some spray grease, you could try a squirt into the barrel. 🙂
    1 point
  42. As regards the protests. You cannot erase only the bad from history. If you remove one aspect of history then it will change many aspects of the present. This does not excuse it or change it, but let’s concentrate on getting it right now in the present instead of kicking off over the past which cannot be changed. We have a multicultural society in the UK in a large part because of colonialism, that is where we are and reversing out colonialism would by its definition mean that we would not be that multicultural society. So surely accepting the past (Not accepting it is right, but it cannot be changed) and concentrating on ensuring our society works properly for every member of it in the present is the right thing to be doing. This is probably where this started and should have stayed, however the actions and arguments being made are diverting attention from what does need to be done to something that cannot be changed, but merely cause more divisiveness and bitterness and a polarisation of society. Unfortunately I can see the ongoing blanket and extremist coverage providing a fertile recruitment ground for the likes of the BNP.
    1 point
  43. Hi - by absolute chance I logged into thelotusforum and picked up the string of messages regarding 003. I'm John Williams, it's my car. I'm still based in Hong Kong (although stuck in Thailand as I write) but will be back in the UK later in the year when restrictions are lifted. The car went straight to SJ after being shipped back to the UK August 2018. I understand from Steve at SJ the completely reupholstered interior as been refitted together with lots of other new interior bits. Waiting for SJ to work their magic on the mechanical and electrics. Nice to see its created some interest. The car will not be going back to Hong Kong! John
    1 point
  44. I think half the problem is that cars are so fast these days that getting to the point where you feel you are challenging them almost inevitably means going over the speed limit. Im not talking about motorways here, Im talking about normal A and B roads at the national speed limit. We need a different class of vehicle to enjoy driving. In the good old days you could drift a Morris Minor around a roundabout at 25 mph and it was fantastic fun. In a modern car you'd have to be going twice as fast. What Im saying in a rambling kind of way is that you can have great fun at lower speeds. How much fun is go-karting in a little, slow hire-kart? Or a cyclekarts that can only do 45mph flat out? Immense fun..... We all need to re-calibrate and enjoy cars built for fun, not speed, even if they are slower than an everyday shopping car....
    1 point
  45. The car arrived in Los Angeles on April 20th, 2019 (I may have stood waiting by the window for quite some time that day ). I had it delivered to my office and took the time to introduce the new siblings. Shipping was relatively straight-forward and reasonably priced. For those in the US, I used montway.com - who are a broker (they don't own any trucks), but I've used them 4 times now, and with exception of a special-needs race car, have been happy with them. Being that my house was still a construction zone, I did very little work on the Elite. I did, however, give it a good overall inspection which found that most of the suspension bushings were perished... as in completely gone... as in you could see light and sometimes stick a finger between the two bits of metal that previously had bushing material between them. This car was last registered in 2003. I can't say how long before that it was last used, but I suppose very perished bushings was to be expected. That said, aside from a little dusting on the surface, the chassis was completely rust free and otherwise in very good shape for its age. House work took priority, so before starting real work on the Elite, I tried to keep it limber by driving it around the block on Fridays after work. It had been running surprisingly well until on one of those short drives, after being parked for a couple hours, it refused to start - not even ticking over, just dead. I got it back to the office, fiddled with it, but without finding a solution, I left the car cocooned until I had a chance to put some time into it. I've never been very good with electrics, but picked up a few things watching the other guys work on the electrics in the race car. Come December, with a head full of second-hand knowledge, I pulled out the workshop manual and started digging in to the electrical system. As you can see, time and heat had not been kind to the wiring in this car (these are all on the starter): I replaced the starter, made new terminals for all the wires, and moved most of the starter wires to a bus bar to de-clutter the main post on the starter (some wires have moved since this pic, and there is still tidying to be done, but I think this gets the point across). ...after all of this, I still had intermittent starting problems. While visiting an upholstery shop to talk about redoing the seats, an Alpha mechanic from the shop next door noticed I was having trouble starting and suggested I double-check the grounds. Sure enough, it wasn't getting good ground - because with a temporary additional ground, it started right up. Because I was at the upholstery shop, because we had agreed on a price, and because the car was running, I asked if they wanted to just take the car then. They did, and that's where it sits today... and will sit for another day or two when I get it back with an all new interior. Then I'll limp it back home and re-make all the ground points before moving on to the next big project: replacing most of the suspension. More to come...
    1 point

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